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  • Endorphins are a beautiful thing

    I love Leg Day. Woke up this morning thinking about it. Thought about it all day.

    Today was a heavy day - working with weights in the 100 – 50 lbs range. Pretty much anytime I work legs its a heavy day. Let's face it, we are talking about BIG muscles.

    High protein and carb intake as well. Steak and Eggs with Hash Browns for breakfast, 10 am snack was ¼ pound of chicken livers with a little Swiss cheese melted over them. The post workout snack was the same, substituting provolone for Swiss.

    I started with my usual ab set, reserving the oblique twists for the Total Gym, and went into my weight room to do my squats. Three sets of 10 reps @ 100 lbs, followed immediately by Seated Leg extensions @ 50 lbs per leg, then Lying Leg Curls @ 50 lbs. Next I grabbed the 25 lb dumbbells and completed my lunges, then polished off with Calf Raise @ 50 lbs.

    Down to the Total Gym for the polishers. I set it at resistance level 5, did 30 reps per side oblique twists. Moved the wing bar to the top of the unit and performed 30 leg pullups, basically leg curls done from a slant, then moved the wing bar back to the bottom of the unit and did 30 inclined squats.

    Finished the whole thing off with ten minutes on the Gazelle listening to Evanescence.

    Workout time : Approximately 45 minutes. Calories burned : about 600 total. Heart rate was around 150 for at least 20 minutes.

    And those endorphins I mentioned? They started kicking in about 30 minutes before the workout actually started. That's right. You see the brain actually anticipates the workout stress and begins to release the endorphins before the workout. Now since endorphins are the body's natural pain killers, the added bonus is you get to work out harder. And you feel....GREAT!

    Oh, checked my weight this morning. Holding steady at 189 lbs, which is about right, considering I've had a couple of high calorie days, loading up for the rip week. Finished off the day with a nice Penne Rigate with a rich tomato sauce with all sorts of wonderful ingredients, including some nice, lean chicken breast.

    And in case you are thinking all I did was work out today, I made it to my chiropractor, got my hair cut, did some shopping, wrote a poem and the first chapter of my study in 2nd Corinthians, played with the dog for about 20 minutes, and still managed to make the sauce from scratch. And this wasn't even a busy day.

    So, what did you do today?

    I hope your day was blessed and beautiful.

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