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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Wrestling with a weight bench... and losing

  • Having missed my weigh in at the YMCA this week, I am not embarrassed, nor surprised to say that I went up a pound since my last weigh in, according to my home scale.
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    Having missed my weigh in at the YMCA this week, I am not embarrassed, nor surprised to say that I went up a pound since my last weigh in, according to my home scale.
    I attribute this gain in weight to the new weight bench (new to me) I received from a friend.
    The Weider Pro 6900 is your not-so-typical weight bench with all the bells and whistles. The Weider 6900 has attachments for leg workouts, arm workouts, chest, back and abs. You name it, this thing will help you do it.
    The one thing it does not do, however, is assemble itself.
    Confident I could put it together I quickly lost my confidence when I dropped one of the attachments on my shoulder. (Don't ask! Just assume I was doing something stupid and keep reading.)
    Assembling home gym equipment gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “If at first you don't succeed, dig the instructions out of the trash and try again.”
    My frustration assembling this thing caused me to step back from my project and think out a new course of action.
    I do my best thinking while exercising with friends. Twelve ounce curls with Bud Weiser and his good buddy Jimmy Dean who happened to stop at my place with two pounds of bratwurst. I proceeded to grill and serve them with peppers and onions while I successfully did 12 ounce curls. For added resistance I would double hand a mouthful of pretzels just for good measure.
    After about six sets of curls, I returned to the task of assembling the weight bench.
    Having thoroughly read the directions, this time in English, I managed to get the weight bench completely assembled. Who knew Spanish was so hard to understand?
    With the weight bench assembled I decided it was time to workout again. After all, I still had a six pack, a pound of bratwurst and 500 laps at Daytona to complete.
    Now if my shoulder will just stop hurting I can actually use the weight bench.
     
    Next week: Walking in a wilderness wonderland.

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