When Do I Increase My Weights

My barbells

Weight lifting has become a HUGE part of my fitness journey, and I am still working on as well have improved on my nutrition which is major.  I am fond of my home workouts for reasons I shall share later but my focus is on weight increase.

My workouts are with a trainer, and still at home.  There is a sheet to record weights used and monitor growth and the trainer actually suggests when to increase the weights. I am good in following the trainers because they have more knowledge than I.  However if my current weight use is still challenging I will not increase for reasons of : possible injury and compromising form to get the benefits.  When I am able to lift, lunge or press with weights that are not challenging or I am able to do 3-5 more reps without feeling a challenge then I will increase my weights.

I know by how much well, this depends on what I have at home.  There weights in between the 5 pound increase such as 10 to 12 instead of 15 or 15 to 17 instead of 20 and yes 20 to 22 instead of 25.  Oh yeah I am speaking of dumbbells because I can increase in increments of 2 or 2.5 on the barbels.  For me I have only that 12 on the dumbbells so I have to up my weights by 5 .  Which I do with caution.

Cautious weight increase is important to stay on the journey without injury and to benefit from the challenge of increasing the weights.  To a week of increasing weights and or reps with safety.

Workout Demon

Do you know him or her? What? You never met? Really? Well, the demon was disguised because you have met.  Yes you know when you hear, “you deserve a few days off” and you are just lazy, upset with the flow of the day, energy drained from dealing with BS, not that you really need those days off unless. Your workout trainer said so or you or on vacation, traveling. Okay to assist on the vacation or travel you can join me and be workout ready where ever you go.

BUT don’t let that “workout demon” deter you from your fitness journey. Kick him out the way and get your  workout gear on and GET GOING.

To a week of destroying the workout demon.

The Benefits Of A Challenge Group

What is a Challenge Group? , for sure it’s not a competition group. You are not competing against others or measuring your fitness level against another.  It is a group of individuals, you can reside in the same area or you can be all about the country.  You post and share your fitness journey with each other, you cheer and encourage one another on their greatness and progress.  So what about the not so good days, well you are not alone, you cheer each other through that struggle, positive vibes, encouragement.   You will not receive negativity its like a cheering squad with in a cheering squad and everyone in the group is on the squad.  So why is it a “Challenge Group”?, because the squad encourages you to challenge yourself to dig deeper on your journey, not to give up when you think “I can’t”and well make that 100 mark you thought was the end a new beginning. When you are at 50 you get that cheer from so many.

You get the cheer, the shares of suggestions to break plateaus, share your progress exchange recipes and oh my the list just grows.  Of course everyone does not require a challenge group but the benefit is priceless.

With this shared think about it, any questions, just ask me. Continue reading “The Benefits Of A Challenge Group”

I Cried After 6 Weeks of Workout

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It was Saturday, I completed 6 weeks and sometimes other workouts and a run but my focus was on this specific workout.  For 6 days a week, 20 minutes for 6 weeks.  On Day 1 that was it, but I felt I owed it to myself to try another day. Day 2 I knew I should have followed my first instinct just STOP but I went on to the next day. Day 3 the words of motivation pushed me through and each day the trainer gave motivation to complete the workout but words that  empowered a higher level of GREATNESS within.

Why did I cry? Because I was going to stop at a level I thought I was capable of in working out and trust me in 20 minutes I was stoked at the intensity and burn I received.  Sometimes we assume as I did that we are functioning at a level be it in workouts or just daily living we have grown in.  Believe me don’t there is such a higher level of you as I found out of me that exist and once that goal is reached you cry tears of joy.  My tears were of joy because I’d discover a greater strength of ME.

To a week of  A GREATER STRENGTH IN YOU.

Hold The Banner High-trust the process- Your Goal Are Closer

I If there is anyone  who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.

It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey.  Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.

Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is.  There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.

Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.

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I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.

Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight.  Believe in it and believe in you.  We are both stronger than we  exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this .  To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”

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The FEAR Of A New Workout

Has there been anyone with this experience whether it be with a new trainer or like me a new workout program.  The unexpected can be so challenging in workouts atleast for me again, I develop a fear.

I know you ask what is the fear, you are on a “fitness, health journey”. Indeed I am but I fear failure.  Yes, I fear if I am going to have to pause my workout program and how many times or if it will such a challenge I may give up.

Well, my new 20 minute workout is a challenge to begin, I knew it would be but WOW, not as much.  For all reading and are roaring with laughter at 20 minutes, STOP.  This trainer works you out and every muscle in 20 minutes you feel as if its been at most an hour.  Honestly the first day I almost quit, yep you heard it.  Today being day 2 I was half way in which was about 10 minutes maybe 9mins 57 seconds.  What the hell, either way I stopped took a deep breath as sweat is pouring, NO.  No, I cannot do it I tried and my inner challenging voice spoke up “Really, here you go again with this bull crap, shake it off  you know tomorrow you are going to be angry for quitting or will that be today”.  Shut up inner go get it me, shut the*&#@ up. This transpired for about 2 minutes on pause and I resumed  because I knew it wasn’t I could not do the workout, though challenging. I feared the Routine, Failure, and just plain FEAR of change.

I got over myself and completed day 2 I have 6 weeks of this workout and I WILL COMPLETE – yes I’m over the fear now…. The Challenge because its not easy.

I Had A Flare on Thursday

Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”.  I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating  a RA flare is coming.  Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar  joint, which can be painful.

It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely.  For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.

Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.

To days of staying focused.