Ironic...this post sounded like it was going to be all masculine, and then we get a picture of two beautiful flowers...appreciate the juxtapose.
So I signed up at the gym again. I just wasn't getting the intensive workout I was looking for at home. Maybe if I had some more equipment or if I was living alone it would be more productive and feasible but there is always something going on and it can be hard to really get a good (intensive and worthwhile) workout in that way.
I signed up for 5 months at the gym down the street...only two blocks away. Now I can get out of the apt and really get a good workout in, jog home, and rinse off. I love living close to the gym, because it saves so much time with clean-up and shower.
I am a big proponent of doing at-home workouts, but only if you can find a way to construct them so they are beneficial to you. You have to take what works for you, and what does not...you must leave behind. I still have my headphones on and listen to audiobooks or my language lessons or some TTC lecture...we have to multi-task!
I was looking to use some heavier weights to use at home, and the gym membership is actually cheaper than buying weights at the store which I would have to haul around later. Im really about getting rid of my possessions...not adding on more. This situation just works for me right now.
My first workout was really good. I'm doing one or two sets...and doing each one until my muscles really burn. Even just holding the weights in mid-flex, and breathing really fast until you cant do it anymore, is the best way to communicate to your muscles that they MUST become stronger. Make it burn and your body will adapt to the stress you are dealing to it. BUT...you have to mix it up always. Try different routines every other week to keep your body guessing and adapting.
I dont do much lower body...I feel that all my walking and staircases that I hit throughout the day take care of that. A message to guys and all ladies with guys...its all about stomach, chest, and arms. Focus on those, and the rest will fall into place.
At home we can do push-ups, sit-ups/crunches, and arms with some 10-30lb weights. If I had my own place that I was going to be staying at for a while, I would have just bought the weights. Put on some music or a movie, and get to work!
Immediately afterwards, I go home and make the superfood smoothie. That is one nice thing about the at-home workout...you can get on the smoothie so fast...or even have it pre-made in the fridge right there waiting for you. I showed everyone this video a couple weeks back.
Its sunday now and my triceps are still sore...I havent really worked that area in a while and I can really tell. I do each body area TWICE a week...giving it plenty of time to re-heal and rebuild, then do it all over again. It doesnt really matter what specific exercise you do... as long as you can feel it in the muscles that you are targeting. Play around and see what you like.
Make exercise as accessible and enjoyable as possible and youll be amazed at how often you start doing it. Don't let others hold you back either! This is about your path to excellence, and if someone is standing in your way, kindly ask them to step aside and maybe even join you if they are interested.