One of the things I’d like to talk about today is incorporating your workout into your life. My life is pretty easy. I’m retired and my schedule is my own, so I can pretty much head to the gym at my leisure. That being said, I typically go to the gym first thing in the morning because I know myself. If I don’t head to the gym first thing, it is highly likely I won’t go.
When I was working I hit the gym in the morning before work or in the evening after work. There are advantages to both. You’ll have to figure out which one aligns with your schedule the best. I know some folks who used their lunchtime for a gym workout, but I found it to be too tough, particularly when you have to wash up when you’re done. The key is to find a time of the day, free of interruptions that you can live with for the long term. If your workout schedule is not sustainable you’ll end up quitting or putting it off.
Know yourself, know what you’re capable of, and start there. Consistently hitting the gym and knocking out your workout routine will get results.
Today’s Workout (Chest & Abs)
Incline Barbell Bench Press: warmup 115×10; 125×10
Working sets: 135×6; 145×6; 155×6
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press: 50×6; 55×6; 60×6
Flat Barbell Bench Press: 155×6; 165×6; 170
Face Pull: 52.5×10; 57.5×10; 62.5×10
Crunch Machine:120×10; 130×10; 140×10
Lying Leg Raise: x14; x14; x14
Decline Crunch: Elevation 4; x14; x14; x14
As you can see above, I’m still moving up in weight and will continue until I plateau. What I mean by plateau is when I cannot get up 6 reps. When I hit that weight, I’ll stick there until I can do all of my working sets at 6 reps with good form. Obviously, this is a judgment call. Be honest with yourself. If you progress too quickly, you’ll probably start cheating on form or range of motion. If you cheat by not progressing, you won’t get the results you are seeking. Increasing weight means you are gaining muscle even if you cannot see it in the mirror. Subsequently, the goal of your weight lifting routine is to continue to increase the weight!!
See you tomorrow!