Thursday, July 11 – Friday, July 12

Thursday was a bit of a wasted opportunity. Although I got back from my main job at a reasonable time and didn’t have any work in the evening at the Major Home Improvement Retailer, I still didn’t make it to the gym. I really wanted to go, but I was just so exhausted it wasn’t happening.
Friday was much better. It being a day off from both jobs, I made it to the gym in the late afternoon and had a pretty decent back session, if I may say so. Seated cable rows came first, 5 x 8 x 150. This is up five pounds from last time. Although I was considering barbell rows, I decided instead to do dumbbell pullovers, an exercise that works both the back and chest, 6 x 8 x 60. I’d almost forgotten what a hard exercise that is. Next came a session on the seated back machine, 4 x 10 at level 12, followed by seated cable pulldowns, 3 x 8 x 145. Finally, to end the session, I did just a few neutral grip pull-ups, 2 x 4. Guess it’s time to get back into these.

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Monday, July 8 – Wednesday, July 10

Work sometimes can interfere with the gym. Usually I say that about my second job at the Major Home Improvement Retailer, but on both Monday and Wednesday it was my main job that got in the way. On Monday, my usual seven-hour workday turned into almost ten hours, so heavy was the workload. While there was still ample time for the gym by the time I finally got back, I was just too beat out.

Wednesday was the same story with a couple changed details. I didn’t work quite as long at my main job, a bit over eight hours, but I had a shorter window for the gym because I had to be at the Major Home Improvement Retailer at 6 for a four-hour shift. By the time I got back, unwound a bit, diddled around on the computer and so on, it was past 4:30 and I would have had time just for an abbreviated gym session followed by a dash to the MHIR. That just wasn’t happening.

Ah, but Tuesday, that was a (mostly) much happier story. I got back from the main job at the usual time and didn’t have a MHIR shift. What I ended up doing was a bench-only session. Decent numbers too: 6 x 135, 6 x 155, 6 x 185, 4 x 205, 5 x 225, 3 x 235, 1 x 245, 4 x 225, 2 x 225, 8 x 185. It took quite a bit out of me so I decided to skip the other upper-body work I had planned. That really shouldn’t matter.

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Saturday, July 6 – Sunday, July 7

Only one gym session this weekend, as I was working at the Major Home Improvement Retailer for eight hours both days. As Saturday I wasn’t starting until 2:30 in the afternoon I went to the gym shortly after noon. Nothing  too heavy, just some leg work on the incline press and an extension machine. I wasn’t really keeping track of weights, just trying to get a decent level of resistance that wouldn’t leave me too beat out for work/ Sunday’s shift started at 10:30 am and I just didn’t have the motivation to go to the gym beforehand.

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Friday, July 5

A mid-afternoon gym visit on the last day of my week off from my main job. Though, come to think of it, because Fridays are my normal day off this really wasn’t part of the week off. Not that it really matters.
Today was back day. For the first time in basically forever I did barbell rows, 4 x 8 x 145. In doing them I was reminded why there’s not one of my favorites: they are awkward and it’s a constant struggle not to go too far upright and turn the row into shrugs. Weak shrugs, that is, as they normally involve much higher weights than rows. Though on second thought the struggle to maintain good form actually may increase the value of the exercise.

Next came cable rows, which unlike their barbell counterparts definitely are much less awkward-feeling. I did 5 x 8 x 145, a decent level. I finished the weight part of the session with the lower back extension machine, 5 x 10 at resistance level 12 of 16. Finally, I ellipted for 20 minutes, nothing earth-shattering.

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Thursday, July 4

As the gym closed early on the 4th of July I made a somewhat unusual late-morning trip. To my mild surprise it was quite crowded, I suppose people’s plans for cookouts and so on were for later in the day. In any event, I wasn’t really in a weights sort of mood, so instead I did a variety of other things: 20 minutes ellipting, at a moderate resistance level, 20 minutes on the stationary cycle, once again at a moderate level, and finally a 20-minute fast incline pace on the treadmill, I topped off at a 4% incline. Now, 4% may not seem like too much, but when you’re on a treadmill – or, for that matter, on a road – it seems like quite a bit. Even without any weights work this was a decent session, no complaints here.

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Wednesday, July 3

I wasn’t able to go to the gym on Tuesday because I had other activities scheduled. To make it up, I had a fairly long session on Wednesday, going earlier than accustomed because I had to be in the Major Home Improvement Retailer at 4:30. I started out with bench presses, doing better than last session: 6 x 135, 6 x 155, 6 x 185, 4 x 205, 2 x 4 x 225, 2 x 235, 2 x 225, 8 x 185. This was two more reps at 225 than for my last bench session. Progress. My triceps still being a sticking point, I worked them with narrow grip bench presses, 4 x 8 x 145. Last time I had the same set and rep count but at 135.

As my shoulders were a bit sore by this point I decided against  increasing last session’s weights on dumbbell shoulder presses. As a result I did 4 x 8 x 30/30. One thing I liked is that I was able to snag a bench with a chair-like back that provided better back support and discouraged leaning. Finally, I ended the weight session with some pec deck flies, 3 x 8 x 135, up five pounds. With weights done, I then ellipted 20 minutes at a moderate resistance level and moderate pace, nothing earth shattering.

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Monday, July 1

No gym on Sunday, as I had an 8-hour and rather draining shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer. Lift, carry, lift, carry, rinse and repeat. One unfortunate consequence is that it left me with a very sore muscle in my side. When I went to the gym in late afternoon on Monday, it being a week off from my main job, my activities were rather limited. All I could manage, or dared to manage, were some light machine exercises, pec deck and shoulder press in particular.  It was a slight setback but really nothing too bad.

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