Body toning routine
Added light weight training to my cycling regimen today. Since I began riding again, all is generally going well except the upper body. The upper arms (triceps) and shoulders (traps) are getting a little sore as the mileage increases. So, dusted off the weight bench, the bar, dumbbells, and began a light muscle toning workout of about eight routines that covers about the whole body, takes about 45 minutes in all. I'm positive it will make a big difference.
Would like to mention, most of these weight routines can be done with just a pair of very simple weights. I just mention the bench and long bar because I just happened to have them from past years when I was trying to give Arnold schwarzenegger a hard time....kidding!
What exercises do you do?
I went to the gym today. Once a week, when it gets really cold I'll do weights twice a week, and aerobic crap a couple times a week.
Everybody needs a little iron in their diet:D
Good work. My back is so cratered, I have to do all my lifting either reclined or on an incline on the bench, and I have to do high rep, low weight, as well, but that's still a lot better than not doing it.
I bought a good slanted bench and a neat mat to go underneath some time back. Both brand spanking new. Had some dumbbells. The bench is wonderful for holding clothing I don't feel like hanging up, or for resting my foot when I tie my shoes.
Getting ready to post my ad on Craigslist for "little used bench." :D
Benchpresses for the chest.
Bicep curls and Tricep presses, arms.
Shoulder shrugs with the long bar, traps.
Situps and leg raises, abdomen.
Good mornings with the long bar behind the neck for the lower back and hamstrings.
Hamstring curls on the bench attachment.
Bentover and upright rows.
Yeah, when muscles start to get sore and achy, it kind of ruins a good ride.
A bench for Gary
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
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The last weight lifting routine I did on any kind of regular basis involved a lot of 12 oz. curls.
Mrs S just bought for me one of those rubber hose thingy's with handles on the end.
Supposedly you can do all sorts of exercises with it. I've been doing single and double curls with it.
I'd imagine, if I can run it across my back and lie down, I could do presses, too. Hmmm.. I'll have to try that. I've also started doing stomach crunches... my stomach is not all that.
I do need to be careful, though... I have a sizable investment in XL cycling clothes... I do NOT need to start replacing it
A lot of weight equipment seems to get turned into clothes hangers:)
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
My weight equipment and treadmill usually gather dust over the summer but both start getting use when the cold weather sets in. I also setup the indoor trainer but I find it really tough to get on that thing.
Any resistance training can not hurt. Total Gym is my choice of a torture device.
My weight bench was a clothes hanger for 20 years but I'm very glad today I'm a pack-rat. Going into my storage room is something like a used bike shop. There are couple rollers, (which will be used again) Emily K and Sergal clothing, crocheted gloves, moth eaten leg warmers, silk sewups, and Fiamme red and yellow rims.
My son and I spot each other down in the basement. He can bench 350 pounds. I'm getting weaker as I get older, so I can only bench about 275 these days.
Pretty much the same for squats. I need a Lewis machine to do anything much over 200 pounds.
I just made all that up.