Day 13 – Exposure 4
HRV Recommendation: Your condition has worsened and you are below baseline. Take it easy today.
Not the best way to start my day. I haven’t been this disappointed since the way The Huger Games ended. I just want to feel good again!
After dropping my wife off at work, I had a very real conversation with myself. I kept reflecting on how terrible the last exposure was and that this time EVERYTHING IS HEAVIER! How do I keep going up? this doesn't make sense.
Stop thinking like that. It is time to get jacked. You've got some gravity to overcome.
I arrived at Gold’s. It has been a long time since I have trained at commercial gym. Usually I try to find a powerlifting or olympic lifting gym, but I needed machines. I strapped on my work boots, punched the clock, and found my rack. There is a sign right in front of my face that reads: “No Chalk! No Dropping the Weights! No Grunting, Yelling, or Cheering!” My soul started to weep. Are those real rules? I thought a fairy died every time you said one of those things?
I did my warmup at 225 and people started staring. I quickly realized that I may be out of place here. I surveyed the room in fear that one of the trainers was going to stop me and explain that my butt to ankle squat will ruin my knees. I grabbed my headphones. I needed to block out all this nonsense around me.
My HR didn’t sky rocket during the warm up. I took this as a sign it was time to shift it into the next gear. I opened up my playlist and put the song Lydia on repeat. The lead singer’s voice was the only thing I could think of that has more pain in it than my trembling quads.
I went HAM! I obliterated Squats, RDLs, and Step Ups. The hardest part was not having a partner to help change the weights. I was out of breath from plate-change-cardio. It was like being the racecar and the pit crew. It made the rest breaks feel nonexistent.
Bench press. I came out of my secluded meathead world to try and find a bench. All of them in use. Of course they were. The worst thing was I don’t think any of them were even being used for bench press. I saw curls, reverse curls, skull crushers, and something on the decline that I can only describe as… Um, I have no words. I will let you decide what to call this.
There's No Time! I can't wait for a bench to open up. I scouted an incline available so I audibled. I kept the same weights that were prescribed for bench and somehow, I finished. I couldn’t believe it. Next I crushed lat pulldown like a champ when, wait, what’s this? A text from Tayler? .
Excellent! The perfect meme to motivate me for push press. Clutch timing by Tayler.
If you've been following my blog, you know that I get stupid after push press. Like arguing with Neil deGrasse Tyson that the world is flat kind of stupid. After my third set I started stumbling around trying to find a seated row machine. Out of the corner of my eye I caught some phones out. I most definitely ended up on snap chat.
Then, things got weird.
This John Malkovich looking dude started training next to me. I mean this is literally Teddy KGB from Rounders with 2 full sleeve tattoos and a nose ring. I’m waiting for this guy to tell me he can splash the pot whenever he pleases.
Teddy KGB notices my iPad system that is running the Superbeast, my timer, and my music. 1,000 questions ensue. C'mon bro this isn't a date! What is with all the questions? You have eyes. You can see that I am not in a place to chat.
This guy won’t let up. He persists on asking me intimate, candle lit, dinner questions. As am dying through my last 2 exercises, I have to ask this guy to chill out. His curiosity is ruining my pump. He finally nods and lets me finish what I started. Triceps and biceps are now toast.
SO HUNGRY! This is a new feeling. Usually I can’t make a complete sentence after an exposure let alone think about my next meal. I gotta eat. Like NOW!
I pound my shake, get home, open the fridge, and oh no... This will not be enough. Time to head to the store.
Thought of the Day:
You could never eat your weight in something because you would constantly be gaining weight as you ate.