Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson My biggest issue in the gym is keeping my own pace. Taking the minutes I need in between sets to lower my heart rate. Especially when there’s someone next to you who takes shorter breaks. Just doing your own thing and keeping your own pace is hard. Oh! Or when someone wants to use the machine your on and asks how long you’ll be. “Just 2 more sets” but because they asked, you don’t take the downtime you need. So advice: never ask a person how long they will be. Either go on a different machine or just wait. But I’m getting better at it. I realise I need to take my time to be able to complete my sets. Everyone is working their own pace and everyone is on a different place in their training. So no use comparing and you should just stay your own course. Like I did today!
“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!
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell So, week 1 is over and done with. I managed to do 4 days of gym and I feel great! I do feel that this first week was a bit of a struggle. Mostly a struggle with myself trying to overcome all the great arguments I give myself not to go. But so far I’ve won most of the battles I fought with myself and it makes me feel proud. Let’s keep this strike going!
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. […]
Men… do I feel like a woos today! I spend my first full day on the tough-guy-side. All the yellow equipment. I decided on a arm-day, as they are quite decent. At least that’s what I thought. But low and behold… I no muscles in my chest! None, not one tiny slither… Well maybe a tiny one as I was able to push a whopping 10kg/22lbs. 10 Kilograms! Even my pinky can pull that! Most of my other muscles are at least able to handle 30kg, but not my chest. No my chest can only push 10kg. And you know what? The chest machine is in the room with the cardio. So there I am looking like a tough gal, starting with 20kg. Should be doable… Nope, not going to be able to repeat that 10 times. Ok, gone are the 20’s, let’s go for 15kg. Nope still a no go. Ok, 12,5 kg then… Do you see me trying and walking back and forward between the weight-storage-thing? Well then 10 kg, but I am not going lower than 10. The minimum is 8 repeats. 1… 2… 3… 4… jeez this is heavy!… 5… *&^$&%… 6… “I can’t do this […]
I made a choice today. And because I made a deal with myself that I would go to the gym every day this week, I made myself feel like a failure. When in fact this is not failure, this is choosing for yourself and the ones you love. While writing this the second thought is “and what if that’s just another excuse?” So I will just stop blaming myself. Sometimes life gets in the way of your goals. I have done three days of gym in a row and my body is feeling it. Besides that I have an inflammation on my leg which prevents me from moving normally and from swimming. So I choose myself today.
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. […]
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson Gym number two. Today I visited the second gym I chose. The sign outside said come in for a tour, you won’t be disappointed. So I went in and asked for a tour. Wow! That gym is new and looks like you stepped into a gym in Manhattan, New York. They don’t only have a gym with all the equipment you can imagine, but they have a separate part for everyone who’s really serious about weight lifting and they have a pool! And not only a pool, but also a Sauna, a Turkish bath and tanning beds. So not only everything for effort, but also for relaxation. After getting the tour I decided I might as well have my first lesson at the same time. So I paid a small fee and a personal trainer (PT) guided me from the first step into the door. And the first step was onto the scale… But, the most important things here was the fat percentage. So now I know the fat percentage in my body is 42.8% or 46.4kg or 100 pounds. […]
It hurts now, but one day it will be your warm up – Rocky So today I visited Fox Gym. A very un-Dutch gym. As I said it would be an experience outside of my comfort zone and that it was. I drove there early morning as that is the time I want to go to the gym. So this way I could also experience how many people are normally there. They do day passes, so entering the gym is as simple as buying a day pass. “There is the dressing room and the toilets and upstairs are the lockers and the cardio” and there I went. Just one but… there were soooo many weight lifting machines I had never seen before! So it was great that they just leave you to do your own routine. I like that, just being able to train without having someone breathing in your neck. That’s like entering a shop and having people ask you all the time if you can find what you are looking for. “Just browsing thank you”. Just a slight problem that I have no idea how the machines work. With some I couldn’t even figure out how you should […]