Weight Training Program
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December 8, 2005 Thursday

Weight Training Program

This semester, I'm taking weight training for my PE. I also took this last sem. It's just a way for me to save up on gym fees. Weight training has been part of my lifestyle since high school. At this point, I already have a good sense how my body reacts or responds to certain programs.

A Logged Program
As part of the course outline, my teacher asked us to keep a log of our program - how much weight we did for what muscle group, how many sets, how many reps, etc. It felt strange for me to go back to it. I've done it sometime back where I'd keep a log of everything I do and chart my progress. I realized that over the years, my objective has evolved. It's not about numbers anymore.

A Yogic Approach
I'd start my workout not knowing what muscle group I want to do, let alone how many sets or reps. It seems like having an internal conversation with my body, factoring in the other activities I've lined up - rope skipping, yoga, blading, etc. What do I feel like? It's largely intuitive and instinctive. It's very yogic actually. I don't even know how I'd end up but I keep the conversation ongoing. I follow its leaning, do as many sets (sometimes I do 5...I know no book will advise that) or reps. I usually do 12 reps of varying weights, decreasing when the point of failure is met. Like anything else I do, there's an element of curiosity to modify and infinitely tweak something until it fits to a 'T' - much like a journey where you keep taking a different path on every fork on the road.

Letting It Flow
My teacher didn't know what to make of what I was doing. It was too unconventional to someone who spent years putting science into a training program. I don't know what answers to give her either except I'll let it take me where it takes me.

--- TheLoneRider

December 9, 2005

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