The Gym Pep Talk…Again

It almost freaked me out there, writing 2008. I remember my Uncle having some comic books, not from too far back either, probably the 80’s. Those comic books were all about what the world would be like in the year 2000. We aren’t even close. These comic books made it look like we would be living like The Jetsons.

Anyways, back to reality. I know I have mentioned this before, but I am curious about how many people start to lift weights, but then quit because of the first time pain. If you are out of shape, and you go in and lift some weights for an hour – you will hurt, and you will hurt badly. I can’t even give justice to the pain I felt. It was intense; I couldn’t move my arms without some discomfort. It was really painful to eat, drink or change clothes. I was lucky, because I started working out on Thursday and Friday, so I had the whole weekend off to recuperate. I definitely thought of not going back. Sunday I felt pretty bad still, but by Monday it was more of a light pain, heavy stiffness.

Since then, I haven’t even felt close to that much pain. There are days I feel some pain but nothing that bad. The closest I came to feeling that much pain was this week. I have been noticing some pretty significant strength gains. I wanted to turn it up a notch again, because I didn’t want to get complacent. So I have been doing my first two sets normally, the weight I use makes my muscles feel pretty tired around the 7th or 8th rep. I changed up my third set though; on this set I will use a significantly larger weight. Now when I say significantly, I don’t mean I start curling the 110lb dumbbell. If I do alternate bicep curls of 35 pounds for two sets, I would grab a 45 and try it. If I can get 10 reps then good, usually I’ll be happy to hit 6 though. Once I am comfortable with doing ten, I can use that weight for my first two sets and then up my weight again on the third.

So I started that this week. That brought back some pretty decent pain, nothing I couldn’t handle though. To be honest it felt good to feel like that after a workout. It didn’t feel that great when I was cutting the grass the next morning, but it was alright.

I really hope anyone starting to workout can get over that first hurdle. Trust me it does get easier. Don’t feel like a dope if you can’t lift big weights right away. It comes relatively quickly. I was using 1 plate on the preacher curl machine when I started, and I got sore from that. Now I am up to 5 plates regularly and even higher on my third set. So be patient, the higher weights will eventually be within reach.

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