Hi Everyone, well as I've mentioned in my previous post or threads I have made an exercise step and weighed in my Lump hammers to use as dumbbells. As I mentioned my mate also gave me a pair of Dumbbells which I elected to use on Tuesday night as part of my step exercises, now this appears to have been a mistake, The dumbbells I was given weighed in at 5 and a 1/2 lbs each and although I completed the exercise routine that night without any issues, yesterday I had aches in my calf muscles and biceps, well the aches in my legs went with no further problems, however my biceps are still on fire and the muscles are still tight so much so that I cannot fully straighten my arms, especially my left one. Now It's no good closing the gate when the horse has bolted, or moaning about it as I know it will pass (I had the same thing a few years ago when I came back from football training). My point is even though I thought 5 1/2 lbs was nothing during the exercise I have found that it has now set me back, I should have gone with the 2 lb lump hammers and gently over time built myself up to the 5 1/2 lb ones, so be warned start off light (even if you feel that the light weights are not having any benefit to your work out) and work your way up to the heavier weights. That said it didn't deter me from at least improving the environment in my garage where I work out. I spent most of my late teens and early twenties in Disco's (yes 'Disco's' not 'Night clubs' and always loved the light shows, this gave me an idea! I knew that I had a set of three 'sound to light' discos lights in the loft that my kids bought me years ago, so I dug them out and fitted them into my garage ceiling above where I work out, I also had a 5 metre length of Red/green/blue and white LED ribbon lights that were purchased for house Christmas lights last year and never used, so up they went as well so now it is like being on a dance floor (ish with a bit of imagination). It has been mentioned in a post I have seen this morning that some people don't like working out at home and I think some of it it is because there isn't normally a special place that makes the home work out inviting, so my reason for putting up the multi coloured lights is that now when I switch them on and turn off the garage strip lights, it changes the atmosphere making it a nicer place to work out, and they also flash and change colour with the music I play through the stereo, so it does in my opinion make a difference and a better place to exercise. It takes the harshness from what is at the end of the day a dressed up garage that also doubles up as my workshop, and not a megga bucks home Gym.
All the best.