Don't underestimate the power of a good playlist.
While I typically don't bring my iPod to the gym unless I'm going solo, I've decided to change that up. This morning I was slogging along on the elliptical when the song One by Metallica came on. The outro portion of the song kicked in and the drums started pounding, and I just began chugging hard on the machine, to the beat of the song. Legs pumping, arms swinging, sweat dripping. So good!
I had chest day after that, and the dumbbell presses felt great! I'm really starting to like them. I'm also looking forward to tomorrow's arm day - typically I think arm day sucks (though to be fair I do like looking down my arm when I'm sitting around my apartment and I can see the lumps of muscle on the shoulder, then the bicep, tricep and my forearm), though last week we mixed in a hammer curl and I think I've found an exercise I can look forward to. That, plus the reverse curl are my two favorite bicep exercises - I think that the preacher curl is probably better for the muscle (better being relative, but as I suck at them I must assume that they're good for me), but finding two bicep exercises that I actually like is a nice change. Only took 9 months... :)