Ah, another day in the gym.  Another day surrounded by meatheads who flex in the mirror every 28.2 seconds and teenagers who think that swinging a dumbbell like a pendulum will actually help them build muscle.  That’s right, dude, use your back, hips, thighs and every other part and it will build your biceps.  You’re a genius.

I guess I shouldn’t say too much.  I’m sure when I was lifting in high school I did a thing wrong here or there.  I’m sure I probably do now.  But sometimes seeing these guys lift makes me grimace.  Don’t get me wrong; I don’t sit and watch everyone else in the gym.  I’m there for myself and am focusing on what I am doing.  But when I have to wait for someone to finish with a certain piece of equipment or to get out of the way, I can’t help but notice things.  I suppose I could offer my help, but I have a feeling these scrawny high school kids would not want to get advice from an overweight, sweaty, 30+ year old man.

But, as usual, I was able to get through my workout fairly well.  Unscathed this time (my head still is very tender where I got whacked).  The only real irritation is waiting for the one 35 pound dumbbell set to be put back.  Everyone seems to love to use it, and while most other weights have 2-3 pairs, this one flies solo.

After the gym my family had a nice meal, my wife and I watched our show (we’re watching 24 now) and then hit the sack for the last day of the work week.

TGIF indeed.


Breakfast – Homemade Egg McMuffin
Snacks – Jerky and granola bars
Lunch – Sloppy Joes
Dinner – Pizza Casserole
Dessert – Protein Shake


An hour+ of walking at work

5×6 Circuit Training

Sets 1-3 Sets 4-5
Barbell Curls  – –  55 lbs  50 lbs
Wrist Curls  – –  75 lbs  75 lbs
Skullcrushers  – –  50 lbs  50 lbs
Hammer Curls  – –  40 lbs/hand  35 lbs/hand
Concentartion Curls  – –  25 lbs/hand  20 lbs/hand
Dumbbell Curls  – –  25 lbs/hand  25 lbs/hand
Tricep Extensions  – –  90 lbs  80 lbs
Tricep Pulldowns  – –  90 lbs  90 lbs
Reverse Barbell Curls – –  50 lbs  45 lbs

3 thoughts on “Day 165… Pumpin’ Iron

  1. hehehe 🙂

    I know exactly what you mean about some of the people in the free weights area…should see the looks I get when I am doing olympic lifting!
    this morning I was doing power clean and presses…I had a trainer with me otherwise I really do get some looks…funnily enough the worst ones are from the skinny teenagers who have no clue what they are doing. THey look at me as if I shouldn’t even be seen, despite the fact that I (although still overweight) am more capable in the weights area than them by a long way. The serious guys are normally fine once I pick up the 12kg (26lb) dumbells and know how to wield them 😀

    1. Haha, yeah. Teenagers are the worst in the gym… I guess I was one once, but I don’t remember looking loathingly at people who were working out in the same area. Generational difference I suppose.

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