Saturday, February 02, 2013
So, I was feeling a bit down regarding gyms... thinking I couldn't effectively meet my goals because I don't have a lot of equipement here at my apartment, and I only want to strengthen and not gain any mass. So, I made February goals that weren't specific exercise goals, so I would be able to reach them. They were all specific and doable, but I didn't put down "exercise ___ minutes" or anything like that. Instead, my fitness related goal was simply to develop a plan- something specific, and something I could actually do. Just saying "Monday/Wednesday upper body, Tuesday/Friday core, and Wednesday/saturday lower body" would NOT be a good plan for me, because it doesn't tell me what to do! I wanted to just push it off until I had a good idea that I would be able to go to the gym often...
But thank you Spark! I decided to sit down and read some articles. I do every day (I like SparkPoints), but today I decided to read ones that were relevant to me. I read one about waist-to-hip ratio (because I was curious what mine was- so funny how it calls me a pear beause my waist-to-hip is under 0.8 (it's 0.73), but my legs are MUCH smaller in appearance. I used to have a ratio of 0.86 (back at my highest) and it just amazes me I made so much progress.
That sparked (pun intended) a small flame of happiness. Instead of feeling hopeless, I felt hopeful! So, I read two more articles: "You Can Progress to a Pull Up" and "Dorm Room Workouts."
I realized... I may not be able to do the 5x5 sets that I want to in the gym all the time, and that's okay. I know that the more fit I get, the more comfortable I will feel going to my school's gym (or any gym) by myself, and while I know Rob is always there to support me, school HAS to come first for BOTH of us. If he has two tests on a Tuesday, there is no way I should even expect him to come spend Friday and Monday evenings in the gym with me... and if I have a Friday physics test, I shouldn't spend Thursday night after work in the gym with him- because even 30 minutes in the gym is a serious time commitment. It means getting ready, going to Rob's, then gettig to the gym, then getting back, and then showering right away. It's usually an extra hour of time (not including the actual work out) and that's just not always feasible in the evening, when the gym is open.
So I am putting together 6 different "sets" of workouts. There are two "sets" of each upper body, core, and lower body splits. One set is for when I have to stay in at the apartment, and the other is for when we finally get to go to the gym. I'm not going to sit here and wait until I can go to the gym consistently, because each day I'm not training, I'm losing muscle. I may not gain the strength quickly, but at least I am not LOSING it. At least I am doing something. And you know... I'm going to trust that even with my muscle-hating body-type, I will see improvement in definition.
When I get my full plans put together, I will post it!