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Shari and I have been following ...

Posted Sep 12 2008 11:17pm

benchpress.jpgShari and I have been following the Body for Life program for about 9 weeks now and have about 3 left for our first cycle (see previous post ).

At first the workouts just really slammed me. I was extremely sore and exhausted for several days after each workout. Over the course of 9 weeks I’ve built up a lot of stamina. In fact, I actually feel good after the workouts now. Contrary to what most people hope for with a workout program, I have actually gained about 5-7lbs, but most of that weight has been muscle. I’ve been careful to make sure and eat enough food to actually grow those muscles.

One of my goals was to be able to do a chin-up by the end of the 12 weeks. Last week was the first time I was able to do so and managed to do 6 in one set. On Monday I managed to dead-lift 195lbs for 6 reps.

I try to vary my workouts to keep my body from getting in a rut. My workouts look something like (following the standard set and rep scheme of Body for Life):

  • dead-lifts; hamstring curls; calf raises; hanging knee raises
  • dead-lifts; straight leg dead-lifts; calf raises; crunches
  • dips; bent-over rows; overhead presses; curls; triceps extensions
  • chin-ups; bench press; upright row; curls; triceps extensions

For cardio work I ski on a Nordic Track machine for 20 minutes while watching Hogan’s Heroes. And I almost forgot, 20 minutes of Tai Chi every morning.

If I keep at it I may be in decent shape by the time I’m 42…

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