Kicking It Up A Notch

I have to admit after the week layoff I am finding myself a little sore today. Nothing major, but a general stiffness for sure.

So far at the gym I have been following my trainers original routine and kind of just going out there and doing it every day. Now i want to get slightly more serious. I have begun to keep a log to track the weight I am lifting.

I usually have a pretty good idea in my head about what I have been lifting, but i think it will take me to the next level if I keep a good record of it. I know that I have doubled and tripled a lot of my beginning weights, wouldn’t it be great if I could look at a table in Microsoft Word and see exactly what I have accomplished? I certainly think it would. It will definitely help me with my motivation, plus give me some ideas on what I should be focusing on.

The sense of accomplishment is nice, but the drive to lift even higher weights is the real draw. If I see I am stuck on a certain weight for too long, I can get more aggressive. If I notice I am maxing out on a certain machine, i can switch to free weights or I can change up my routine.
Lately, I have found myself with some free time; I have been doing a lot of research into weight lifting and supplements. I think in the next couple months I will be switching my routine; I will consult the trainer of course. I just think the internet is a great place for info, I have found a ton of great sites with really great information. Actually I think I should probably share some of my favourite sites.

First though a personal disclaimer: my fitness focus is on weight lifting for a reason. Through my research I have come to the conclusion it will be the most impactful way for me to lose weight. Cardio is of course good, but at my current weight; I don’t feel that I can keep up an effective weight loss pace doing just cardio. I do some cardio now before and after my weight lifting but nothing long distance or marathon like. When I get some serious fitness gains I would think about hiking up my cardio (no pun).

Anyways on to some of my suggestions on sites for you guys to check out:

http://www.t-nation.com/tmagnum/readTopic.do?id=640350
The T-Magnum forums are a great place for info. This is the first thread you should read on that site. It is the beginner thread and it will answer a lot of the questions you might have. It helped me a lot.

http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=25
The above link is simply a sample beginner workout routine. Not much to say about it, I haven’t used it but I do know that it comes highly recommended. It doesn’t fit into my schedule though so i opted to use my trainers program.

http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/exercise1.htm
This is simply an exercise directory. It lists exercises according to body parts and how to do them. You can Google exercise directories and find a ton of them I am sure.

http://www.defrancostraining.com/articles/archive/articles_training-myths.htm
This is a good and quick read. It is ten training myths debunked. It set me straight on a couple things actually. Pretty useful for the beginner.

Now just as a disclaimer, I am not a trainer or a doctor. Those are two people I suggest you talk to before you start a vigorous workout routine. Any of the info I gave you here was as an added bonus to the information a doctor or trainer will give you.

If you decide to start lifting weights and have talked to both a doctor and a trainer – I wish you the best of luck!



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