First Day Back on the Horse

Last Updated on November 2, 2015 by Michael Brockbank

So, today is my debut day back into weight training and full-on exercise. After six months, it’s a bit grueling. I am also a bit disappointed because I used to be able to lift far more than I did today. But that’s OK; at least I am back into it now. Next Halloween, I’m dressing up as Captain America.

Taking it Easy

Being excessively overweight and completely out of shape, I wanted to slowly get back into my routine. The last thing I want to do is keel over on the treadmill from a heart attack. You don’t want to go too far at the beginning because you can do a great deal of damage to yourself.

I mixed it up a bit tonight between weights and cardio. I don’t want to Hulk-out while being portly. To be honest, I really don’t want to have too much in the way of muscle. I just want to get back to being around 200 pounds. My goal is 190, but I think I have too much muscle mass to actually get that low.

Today, I burnt nearly as many calories as I consumed – which isn’t really a good thing. You see, you’ll burn about eight calories every five minutes just from being alive. Right now, I feel lethargic and tired. That will be a mixture of physical exhaustion from exercising and a lack of food intake. Don’t worry…I have fish sticks in the oven and a Mountain Dew Berry Lime Gaming Fuel sitting next to me.

My Workout Today

I didn’t do any leg work today – mostly because I really didn’t think of it. I concentrated on upper body and then walked to burn calories. My workout consisted of:

  • Machine Bicep Curl: 20 reps at 30 lbs; 40 reps at 35 lbs
  • Seated Machine Tricep Extension: 60 reps at 35 lbs
  • Machine Fly: 60 reps at 70 lbs
  • Seated Machine Row: 75 reps at 30 lbs
  • Treadmill Walking: .99 miles in 18 mins

I know, it doesn’t look like a lot. However, it’s 10,550 pounds and more than 260 calories burnt. It’s kinda sad, really. This time last year I was averaging more than 50,000 pounds per workout. Now, I have to start almost completely over. If I would have done leg work, I would have really cranked out some iron.

My wife and I will be getting back into the routine of going to the rec center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On the other days, I usually put effort into playing the Xbox Kinect – which is more grueling than you may think. In fact, I am going to do a study in the near future regarding how Kinect gaming can be extremely beneficial.

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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