Arms of Jello

May 5, 2008 · 7 comments

I lifted weights this morning for the first time in almost two months and for only the second time since February 12th. Forcing myself to get up at 4:00am to workout wasn’t easy, but it is a habit I just have to get back into - I don’t have the luxury of being able to get daily strength training and cardio without doing so.

Previously when I had taken short breaks from weight training I had noticed that if I took a week off that I actually felt stronger when I got back into. This is because I gave my muscles enough time to rest and re-grow the torn tissues that happens when you lift. So I actually had incorporated that into my training schedule where every few weeks I would take a week off. Worked out great.

What doesn’t work out great is taking months off. Then, it’s not so easy. I couldn’t get the same reps in at the weights I had been at previously. And I really noticed it for overhead presses and chest flys - even with reduced weights and reps my arms literally turned to jello each set. By the last rep of my 3rd set I could barely lift the weights, and I am sure my form was absolute crap. I should probably lower the weights even more.

Still, I started the week off how I wanted to - by getting back into the habit of working out.

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AndrewE May 6, 2008 at 3:31 am

Glad to see you are getting back into it! Well done John!

Jessica May 6, 2008 at 4:20 am

Keep going John!

fatbastard May 6, 2008 at 5:18 am

Yes, it is difficult getting back in the gym. I am going through this as well although I’m finding it isn’t the strength issue that bothers me, it is more emotional than that ( Where I used to feel at home in the gym, I now feel like a stranger.

The strength increases will come, but I know at my age I probably won’t get back to where I was at 30. Still, I’m up early, and will push just as hard (just smaller weights).

Steve v4.6 May 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Good going, John. Soon the results will outweigh the effort. May 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Keep getting into the gym. Three things are a MUST when trying to get fit and in shape. Cardio, weight training and diet!

Keep up the good work and I’ll be checking back in to see the progress!
John Fit

Cynthia May 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

It *will* get easier. Yeah, getting back to exercise after a long period off is tough, but you can do it. Good start!

MizFit May 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm

it’s hard to get back into it—but at the same time I love it as im finally sore again!


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