Seated Calf Raise @ 90 x 5 x 10 (45 sec rest between sets)

Donkey Calf Raise Machine @ 400 x 5 x 10 (45 sec rest between sets)

Donkey Plate Calf Machine @ 90 (side) x 5 x 10 (45 sec rest between sets)

Reverse Lunges @ up to 80 x 8 

Leg Ext. (One Legged) @ 4 plates x 5 x 10 (30 sec rest between sets)

At the outset of this training session, I was thinking that most of the stuff I do in the gym--given my relatively low calorie and protein intake--is more or less useless.

I'm certainly not making anything grow given the nutritional requirements to do such a thing, and I'm not really doing performance training that is going to make me better at a specific skill or movement pattern.

This negative line of thinking lasted only until I had a great pump in my calves and felt like I was sloshing around the weight room because of all the blood that was occluded in them. It's a cool feeling, and by the time I was halfway through the reverse lunges, I was smiling and optimistic about everything.

Such is the power of resistance training, and probably a decent metaphor for life: Sit around analyzing something long enough, and you will come up with a million reasons not to do it. If you simply get started, however, you will be amazed at how your whole attitude about the day changes.