2 weeks ago I returned to Fitness 24/7 after 3 years of no training at all basically. Or rather I bought the membership, like most people do, and then it took me almost 2 weeks to find the time to go pick up the card and scan my finger so I can actually train. Yesterday was my first actual training and it was painful.
For a while now I have had this great walking ambition and with the exception of a few weeks where I could not work due to illness I have walked pretty much everyday. Working days it's just a few kilometers per day, but on the weekends I do almost 10 kilometers.
So yesterday I took that same walk and also did my first visit to the gym in a long, long time. It hurt and I felt incredibly weak. Not surprising considering how long it has been since I last did any physical activity, but still it felt a bit sad.
On my way home I thought about it and the fact that I could barely do 5 sets of 50kg in incline bench press. It even took me a few sets to find the hand positions again and it felt silly to not even remember how to bench press. Then I felt something inside me and it was that hunger that got me started a long time ago.
Yes I am weak right now and it will cost time and energy to get back to where I were before we moved to Täby. It will be a struggle finding the time during work week, but I am ready for it. Weekends I know what comes my way and it feels good even if the gym is a bit small.
I woke up this morning with training ache for the first time in a very long time. It was wonderful! I am now preparing myself for another 10k walk and then gym again. I will not do any heavy lifting for at least a few weeks, maybe even months. This so I do not damage myself before the body get used to the exercises again.
I'll slowly claw my way back to the heavy lifting because I really, really need it again.
I am back and it feels so good!
It's been a very long time since I went to the gym, but I am finally back again. I am weak and today I am in pain as my muscles complain about the abuse I put them through the last few days. It feels pretty good in other words.
As usual when I hit the gym I go for contact over weight. People look a me a bit weird when I workout since I do not push for heavy weights since my body is so weak right now. Instead I focus on getting the movements right. Technique is more important and instead of stressing the muscles with heavy weights, which means I would risk injuries, I "bleed" them instead.
Bleeding the muscles is just pumping them so full of blood that you rip the muscle fibers from within. This can be done with small weights so the risk is smaller than loading up on heavy weights. The pain is just as bad though, so that is good.
The aim now is to push at least four days a week for the next 4 weeks to get into the routine gain. As I go back to work after the vacation I need to figure out how to keep the training going. As I work long days that are eleven to thirteen hours long with commuting that makes working out a bit difficult unless I want to hit the gym at the same time as everyone else. I do not like that kind of training though and I just get frustrated in crowded gyms.
I also need to do something about my core. I have problems finding good ways to get focused core training and since that is my biggest training area due to a funnel chest and weak abs. I am considering if I should join a Tae Kwon Do club as I love the art of kicking and it's an amazing way to get great core training that I love to do. I also need the flexibility training as I am getting old and stiff.
First I need to get my body used to the workout again so I do not have to walk around like a zombie due to the muscle pain 🙂
Day 2 felt a lot better and I did a focused 55 minute training session where I focused on my back. That felt familiar and all the old moves came back to me. Instead of feeling silly and walking around the gym like a ghost I had purpose again.
I am still weak, but feeling the burn while doing low weights with control is pretty awesome anyway. Lat pulldown I built up with sixes until I did a three on 65kg which is actually ok. Tried out some face pulls and did rows with both narrow grip and bar to test some things.
Over all it was a nice workout and I took a slight detour on my way back to pick up some groceries and a big package of toilet paper. It was actually a bit heavy to carry home for 3-4 kilometers and in total I did almost 11 kilometers walking in addition to my gym time.
I now have a very impressive pain in some of my muscles that was expected. It's mostly the triceps that restrict movement, which happen every time I get started again. Back, lats and chest also is complaining loudly so I will rest now for a few days before hitting the gym again so my muscles can rest from this shock.
Meanwhile I am checking times to see if I can go training early and of course looking into a workout plan. My focus areas are stomach, back and legs, which might sound strange, but they are my weak points. Since I have a funnel chest my stomach need extra attention because getting a flat stomach is almost impossible.
I will slowly build up my strength for pullups and dips in the assistant machine for that and I will also do some workout to correct posture and things like that before I start to go heavy. The aim is still body weight in the big three: bench press, dead lift and Squats with bench press being the toughest one.
It feels great being back in the gym and I look forward to the next session already!