I joined the YMCA today. I got my guided tour froma guy who echoed what I have told every time I look at a gym. “Here are the machines. Over there are the free weights. Some women do them.” I love free weights. So after a 5 minutes warm up on a treadmill I headed for the weights.

I downloaded some workouts that seemed logical and reasonable from MuscleTech. Today I planned to work on my arms and do some shoulders since that is my main motivation. It has been a long time since I lifted at all so the amount of weight I could do was embarrassingly low. Here it is recorded for posterity so hopefully in a few months I can look back at this and laugh at what a wimp I was.

Dumbell curls and incline curls – 3 sets of 8 reps at 10 lbs
Overhead tricep extensions – 2 sets of 10 with 5 lbs
Tricep pull downs – 2 sets of 10 at 25 lbs
One arm cable pulls – 3 sets of 15 at 20 lbs

At that point I cut it short because I know I’ll be hurting tomorrow from the tricep pull downs. I didn’t really want to do that much weight but that was the lowest weight on the cable.

I headed back to stretch and do a quick cool-down on the treadmill. I absolutely HATE cardio machines. I’ll walk outside or on a track all day long but put me on a machine and I go stir crazy in less than 3 minutes.

I really need to take a “before” picture because hopefully I will be seeing results. Measurements too.