An Unexpected Journey

"Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness — an open and noble temper." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Operation Look, Perform & Feel Better” October 22, 2012

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After a particularly gluttonous visit to H-Mart this past weekend, I knew I had to really get focused again.  Working out after work was the hardest.  I was mentally shot from a four hour meeting earlier in the day (followed by two other meetings) but I forced myself to go, and I’m glad I did!

Lunch Time Workout
Boot Camp class at NYSC Grand Central.  Today was a bit different.  Our instructor decided to give us a taste of another class he teaches called  “UXF”.  Previously I had taken two separate UXF classes and to be honest, they didn’t work for me.  One barely got my heartrate up, and the other not only didn’t get my heart rate up to where I wanted it, but the instructor lets the room get so crowded the class runs out of equipment and every time I tried to do a lunge I almost stepped on the woman in front of me.

This class was limited (you have to call the day before to get on a list) and the instructor knew how to get the class’ heart rate up while making it mentally challenging.  Exercise isn’t just about your body, it’s about your mind being willing to work hard and past that moment where every muscle is going “No mas!” and you’re like “One more dammit!”  I had a lot of those moments today!

After Work Exercise
I started off with cardio, continuing my mission to get back on the “Couch to 5K” track.  This was Week 1, Day 3 which honestly was quite easy.  Five minutes of a brisk walk to warm up, then one minute of running followed by one minute and thirty seconds of a brisk walk.  Repeat for about twenty minutes, then a five minute “cool down” walk.  I didn’t work up much of a sweat, but the program says not to skip so I’m following it through.

It’s interesting how machines by different companies almost seem to have different weights on them despite the numbers pasted on each weight plate.  I’ve been doing 110lb for the past couple weeks on a shoulder press machine at another branch, but today I tried two different shoulder press machines and the weight felt much heavier than that one.  My shoulder is bothering me again (seeing an orthopedist on Friday) so I went easy on that body part.  Always listen to your body, and do not “fight through the pain”.  You have to take care of your body when working out!

  • Chest Press (Machine): 115lb x 10 (2 sets)
  • Incline Chest Press (Machine): 115lb x 10 (2 Sets)
  • Shoulder Press:  80lb x 10 (2 Sets)
  • Pec Flyes:  110lb x 12 (2 Sets)
  • Shoulder Press: 80lb x 10 (2 Sets)
  • Lateral Raise: 25lb x 10 (2 Sets)
  • French Press: 70lb x 12 (2 Sets)
  • Tricep Extension (Machine):  65lb x 12 (2 Sets)
  • Tricep Pushdowns:  80lb x 10 (2 Sets)

Author: bensonyee

Much to his surprise, Ben Yee was born in New York City in 1975 and grew up along the pizzeria lined streets of Brooklyn. His greatest treasures are his friends and family and he is on a constant quest to improve himself. Ben works at Pfizer, Inc. and currently resides in New Jersey with Rhino, the mighty cat. If anyone thinks that writing a brief bio in the third person is strange and silly, you're absolutely right.

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