Milestone day! I went back to the gym yesterday!
Since the pandemic, I’ve only been there to swim with Asher or to drop the boys off for their workout classes. As someone who was a 4-6 day/week gym goer for YEARS prior to COVID, this is crazy. Actually, looking back at my records, the last time I went to the gym to work out was FEBRUARY 27, 2020.
I sort of had to force/”encourage” myself to go…that’s the thing with habits. Once you get out of them, it can be SO HARD to resume them! That’s why it’s best to never let them go. 🙂 I just have gotten used to the convenience of at home workouts. But, for strength training, which is my favorite and I would argue the BEST “bang for your buck” form of exercise, it’s hard to really beat a full weight room.
I did this shoulder/tricep workout:
-smith machine shoulder press 15,12,10,10,10 reps
-Rope cable front raise 12 reps 4 sets
-DB rear delt fly 12 r 4s
-single arm cable lat raise 10 reps 4 sets
-chest supported rear delt fly 15 r 4 sets
-DB floor skull crusher 15 r 4s
-cable single arm tricep pushdown 10 r 4 sets
-seated overhead tricep extension 12 r 4 sets
Took about ~45 minutes or so. Slightly longer because I ran into a couple of people I used to see there all the time and of course had to chit chat for a few minutes. That is one thing that is avoided at home!!! Haha. But it was nice.
I thought about taking a gym mirror selfie to document the occasion, but considering I was the only borderline middle aged mom in the weight room at the time, I didn’t need to give the HS/ college boys that were there a reason to snicker at me. 🙂 I played it cool instead. 😉
It wasn’t crowded at all at the time I was there, and everyone was perfect about keeping their masks on. Every station had its own sanitizer bottle and they give you a personal microfiber towel to carry around with you to clean your weights/bench before and after each use. The equipment from the weight room has now been split up too into several spaces around the gym to allow for distancing as well. Seemed fine in terms of COVID precautions and I didn’t feel uncomfortable there.
I’m planning to ease back in with a combination of home + gym workouts. For now, I think I’ll do 3 days at the gym: 1 shoulders/tris, 1 back/biceps, 1 leg day. Then another 3 days a week I’ll do Beachbody workouts at home (more full body strength/core/ cardio focus), and then I usually take at least one day totally off or just do a short yoga video or walk.
If anyone local wants to meet for a lifting session, let me know! 🙂
I am grateful for a) time to read while waiting for Asher at swim and b) that we have a pet food store right here in town AND that they carry the specific hamster food I like to buy.