A Whale of a Workout [Day 7]

Today is a big day for this little adventure. I’ve officially passed the 50% mark for the Antarctic Minke. I’ve lifted just under 2.5 tons total in the last 7 days. I don’t know what my previous weight lifting amounts were like. But I’m pretty happy with this. It looks like the upper limit before my arms start shaking uncontrollably is 60 presses. I’m a fairly small fella. Not really embarrassed about the starting point. If I raise the weight of each dumbbell from 22.5 to 25 I could get the same number of lifts in 54 lifts rather than 60. That said, I wonder how difficult that would be.

It seems to me that a good strategy currently would be to split up my lifting in the morning and then at night. Or perhaps at lunch and then at night. Additionally if I did more than half as many each time I could increase my overall lifting per day. Who knows, it might even help wake me up each day.

Not much else to say. I had some terrible food poisoning (or something) yesterday. ended up sleeping through most of the day and having no energy. But I’m back on track. For anyone that likes seeing the trend line and my current progress here comes that tidbit.

Trend line obviously adjusts with each passing day but I like to see where I could end up on any given day if I maintained.

Trend line obviously adjusts with each passing day but I like to see where I could end up on any given day if I maintained.

By | 2017-04-07T23:36:45+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Journal|Comments Off on A Whale of a Workout [Day 7]

A Whale of a Workout [Day 2]

I don’t have any plans to update every day. But who knows, maybe miracles can happen? I spent most of today watching Wrestlemania. Which was so much better than last year. Last year it ended with a match involving Roman Reigns. He’s one of the worst wrestlers I’ve ever seen in the sport. Thankfully they learned from their mistakes and had the final match of this Wrestlemania starring The Undertaker! And-Roman Reigns. What? Why? The whole night was a great experience? Why end with one of the least talented wrestlers in history against one of the most popular wrestlers ever? Reigns retired Undertaker tonight, it is mind boggling. Anyways I’m not bad, I’ve calmed down from that incredibly sad conclusion to a wonderful night.

A bit after the Reigns poison emptied from my veins I moved onto lifting weight. My arms still ache from yesterday but I’m having a good time. Today I lifted 22.5lbs 50 times (each arm). That works out to 2,250 lbs or just over 1 ton. And now that we have two days down I can put in a trend line! Lets check it out.

Arms will fall off before I meet that trend I imagine.

Arms will fall off before I meet that trend I imagine.

Not bad at all. The blue is how much I’ve lifted for the day and the green is the cumulative weight I’ve lifted since the beginning of April. Currently it looks like I could potentially lift just under 70K lbs. I’ll get you soon Antarctic Minke. I think my next goal is to make sure I’m getting enough protein to benefit from this lifting.

By | 2017-04-02T22:38:36+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Journal|Comments Off on A Whale of a Workout [Day 2]

A Whale of a Workout

Last December I fell down the stairs. I ended up injuring my back and it still isn’t better. Because of that I found myself not working out anymore. But recently I realized I can’t wait any longer. I’ll be starting physical therapy soon (need to call Monday) and I’ve gotten back into lifting weights.

Now, I’ve only got dumbbells. Well, technically I’ve also got kettlebells, but let’s continue. I wanted to try something fun for April. Alongside my development work. I want to get back into lifting but with a twist. Have you ever considered how much you lift when you work out? Not at once, but cumulatively speaking.

Currently I lift 22.5 lbs on each arm. Not an insurmountable sum but it starts to burn relatively fast for someone my size. That’s 16.18% of my bodyweight on either arm. I’ve yet to decide if I want to try and lift lots of weight fewer times or less weight more times. No amount of reading has really settled which is better.

Each time I lift one of the weights completely I count that as 22.5lbs per arm. Anytime I lift a single weight with both arms I count it as 22.5lbs (11.25lbs per arm, seems fair). So my curiosity is how many days will it take me to lift as much weight as a whale?

“Lots of different kinds of whales, dude.” You might be thinking. And I agree! My list of checkpoints are as follows and in order: Antarctic Minke, Orc, Sei, Sperm, Humpback, Fin, Southern Right, and Blue.

The weights of these whales starts at a mere 7 tons (14,000 lbs) up to a very intimidating 100 tons (200,000 lbs).

As of today I’ve lifted 22.5lbs a total of 95 times. 5 of those behind the head with a hinge style lift and the other 90 split between bench press style lifts and curls into overhead presses. This amounts to 2,137.5 lbs or 1.06 tons.

What external factors do I have to consider for today? I actually did lift two days ago and my arms still haven’t recovered. But this also means that if I try to do this every day I’ll need to get used to that. I’m not going to give myself a deadline for this little project. This is an experiment to add a little bit of fun to my workout. I’m also going to try a variety of workouts over the month.

Starting tomorrow, if I do manage to pull this off two days in a row, I’ll post some graphs with trend lines. I’m not super great with excel but I can muster up some basic stuff.

If I pull off at least as many lifts tomorrow that will mean that within a week I’ll have lifted the same amount of total weight as an Antarctic Minke Whale. It’ll be interesting to see how far up the list I make it this month. Especially if PT ends up taking a lot out of me.


By | 2017-04-01T22:48:47+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Journal|Comments Off on A Whale of a Workout