I did it!

Back in January I made one of my goals for 2014 to start back at the gym lifting weights again. Well, I finally did it! Yesterday before yoga I bought my gym membership to the Recreation Centre at Royal Roads University (RRU). Since I work at RRU there is no reason why I can’t go.

It has been about a year and a half since I have had a membership which is new for me but an injury to my shoulder took me away from it. I nervous about going back because I know my ability to lift weights that I used to lift is gone. I know that crunches are going to be harder and so are many other exercises for the first few months but I am ready for the challenge. I know as well that some days will be mentally harder on me because I will compare myself to how I was but my plan is try not do that. I am excited to see the changes over the next few months.

So, how am I going to start out? Well, I have old workouts that I was given by a personal trainer when I first moved to Victoria in 2008. I am going to copy one of those workouts over onto a new piece of paper and start from scratch. I will start with the weights that Mimi gave me originally and go from there. Week by week I will start to increase my weights when things start to get easy feeling. I will take it one day at a time and I look forward to feeling soreness in my muscles and the challenge of getting myself back to the gym.

What challenges you at the gym? Have you ever stopping going for a bit and then went back? What helped you?

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11 thoughts on “I did it!

  1. yay, awesome you are back at the weights! i’ve been dying to get back at weights too…i love to run but i LOVED lifting…made me feel really strong and super badass, lol. i’ve signed up for personal training at PISE but am waiting for parental craziness to die down before i pull the trigger and get back at it. i’ve been hesitant to start back at it too as i’ve had shoulder issues for awhile now as well. can’t wait to hear about your progress!

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      1. Hmmm, I just try to mix it up each time. Free weights, dumbells, machines, body weight, etc. Always keep my body guessing. I’ve been kind of boring though, as I generally do a ten minute warm up on the stationary bike or elliptical, then different kinds of core work – plank, crunches, leg lifts, etc. Then I try to hit each body part with special emphasis on legs and calves. I usually do two sets for each exercise. End with stretching. Does that help at all?

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      2. You did help. When I was going I typically did all over body work outs. I am not looking to be big and hulk like…just toned with some definition is my goal.

        I will plank for tacos. 🙂 ha!

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      3. Trust me, you won’t get big and bulky. I’ve lifted weights since middle school, and I’m far from the hulk. One summer I did gain 15 lbs of muscle for cheerleading, but it took a LOT of lifting and EATING!!!

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