Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!

The gym wasn’t open today. I found myself kind of missing it. I did some crunches today but that was about it. Tomorrow it will be back to the grindstone, I will probably throw in a Saturday work out this week.

I am really enjoying the gym actually. It is a lot better than I thought it would be. I was worried about jacked dudes with attitude, but there are zero of those guys at the gym. At least I haven’t met any yet.

I have been working out for almost a month now. I am noticing pretty significant strength gains. I have doubled a lot of the weight that I started with. I think the only exercises that I haven’t gained a lot of strength are side laterals and seated shoulder press. Side laterals aren’t the type of exercise you really explode in strength at. They don’t seem that way to me anyways. As for seated bench press, I will just have to work it harder.

One thing I notice about the working out is the idea of “reps”. I usually do 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise. When I get really sore on the 6th or 7th rep, since I can see the end so near, I can power through the pain and reach ten.

It got me thinking about a goal setting technique Justin used to talk about. He talked about breaking your big goals down into little manageable parts. If you have a yearlong goal of losing 50 pounds, break it down. That is only just over 4 pounds a month. If you are getting to the 6th or 7th month, losing that weight, that is going to be a pretty big confidence boost. It is like a rep, you might be getting tired of doing what you have to do, but you have already done 7, you can see the end…just power through.

Here is a more practical bit of advice. I’d say that having a trainer and/or a partner to go to the gym with is very helpful. A trainer will make you push yourself. I don’t know a lot of trainers, but I do know mine, is not afraid to make me work and push my limits. It is really helpful on some of my less motivated days.

The same can be said for a workout partner. You don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of someone. They are also there for any questions you have and also for some interesting conversation. Not to mention, going back and forth, set for set, gives a person a nice little break in between. Also a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. I like pushing myself to try and compete with people who have been lifting weights longer than me. I am always careful to not hurt myself, but it is a good feeling to win the odd battle, no matter how small it may seem.

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