Oh so sore

So yesterday was the first attempt at sticking to my new training program, and it was a sucess. My schedule called for weight training, which I was excited about, because I am, shall we say, a weakling. I can run, I can bike, I can swim, but I cannot win at arm wrestling. I went to the gym psyched, though slightly intimidated. I warmed up with an easy 2 mile run, and then I went to hit the weight area. That’s when I realized that I don’t know how to use these machines. My workout called for a list of 7 excersises in order:

1. Hip extention (squat, leg-press or step-up)

2. Standing bent-arm lat pull down

3. Hip extention (different from #1)

4. Chest press or push-ups

5. Seated row

6. Personal weakness (hamstring curl, knee extention, or heel raise)

7. Abdominal excersise

First of all, I had to look up diagrams for approximately 80% of these excersises before I left. Armed with my list, I headed toward the two different leg press machines. Both were occupied by huge men with hundreds of pounds of weights hanging from the sides. Ok, moving on. I decided it would be ok to do the abs first. No problem. At this point the standing leg press machine was open. I got on the thing with no weights, just to test how heavy the contraption was by itself. Let me tell you, it was heavy enough for me. I did my three sets of 20 with no weights attached, and I am pretty sure people were looking at me in dis-belief of my weakness. But I did it, and it felt good. With confidence gained, I figured out how to use the rest of the machines. I completed my sets, including squats and a bench press. I did a 15 min spin as a cool down, and with that, my first weight training session came to an end.

Fast forward to this morning. I am extremely sore, but in a good way. My schedule calls for weight training twice a week, and I can only imagine how strong I will begin to feel after a while. However, my scheduled run today? My quads are saying “I don’t think so.” 


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