As Ann and Kieran are growing up, I needed to start working out to carry them. I bought the bowflex years ago. The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE does 70+ exercises. I expanded it to 310 lbs. I found on Amazon the kit for $99 to expand it to 410 lbs. I have been working on my lower back, wrists, and arms the most. I added legs at 90 lbs. The Bowflex has 155 lbs per side on power rods. When I add the additional 50 lbs a side, it will be 205 lbs a side . I am not concerned with having a 6 pack or bulging muscles. It is the ability to carry my children over a distance. We have a Detroit Zoo membership. Many of the buildings are not stroller friendly like Butterflies and Birds or the Penguinarium. So we have to carry Kieran.
The bars in order from the machine back are
50 ( this took it to 310 lbs) 50 30 10 10 5 50 ( this takes it to 410 lbs)
I loaded in the DVD for my Bowflex that has all the exercises on it. It goes into the form and position used.
My goal is to max out the Bowflex on every exercise. I am on the pace of 10 lbs increase every 7-10 days. I am at 90. 205 lbs is the maximum. So 115 lbs to go. So that would be 12 to 18 weeks of working out.
April 5th 2019: I started at 50 lbs a side. I snapped one of the power bars in two places. Bowflex sent me a new set of bars. I have been working my biceps, triceps and wrists. My goal is to every time I go up 10 lbs, I add one more exercise.
May 1st 2019:I went up to 60 lbs a side. I added the a few more exercises like rowing machine to my work out. I only move up in wieght when my triceps don’t hurt. Those seem to be my weakest muscle group. My goal is every Saturday to go up 10 lbs and add one more exercise.
May 11th 2019: I went up to 70 lbs a side. I have been doing 3 sets of 10 on my biceps and triceps. I do 3 sets of 20 on my wrists. I am starting to see muscle development in my arms and chest.
May 16th 2019: My triceps are not hurting doing 3 sets of 10 so I jumped to 80 lbs a side. Now I am feeling it in my triceps and around my elbows. I keep pushing on to 3 sets of 10 a day. I had some days I didn’t work out as much. Put me behind schedule a bit.
May 31st 2019: I will do one set of 80 lbs on each of the 8 exercises and then go up to 90 lbs today. I will add in some for my back this weekend.
I went up to 90 lbs at side. It is going great. I am completing sets.
June 6th 2019: I have been doing sets in the morning and a full workout of at least 7 exercises at night.
June 13th 2019: I finally went to 100 lbs a side and started doing sets.
June 16th 2019: I went up to 110 lbs a side after 100 lbs didn’t strain during the lifts
Lbs per side on Bowflex
WRIST and FOREARM
This is great for carpel tunnel and tennis elbow
My wrists are the weakest part of my arm. I am working them to build up my forearms. This is great for carpel tunnel and tennis elbow
Platform in 3rd position
I will be adding this on 6.15.2019 @ 100 lbs per side.