First off, I want to thank everyone for the kind feedback I’ve received so far. This blog is uncharted territory for me, and I really appreciate your ideas and suggestions as I try to make it better.
Here are my closing thoughts on the January NYR, “Workout More.”
I’m excited about working out every day. Technically I only need to workout six days a week to hit my goal, but I’ve been trying to go to the gym every day with the understanding that on some days I just won’t be able to make it in. I’m also working out in the morning, and I think I’ve been more consistent as a result. The way I see it, every day I’m either developing the habit of going to the gym, or developing the habit of not going to the gym, so the more days I can get in, the better.
I’m worried about plateaus. If you’ll recall from my first post, I quit my 5×5 Workout in February of 2018. I’m not even through January yet, so now is not the time to be resting on my laurels. The workout plateaus are coming, and I need to approach them with discipline. I’ll be tempted to get sloppy with my form, to take longer rest intervals, to do whatever it takes to make sure my numbers keep moving up. I need to resist that, and try to approach my workouts with a neutral mindset. I need to detach, not getting too excited when I hit PRs and not being too hard on myself when I have an off day. This is easy to write about but hard to do at 6:00 in the morning – any advice on the subject would be much appreciated.
I’m surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed running outside. At first I was sticking to treadmill workouts, but one day (New Years Eve, actually) the gym was closed. So I just started running, Forrest Gump-style. I’ve never done this before – Liz and I trained for a 5K a while back, but we used an app called “Couch To 5K” which had a very specific workout regimen. I never would have considered myself to be the type of person to just “start running”, but I did. And I ran 3.6 miles! Not very fast mind you, but guys that’s a big deal for me. Considering the fact that I just ran an unplanned 5K tells me that I am making progress, and perhaps this high-rep low-weight workout plan is helping my cardio in some ways.
I’m confused by supplements. There are a lot of options out there, and it’s pretty overwhelming. If anybody has suggestions for protein supplements please leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m interested in pre-workout supplement suggestions as well. Since I started working out in the a.m. I occasionally feel like I need a little boost to get me going. Right now, that boost is coming from a can of powder labeled “BEYOND RAW – LIT.” I’ll be honest, the name makes me feel like I’m taking the pre-workout equivalent of AXE Body Spray so please let me know if you have any other suggestions.
Next week we will be introducing a new series for February, NYR 1902: Get Organized. I’d originally planned on doing this one later in the year to coincide with Spring Cleaning, but a certain Netflix series has bumped this very popular NYR up to the front of the line…
See you in February!