that was fun! let's do it again!
When I first started working out, I had a plan. I wanted to protect my shoulders, both of which have old injuries which didn't receive proper medical attention at the time. I wanted to build strength rather than bulk. And I knew that working the same muscle groups two days in a row doesn't give them a chance to recover. So to avoid overdoing it, I set a three-times-a-week schedule and planned to bump up the weight on the machines only when an exercise seemed too easy.
My first few workouts were pretty hard. I broke a sweat pretty early in the rotation, and I felt sore the next day. For a little while after that I could keep up the pressure -- whichever machines I'd added weight to would be pretty hard the next time, and the others would at least feel like I was getting exercise. I'd be sweaty at the end of the workout, even if I didn't really get that way until near the end.
Today I started my workout in the usual style -- bump up the weight by half a plate on the machines that seemed too easy last time, and leave the others where they were. But although the individual muscle groups felt like I was working them, after two or three machines I just didn't feel like I was getting any exercise
. So I went back to the beginning and added a plate to every machine, even the ones that were hard last time. Ah, now that's
After dripping sweat on all the machines, and barely finishing the third set on half of them, I'm now feeling appropriately sore -- the good, endorphinated sore. And Wednesday suddenly seems like a long way away.