ENG 4U

Week 4

Today’s session was pretty scary. I wasn’t sure why but I just could not concentrate. I sat in my room contemplating if I should hit the gym or not. Finally forcing myself to go, I entered into a gym full of people working their butts off. I decide that its time to squat till my world drops. Bet you never heard that one before. I proceed to the squat rack and I get a few repetitions in before adding weight to the bar each time. By the time I get to 135 pounds I decided to go further. “Lets push myself and see what I am capable of”, is what I thought. I push to 155 pounds and said to myself. Warm ups finish we begin now! I squat hearing the weight of the bar screaming and trying to consume me. I screamed back and finished three sets. However, my thighs were screaming. Thinking I was finish, I decided; lets add more. I add 5 more pounds and was pulling 160 pounds of weight on my back. I go for the set, by the time I reached the 10th one. I was exhausted, with sweat literally pouring out of my body. I attempted to rack the weight. Thinking that it was over, I felt something slipped. It was the bar, I juddered back into position however this time, the weight was already below my back and it just bounced off. I lost concentration, which is extremely detrimental in this environment. Mad at myself I attempted to put away the weights and continue at 95 pounds. This time I went after 10 repetitions. By the 10th one, the same thing happened to me again, however things were a bit different. Foolishly, my body immediately pull the weight up. The weight was pulled up, and luckily I did not injure myself. Maybe I may not feel it tonight, but tomorrow will definitely be scary.

Injury is very serious and can sometimes be overlook due to the nature of teenagers. We think we’re unstoppable, brazen, macho, and that we have the ability to take over the world! Although, its good to be confident we shouldn’t forget that we are ultimately in the end, still human. We have limitations, restrictions or bindings. However, that doesn’t mean we should give up on something. We should continue to strive for the difficult things in life. Why? Because difficult things crave that desire in us, satisfaction. The one thing I learned today is no matter what your doing, concentrate, focus, and be resolute no matter what it is.

This weeks lecture may not have been an informative or factual lecture on working out but, it is something that will help me to become the strongest version of myself. Thank you for reading.

Ciao- Ken

Sunday 27 -Chest

Bench press 95 pounds 2 sets, 20 reps

Military dumbbell press 35 pounds 4 sets, 12 reps

Chest fly machine 110 pounds, 4 sets, 12 reps

Wednesday — Back

Lateral pull downs, 55 pounds 12 reps, 6 sets

Bent over row, 95 pounds 10 reps, 4 sets

Deadlift, 135 pounds (new personal record) 4 sets 10 reps

Friday — Legs and shoulder

Squat 135, 145, 155, 160 pounds in escalating fashion. 6 sets, 10 reps each weight.

Military shoulder press, 20 pounds 10 reps, 4 sets.

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