You may have noticed, over the past 2 years, I have been doing any old exercise that take my fancy, and any new exercise that takes my fancy for that matter!
Recently I have decided that I might be better off doing more of the things I really enjoy and less of the rest…
NOW, we all know that I love dancing…so there will be no change in that 🙂
AND I have admitted in the past that running a little makes me a better dancer…so there will still be a little running. BUT I am not signing up for any more races…if you want to know why look here: Dear Running pt 2
SO I have decided to spend much more of my time lifting, really lifting, big heavy lumps of iron up and putting them down again in many different ways! This includes swinging kettlebells about too…that totally counds as lifting heavy bit of iron:-)
With all that in mind, I marched myself down to my closest gym (no i didn’t, I actually went in the car…but I had my marching attitude on!) which is also the one with the best free weights and I asked for a program!
The chap who was going to write it looked at me, then a little worried, then I said I want to lift heavy things and am not interested in cardio at all…and he looked much happier!! I wonder if he was anticipating having to try and convince me that I didn’t want to spend hours on cardio machines…
He looked so relieved! He looked even happier when I told him I was qualified to write my own programs, but that I never seem to challenge myself enough so please could I have a program that would push me and make me a superhero…oh and I would like Thor arms!
I tell you what…when you ask for that kind of thing you have to be careful because just occasionally that is exactly what you get!
I now have not one but three separate programs, (well one split one shhh) one focusing on legs, one on back and biceps and one on chest and triceps. I hadn’t really thought about a split program before, after my week of trying it…I can tell you, it seems to be effective! Every one of these session has left me with DOMS in a bigger way than anything else recently and the leg program…blimey! I did it on Monday…and I still can’t walk!
I have to say, pain and DOMS and cruel and unusual things called wall curls aside…
I am loving it!!
I love the lifting, I love that it makes me feel stronger already, despite the fact that with the exception of my deadlift, I am not really lifting *that* heavy yet…
It is already making me feel like a superhero…and much more confident than running ever has done!!
As I said, I think I have found my thing…(my other thing…as well as dancing…)
Funnily enough, I think I have also found my place…a wierd sweaty place that is quite high on the testosterone and big lumps of iron…
A place where all the “big scary” men lifting weights say good morning when you walk in and then let you get on with your own thing unless you want to chat! A place where people offer to let you work in and noone curls in the squat rack (yet…anyway!)
You know…this place: