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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 emoticon 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 emoticon along with emoticon dumbbells ( I have up to 15 pounds), emoticon resistance bands (I LOVE THESE), emoticon 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
Tuesday: Arms
Wednesday: Chest/Back
Thursday: Core
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Shoulders
Sunday: Core

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.

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  • WHITECAT19
    Strength training is my biggest area of weakness, and I know I need to do it. But right now I'm having trouble even being consistent about walking. Feeling pretty ineffective. Trying to get motivated again. Just not feeling well. Sounds like you are getting your ducks in a row. Congratulations!
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