I've morphed into a GYM RAT! I am sure you've heard that term before? To me the definition is someone who is constantly lurking around at a gym. Pretty much every day I find myself at one of two local fitness facilities; our high school weight room or our Memorial Health Center gym. And often for at least one hour, sometimes up to two. Sometimes I go to both at some point during the same day.
A bit about the gym culture. It is at times a strange bunch. There are the talkers and the nontalkers. The nontalkers also often are nonsmilers and nonfriendly and very serious! I try to be a talker because, really, isn't this business supposed to be FUN?! The serious ones tend to be younger men. They will hardly acknowledge me. I figure that's because they are intimidated by my HUGE size! (Ha! Ha!) Its' probably because I look old enough to be their mother! But really, I do need to start to ingratiate myself with some of these guys because as time has gone by I find I need a spotter for some of my exercises. A good problem to have! But then I'd have to talk to them and really I think they just find me to be weird.
Anyway....what is my weekly weight routine like? I lift everyday except Mondays. Mondays I try to get in plyometric activities. No free weights or machines on that day. Each day focuses on a different body part.
Sunday - chest, biceps, calves
Tuesday - triceps, lats, delts
Wednesday - legs, biceps, calves
Thursday - triceps
Friday - lats, delts, calves
Saturday - legs
My goal each day is to increase my weight by at least one rep for each set. Some days I am able to do more, some days only one, but most everyday I have been successful at getting in the increase. This over time then leads to overall increase in total weight lifted. Remember, I am pretty much a novice at serious weight training. So, there is a fair amount of potential right now as I feel I started at the bottom. Just like with triathlon training....when I first started out the gains were great and as I kept at it things came more slowly but with the same amount of hard work.
Right now that is what makes bodybuilding fun! I have been able to SEE the changes. It is almost scary how fast things have progressed. I feel like I went from a skinny, half-way muscled triathlete to the Incredible Hulk! Now obviously, in reality that is NOT the case. I still am skinny and in no way would honestly consider myself huge in the big scope of things. But, I definitely am more sculpted and bigger than I WAS!
Clearly I have noticed how weight training has affected my tri training. I am trying to do both. But honestly my tri training is on the back burner for a little while. I feel HEAVY and SLOW. When I run, I feel like a lumber wagon. Not light and airy. When I bike my quads feel like lead. When I swim, I do whatever I can to preserve my arms and concentrate on rotation to move forward since my arms don't want to move. All of this is not because of my massive size! In actuality, I weigh 5 lbs. less now than when I started this quest last fall. I feel unlike a triathlete because my muscles are TIRED! Oh yeah, plus that little thing called a carbohydrate is sorely lacking in my meal plan. You can't imagine how badly you miss the carbs until they are GONE!
A little bit about weight training attire.....This is another thing I love about bodybuilding. You can wear cute outfits! The temperature is controlled in the gym. No need for 5 layers of clothes, hats, mittens, etc. I think what you wear says a lot about your personality. I like fun stuff like camo leggings and neon colors. I've spent WAY too much time online looking at new workouts clothes. The other thing I've purchased to help me with training are
Versa Gripps. They were recommended by my coach. I LOVE these. They are different than the traditional weight lifting gloves or straps and kind of combine the two. The long piece that extneds down the palm wraps around the bar or dumbbells (over or under) and takes the weight off your wrist and forearm but it also protects your palms. I still want Palmolive soft hands!
I've recently ramped up all my "dailies" to Kim's recommended amount. These seriously sucks up a lot of my time! Like the name implies, they are done daily.
50 back extensions
50 butt blasters
50 pullups (I do them assisted!)
200 lunges each leg
I am 21 days out from my show. I am SOOO excited I can hardly sleep at night. I don't sleep well to begin with so this has just added to my insomnia. But.... here I go again.... I am loving the journey. It's been fun to learn new things and watch the process unfold. 21 days and literally counting!