Hard Workout

Brian Carpenter conducted our open training session Monday evening at Kachmann Mind Body Institute at Lutheran Hospital. Brian was filling in for Erin Long, who is in California attending a seminar.

The session was set up in modules of 8 repetitions. There must have been 15 or so individual modules. At least it seemed like there were that many. Each individual repetition consisted of a certain amount of time in motion and a certain amount of time at rest.

For example, we ran in place for 10 seconds then rested for 10 seconds. We did crunches for 15 seconds and rested for 15 seconds. And so on. Although the rest periods helped, each module basically drained every ounce of energy out of whichever muscle group we happened to be working on. As another example, one module consisted of squats against a wall while doing curls with weights. After the 8th repetition, I felt as if I could not stand up. I also felt as if I could not ever again curl the 15 pound weights.

One module drained our forearms and biceps, only to have Brian ask us to do 10 fast pushups immediately thereafter. Now that was interesting. I can usually crank out at least 10 quick pushups, but there was nothing quick about those 10. I’m lucky to have made it through all 10 without breaking my nose in a total collapse.

I thought that perhaps Brian would give us one easy module at the end of the session to ensure we could walk out of the workout room under our own power. Well, that didn’t happen. The last module consisted of crunches in a plank position, lifting the right leg and touching the left elbow and alternately lifting the left leg to touch the right elbow. One last time, 8 repetitions, 15 seconds on, 10 rest. Or something like that. By that point, I had lost track of time and was no longer listening to Brian’s voice but only to the beeper on his timer.

I’m sitting here this morning, typing this on my laptop, knowing that as the day wears on I will be reminded of last night’s workout throughout the day and into tomorrow. That’s one good thing about hard workouts. Your investment in time and effort provides returns sometimes for days afterward. It also makes your muscles big and hard and makes you feel like you could kick some serious butt.

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