“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour” – John Heywood This week I need to go to the gym every day. There’s no time to skip a day as we will be flying to Rome on Thursday and won’t be returning until the gym is closed at the end of Sunday. I have found a gym in Rome, close to where we are staying, I am bringing my gym clothes and intend to go there on either Friday or Saturday. Not really looking forward to walking there alone in the early morning, so we’ll see if I can convince someone to go with me. My weights are still increasing every day I go to the gym. Last week I asked the trainer if she could explain dumbbells to me. I meant to say kettlebells, but the beginner I am didn’t know the difference yet. But, we did some dumbbell exercises and since then I have been changing the schedule from Thinner, Leaner, Stronger so that now all the kettlebell exercises are dumbbell exercises. Besides that I have decided to stay away from all the easy machines. I’m now only using the yellow Hammer Strenght […]
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence” – Jim Watkins And that’s week 2! No more excuses, only real reasons are left and with those I can still make it to the gym 4 times a week. But my goal is 5, let’s see if I can make that happen next week. Every week I’m getting stronger. I took my measurements again, not much changed. Just one thing, the circumference of my flexed biceps grew with an inch! (2,5cm) Apparently these are muscles that are very willing to grow. I’m not to bothered by it, as the gym by itself is doing me well. I feel good being there. The trainers and even the owner are supportive and tell me they notice that I’m on a roll. That’s very encouraging. And I miss the gym when I don’t get the chance to go. I have reached the point where I need to hit the gym to feel mentally relaxed. Oh and I’m moving more and more away from the easy machine unto the yellow big man machines. So all in all, good things happening!
If you doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you – Fred DeVito Day three at the gym. Although I feel good being there, bumps in the road are kicking in. I have an inflammation in my leg, nothing big but it’s annoying. Annoying enough to skip the gym. I felt I needed to be home at 3PM today, not much time to go to the gym. Reason enough to skip the gym. My back hurt this morning, not a good idea to go to the gym today… But, I kicked all those excuses in the butt and I went to the gym. I did decide on another muscle group as my back didn’t seem like the wisest choice. Oh, and yesterday I read a bit more in the “Thinner, Leaner and Stronger” book and I read that I was supposed to do a maximum of 12 heavy lifts with max. 10 lifts. The only thing I’m still doing different is that I’m using machines in stead of the exercises written out. But that’s a thing for next week. Can’t wait to go back tomorrow. So the deal with myself is that I go in every day. Come rain or shine. […]
Fitness is like a relationship. You can’t cheat and expect it to work – Unknown Apparently it takes about 3 weeks to create a habit, but at least 3 months to change your lifestyle. Well, I just entered a gym for 6 months. Think I’m covered? I chose the last gym I visited. The fact that it’s so close that I won’t have any excuse not to visit it every day and even on off days they have a swimming pool to enjoy. So I’m going for 5 days of training and 2 days of relaxation in the gym. Today was the first day. I went in, started with a 10 minute cardio session and then went on to the machines. Although I didn’t follow the exercises out of the book I read, I did keep to the muscle groups that were in the schedule. So today was arms and calves. I added the lower back myself, as that has always been an issue for me. It felt good being at the gym. Still a bit too self-conscious, looking at people and wondering if I look silly. But my conclusion was that nobody really cares what other people are doing. […]
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. […]
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door. You step out on to the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you’ll be swept off to. — J. R. R. TOLKIEN I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I can tell you, that’s not easy when there’s so many things you like to do and are good at. So I ended up identifying 3 subject that keep popping up in all the things I’m interested in: Creative, Leadership, Discoveries. But leadership is not just about leading others. It’s also about leading yourself. So that’s what I’m going to do. It’s time to take back charge of my life. And I’m starting with my health and body. You’ve probably seen all the transformational commercials and promotions of products too? Well some of these images are true and most of them did not achieve that (solely) by using the products their photos are promoting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy in my body which is already a big accomplishment for me. But for years I have been interested in weightlifting and I’ve […]