Fact is, surprisingly enough since I am a fundamentally lazy person, I really dig pumping iron. There’s something extremely satisfying about working with weights that no other kind of exercise can match. I’m especially fond of lat pulldowns…love to feel the muscles in my back bunching.
We discussed and debated the gym membership thing. I didn’t wanna do it. It’s annoying and anti-motivating to have to get dressed and GO somewhere else, deal with other people and their sweat, the gym’s decision about acceptable temperature (which is always way too warm for me), and have to dress from head to foot to hide my bod, which makes me even warmer and makes working out uncomfortable. Plus I have a pool right here at home that I can jump into afterwards (nekkid, natch), my own shower and toiletries, my music…
So we bought the all-in-one weight machine. It’s being delivered next week, and I am totally jazzed. It’s a very nice machine, with real physical weights, not hydraulics, and it allows 25 different exercises covering virtually every muscle group. Rows, pulldowns, curls, presses…the whole shebang.
My goal is to of course become stronger and fitter through weight training and swimming combined, but it is also to lay down some real muscle to try and nudge my metabolism. As I’ve stated in other threads, I am no longer a compulsive overeater, but I am heavier than I’ve ever been in my life because my metabolism is pretty much at a dead stop. And the only sure way I know of to to give it a little kick in the butt is to increase muscle mass.
So…this was a real example of MPSIMS. Thank you for listening…and wish me luck!
Oh yeah, a question for any real ironheads out there: I’ve worked with weights before, many times, and I know how to do it properly, I know alot about it. I know the low-reps, high-weight for bulk and power vs. low-weight high-reps for toning and shaping and possibly an aerobic benefit. I know that you shouldn’t really work the same muscle group two days in a row because you gotta give the muscle fibers a chance to heal from the trashing they’ve gotten.
But here’s my question: anyone ever tried working out daily, alternating the weights/reps scenario from day to day to achieve BOTH goals simultaneously? Is it possible? Does it just defeat both and turn your body into a lactic acid bath?
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