No, not the One Power, WoT peoples. (Or is it?)
The best workouts are, in my experience, heavily fueled by death metal and self-hatred.
Those who know me well (and by now that includes a few of you) realize that the happier I am, the more chatty I am. Some of you may have noticed the comparative silence from men on Friday. So, yeah. It was one of those days in which I woke up in an absolutely savage mood that I call “Puppy-Punting Mode” (for obvious reasons) and it only went downhill from there.
I’d thought about working out on Friday anyway, as my 4th workout of the week, but waking up I knew it was the thing to do. By the end of the day, I was literally saying to myself in my mind: “The thing to do is to just go in there and try to stop JUST before I injure myself. I’m thinking 90% of the way to significant injury.”
In the long run, even though I didn’t end up getting quite that close to injury, it worked. I bled off a bunch of my aggression after using it for quite a good workout. I went home not quite myself again, but I crashed out and went to sleep at about 8:15 and slept until 6:45 the next day and that took care of the rest of it.
But I’m a workout behind.
Deadlifts: 1 warmup, 2×10 light weight, 3×10 light-medium weight (The light weight felt really easy so I went ahead and bumped it up. A little crazy for my first time back in a while, but it worked out well.)
Dumbbell military press: 1 warmup, 4×10 medium weight (palms in at the bottom, rotating so that the palms are out at the top)
Lateral raises: 2×10 light weight (I SUCK at these, and I HATE them, but I need to do them from time to time.)
Straight-leg raises: 2×25
Cardio: the usual
Since it was a “bonus” workout I could choose what I wanted to do. I chose an all-bench day. (Legs were out anyway since I was still a little sore from deadlifting the day before.)
Dumbbell bench press: 1 warmup, 1×10 light-medium weight, 1×10 medium weight, 3×10 medium-heavy weight, 1×10 medium weight, 1×10 light weight
Cable crossovers: 1×15 medium weight, 1×10 medium-heavy weight, 1×15 medium weight
Cardio: the usual
This was the first time in quite some time that I’d attempted that weight on the dumbbell bench. Better yet, I think I’d never done a set of 10 at that weight (when using heavier weights I normally only did 6 reps at that weight then went up a couple of sizes and tried 6 at that weight). I was really feeling good about my ability there. Channeling the anger was working for me, I think.
I learned that I have room to be more aggressive in my chest workout, at least, and not be too sore afterward. I’ll be putting that to use later today.
I also learned that my instincts can be very good – both in terms of my workouts and in using such to manage my mood. I still could have used some happy pills or something, but hey, it was a drastic improvement.
Onward and upward.