DAY 2: Creating a Strength Training Routine
Friday, January 02, 2015
One thing that I really need to do and have been putting off is to create a weekly strength training routine. Writing this down is making me focus on this task which I have been avoiding for about a month now. This fall I had been working with a personal trainer as a way to keep myself going to the gym. He wasn't the best but I did get to the gym twice a week to meet him. Just before Thanksgiving a series of events related to him buying a new house caused him to cancel on me 4 times in a row! After I got over my initial irritation, I decided I was happy to part ways with him and so we ended mid December with me telling him, I'll check in with you after the holidays. I don't plan to check back with him after the holidays. So for the last month or so I have just been focusing on cardio and keep thinking that I need to get back on a routine.
I have had a lot of success over the years working on different body parts each day for about 10-20 minutes such as: 1. Legs/lower body 2. Shoulders 3. Arms (Triceps/Biceps) 4. Chest/Back. I do these once per week and then I do an abs/core workout twice a week with one rest day. I like to work out at my home since getting to the gym
takes more time than I plan to exercise. On the other hand, there is a great gym at work that I can use for some variety (at no extra cost). I have used body weight exercises
dumbbells ( I have up to 15 pounds),
resistance bands (I LOVE THESE),
and a stability ball. I keep looking for other alternatives trying to find the "perfect" one but I think I will go back to this plan. It has worked in the past and I don't want keep spinning my wheels searching around for something better and never start anything.
So you heard it here first. This is going to be my plan:
Monday: Legs/Lower Body
Friday: Rest Day
Conveniently, today is a rest day--so I will get started on this tomorrow. I have the rest of the day to obsess over which specific exercises to include in my supersets. I usually have 3 different pairs of exercises and do 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps each. I won't bore you with additional details unless anyone is interested. It really did help to write all this out. I think I'll make Fridays about fitness in the future as well. Thanks for reading.