OK, I was going to fib a little about my plans for the first day of two-a-days today, as I hit the home stretch in preparations for this coming June's National Senior Games in Albuquerque.
Instead of getting up at 5 a.m. to hit the first workout of the day, I re-set my alarm and woke up just early enough to have a little coffee, then get ready for work.
I did make it to the gym this afternoon and had a really good workout, and I plan to do some before-bed yoga in a little while, so I was going to report that I did the yoga this morning, so as to successfully fulfill the goal I mentioned in yesterday's blog.
I couldn't do it.
I'm such an honest person, it's ridiculous sometimes.
But since I AM doing the yoga later, and I DID make it to the gym earlier, I suppose we can still count it as a successful two-a-day.
As always, I tried to set a new PR (personal record) of some kind during my gym workout. This time, I definitely set one PR, in the leg press, and I'm pretty sure another one, in the incline dumbbell bench press.
In the leg press, I did five sets with eight reps at 180 pounds, eight reps at 230, six reps at 270, six reps at 360, and four reps at 450. That last set was heavy. If you're moving heavy weights like that, make sure you pay attention to your form, execute the movement smoothly, and don't hold your breath -- it can spike your blood pressure, for one thing, and for me, holding my breath during the concentric portion of the lift (the pushing part) creates a lot of cranial pressure/sinus pressure. It hurts!
I finished with a set of four reps at 55 pounds for the dumbbell inclines. Back in the day, I was maxing out with 65-pound dumbbells for the regular bench press, so that ain't half bad.
I also did some step-ups holding dumbbells (15 and 20 pounders); did some barbell dead-lifts; some dumbbell shoulder presses and small barbell shoulder presses; some machine bench press; some rear delt raises; and a couple sets of side laterals.
A pretty decent workout.
The only thing I didn't get to today was my low-bar hip raises. I was going to do those after I got home from the gym, but I figured my shoulders and arms would be too wasted to try to hold myself upside down on the bars. So I'll save that one for morning.
I will get up this time.
Hold me to it.
I'll report back tomorrow.
What did you do today?