So far, I’ve committed to one week of using Planet Fitness for my workout routine. In reality, this is a bit of an accomplishment in and of itself. But as a whole, I’m feeling pretty good and am pleased with the results thus far.
Now, I know that one week really isn’t going to produce mind-boggling results. In fact, it can take weeks or even months before weight training becomes visually apparent.
Still, I can definitely tell there is a vast improvement from the first day I went to the gym.
Maintaining a Workout Routine for One Week
To be honest, I’m not sure when the last time I dedicated myself to going to the gym for a regular, weekly routine. Usually, something comes up and I’m unable to go or just don’t feel like it.
This time is very different, however.
For one thing, I am going all in to sculpt myself for the calendar shoot in October. I want this to be something memorable for my friend, and I feel like I’d let her down if I didn’t follow through.
Secondly, it’s an incredibly awesome way to start my day. In fact, I’ve found that I am far more productive and ready to work after hitting the weights first thing.
Now if I can only get that same habitual routine going for a workout in front of the Xbox for longer than one week.
Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take measurements of my body so I can determine if there are any differences in inches. But, I did remember to step in front of the camera when I started this gym adventure.
I’m not going to bother doing a comparison photo today because it’s only been one week. However, I’ll do a side-by-side comparison next week after I finish my two-week session.
After crunching a few numbers in my workout worksheet, I am really excited about the progress thus far.
Each time I go in, I try to add just a bit more to the total amount of weight I’m lifting. And, I’ve set a few new records over this past week in Exercise.com for myself.
What I’ve Learned from a One-Week Workout Routine
One week really isn’t a lot of time, in the grand scheme of things. Since I’m only going to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, this means I’ve only attended four days total.
Because I started a week ago today and count each session since – including today’s workout.
However, I’ve learned a couple of things about myself over a short period of time.
Finding My Baseline
I feel it was a good idea to take it slow on the first day. I don’t know what I can do today in comparison to 2018, so testing my limits in the beginning helped me realize how hard I could push later on.
Though, I did go through a great deal of soreness afterward.
But like always, if I stick with it and work through the soreness, it eventually subsides within a few days. Well, as long as I don’t push too hard and hurt myself even more.
Slowly Add as I Go
Each time I hit the gym, I add just a bit more weight to my workout. Sometimes this meant adding just five pounds, other times it meant adding a couple more reps.
Remember, I’m not trying to bulk up and resemble a bodybuilder. I just want a bit more and better definition in my muscle mass.
Of course, a lot of this also depends on what I eat and sticking with my diet plans. The more fat I lose, the more defined the muscle becomes.
It Was an Easy Habit to Form
I don’t know if it’s the calendar I want to make or the prospect of how good I feel, doing a one-week routine in terms of a workout was an easy habit to make.
In the morning, I try to hurry with my daily maintenance so I can get to the gym as quickly as possible. This includes things like feeding the cats, making my coffee, waking up, pounding down my pre-workout drinks, etc.
So, I feel that I am in a pretty good groove for keeping this up. Not to mention that I’m paying $22 per month for the membership. I want to make sure I get as much as I can out of it.
I Enjoy the Gym More than I Thought I Would
Believe it or not, for the longest time, I was anti-gym. I figured why spend the money every month for a membership when I can just buy equipment for the house?
In reality, though, the machines and weights I want to use are just a bit out of my immediate price range.
I would love to have a home-based gym, but then I would have to figure out where to put all of the machines. I barely have room to put my kids.
I Need More Cardio
Week one of my workout routine was supposed to include Xbox play for cardio on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Unfortunately, I’ve been slacking in this regard. I need to figure out how to motivate myself for those days.
While I do get a bit of cardio walking to and from the gym, it’s not enough for what I want to accomplish in October.
This means I’ll focus on trying to get into the same mindset that drives me to the gym. Since I am doing a 30-day stretch of blogging for ColoradoPlays.com, perhaps I can figure out a way to incorporate those experiences in various blog posts.
Disappointment in Exercise.com
Before Exercise.com started focusing more on the mobile app and a “streamlined” website, it was actually a nice platform. It had a very engaging social aspect that let you challenge friends to workout games, and it delivered quite a bit in terms of personal exercise data.
Unfortunately, they stripped out all of the things that made it such an awesome platform. And every time I load it from my computer, the site just seems to get worse and worse.
Luckily, it still tracked my one-week workout routine without much of an issue. But still, it’s sad to see it degrade so badly while focusing more on making money through personal training add-ons.
If I had more time, I’d just create my own plugin for WordPress and call it good. But that would be adding much more to my overflowing plate.
Perhaps when I can stabilize everything I got going on, and possibly afford a developer or two, I’ll create my own for this website. Even if no one uses it, having what I want available is more than worth the time and money to me.
Week One of My Workout Routine Down…
I talk a lot about my October goals, and part of me is worried that I’ll give up on fitness afterward. However, there’s an even bigger part of me that wants to help others and be an inspiration.
Sure, I’m not as popular as some Instagram models or Tik Tok users. But, perhaps I can help just one person reach their potential. For me, health and fitness is about saving my life…quite literally.
Let’s see what I can do with this.