Boot Camp, Day 15: Well, hello Gym!

Went back to the gym today feeling pretty good about starting to get that whole gym routine down.

Reminds me of that TV commercial about the kid eating cereal and his brother exclaims: “Hey, Mikie! He likes it.”

On this visit to the gym, I kinda felt like I knew what I was doing. Usually, on past visits, I felt like a stranger in a strange land. Didn’t have a clue what to do, how to do it, or where to begin.

So, I decided to create a workflow sheet of what I did during my last gym visit. I entered all of the information into my iPhone Notes and started with an upper body workout.

Here’s a screen shot of my upper body workout:


As I completed each exercise, I wrote down the  exercise, weight, number of repetitions and the number of sets into my Notes

Today, I used my list from last Thursday’s workout and updated it with more reps, more weights or whatever other adjustments I needed to make. More adjustments will be required as my self-imposed, 77-day (11 week) Boot Camp continues.

If you have just joined me on this fitness blog, I was a Marine back in the early ’70s and endured 11 weeks of Marine Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Back then it was  followed by 3 weeks of advanced infantry training at Camp Pendleton for a total of 13 weeks.

I have been fortunate to have been in excellent health my entire life. But last year, I had pneumonia — not once, but twice! The first bout was almost one year ago to date. Spent 6 days in the hospital before I was allowed to return home. It felt like I had been run over by a semi.

I was very weak, always tired, probably depressed because I was feeling weak and tired, and I thought I’d be back to my normal self in a few weeks. Boy, was I ever wrong.   A few weeks later, I had a second bout of pneumonia, but it wasn’t nearly as severe and I got through it with plenty of rest and relaxation.

Long story short, recovery has been long and slow. I decided that I have been on the mend long enough and that it’s time to be proactive and nip it in the bud.

I longed for that vim and vigor of my youth, so I decided to put myself through a self-imposed fitness program and call it ‘Boot Camp.”

The idea is to begin slowly getting back in shape by increase the amount of daily exercise, eat better and also take advantage of my gym membership, which I haven’t been using.

So, I created this list to help  guide me through my workout sessions. It’s handy because I always have my phone with me, and it’s easy to modify and update as I progress and regain my strength.

Having just turned 67 years old on July 10, I don’t expect to ever to be as fit as I was after completing 77 days of Marine Corps boot camp. But I am making gradual progress and starting to feel stronger with each passing day.

iZs7V0ZGST+gGOk%VakdsASo, Day 15 of Boot Camp went fairly well. It felt good to get in a good workout.

Also decided to increase my gym visits to daily. I’m still going to concentrate on lifting weights on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I’m going to make a point of getting to the gym to walk on the treadmill, use the exercise bicycles or rowing machines and explore the other fitness tools I’ve been ignoring at the gym.

Only 62 days to go of my self-imposed, 77-day (11 week) Boot Camp. Oooooh-rah!



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