Without music in my ears, the gym sessions would be much more of a chore than it is. I like all kinds of music, really, but for the gym, I want the music to be loud and fast. Today, just before doing my bench press, Volbeat appeared just as if on cue:
No doubt the weights go up easier and in a better tempo than they would have done otherwise 😉
The last two days sessions has been good. Yesterday I did my now standard 1,200 meter swim in 30 minutes. I saw a note in the pool that they have swimming lessons for people of all abilities, so I am seriously considering looking into that to see if I can improve my technique. I know I mentioned that the main purpose of the training is to get into shape, but I would take a lot of motivation from improving how fast and how long I could swim as well. I always do better if I can look at a task as a competition, because I absolutely detest losing, even if it is against myself. We’ll see what kind of courses they have to offer.
In the gym I am still trying to find the correct weights to use for the change in my program, where I reduce the number of reps in each set. I am getting there, but I still feel I can put on heavier weights in some of the exercises. For example, in the Dumbbell Chest Press, I am now using dumbbells of 12 kgs, and I am fairly tired at the end of the third set. However, I am sure I could do the same with 14-15 kgs as well. The problem is that I am a bit scared of losing control of the dumbbells when I am at the top of my lift, and that if they are too heavy, I will not be able to recover. So for now, I will focus on technique and balance and take it further when I feel more confident.
I also had a chat with Ronny (who gave me the program) today, and he said that at the level I am now it is no big deal if I don’t lift the absolute max of what I am capable of. Since I am also trying to lose weight I don’t eat a whole lot, and that is not really compatible with lifting too heavy. So the plan is to continue burning away the considerable fat deposit around my waist, and when I am happy with where that is at, I will change the diet and gym program to something that is more suited for getting strong.
On a different note. Yesterday I booked tickets for my son, Kasper, to come visit me in the summer. He will arrive at July 9th, and I am already excited!