Back to the Grind
So today I’m going to briefly share with you guys, my experience this week.
Starting a New Workout Routine
When I plan on beginning a new workout plan, I always have a warm-up week to attest where my strength is, what weights I should start at for each lift, and how far I’ve let my cardio slip. This routine, I’m choosing to focus on lifts that will have high reps and lower weights, in an effort to promote lean muscle growth and to really tone up my body.
To be honest, this was a complete switch up to me. In the past, I had always focused on more power centered lifts (your basic bench, squat, clean, deadlift) with much lower reps. These lifts were difficult because they required full exertion, but the reps were so low that I knew I could pump out 1, 3 or 5 and then take a loooong break.
This new routine on the other hand, focused on higher reps, was much more difficult than I had envisioned. Yes, the weight is lower, but the primary goal is focus, to pick out a single muscle and to focus on the throughout an entire set. This was new to me, and I can tell it was new to my muscles from how sore I am. I would get half way through a set, at 8-10, and still know that I had another 8-10 to go.
This is how you can tell lifting is just as much mental as it is physical. More often than not it requires will-power to make it through a particularly tough exercise or entire lift. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but I firmly believe you have to pump yourself up before the lift, and if it’s not difficult to get the last 1 or 2 reps in, then you’re not working hard enough.
It’s funny, because where I work out, there’s a very eclectic group on individuals who share the gym. My buddy came up to me the other day and pointed out a guy who was pumping himself up by congratulating himself after a particularly tough lift, and actually gave himself a slap on the butt. Yes, this guy looked a little ridiculous, but hey….if that’s what it takes to get in the zone, then who am I to judge.
This is the first time in a while that I made it through an entire week of lifting without skipping a day. 8 more to go! As the weeks go on, I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and I certainly look forward to hearing your opinions, so let me know.