Week Nine: EZ does it!
EZ, EZ! Oh god, the puns! They hurt!
So, my fantastic birthday present from my wife, the EZ Curl bar is continuing to have an effect on my muscles. I’m definitely starting to feel my shoulders and back a lot more. Admittedly, I’m only using four 5kg plates, but like I said before, I have to start somewhere.
I still can’t do overhead presses without leaning back a little, which I’m sure isn’t good for my back. Apart from that, though, I’ve not been doing too badly form-wise. The EZ curl bar makes form a priority, which was always the intention of getting it. I’ve also learned that Deadlifts aren’t necessarily needed. Someone on my Instagram feed, Gaurav Zane Sharma, suggested sticking with rows, as they are safer and better for beginners (like me) or people who are unsure of themselves.
To be honest, having tried deadlifts, I agree. The rows are a lot easier for me, and I can perform both overhand and underhand versions for gains!!!
Okay, so this talk of deadlifts and gains and whatnot, I’m not looking to be a bodybuilder, and get absolutely huge. I’ll leave that to the likes of Ryan Terry and the IFBB lot. I just want to get healthy. Yes, I’ve got a countdown here on this site, and more than likely I won’t make it, but the point is to get healthy, to have something to push me. That’s the primary goal of posting daily on Instagram, to have that public accountability (or is it social accountability?), and the opportunity to hear from others -to get encouragement from others, even strangers.
Speaking of which, I have had a few comments about it at work (not the negative ONE that kept putting me down for a while), but ones that have been telling me to keep going. One even said that they had started doing the same because of me.
Who the hell would follow me?
They must be crazy!
My wife certainly is for being with me!
This week I’ve lost half a kilo!
140.3kg now! Only another 40kg to go! Gulp!
Onto the plan! Sorry, lots of exclamation points. I’ve found several things I can do daily, something different each time: one-arm kettlebell routine (I have a single 7kg bell), resistance band training, bodyweight training, and of course the Kilted Yoga I mentioned last week. Here’s hoping I can do it on work days and not just go to sleep on the sofa like normal.
DID YOU KNOW?
The modern concept of kettlebells first appeared in 1704 in RUSSIA, though the kettlebells in general have been around for centuries. It wasn’t until 1704, when “Girya” (kettlebell) turned up in the Russian dictionary.