Upper body workout came sooner than expected. I have some equipment that I can use for what I need but only for a short time. The last time I was regularly using my weight set I found that I progressed beyond the maximum weight and needed to get more creative with my routine. My goal isn’t to be able to lift a Volkswagen or anything like that, it’s more about getting leaner and building up my body’s ability to do more work over time aka endurance.
I have been taking a slow apprach after what happened to my leg, I don’t want to injury my upper body. As far as my leg day, I cannot do squats or calf raises with my calf the way it is so I will need to concentrate on leg extensions mostly with a few other things here and there. 4 weeks should cover my healing time but we will see.
Today I lifted light weight with normal reps. You don’t always go to battle with the army that you want, you go with the army you have. I could wait and see what Craigslist or eBay deal I could scoop up for a new weight bench and Olympic weights but I shouldn’t waist that time since I do have something I can use for now. The bench is a little shake and not designed for the weights I have but it works and I’m not pressing 300 lbs so I think it’ll hold just fine.
I did some preacher curls, military presses, bench press and modified butterfly press. Right now the weight is pretty light as I am conditioning my body and attempting to rebuild proper form. Without proper for on the light weights you will have a greater chance of hurting yourself when you have heavier weights. Safety is important when conducting a workout, especially in my case where I’m in the basement and everyone else is asleep. I don’t have a spotter and so I have to be sure to know my limits.
The last 20 days have been an eye opening experience. 20% of the way to 100 days, it has gone by pretty quick. I had planned to add strength training into the routine in another 10 days but had to adjust my planning due to tearing my calf muscle (lightly). Once these 4 weeks are up, approximately day 40, I should be able to alternate running with strength training. Around that time I’ll also begin being more mindful of my calories, macronutrents and maybe look into some supplements.
The ability to adjust on the fly to changing conditions is a skill everyone needs, especially peppers and survivalists.