Just got back from a 2 hour workout:
30 minute high intensity cycle at 300 watts and 180 bpm.
Heavy weights (chest, arms, shoulders)
loooong stretch session to cool down.
Anyway, in the weights room I got thinking between sets about a few things. Firstly, why am I standing in a room full of muscly sweaty guys? This is not a good look…
Secondly, why is it that I’m the smallest guy in here? I’m 6 foot and 83kg, with not much body fat, and yet I’m about 50 kg smaller than EVERY other guy! It can be pretty disconcerting when you’re looking up at 10 stacked skin head Polish guys with biceps the size of fat chicks as they wait for you to finish using the bench. Now, what got me thinking was, even though these guys are stacked, they can’t actually lift that much more weight than I can. I think it must be something about the way the train (or the bullshark hormones they inject) that means that they have massive bulk but little strength in comparison. I mean, although they have arms that could strangle an elephant, I was still bicep curling more than them, with ease.
I think that sailing gives you a hell of a lot of arm strength, and also builds the stabilising muscles around your shoulders to allow you to generate the power needed. When these guys (who practically live in the gym) are curling 20kgs, and the little guy is curling 28kgs, it seems like they are missing something in their training. My opinion? Simply lifting weights will never get you fit for sailing and will only ever build Hollywood muscles rather than all over core strength, and will also mean that you spend your life looking at muscly Polish guys more than your girlfriend…