The holiday season is always a busy one. Since there are a fixed number of hours in a day, we often need to eliminate tasks and routines that are not ranking at the top of the list. During the month of December, we always see a decline in participation at the gym. Why do folks feel this task is at the bottom of the list of things to accomplish every day?
I have to say, it’s certainly a more favorable environment when there are fewer people using the equipment!! However, I think it’s also a reflection of the importance, or lack thereof, of people who prioritize their health status.
I just finished a great training session with my trainer at the YMCA. We meet three days a week, and she increases my weights every session to increase my strength. I do concentrated workouts. The same two muscle groups are strengthened for a week at a time. This week is back and biceps.
I did the seated row for back muscles and did several reps at 140 pounds. That's more than I weigh. The photo shows the mid row for back muscles and, if you look at the location of the pin, I'm pulling the stack. I do that for 12 reps. That ends up as a "total body workout" because one needs legs and abs to stabilize. If my legs and abs were not strong, I'd end up on my back!!!
Friday we go to 150 pounds, and my focus will be to do one good pull, and then work my way down with 10 to 12 good reps for each move down the stack.
It’s energizing, even though I’ve totally fatigued those muscle groups. One feels accomplished, strong and, after my muscles have regained their strength, I feel energized.
Tomorrow, I train my daughter, Tammy. She’s lost 2 dress sizes and will be a size 4 very soon. If she were 4” shorter, I could search through her closet, rather than buy my own outfits!
On January 2, the YMCA will be “totally packed with members” who are out of sight right now. The sad news is, they will drop off again by the end of February, and we’ll have all of our equipment to ourselves again!!!