So much gym time and nothing to show for it? Sound familiar? Well, that happened to me for YEARS. I signed up for road races and sometimes went to the gym twice a day. Without a clear plan and doing WAY too much cardio, I was just spinning my wheels.
In 2001, I tried a more “structured” training program and did Body for Life. I figured I could commit myself to 12 weeks and see what happens. Well, I didn’t take measurements or pics but at the end of 12 weeks, I felt I looked bloated and there was no real definition like I was looking for. So much for that.
In the last few years, I adopted a full body routine of a push, pull, quad dominant, hip dominant, and core. I would pick from a list and rotate between them. Usually doing supersets and very little rest time. I would also run and do sprints. This worked great but I felt it was time to switch it up again.
I decided to give structured routines another try and did New Rules of Lifting for Women which is a seven phase strength building program. You can find my recap post here. In addition to this, I started kettlebell practice of swings and “naked” (without weight) turkish get ups a few days a week. After doing that a few months, I was able to progress to incorporate cleans, presses, goblet squats, and snatches into the routine. I loved kettlebells so much, I decided to start a kettlebell strength building program, Enter the Kettlebell. I recently finished Enter the Kettlebell and you can find my recap post here.
I am always looking to challenge myself and to see positive changes and possibly inspire others certainly makes it worthwhile.