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Machines, very different ones ...

For the first time ever I walked into a Gym and actually worked out., yeap, worked out. Yikes !!!

Long overdue session, a back that's starting to look like Quasi's, age creeping behind me at a flogs phase.
I won't let them bend me nor catch me any time soon., so B's to the rescue.
For those of you that know me, then I'm easy to recognize, the guy with half body, some legs but not much else (well, not counting the Pot Belly), yeap, that's moi.

Half to noon, not knowing what to expect when I arrived, small towel on one hand, a Gatorade on the other and some tunes to rattle the noggin's.
What would I find ?, perhaps, Meat heads ?, Girlie man's in tight's ? Testosterone crazed she-mans ?. Nope, non of those around., just Machines and your average Joe's burning up those spare tires., that and more Machines, all sorts of odd looking ones, some you pulled on, some you pushed on and some others I had no idea how to use them, it was an exercise in it self figuring what to do., hahaha.

So, started slow, very low resistance, almost no weights to speak of as I'm not looking to bulk-up, just to be a bit more fit, expand upper body horizons and wake-up some muscles that I never new I had..

Concentrated in upper area, lower back, abdominals and some others that yet to know their names.
No cramps, but did manage to hit that beloved 184 beats per minute mark that I usually achieve during those sweet mountain biking riders of ours., not knowing if good or bad, as charts claim my maximum being a mere 177 bpm's, heck I pounded some hills at 196, dizzy, tunnel vision induced but heck, been there.

Three hours later, sweat dripping down my face, a bit of trembling upper body, with a whole lot of self indulgence that accompanied that grin from hear to hear as I drove away with the top down, upper 70's and sunshine on my face.
All I can say is wow, well worth it, I''ll be back gain, at least 3 times a week. Jacuzzi awaits and I'm please to dip.

So 'til next one, your un-weakling thy.

Freaky franky
Posted by Freaky franky riding a bush load of silk on 12/13/06

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  • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
    Hey Franky!

    Good job, my man! I like that you went with minimal resistance up front, right away. The experience shows. You didn't go the route of the most weights as hard as you could on day one. You already knew the price up front. Regarding the tunnel vision, BTDT! I've never been to a gym yet, but that's probably my loss. Keep at it and tell us how you do.
    Posted by STP a 45 year old Racer riding a K2 Razorpiggie from P'Dale on 12/14/06

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    • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
      thanks Regis,
      I'm somewhat sore today, but managed to do Los Robles trail in TO.

      Will do my best to stay injury free as this are virgin little muscles.
      at the gym I was like, uhm, don't feel any activity on upper back area, never the less, I feel it now, even more when I relapse into keyboard hunchback mode., it must be working already :)

      Funny thing was that the one leg machine i tried, keep incrementing weights as it always seemed lite, got to 2 notch's to max, ham strings and upper gluts got a workout, almost 100% opposite to upper body workout, extremities have totally whacked out power ratios.

      I'll take somemeasurements and will log progress, perhaps turn it into a database for further reference.

      anyways, hope you're healing well, stay warm and pretty please, charm us with your wonderful posts.

      cheerios,
      Franky
      Posted by Freaky franky riding a bush load of silk on 12/14/06

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  • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
    Good job Freaky Franky.
    I go to the gym a lot, but lately I have been a little lazy. Reading your post was motivating.
    Keep it up,

    Posted by KellyKat4 on 12/15/06

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    • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
      Thanks KellyKat4,
      It's the Holidays, so,plum-up now so you can pump-up latter ;~)
      I'll deffently keep it up, it's lots of fun.

      Hows your riding going ?
      Did they fitted the bike for you ?



      Posted by Freaky franky riding a bush load of silk on 12/15/06

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      • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
        Freaky.....first, your Mr Venezuela....now, Mr Universe??? Don't hulk up too much...not good for mtbing!

        I work out at the gym twice a week during my 'lunch hour' (1-1/2 hrs actually)...some stretching, medium-weights, calisthenics, various abs/lower-back work, then do 30-45 minutes cardio on either a stationary (upright or recumbinant) bike or elliptical machine.....all training for those long w/e hikes and/or or mtb rides. A regimen that I've been doing consistently for nearly 30 years.


        Posted by GhostRider a 31 year old Downhiller on 12/15/06

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        • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
          dood,
          wtf is with all the relevant content in your posts?
          it is really starting to piss me off!
          paz afuera
          Posted by Papisimo riding a Bike on 12/16/06

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        • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
          hahha, true that.
          no macho mang, I'm just a lover, sweetie.

          You looked pretty trim when we rode and good posture too, so it's working for ya.
          I'll have to do more stretching as both ham's cramp up now and then, Ab's and lowers I did and will do more.

          Just got up and and 90% of soreness is gone, stretched in jacuzzi and mimicked exercises in there too, 3 times since Wednesday.

          Yoga after today's ride, meeting Pilate's next week, heard he's fun.
          I'll stay withing Cyclist body range, non of that He Man / Rambo stuff please, more of the Valentino type.

          Gym will be back to full class schedule in '07, there's PowerFlex, and some others that I'm very interested on.
          Swimming will be a huge part of the program, as it's a primordial force in me. there's not much else that is better balanced that those type of body's, Gymnast are a bit bulkier.

          I'm open to suggestions, so email me if you please.



          guess you know what you wanted early, cheezus, dumb bells in the crib ??? <8~p
          Posted by Freaky franky riding a peaches 'cus anything biggers it's a waste on 12/16/06

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          • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
            Sound like your on the right track, verity it the best thing to keep in shape. I do yoga every Saturday and I feel great after.
            A lot depends on the instructor, so if you don't like something the first, time try it again with another instructor.

            I haven't had a chance to ride much. Being a beginner I can only go on easy rides and last weekend was cancelled because of rain and I think this Sundays ride will be cancelled because of rain. I did get to ride the Fullerton loop, which I thought was fun. I just felt bad because I think I slowed the group down.
            There is a this guy that teaches beginners and takes us on different rides four weekends in a row, but his next session is not till February and I don't want to wait that long.

            Posted by KellyKat4 on 12/16/06

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            • Re: Machines, very different ones ...
              trying to keep it interesting.

              did not make it to Saturday's class, but in for Wednesday 6:15pm, hitting Simi's Gym in a few for another quiet, long, slow workout.

              I'll be at Chesebro on Saturday, Los Robles tomorrow morning and Thursday eve.
              I'' squeeze a beach path ride this Wednesday prior to Yoga class in Hermosa's Baily's., may even try a short workout prior to ride., well see.,or maybe leave it for Thursday, I'll let my body do the talking.

              perhaps you can make one of those rides., feel free to join in and don't worry about slowing anyone down., everyone in our group pecks it's own spot and riding rhythm, we're not really competing with each other, just having fun.

              Posted by Freaky franky riding a confused duo. on 12/18/06

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