Sunday, December 26, 2021

Success At The Gym

 ... is all about going tomorrow. Today's workout is great, but it's when you go tomorrow that you really see gains.

I'm 4 months into my new weightlifting regimen and most weeks I go 5-6 days a week. I'm lifting an hour a day and doing 20 minutes of cardio. That's the plan, at least. In reality, most days it's 50 minutes of lifting and 15 minutes of cardio. I always quit and go home when I feel something in my body start to complain. It's usually my lower back.

The whole point is to go to the gym tomorrow. If I skip 2 exercises today, but I don't hurt myself and have to lay off for a week, I'm only down 10 minutes instead of 330 minutes from 5.5 lost days.

It's paying off now, too. One of our sons came over last night for dinner. He was a rower in college and is still lifting from time to time. Along with another of our sons, we have a text group where we laughingly brag about working out as a way of encouraging each other. In any case, he said he noticed definition in my muscles. Wife kitteh agreed approvingly.


Speaking of dinner, I made a standing rib roast using Alton Brown's recipe shown in the video below. It was generally agreed that it was the best rib roast any of us had ever eaten. Simply spectacular.

The final product.

Happy Boxing Day, everyone. I hope your Christmas was excellent. Now I'm off to nosh on one of the ribs from last night.

Alton Brown's Rib Roast


tim eisele said...

Yeah, I hear you about avoiding injuries. Last time I tried using equipment at the gym, I got carried away and gave myself "tennis elbow" in both elbows simultaneously, which really put a crimp in my ability to do any upper-body exercises for months. Given that I live outside of town, and going to the gym requires a Special Trip, I've opted for exercises that I can do at home, or that I can work into my normal day - walk or snowshoe a couple of miles per day, and 10-15 minutes of dumbell exercises every morning. Plus, the building I work in is 7 stories tall, so I climb all the way up the stairs at least once a day while at work.

We've been having Standing Rib Roast for christmas dinner for some years now, everybody really likes it.

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