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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big Men Wanted...

19 days of pretty much eating, sleeping, chillin', and a few random sweat sessions here and there. Today was time to get SERIOUS...

I took the 3 minute walk from my home to the gym (what a warm up!!) Then I searched the gym for the BIGGEST, STRONGEST, most SCARY men in Kona! I needed to measure my strength, see what I was made of....

I discovered, I am an endurance machine that can hardly lift a dumb bell! Push ups? Don't even ask!! Pull ups, not a single one! At least I have a starting point...the bottom.

So... I lifted, pushed, pulled, sat up, squatted, flexed, hung, dropped, and all the other things you do in a gym. After 30 minutes I was feeling pretty darn good, feisty might be a better word. Can I seriously go from spaghetti noodle arms to "Wonder Woman" in a 30 minute session?! I think so... or maybe having not lifted weights all in-season (I only lift in off-season), my body was remembering all the off-season reps!

In any case I was feeling spunky! Maybe even cocky. So I did another search for the biggest man I could find and with my new found strength I mustered up the guts to challenge him in an arm wrestling match...

Check out the size of his pipes compared to mine?????? OF COURSE I WON!
I love the off-season!

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34 Comments:

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Hilarious! Of COURSE you won - :) Um, slightly disturbing BUT, the size of his forearms are bigger than your upper arms. Keep it up and enjoy the lifting!

November 20, 2008 at 6:51 PM

 
Blogger Roo said...

I think his forearms are probably bigger than your legs! That's hilarious! Glad you have fun at the gym. I stuck with the old guys trying to talk politics at the Y!

November 20, 2008 at 7:10 PM

 
Blogger Maggs said...

haha. Have fun in the off season. It's the best time :-)

November 20, 2008 at 8:03 PM

 
Blogger ace said...

Ok. I'm just going to say it. That has to be the best post ever!!! My fun starts Monday. New routine, more strength than anyone can imagine, and now that I've seen your blog loads of fun challenging large guys to arm wrestling contests ;) And if I lose, we'll see who can do the best Upward Facing Bow pose. I can't wait...

November 20, 2008 at 8:22 PM

 
Blogger Ordinarylife said...

What fun!

I think my arm would have broken just thinking about taking him on.

November 20, 2008 at 10:05 PM

 
Blogger Marni said...

love it!!! I like how you have the towel facing in his direction. I'm sure he has NEVER thought about a sprint triathlon, let alone a 70.3 :) Maybe you can get him to train aerobically??? :)
-marn

November 21, 2008 at 12:54 AM

 
Blogger Maijaleena said...

He looks like he is either trying really hard to beat you, or laughing hysterically...hmmm.

November 21, 2008 at 1:06 AM

 
Blogger Kona Shelley said...

You crack me up girl!!

November 21, 2008 at 2:48 AM

 
Blogger beth said...

yay!!! No place like the gym for the off-season. prepare for the DOMS! i can't wait- i am going to be a total gym rat this winter...

looks like it was a fair battle :)

November 21, 2008 at 3:31 AM

 
Blogger Viv said...

Total action shot...
I'm loving the ref in the shot. HAHAHAHA! Great reminder to me to get in there and lift. I am skeerreed of the pain that could follow. Can't be any worst that the shreaded legs I am feeling now?! After that 3 minute warm up, yea calling it a day ;-)

November 21, 2008 at 4:08 AM

 
Blogger Mel said...

Bree that is funny and the funny thing is you BOTH are cracking up...you should have challenged him in a leg wrestling match..with your muscle legs..he would be GOING DOWN...I still have not been beat by ANY man....if you don't know what that is email me and I will fill you in...you will beat every man in the gym!!! OK you just motivated me to go lift some weights...my arms are real pathic:)

November 21, 2008 at 4:29 AM

 
Blogger Mira Lelovic said...

I feel so much better knowing you can't do a pull up either. I thought I was just a weaklink. That dude has some serious forearms!

November 21, 2008 at 4:45 AM

 
Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Swimming is very good for developing the muscles of the upper body. Of course, if combined with related weight training, it will be even better.

November 21, 2008 at 5:19 AM

 
Blogger Courtney Staton said...

If you happen to swing by KC anytime soon... bring Mr. Exotic tattoo guy. I'm sure my Husband won't mind.. I mean,... I don't think he will... ok, we just wont tell him.

November 21, 2008 at 5:30 AM

 
Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Excellent way to spend the day! See now, I never would have come up with that.

November 21, 2008 at 5:59 AM

 
Blogger Iain Banks said...

Thats a cool photo...the question is how sore were you today after the weights session? The first off-season weights is always a wake-up call :-)

November 21, 2008 at 6:17 AM

 
Blogger Charisa said...

Can you move your arms today? :) I love that you're on the Austin 70.3 towel! Have fun!

November 21, 2008 at 6:33 AM

 
Blogger Liam O'Connell said...

the first gym session in the off season is always the worst. its almost as if my body is not allowing itself to do anything. except eat!

November 21, 2008 at 7:04 AM

 
Blogger Jamie said...

I think even his forearm is bigger than your legs!

Make sure he knows you'll be coming back for a rematch.

November 21, 2008 at 7:55 AM

 
Blogger MandyB said...

awesome. "YOu'd make a grown man cry" :)

November 21, 2008 at 8:04 AM

 
Blogger Shan said...

lol - that last pic is totally rad. The shininess of his head almost blinded me...

And of course you won...I would have put my money on you for sure! :)

November 21, 2008 at 8:14 AM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

You are the cutest thing ever, Bree. I LOVE this post. ;)

November 21, 2008 at 8:34 AM

 
Blogger UntPawGal02 said...

Of course you won... no one can beat you in arm wrestling :)

November 21, 2008 at 10:05 AM

 
Blogger Wes said...

You were using your secret weapon!! Admit it!!!

November 21, 2008 at 10:50 AM

 
Blogger Jen said...

Good times, good times!

November 21, 2008 at 4:32 PM

 
Blogger Julie said...

Hahahahahahahaha!!! It would be a teensy weensy bit more believable if the big dude wasn't laughing so hard! Of course, that might have been your tactic -- make him laugh and then slam him down. Wham, Bam, Thank you M'aam.

LOL!!!!! :) :) :)

November 21, 2008 at 5:11 PM

 
Blogger Mama Simmons said...

Love it! Maybe the guy was totally intimidated by your Ironman towel! ;)

November 21, 2008 at 7:06 PM

 
Blogger Train-This said...

awesome!

November 22, 2008 at 3:43 AM

 
Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

30 minutes - that IS all you need to get to "wonder woman" status! HA!

Speaking of push-ups, I did a bunch in the snow today. That's right... snow. Can I come visit you?...

;)

November 22, 2008 at 2:14 PM

 
Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Pull ups and Deadlifts Woo-hoo!

November 22, 2008 at 5:39 PM

 
Blogger Damie said...

Bree, I was in the gym today thinking...yeah, I can't do a pull up either. shoot, shoot, shoot! I gotta work on that one!

November 22, 2008 at 6:09 PM

 
Blogger Trigirlpink said...

You just crack me up girl...

November 23, 2008 at 2:55 PM

 
Blogger beth said...

by the way- sweet 70.3 towel!!!

as james says, looks like you're getting some good "yoke seshs" in the gym!!!!

November 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

 
Blogger jesslover said...

Wee, I am so feeling this post right now. I have vowed to start strength training at least 2 and ideally 3 days a week.

I did it twice last week and was in PAIN for like 2 days after each workout.

November 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

 

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