Just to take a break from my series on healthy eating, I’d like to mark a personal milestone. Wow, to be honest, I never thought I’d get anywhere close to this. I started doing straight side lifts (probably called something else) to work my trapezius (muscle wrapping around the back of the neck and bleeding down the back and across to the shoulders) about 10 years ago. Started with 30 lbs, and have slowly worked my way up:
That’s right. 80 lbs. I remember hitting 70 about a year ago, and thinking, “wow, can’t go any higher than that.” Well, 75 followed a few months later, and now this. I love the feeling you get when you up your weights, and it’s hard, but it’s comfortable. Does that make sense? It’s a weird sensation. Sometimes I’ll move up the ladder and it won’t last because it’s too hard or doesn’t feel right, but so far it’s been a good move.
Also, I spoke in a previous post about cool downs and how important they are. I’ve taken them much more seriously over the last six months or so as I find I feel much better after a workout when I do a proper cool down. I’ve found a routine on YouTube that’s pretty close to what I do. When I finish my workout, I always want to get out of there ASAP, so I like having a cool down routine that I can accomplish in five minutes or so.