Hey hey, look who finally went back to the gym yesterday!! I did.
Typing this title made me cringe, because I know for a fact that I’ve written multiple “yay, look at me, I’m getting back to consistent gym exercise!!” posts over the past couple of years. And if I’ve written the same thing repeatedly, that means I have NOT consistently stuck with it…. or there would be no need for the frequent restarts.
Just for fun, I looked:
- Back in the saddle
- Back to exercise
- 7 am vs 7 pm, birthday weekend, return to gym?
- “3 Things I Did” Thursday
- Happiness in the gym
- Back in gym (again)
- Temporary(?) workout plan/ gym fail
What can I say. When you have a blog you write on almost daily, and you let people “peek inside” your real daily life, there’s no good way to hide the reality that sometimes, your life feels a little dysfunctional. Hahaha.
BUT I did go back to the gym yesterday, and yes, it was yet another reset. I think this is better than never doing a reset though, right? At least I keep on resetting. 🙂
With the kids back in school, this feels like a good time to resume the gym. Home workouts are fabulously convenient, yes, but I can’t shake the feeling that gym workouts are just more effective for me. And I really do love it when I’m going to the gym consistently. I think I have identified a window of time most days that I can consistently make this happen, too.
So, I decided to pay for a monthly membership from EmPowered Fitness. I had shared about Emma Montgomery and her online fitness business earlier this spring but hadn’t taken the plunge to personally buy any workouts. (Technically, I have notebooks full of plans from my old trainer, so I really don’t need new monthly workouts- I could cycle back through my old ones…).
But there is something to be said for paying for something, and I think I will feel more inclined to “follow the plan” in real time, knowing that a new plan will be coming up in October.
For $20/month, I get 5 strength workouts per week. It even comes with an app now, so I can track my reps and sets on my phone, and she has video tutorials included for every single exercise. (Also, alternative home options for each exercise, for if someone doesn’t have access to a gym.)
I did Workout #1, Legs and Abs last night.
I took it super light and easy, because I haven’t done gym weight training in a while. I always get sore for the first day or two when I start back up, but I know from experience that this will go away quickly.
I really like that I can “schedule” the workouts in the app for the days I want to do them, and then on each day, I get an email that says, “You have a scheduled workout today!” Just an extra layer of accountability. Just like I wouldn’t skip a dentist appointment on the calendar, I’m hoping I will view it similarly and not skip an appointment with myself for a different type of health maintenance. 🙂
For cardio she recommends optional 20 minute sessions (of whatever you want- run, elliptical, stairs, etc.) at the end of Chest/Shoulders day and again after the Full Body session. Then she includes a 6th day of exercise which is just 20 minutes of “optional cardio”. 7th day is a rest day. (I might try to do some of the Beachbody stretching/mobility workouts on those days- I enjoy them.)
For this week I just scheduled myself Sunday-Friday. We’ll see. Maybe I won’t be able to do all 5 every week, but I’ll just play it by ear.
The good thing is that the leg workout yesterday only took me about 45 minutes. This is perfect and my ideal gym session length. Also, I scrolled through all of the workouts, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of the exercises! They look very similar in style to my previous workouts. I do not like “power lifting” style strength training (think jerky clean and presses, or super heavy weight/ low reps, etc.). I am personally training mostly for, um, aesthetics, and to just be generally fit and stronger and “toned”.
All in all, feeling really excited to have a new plan to follow!! This looks like a great fit for me so far.
I shared about EmPowered Fitness before…by chance did anyone reading this ever try her workouts?? If so, let me know- I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I am grateful for the DAY OFF today! Thank you Labor Day. This is one of my favorite “work” holidays of the year. Unlike most other holidays, we usually have zero plans, zero expectations, no family traditions, etc on Labor Day…. literally just a day off to do whatever. Love it.