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Ongoing gym rat-iness - MtnVwPilot

Jul. 7th, 2008 11:53 am Ongoing gym rat-iness

Before I moved to San Francisco in April 2006, I was working out 3-4 days a week with a physical fitness trainer, and it showed in the strength that I'd built up. While living in SF (from April 2006 to July 2008), I never found a trainer I worked well with, so I kept up a solo gym routine. Solo workouts are fine for cardio, but my strength suffered, partly because I don't like working out with heavy free weights without having somebody to spot for me (it's a safety thing, at the heavy weights I work out with, especially since my workouts tend to push the limits of my capabilities in order to extend those capabilities). I did the best I could by myself with the Nautilus machines and such, but that's just not the same as working with free weights. Anyway, by the time I moved from SF to Alameda last summer, I'd probably lost about 20% of my max strength ("1RM", or "one rep(etition) max", in gym lingo).

Well, I'm back to working out with a trainer twice a week, and I've been working on rebuilding that strength. And, I'm happy to say that I seem to have accomplished it, getting back to about where I was when I moved to SF:

Exercise 5 Apr 06 (just before moving to SF) 7 Jul 08 (today)
Bench press 247 lb 246 lb
Lat pull 240 lb 240 lb
Seated row 240 lb 245 lb
Squat 307 lb 315 lb

While living in SF was bad for my strength, it was good for my weight overall... I dropped from about 300 pounds when I moved to SF (in April 2006) to about 285 pounds at my lowest there (in July-September 2006). Unfortunately, over the couple of years since then, I've gone back up to about 320 pounds, and it ain't muscle... :-( One of the perils of marrying a gourmet cook... ;-) (Which are far more than balanced by the joys!) But, I definitely need to focus on my diet, and lose those pounds (again!).

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