Unfortunately, my enthusiasm just didn't want to assert itself. I put it down on the exercises that I started of with, Leg Extensions (where the strap is wrapped around my ankle and then attached to the cable machine, and I do a "kick" of sorts with the added resistance of a few weights, like 15kg). The exercise is an old one, first thought up when I started going to the gym just over ten years ago, and admittedly not my favourite. The fact that I did 40 reps with 15kg adding to the resistance factor. Neither did the second exercise brought about any happy feelings, just outright indifference.
Then Ben suggested we have a bit of a play. By playing I mean experimenting with new ways I could train, and I opted to do push ups. Okay, I can see that you're wondering what the heck I mean by doing push ups, considering that it's a horizontal exercise and here I am sitting on a motorised wheelchair? Well, there is a way. Placing a knee high box in front of me, and moving the chair back roughly a half meter back and sitting forward. This then follows with me leaning forward, and supporting myself with the front part of my hands (though I just read that it's your backhand while the palm is your front). With myself in position, I mimicked the a prone position by raising and lowering the body using the arms.
Got to love wikipedia for a quick reference to what is what, and where. Where was this fine online creation when I was in high school? But anyway, I degress. I did three sets of eight reps, and in the process had even come off my chair and stood (and I wasn't even aware that I was doing it!). The end result was that my indifferent meh was replaced with a feeling of accomplishment, as this was the first time I ever did proper push ups.
- Primary muscles used:
- Secondary muscles (synergists or stabilizers) used:
- Rhomboid major and rhomboid minor
- Erector spinae
- Rotator cuff
- Posterior deltoids ("delts")
- Serratus anterior
- Rectus abdominus ("abs")
- Transverse abdominus
- Gluteus maximus ("glutes")
- Quadriceps ("quads")