Doing less

Thursday: lifting day. J and I headed to the gym as usual, where (on the advice of the wonderful asubjectivity) I tried to do fewer things while still hitting all the relevant muscle groups. So, I did bicep curls, oblique twists, assisted pullups/dips (loving these for their difficulty and compound-ness– they get so many muscles!), those tricksy last-6-inches quad curls for my knees, back extensions, pec flys, and lat pulls (though looking at that one, it acts a lot like a pullup so I might drop it).* I did situps last night so I skipped that machine; I’m not sure if it’s better to do 50 unencumbered or 15 at 100lb resistance– I bet I’ll be sorer after the 50. I was much less tired afterward, and my stretching time was actual stretching, not laying on the mat wishing I could take a nap.

It’s a little light on the lower body; once I can grab a staff member I’ll get them to show me proper form for squats. The one on duty was busy being a personal trainer, which apparently involves a lot of yelling “Yeah! Whooo!” in the big room.

The other day, I read an article about eating while working out, which strikes me as weird (I’d probably barf, but then, I’m not running marathons). It also contained this interesting little nugget:

“Dr. Benradot’s research indicates that athletes do best when they never let themselves have more than a 400-calorie deficit during the day. That is, if you expend 1,500 calories on a two-hour run, you offset it with at least 1,100 calories in food that day.”
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/workouts-may-not-be-the-best-time-for-a-snack/

This is common sense. I’m still working on staying in the training mindset and staying out of the dieting mindset.

* Sorry for the laundry list! If you see any cool muscles I missed, though, let me know.

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