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  • Blasting the Arms and Shoulders

    Like I said Monday, I've decided to add another “heavy” week to the routine. Everything went up 10 pounds, and believe me, I feel it.

    Started out the day with a nice solid bowl of microwave oatmeal, Cinnamon Roll flavored. I knew I was going to need a solid foundation for the day. Lunch was some left over liver and onions with a little stove top stuffing and some steamed cauliflower. Definitely needed the calories for the workout.

    About 2 pm I started, as usual with shoulders first. Shrugs are up to 110 pounds, and the flyes both front and side were accomplished with 35 pound dumbbells. 3 sets of 10 each.

    Moved to the biceps with 70 pounds on the bent bar, then 70 pounds on the preacher curl, then concentration curls at 35 pounds, one arm at a time.

    Triceps began with the overhead seated press at 70 pounds, then a quick 30 pushups with arms wide to emphasize the triceps, then down to the Total Gym to complete the sets.

    Started out with the shoulder pull overs, emphasizing the negatives by lowering slowly, then the triceps pushdowns from the prone position. Turned around to face the column and completed the triceps pressbacks while holding myself erect in the seated position, and finished off with the bicep curls.

    After I managed to slowly navigate my way up the stairs, using the handrails, I turned on the blender to finish the protein shake I had set up. 1 banana, 2 cups of 2% milk, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and a raw egg. Drank it down in long, delicious gulps. I could actually feel my body stripping the protein out of my stomach, or at least it felt that way.

    Arms and shoulders are stiff and pumped as I am typing this, so it's not going to be too long, but I wanted to tell you how incredible it feels. Yeah, I'm tired. Yeah, it hurt. And Yeah, the feeling of the pump is amazing. I went to pick up a gallon of water out of the fridge and had to control my arm to keep from tossing it all over the kitchen. Things that used to feel heavy are just there now. They still have weight, mind you, but that weight is nothing compared to the muscle power.

    And the endorphins are kicking in as I am typing this. What a rush.

    If you aren't working out, you are robbing yourself of some incredible feelings.

    I hope you are having a blessed and wonderful day.

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