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Instant Biceps Growth

The Penis Chronicles presents Instant Biceps Growth

 Most people know the benefits of exercise. I have found that exercising with my 5 and 8 year old has a few extra benefits. So, picture this:

It has been a long day and the last thing that I want to do is exercise, but I know I will feel worse if I don’t. With that thought in mind I grudgingly stomp off to the exercise room. I load the P90X3 trio-metrics video in just as the boys stroll in.

“We want to do yoga to mom,” the oldest announces. (Note: all exercise for them is called yoga.)


The exercise room isn’t very big and my first thought is to show them out, but I decided to wait and see how it goes thinking to myself that they will lose interest and move on pretty quickly. The warm up starts and I am bumped from the middle of the room to the side. Suddenly, the boys are peeling off their shirts, not because they are sweating but in the anticipation of a sweat they won’t achieve.

The 30 minutes is flying by filled with amusement and wonder that I haven’t lost an eye or been knocked over completely. Limbs are flailing and jerking wildly in attempts to mimic the required exercise movement. The lack of balance and coordination is the cause of continuous stumbling and the only thing that momentarily halts it is when one or the other of them falls right over.

My favourite part of the experience is when they stop exercising to flex their biceps and assess. Their earnest conversation is full of excitement and pride about how that last set really made a difference in their muscle size. They assess each other’s muscles with grand comments about how there has been visible growth in the last few minutes. Good grief.

When the exercise routine is complete, and it has passed for me without noticing the time ticking down, they grab their shirts. I leave the room feeling happy, amused and glad that I pushed through and went to exercise in the first place. They boys leave the room informing me that they are now faster and stronger.

SunSome of the extra benefits are as follows:

  • Encouragement and company
  • Feelings of happiness
  • Laughter
  • Bonding time
  • Leading by example
  • Memories
  • Stories
  • All the typical benefits of exercising

By Shari Marshall – 2019

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3 thoughts on “Instant Biceps Growth

  1. I had totally forgotten, but, yeah, when I was 8 or 10 and did weight exercise, I thought my muscles grew instantly 😉 Oh well, I guess learning how the body actually works takes time….

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  2. Exercise with kids might prove to be hard work made harder, but goofing off physically with them – can be a wonderful way to revisit our own youth when exercise often looked more like a dog pile of bodies squirming and laughing.

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