Oh vey. I burned out my shoulders today. Even now, 3 hours later, they are still "first burn sore".
Started as a mostly normal back and shoulder workout, but when I did the standing barbell rows, my right shoulder told me "STOP! Right Now!". I put the bar down and vetoed doing any more, this wasn't just muscle fatigue, this was something that if I did more of would injure me.
So as a replacement, I got a new exercise. Standing dumbbell lat raises. I stand upright with a dumbbell in each hand. With my elbows straight, in a controlled movement (no shruging or throwing the weight) raise my arms until I am in a T shape, then lower (not drop!) my arms back to my sides. These didn't hurt, but they did discover even more brand new muscles in my shoulders that have been "coasting" the last 5 months.
I did such a good job on them, that I burned out my shoulders. On the machine shoulder press, instead of doing 3 sets of 15, I could only do 10, 8, and 2, while lowering the resistance several times. By the end, it was a noticeable effort to just raise my arms over my head. Yow.
Another new exercise as well. I forget it's name. I squat down, throwing my ass back and my chest forward, balanced on my feet. Holding a barbell in each hand, I pull them straight up from the arms down position up to my sides, pulling with my back. These left me lightheaded and covered with sweat.
Noticed something interesting as I was getting dressed in the locker room afterward. There is a phenomonon called "pump". When doing resistance work, the muscles will swell and fill with blood, making them look bigger than they really are, even tho they are actually much weaker in that condition. I've now lost enough surface fat, and gained enough muscle mass, that I can see the pump in the mirror. It fades away after only a few hours, but it was fun to see.
Stronger and stronger, bigger and bigger.
1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?
I'm a computer geek. It's what I chose to be. Unfortunatly, it's transformed from my passion, into my avocation, into my major, into my career, into my vocation, into my job.
2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?
Doing the same thing, only for fun deadline and dumbness free open source projects, interleaved with the "job" of being a travel junkie.
3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?
My mom was a teacher, and then a full time domestic engineer. My dad was a construction worker, and is now a world class metallurgical engineer. Education was always important.
4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?
Not "between", per se.
5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?
I have no idea. The proverb of "walk a mile in his shoes" warns against trying to guess the answer to a question like that.