How do you rate the quality of your workout? I go by how many thumbs-up gestures I get while throwing around copious amounts of weight. Just kidding! I absolutely rate it based on how many veins pop out when flexing in the mirror after a killer set. Still kidding. It's all about the endorphin rush. Everything else is just cake. Seriously though - do you think about the quality of your workouts and if so, what criteria do you use? I spoke with a gentleman who will be going for a world-record in one of his upcoming workouts, based on the amount of total weight moved. How does one million pounds sound?!
The attempt at this record is set to take place 12/03/2017 in Orlando, Florida. I hope to be there as a score keeper, meaning counting and verifying accuracy of reps and weight moved, and generally bearing witness to the event. It is set to start at 5:00 am and go until 11:59 pm. Yes, that's 19 hours of moving weight around. I love weight training but OMG! Can you imagine spending that much time lifting weights?! Getting to the gym, ready to train by 5:00 am impresses me enough but then throw the goal of lifting 1,000,000 lbs. on top of that and wow...I'm all a quiver without moving a thing. Pretty impressive goal. And just to get an idea of how intense this will be, I decided to track the total poundage in my last 2 workouts.
Now, I've tracked my workouts before but never totaled the amount of weight lifted. I was pretty curious to see the results because you know - I think I'm sort of a bad-ass in the gym.
I had this fantasy of calculating an amount close to 100,000 lbs. Not for both workouts but for one. What's that? Do I hear laughter? Well I should hope so because smack my ass and call me Sally, holy cow was I way off. The first tracked workout was chest/back and I lifted a total of 35,200 lbs. That took me 2 hours. At an average rate of 17,600 lbs/hour, in 19 hours I would only move 334,400 lbs - barely a hair and a squat over 1/3 of 1,000,000 lbs! Okay, in my defense I'm just a girl. More precisely, a 57 yr. young woman. Now I'm curious to know what other bad-ass gym chicks my age tally in similar workouts so let me hear from you, oh great Iron Queens! And because I mentioned that I tracked two workouts, the total from today's (easy) leg workout was 32,690 lbs. Two sessions for a total of 67,890 lbs. Because I train 5 days a week, with an average of 33,945 lbs/session, it would take me 29 1/2 workouts to reach the 1,000,000 lb. mark. Wow.