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Additional Machines

Tonight was time for check by the gym trainer. He answered our questions, and recommended additional machines to help solve some niggling concerns. We added the Triceps Press (for my flabby underarms) and Low Row (for our bad posture) to our round.

I asked when I could start doing free weights, and he said once I put on some muscle with the machines. Free weights, he said, are harder to do than machine training. Strength, muscle control and good form are required, none of which I have right now.

Yellow dumbells

Basically, I sit on the machines wishing I were somewhere else. Right now I set the machines to mostly do the basic weights for women. Except for the Leg press, I don’t feel like I can add more kgs to the Chest press or Lat pulldown or Abdominal or…

I did another 4k on the treadmill. Seems I won’t have a problem keeping this up for the rest of the month. Can’t wait to hit 5k soon, though.

A day at the gym focused on training. I did my best to concentrate on breathing and good posture. I’m such a lousy sloucher. Ugh.

I’m always in awe of those people who could do 50kg++ on these machines. I would break in half. I wonder how long it will take me to add additional weights.

Three rounds with the machines. Am tired! No pool time tonight = total misery.

Time with the Machines and Pool

  • Lat Pulldown 11.5kg, 30x
  • Low Row 11.5kg, 20x
  • Chest Press 4.5kg, 20x
  • Sit-up 30x
  • Leg Press 22.5kg, 30x
  • Torso Rotation 14kg, 60x
  • Tricep Press 4.5kg, 20x
  • Hip Flexer 10x
  • Abdominal 5 + 4.4kg, 40x
  • Back Extension 10x
  • Recumbent Exercise Bike 2km
  • Running 30min = 4km at 5.5-8km/h, slope 0.0%
  • Mechanical Horse medium strength @ 10min
  • Diet Trainer 5min @ 20
  • Pool Sadly, no pool time today (tears)


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  • slf

    Why no pool? Gym session took too long?
    Go muscles!

    • beverlyclaire

      Yeah, I had to do everything s.l.o.w.l.y and carefully as trainer was watching. Will hit the pool tomorrow! Can’t wait.