I’ve been quite proud of my workouts as of late. I feel muscles a-poppin all over and I feel STRONG when I walk. Best of all, my shoulder duck has nearly ceased quacking. That shoulder surgery that I was told is necessary? It’s on permanent hold as of now. I have very little pain and my mobility is nearly back to normal. Sure, holding my arm out laterally is difficult, but what the fuck do I need to do that for, anyway? What situation would necessitate me holding my arm straight out to the side for any length of time? My shoulder duck can suck my dick.
Am I am badass motherfucker? Well..I think that is relative. So, YES..I am. Perhaps I am still an aging, fairly out of shape crab ass, but still…muscles.
A week ago, it occurred to me that perhaps I could do more.
When I finish with my work outs, I’m tired and I’m sweaty and I FEEL it. But really, couldn’t I do more?
I decided to test this out.
I added 100 non-weighted squats to my normal routine. Now, the thought of doing 100 squats, even a month ago, was ridiculous. I can’t do that shit.
Guess what? Yes I can.
Is it hard? Yep.
I doubled the weight I’ve been using for weighted squats. DOUBLED. Is it hard? Yep. Can I do it? YES I CAN.
All I did was just try. You know..just to see.
As it turns out, I wasn’t working out as hard as I could. Once I got tired and sweaty, I figured that was enough. But is that the BEST I can do? Apparently not.
I decided to test this out with my cardio as well.
I used my treadmill for 40 minutes in the morning and usually 40 minutes in the evening. I change it up by adding incline for 10 minutes and I go from a brisk walk to a light run and made it up to 15 minutes.
Couldn’t I run a little longer and a little faster? Why do I stop after 15 minutes? Because I CAN’T run any more? Or because I’m feeling tired and quite frankly, kinda bored?
I CAN run longer. So far it’s not much of a change, but I’m up to 20 minutes. I’m still working on the ‘THIS IS BORING’ factor. I watch Sam and Dean while treadmilling, but the motherfucker is REALLY noisy and even with TV turned up to ear bleeding levels, it’s still hard to hear. Unless someone is getting shot or stabbed. I hear that okay.
Here is the part where I feel compelled to remind you that I am NOT an expert. For fuck’s sake, all the advice I give might be the worst thing you can do. I only report what I’m doing for myself. And I’ve managed to injure myself a few times since I’ve started. So please, check with a doctor before you start a work out plan and PLEASE don’t push yourself until you hurt yourself. Or if you do…don’t tell me it was because you read this. I don’t want to know.
On the other hand…is it POSSIBLE that you could be pushing yourself a little harder?
Just consider it. Are you half assing it?