As many of you know, my lung collapsed a second time last February and I heeded my doctor’s advice this time and stopped smoking. Actually, to be perfectly honest, because I’m poor and cheap. Since I had an operation where my lung was fused to my chest wall to keep it from collapsing again, I figured I’d quit smoking to get the most I could from the time, discomfort, and money involved in the process. I went through all that crap, so why not make sure I’d stick around to fully enjoy being alive? That decision also got me back into the gym. As my lungs slowly clear from the smoke, tar, and abuse I inflicted upon them for eighteen years, I’m feeling more and more alive. Now I’m addicted to the gym, which is a habit I can live with.
On the days I can’t get to the gym, I like to find new ways to exercise. Here’s an easy way to work out your arms, shoulders, and upper back with a little bit of help from man’s best friend:
With your arms acting like a forklift, pick up a 35 lb dog. (Lift with your legs, not your back.)
Maintaining a firm hold on the dog, slowly raise your elbows toward the sky, curling the dog as you go. When your elbows are at their highest position, hold for a few seconds.
Return dog to the resting position. That’s one rep. Do three sets of twelve reps, or as many reps as possible until the dog has had enough and bites your stupid ass.