Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Runnin' and Liftin' and Sweatin'

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... :)



Anonymous said...

I love working out to metal, gets me so pumped and angry...and that anger is exactly what I need to really break a sweat.

Monica said...

I love the song "One" by Metallica...any other good recommendations?

I need to train with you lol.

Chubby Chick said...

Music really does help! And when I work out... I need all the help I can get. hehe

jessi said...

Call me a nerd, but I like to listen to This American Life podcasts when doing cardio. It is an hour-long radio show and it makes it go MUCH faster.

But yes, I know I'm an NPR nerd.

Rebecca said...

I agree about the music but I get more pumped when listening to new music. If it has been on my iPod a few weeks I consider it too old for my gym playlist! It gets expensive!

Tye said...

I need to listen to music with a good beat also to keep me going, the faster the beat the better! Your pictures are great! You can really see the progress you've made! Keep up the great work! :)

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