I am reaching the point once again where I am maxing out the bowflex machine I have and once again will have to consider options. I added and extra two bars last year that brought the bowflex to the maximum weight of 310 pounds which is basically 155 lbs on each side. I am doing exercises at this maximum and already have the need to go heavier.
The perfect strength building set should be around 12, 10, 8 but as you can see below with pulldowns I am doing 25, 25, 21. This means that I need to increase the weight to lower the sets numbers. And there are other exercises that have almost reached this point or have already gotten there.
The choices I have are I can either join a gym (YUCK), see if bowflex offers machines with greater resistance, or find a universal weight system. Or I can simply continue working with the bowflex I have and accept that I will be doing higher reps each day with certain exercises. I will be doing my research and make some type of decision over the next 30 days. Oh, wait! Hold the phone! I just found something that may help. It seems that my bowflex has additional slots to upgrade to 410 lbs. Woo Hoo!
Yesterday went well with a banana before my workout then a 30g protein shake after with a handful of vitamins and a small bowl of oatmeal. Mid morning I drank another 30g protein shake and lunch I ate a beef, bean and rice burrito. Dinner was meatloaf, mashed potato and peas. No hunger problems all day.
Both my blood sugar numbers are down and body weight. I believe that it is the extreme strength training in the morning that is making a big difference.
Blood Sugar- 99, Body Weight- 183.8
Bowflex- BACK and ABS
Pulldowns- 155/155- 25, 25, 21
Rows- 155/155- 19, 20, 18
Reverse Fly’s- 55/55- 16, 16, 15
Situps- 120/120- 20, 22, 17