Getting In Shape At The YMCA

animated girl lifting weightsI met with a personal exercise trainer today as part of my membership in the YMCA. Here’s the exercise program they gave me. The trainer said the weight is on the cautious side, and I can up-it if I feel it’s inadequate. I only learned how to use the computerized equipment today; I’ll be doing it in earnest tomorrow.

  • Warm-up: 10 minutes on cardio equipment. For treadmill, 3 mph with a 5% incline.
  • Chest press bio (“bio” being the type of machine): 2 sets of 15 reps using 40 lbs.
  • Vertical traction bio: 2 sets of 15 reps using 70 lbs.
  • Shoulder press bio: 1 set of 15 reps using 20 lbs.
  • Rowing torso bio: 2 sets of 15 reps using 45 lbs.
  • Lower back bio – trunk extension: 1 set of 15 reps using 70 lbs.
  • Leg press selection: press: 3 sets of 15 reps using 80 lbs.
  • Abdominal crunch bio: 3 sets of 15 reps using 50 lbs.
  • Cool-down: 10 minutes on cardio equipment.

20 years ago when I used free weights, I remember curling 50 lbs with one arm. I’m a long way from that.

I Joined The YMCA

My daughter and wife joined the YMCA in Moncton about a month ago, mainly for the swimming.

I’m a wimp when it comes to swimming; the water has to be warm as a bath: I hate cold water. I haven’t swam in 20 years because of that. Well, I was told the water in the new facility WAS warm, plus they used saltwater chlorination systems. So, I took my daughter last week to her swimming lesson, and man, what a nice surprise – it WAS warm, and I loved it. I forgot how much I enjoyed swimming.

So, I joined the “Y”, which accepts blasphemous atheists as well as Christians, I guess (they didn’t ask).

Doesn’t the YMCA stand for Yesterday’s Men Chasing Aspirations? Sure it does.