Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Fat Woman and the momentary lightness of being

Fat Woman was ploughing through her Monday training session with Personal Trainer. Monday is deadlift day and Fat Woman had a new personal best of 80kg for 8 reps.

Fat Woman is pausing for applause.

After deadlifting comes pull-ups. Fat Woman uses the assisted pull-up machine because there is no way her arms can lift the 67% of her bodyweight needed to do a press-up, let alone the 100% needed for a pull-up. This is due to lots of bodyweight rather than wimpy little arms. The assisted pull-up machine is helpfully counterweighted. When you stand on the platform it will sink down and you then pull yourself back up. During this motion you have to be holding the bar or you will not be able to pull yourself up (the point of the exercise) but will instead have to clamber ungracefully out.

Fat Woman is not entirely sure what her effective pull weight is, but it is probably the difference between the counterweight and her weight. Fat Woman wonders if Personal Trainer never did assisted pull-ups with her in the early days because there are only so many weights on the counterweight stack.

This was Fat Woman's third week using the assisted pull-up machine as part of her strength training. Fat Woman climb nimbly, if not entirely gracefully, to the platform at the top, grasped the handles and stepped on the platform.

Fat Woman got off the platform and stepped firmly back on it.

Fat Woman did a little jump.

Fat Woman asked Personal Trainer if perhaps there had been an error in the weight setting. Personal Trainer said there had not been an error because he never makes errors.

Personal Trainer enquired if it was possible that Fat Woman had lost ten kilos over the last week.

Fat Woman reported that she had not yet developed anorexia.

Personal Trainer went to get the silicone spray to unstick the counterweight mechanism.

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