Go Hard or Go Home

A lot of people ask me about my workout routine. It’s nothing special, really… although everyone has a different approach, what I’ve found works well for me is to do one warm-up set with about 50-60% of my maximum weight, then lift as much weight as I can until I reach muscle failure at somewhere between 6 and 10 reps. If I can’t get to 6 reps, it’s too much weight; if I can do more than 10, it’s too little. I do 4 sets of each exercise in this manner and then move onto the next one.

On day 1 I do chest and triceps, day 2 is for back and biceps, day 3 is shoulders, day 4 is legs, and day 5 is a rest day; then I repeat the cycle. At the beginning of every workout I do at least 30 minutes of cardio (on an elliptical machine, typically), and at the end of the workout I do about 150 weighted crunches. (Most people will tell you to do your cardio at the end of the workout, but would I always find myself slacking off and going home instead… so now I do it before anything else in order to make sure it gets done.)

And finally… I never go home after work and then go to the gym; I always go to the gym on my way home. The temptation to stay home and watch TV is just too great otherwise! I reward myself with a little toob time when I get home… usually a Red Sox or Bruins game, or whatever’s on ESPN.

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  1. Erik
    Erik says:

    Jesse, I don’t really have a routine, but I do walk just about everywhere. Haven’t worked in awhile and would enjoy doing a workout with assistance, but not sure paying 15 bucks is worth having a trainer when the help is supposed to be free.

    Seen ur pics earlier this year when you was being monitored and Dirk was acting like Gentle Ben with you, and you was easing back into shape. Does it matter whether personal or private gym when everything is shoved together at a public gym or not enough room at home?

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