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New Moves at the Gym

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Well, I wish I could say I was all fired up and enthusiastic, but the truth of the matter is it's been cold and rainy and DH is away travelling on business, so you won't find much passion, verve, zeal, or gusto here.

I am getting by, though, and that's the main thing.

Today when I had my training session we started with one-handed deadlifts and I could barely do them. For some reason (perhaps related to the above?) my stability was shot to hades, even on my "good" side. I had to ask for a lower weight, and even then it took me a long time before I got comfortable enough to maintain good form.

For informational purposes, this is what I mean by a one-handed deadlift (which is apparently called a Single Leg Romanian Deadlift):

A description of movement to go with the image can be found at this link:


I made up for my poor performance on the deadlifts though when we moved on to some upper body work. I did a new exercise (chest press with cables) and the weight ended up being set too low. I didn't know because the movement was new to me, but by the time I was finished my trainer said he should have upped the weight because I maintained perfect form the whole time, and I was meant to be straining and shaking towards the end.

So that exercise was new only in that it used cables for the chest press instead of a stable mechanism with a fixed range of movement. I also did a TOTALLY new exercise that was kind of fun, but very hard. It needs a picture but I don't know what to call it so I'm not even sure I could google it...

Okay, I found a perfect article:


The only difference is, my gym seems to have a contraption with a dedicated socket for sliding the barbell into. Also, there were no weights on the bar, and I did not do 29 things (I did not even do ONE of those things described in the article). In the article, the closest exercise to what I did was the Hammer Jammer. Only I was raising the bar from my shoulder and switching hands at the top, then lowering it to my other shoulder. Eventually I was incorporating squats while I was raising and lowering the bar.

I still have my Tai Chi class to go to tonight. Hopefully tomorrow I will have some fun tales of new moves there, too.
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    2731 days ago
    You are so scary dedicated. Wow. It moves me. I don't know how you do all you do. I walk two times a day and am throwing yoga in also. My house is a wreck, because I can't find time to work it into my busy schedule. Keep it up. Oh, about that. Nix the snowshoes. It is barely chilly. But tomorrow a freeze, so if the wind stops blowing. It has snowed in October, but not standard. We usually get several snow showering December, through March.
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    Even on your "bad" days you blow me away!

    2732 days ago
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