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So I think I am joining the Y—I am currently on a week-long guest pass, have worked out Sunday and today, and I am quite tired but I feel good (or, y'know, would if the brainweasels would fuck off, but that's a different story)—and today I learned how to use the circuit machines. Ten reps each machine to start, low weight—

Guess who totally spaced on noting down what weight the Y staff member set each machine to. Guess who therefore has no clue what to put the machines on on the visit after next. (Next visit is gonna be straight cardio, I think.) Halp?

also nutrition question )
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So I went to the development community center gym and took pictures of the machines there. Can someone identify them for me and tell me what might be done with them and whether any of them might be useful to a rank beginner?

images )

And as long as I'm posting: only one set each :( and 5 lb weights for everything except the lateral raises (I swiped Mom's 2 lb weights to bring with me, and they were absurdly easy, next time I'm taking the 4 lbs), and ten reps bicep curls, nine each side triceps kickbacks, seven forward raises, twelve lateral raises, twelve each side bent rows, nine squats, five each side lunges. Which is to say, this workout off hearthealthyonline.com. (Then ten minutes treadmill, 3.0 mph at a 2.5 incline, whatever 2.5 means, and cool down same way I warmed up, with the three-block walk between gym and home.) I'm not sure what in there works my back, though. I'll worry about that in a couple days.
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Resistance bands? Apparently not doing it for me. However, my development has a gym attached to the community center, and it has free weights. Yesterday I did a ten-rep set each, with five-pound weights, of bicep curls and overhead presses and half a ten-rep set of lateral raises; given how long it's been since I did any strength training at all, I'm calling that impressive.

The goal I am setting is to be able to do at least that much with thirty-pound weights. Appropriate intermediate goals seem to be each intermediate size of weight, five-pound intervals. However, I do not know how long I should stay with any given size of weight before moving up to the next, how many ten-rep sets I should be aiming for with each weight, and also something about more reps with smaller weights for stamina and fewer reps with bigger weights for strength?

Help me set attainable goals, is my question here.
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According to the internet, the futon frame from my old and very broken bed is about 80 pounds. The thing is bulky and unwieldy and inconvenient, and just about at the limit of what I can pick up one-handed with a straight arm when deeply annoyed, but I can, and I did, and I hauled that sucker out of my apartment by my own self (I'd planned for it to be removed by the fellows delivering the new bed, but I learned quite belatedly that they don't take away futon frames unless they've been taken apart) and laid it gently atop the freakin' dumpster.

I stopped and rested several times, and alternated hands -- I possibly could have done it all in one go, but I wanted to be kind to my body -- and I was successful, and I did it.

I'm not yet quite in the headspace where the triumph over doing it myself is overriding the annoyance of my confounded expectations, but it's starting to get there.
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You know the drill! Tell us what you did this week!
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I know it's been a while, but: what did you do this week?

Also, I don't know about anyone else, but I would love an icon for posts about lifting heavy things. So I'm putting out a call. Ideas? Icons you want to share?
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My sincerest apologies for falling down, here. I've had some minor but distracting health problems of late. As a side note, if anyone is interested in co-modding, please contact me.

And now: what did you do?
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Sorry for spacing on this yesterday. Holler!
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Sorry for missing recently!

You know the drill!
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I can't believe I almost forgot this! What did you do this week?
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My apologies for missing this last week. I'd had some minor surgery (which is why I won't be contributing this week, bleh).

So, what did you do?
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Sorry, little late today. In my defense, I was lifting cat litter.

You know the drill! Whaddya do?
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For those of you who weren't here last week, this would be our weekly chance to talk about what we did this week. You can go into detail, you can talk about something new you did or an increase of some kind, or you can just report time or days or whatever makes you happy.

Comment away!
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I thought it might be fun to have a weekly post where people could comment with what strength training they did this week. It could be a fun way get ideas, cheer each other one, and help our members keep track of their own work.

I'm keeping the title completely neutral, because I want this to be as broad as possible. You can go into detail, you can talk about something new you did or an increase of some kind, or you can just report time or days or whatever makes you happy.

Comment away!
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