So in my life I’ve been to a couple of gyms before. When you go there, they give you a diet and they give you a schedule. Mostly cardio. That has never worked for me and I’ve never liked doing cardio. So I didn’t want to do that anymore. I did some research. Asked some friends, both from the USA as from my own country. And especially the reply from the States was clear. Apparently lifting weights and training with weights is much more normal there then it is over here. So I went looking for a school that trained with Indian Clubbells and Mace bells. Well, they don’t exist over here. And the reason they told me was because their effect had yet to be proven. Best thing I could find was a kettle bell school, but it had limited hours of business. That weren’t going to work for me. So dead end there.
But weight lifting in general then? It seemed as though the bodybuilders were shunned from ordinary people gyms. Well, actually when you do some research it really is true. Bodybuilders have their own gyms or they have a separate floor where they are banned to. And for me there’s nothing more motivating then true bodybuilders. I know I don’t want to be one, but if they can make their body look like that, I for sure should be able to make my body look trained. So, I need to find the gyms where bodybuilders go.
In the end it led me to reading this book called Thinner, Leaner, Stronger: The simple science of building the ultimate female body by Michael Matthews. There’s also a 12 month plan to get your body into shape. It agrees with the assumptions I made before. It’s not just about calories and cardio. It matters how many proteins you ingest, it matters what kind of carbohydrates you eat, it matters when you eat. It matters that you don’t eat the same amount of calories for a week in a row. And it matters which kind of exercises you do at the gym. More weightlifting, less cardio. Focussing on a different part of your body each training.
So half way through this book, I get a Starbucks coffee, I step outside the shop and my calf hurts so bad I can’t stand on my leg anymore. I pulled my calf muscle, a common sport injury. Of course this happens to me. I only have to read about sports to get a sport injury!
Ah well, luckily the next week we’re going on a holiday. So I’ll save deciding which gym to go to until after our holiday. I did narrow it down to 2 gyms. One is on the edge of Rotterdam and called Fox Gym. Apparently this is where all the bodybuilders go to train. And then there’s Knetemann fitness, which also has group lessons and even a swimming pool. Going to Fox Gym first, for me this will also be a step out of my comfort zone, so the biggest growth opportunity.