Getting Ready to Lift, Part 2

Nursing my sore lower left back on Saturday, I still went to the gym to get in a cardio session plus a little ab work. However, when I got there, I decided to tackle my nemesis, the dreaded overhand pull-up. I was fresh and rested. It was just after 8 a.m. I figured “What the heck.” Here’s what happened. I rested ~60 seconds between sets.

Overhand pull-ups (body weight)


Pull-ups are part of Workout A, which I did last Wednesday. As you may recall, I’m pretty miserable at this exercise. The very minimum my current exercise regime requires is 3 sets of 5 to 8 reps per set. Saturday was a pretty good day, but I still couldn’t make the minimum.

I got close, though.

Here’s the ab work:

Weighted cable crunches

15x 145lbs/65.77kg
12x 150lbs/68.03kg
10x 160lbs/72.57kg

Captain’s chair leg lifts (body weight)


Afterward, I did 35 minutes on the elliptical for my fourth and final cardio of the week.

bent over rows
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Tomorrow will start my second week at my 5×5 strength training routine. So far, I don’t feel particularly strong, but I’ll take this in two-week increments. I’ll see how I feel after the second week is over, and if I want to continue, I’ll commit to an additional two weeks, and then do another check in.

Technically, I could do this indefinitely, but it depends on whether I really do get stronger and can demonstrate significant improvement.

The only exercise-like activity I did today was the yard work, which included mowing, edging, using the blower, weeding, fertilizing, and some hand watering. Nothing which put a lot of pressure on my lower back, unless you count bending over to pull weeds. But it’s feeling less sore today. Hopefully by tomorrow, it will be ready.

Hopefully by tomorrow, I’ll be ready.

What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.



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