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Mark Atwood
Gym. Session 52 of 124. Legs.
No squats today, because of the back. But we made up for it by putting another 10lb on the leg press machine. Heavy, but not the heaviest it's been. (This bears some explanation. This is the most WEIGHT I've pressed on this machine, but it's not the HEAVYest this machine has been. All part of getting stronger...)

The rest of the legs sequence was pretty standard, except that we had to delete the standing calves machine, because it pours it's load down the back and spine. But he showed me an interesting replacement. Stair calves. There is a flight of stairs at the gym (the group aerobics room is upstairs). Stair calves are done as follows: Stand on the edge of the first stairstep, and do one calves flex. Step up to number two, and do two flexes. Step up to number three, and do three. And so on. He was expecting me to maybe get to ten. Well, I was pouring sweat, and my legs were about to burst into flame, but I made it to 15. Ha!

Oh, and I was able to add another 10lb to the hip aductor machine, a.k.a. the "ass blaster".

Stronger and stronger.
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wyckhurst From: wyckhurst Date: July 23rd, 2003 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

I love the assblaster! (AKA the butt machine)

When I was going to school & waiting for the bus I used to do those calf exercises on the curb. Stairs & curbs are also an excellent place to stretch your calves. I still love to do that.
xenologue From: xenologue Date: July 24th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Calves and EC

Mark, you do hour-long sessions on the EC -- do you find that your calves tighten up a lot in the process? I have to stop every time it tells me to pedal in the other direction, just to stretch them out a bit. For some reason they lock up almost every time.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: July 25th, 2003 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had bad calves locking problems when I first started working out. Not just my calves, my quads as well. To the point that 2 days after doing legs, if I sat down for a while, it was agonizing to walk for awhile afterwards.

But the effect has mostly past, and the the calves machine kind of forces you to stretch them, so it hasn't been a problem, either under weight, or on the EC.
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