Thursday, November 6

A feast of M-3’s

It looked for a while there as if M-3 cars were extinct on the Ronkonkoma line.  Only M-7’s have been running for the past several weeks, a time during which I’ve taken several different trains.  Have the M-3’s gone the way of the brontosaurus?  Fear not!  Today marked their triumphant return to the line, though how long this happy state of affairs will last is anyone’s guess.  Arriving on the shuttle from Medford this morning, I was elated to see that the 6:56 to Flatbush Avenue was an M-3 consist.  I made a quick dash across the platform and, in a brilliant shining moment, was able to grab a highly coveted single seat.  This enabled me to ride in relative comfort all the way into Brooklyn.  Interestingly, the mid-consist car in which I rode reached cattle-train status after Mineola and before Jamaica, not a common state of affairs on the 6:56.  There weren’t any announcements about canceled trains, as would account for the crowding, though that is not proof that none existed.  We got into Flatbush Avenue right on time and I waited only a couple of minutes for a 5 express to Fulton Street.

In a very rare instance of perfect timing, I walked down the stairs at Broadway-Nassau and right onto an A train without breaking stride.  While this was a pleasant treat, the fact that I boarded the head car of the train meant that I had to walk the length of the platform at Penn to enter the LIRR part of the station, the subway platforms extending north from the LIRR concourse.  I got the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma, which to my real amazement was yet another M-3 consist.  No chance for a single seat this time, but it worked out sort of okay because I found an aisle seat next to a woman in her 50’s who was of no more than average size.  With the larger M-3 seats it’s as if she wasn’t there at all.  Well, almost, as she was eating a sandwich with some sort of cold cuts that had a very strong odor.  I’m not sure exactly what.  My initial thought was pastrami, but after a while that didn’t seem to be the case.  Hey, I’ve smelled many things on the LIRR that are much worse, so I’m not about to complain.  The trip to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle went by quickly, with no delays at all.

Gym: I had very little time tonight, but was able to run 1.75 miles on the treadmill at 5.7 mph, making a total of 7 miles for the week ending tonight.

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  1. Did I get these weight training basics right:

    – for Muscular Strength, do fewer reps, high weight
    – for Muscular Endurance, do medium reps, medium weight
    – for Muscle Size (bulk), do many reps, low weight.


  2. I’m not sure there really is a difference between strength and size (bulk). Big muscles and strong muscles are basically one and the same. In general, though, high weight + low reps = size and strength, while lower weight + higher reps = endurance.

    You’ll often see some people doing very low weights and very high reps. Women are the worst offenders, but men do it too. All this does is produce tired muscles.

  3. But I thought that bodybuilders have exactly that — big muscles, but not as strong as their size indicates.

  4. But I thought that bodybuilders have exactly that — big muscles, but not as strong as their size indicates.

    It’s a common belief, but really not true. What may contribute to the belief is the fact that powerlifters, who tend to be somewhat stronger than bodybuilders, don’t look quite as muscular because they have more body fat and therefore less visible muscular definition. Also, bodybuilders may be somewhat weakened on the day of competitions because they have dehydrated themselves to increase muscular definition. As soon as the competitions are over they rehydrate and their strength returns.

  5. Perhaps my earlier assumption about bodybuildres was incorrect. I heard a long time ago that bodybuilding involves a swelling of the muscles by pumping blood into them through lots of rapid low-weight reps.

    In other words, much of the bodybuilder’s bulk during competition is not so much muscle tissue, as gorged capillaries. Kind of made sense to me.

    I’ve once known an active female bodybuilder who had huge, bulky muscles in her competition photos, but off-season, looked more toned than bulky.

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