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On becoming a gym rat - MtnVwPilot

Apr. 7th, 2006 02:18 pm On becoming a gym rat

For the past several years, I've been working out 2-4 times a week with a succession of personal trainers at Axis Personal Training in Mountain View (I recommend them very highly). Since I'm moving to SF next week, today was my last day working with my current trainer, Keith, and we decided it would be good to end with a strength test, just to see where I stand... Well, apparently I stand pretty damn well! Here are the numbers for this week, and the last such test we did, about 3 months ago:

Exercise 20 Jan 06 5 Apr 06 Change
Bench press 227 lb 247 lb +8.8%
Lat pull 213 lb 240 lb +12.7%
Seated row 206 lb 240 lb +16.5%
Squat 277 lb 307 lb +10.8%

Wow! It's especially impressive given that my goal for the past few months hasn't been to build muscle and strength, but rather to maintain the muscle mass that I've got while burning fat. In other words, my workouts have been more aerobic-oriented than strength-oriented, and yet I've still managed to post some pretty impressive gains.

Kudos to my trainers for the past few months, Keith Rucker and Robert Jones!

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From:sfo2lhr
Date:April 7th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
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That's great! Are you going to be able to keep up with this in SF at a new gym?
From:sterlingsf
Date:April 8th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)

Good for you!

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I am so pleased and impressed you've kept up with your exercise goals for so long. You're a great motivational force!