Heavy Lifting

09.30.2011I know that heavy lifting tends to be an expression, but today I did some heavy lifting—literally. My one friend and I go to the gym about four times a week and I got a new fitness book that has you follow a 28 day program of fitness. We started the program last week, but today, things got a little intense. The philosophy behind this book is the fact that you need to “keep your muscles guessing” by switching up the exercises that you do. In addition, you need to “exhaust” your muscles, which means that by the time you get to the end of your set, you should barely be able to lift the weight. Also, you do a different muscle group every day so that your muscles in one area can recover while you continue to work out a different area. Today was arms (biceps and triceps) along with shoulders. I’m already pretty happy with the way my arms are, and don’t really have any complaints about the muscle tone there. However, today made me feel plain weak. This week became a little more intense than the previous week, because it added in the idea of a superset, which is when you don’t rest in between sets. Also, you had to use heavier weights. All I can say is I definitely reached muscle exhaustion, which is a good thing, except my arms feel like jell-o. I don’t even want to know what they are going to feel like tomorrow. But hey, no pain no gain, right?