I finally went back to the gym! (I feel like I’ve had a few of these “I’m back!” posts….hopefully you won’t see one again. 😆)
Back around my birthday in October, I had kind of claimed this next year as the “year I return to the gym”, after falling out of it bigtime during the pandemic. I’ve had a few re-starts now, but haven’t gotten solidly back into the habit like before.
(I went regularly to strength train- as in 4+ times per week- for years up until the covid shutdowns.)
I had some weeks of regular attendance in January/February, but then fell off again leading up to our big trip in March. After our trip though, I made the conscious choice to just “hold” a little on going back again while I got myself re-organized with life and new work responsibilities, etc.
Workouts have been happening, but they’ve “just” been short Beachbody workouts- 20-30 minutes max. I go around in my head about them- on the one hand, they are short and easy to fit in. They are fun and enjoyable. On the other hand, while they do give some results, I know deep down that that style of training (flitting from one workout to the next/ SO much variety, not able to focus on true progressive overload from week to week, etc.) is not the most effective.
For example- if I go to the gym and do focused upper body strength workouts, with HEAVY weights, I will have muscle definition literally within about a week or so. (*while eating right/ consuming enough protein). I know this for a fact, because I’ve done this many times before. I’ve been doing Beachbody for a whole month+ (since all my time off since our trip, I mean), and while there’s a little muscle definition, you have to squint to see it. The weights I do at home are just not heavy enough/ not progressive enough.
And, I honestly love heavier strength training. I forget how much I miss it until I go back and get a RUSH of excitement. It feels so good to feel strong. (Minus the temporary inevitable soreness…which I’m feeling right now….but this will be short lived, I also know from experience.)
We got home a whole month ago now, so I decided on Monday morning it was time to GO BACK TO THE GYM.
I’m feeling motivated with summer coming up to tighten up/ tone up just a tad. I’m not overweight, but my weight actually is up a few pounds from my norm. (Despite having lost some weight on vacation with the thousands of steps I walked everyday- seems like it jumped right back on these past 4 weeks?)
I also definitely do not have the same muscle tone and definition as I normally do when I’m regularly strength training (and importantly- following an actual plan/ progressing week to week). Also, some of my clothes are just not fitting right. Especially pants. Seems as I’m getting older, any extra fat definitely goes to my butt/ thighs. I do not store weight in my abdomen. I can never decide which is a better place. How about no place??
I dug out some old workout plans I got from my online trainer years back. First up was Leg Day #1. The big/main gym can be busy over the lunch hour, so I decided to use our gym’s smaller “24 hour” location, also nearby, and it was gloriously empty!!
Today I’m going back for shoulders/triceps. I will need to be extra careful with planning my days, because while my gym workouts never exceed about 45-50 minutes or so max (often shorter), it does add a little time to get ready, get over there, get situated, etc.
I had some thoughts on nutrition and macro counting I want to share, based on some old emails I ran across from my old trainer (while looking for my training plans). But I’ll save that for tomorrow!
I am grateful that my gym is super close to my house.