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  • Legs and all that Jazz

    Did the visit with the PT out at Dr. Kramer's this morning, and after the traction, I felt a twinge in my mid back. It's pretty normal with chiropractic adjustments and therapy, since the approach to healing is to realign everything as it was meant to be instead of the traditional “Let's see if we can cut it open and fix it” approach of your average MD.

    But in all fairness, I'd say the results for both are about 50-50, depending on the client. Some people, myself included, are sticklers for following the Dr.'s instructions. Others, not so much. When you pay all that money for a Doctor's advice and treatment, Chiropractic or otherwise, and then don't do what they say, you are setting yourself up for failure. Only problem is, when it comes to your body, well, that's not something you want to fail at, now is it?

    Ran a few errands and waited until the twinge was gone before beginning my session today. When I did, I started with a couple of the stretching exercises I posted yesterday to loosen up my back and hips, then did the regular ab workout with no pain beyond the ache in the abdominal muscles, which is supposed to be there.

    The Leg routine was pretty straightforward. I started with Standing Calf Raises, then polished off my Calves with seated Calf Raises. 3 sets of 10 for all of it, just like before.

    Next I did the Leg Extensions, being very careful to align my knees with the pivot point at the beginning of each set. Same 80 pounds I am used to, and still feel it at the end of the third set.

    Now came the Leg Curls, and wow, have I ever been shorting myself on these. I did my first set with only 30 pounds on the device and my hamstrings were aching by the time I completed the first set. I dropped the weight to 25 pounds for the final two sets, and still had to strain to get the last few reps up. I guess that shows me. Next week, 30 pounds for all three sets, and we will definitely work our way up to 40 by the end of the year.

    Since the Doc has cut out my Squats and Lunges for the time being, my final exercise was the Dead Lift. I used the 50 pound barbell to start, and completed 3 sets with no difficulty, but some strain. The most affected area was the top of my Glutes, which is the reason for Squats and Lunges in the first place. So the exercise was successful, and by the end I felt I had completed a good calorie burning session.

    I jumped on the Gazelle for my short session that actually turned out to be a little longer, but when you are listening to Christ Botti you hate to interrupt him. The man is fantastic on that trumpet, and I've always loved to hear someone with passion play.

    Did the cool down in the backyard, but I frankly don't know how long that's going to last with the weather as cold as it is. Might have to start driving out to the mall and do a few laps, or since I am an alumni, I could always head over to Bradley University and use the gym at the student center. The joggers and runner will have to go around me if I do. Oh well, I've never been much of a speed guy.

    I hope you are all having a blessed and glorious day.

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