I also think at some point I may need to exclude the bar/handle from the weight data. But I like knowing much I am lifting "objectively," not just in terms of what goes on the bar/handle.
The point of this preface is that I may have falsely labeled some of my records in the past couple weeks, so, just to be on the same page with myself:
A1: Quads and Biceps
A2: Chest and Calves
A3: Hamstrings and Back
A4: Shoulders, Triceps and Deltoids
As for last evening…
15 July 2010
87kg BMI 25
A2: Chest and Calves, 90+ mins
Warmup: Jumping jacks 60x, Jump rope 2 mins, calisthenics/stretching
Cable crossover fly: 12x, 10x, 8x, 6x @ 32.5kg–45kg
Supine barbell fly: 12x, 10x, 8x, 6x @ 12kg–17.5kg
Incline bench press: 12x, 10x, 8x, 6x @ 50kg–70kg
Supine bench press: 12x, 10x, 8x, 6x @ 50kg–75kg
Seated calf raise: 21x, 25x, 25x, 25x @ 40kg–50kg
Single leg calf raise (each leg): 15x, 15x, 15x, 15x @ 12.5kg
Cooldown: Cable crossover: 20x @ 27.5kg; Dumbbell flyes: 20–30x @ 12kg; Incline dumbbell press: 20x @ 15kg; Dumbbell pullovers 15x @ 12kg; Seated calf raise 30x @ 40kg; Underhand wrist curls: 20x, 15x, 12x @ 47.5kg (to failure); Dumbbell pullovers 12x @ 15kg
I had some trouble with the incline and supine bench press. I usually begin with just the supine bench press and then do the other exercises, so reversing the order had me tired by the time I got to it. Plus, I have usually done three sets but now I'm doing four sets. So, once again, I must accept slow but steady gains while focusing on good form along the way. I've never been a strong bencher. I did the pullovers to stretch my chest as a whole and build the beloved serratus anterior. The beat goes on.
I struck upon the idea of making this chronicle into a book, titled The Bodybuilding of an Educator. The angle would be my experience as a foreigner in Taiwan breaking into bodybuilding and the target audience would be readers interested in expatriot 'reportage' or philosophical musings on exercise and life, or just people who might like an 'inspirational' memoir. Might I become the Friedrich Engels of bodybuilding?