So far my workout has produced mostly strength gains. I have increased the weight on most machines at the gym with about 60%, which is pretty good for having been gymming for about one and a half month now. I first started gymming on the 8th of February, and have since been recording all weights of all machines that I work out with. I am really happy with my progress, but I also want to bulk up a bit. For the sake of measuring this, I have been using a tape measure and checking how much my muscles grow, once in a while. I haven’t been able to do this as consistently as I have wanted, but I’m sure that I’ll get into a pattern of doing it regurarly soon. So far the progress is slow, but I have seen some increase in size of both thighs, arms and shoulders.
When it comes to my six-pack, that I’m also striving for, I haven’t seen much progress since the first two squares. They are pretty clear now, and the next two have started to surface too, but because of having not worked out for about a year prior to beginning now again (and at that time no cardio or strenght training), I have a small belt of fat around the lower part of my stommach. I guess noone is immune to fat gain while eating crisps for over a year without any workout at all. So, it’s time to get rid of this and uncovering the last squares for good!
So, workout is going good, but I was thinking earlier today that I really haven’t had a workout since the initial two or three sessions that I have gotten any kind of burn in my muscles the day after workout. Kind of weird. Is it because I haven’t been working out hard enough, been using too low weights (I have increased the weights almost every single workout since I started), or have I been stretching so well that I have been able to avoid pain in my muscles?
When it comes to future progress, there are a lot of things that I need to work on. I need to get more flexible and to be able to see more muscular growth as well as increase the size of those muscles I need to eat more and at more regular intervals.
If you have any thoughts you want to share about what I have been writing, please feel free to comment!
I have read a lot of books of different kinds, and whenever I read a book of the “help yourself” kind or advice kind of books, they are often full of tips, but also full of unnessesary talk or filler material that is not really that interesting or doesn’t add anything to the subject. The object of this kind of post is to take whatever materials is actually actionable from such books – as in, the things you can do something directly from – and describe it in as straight forward fashion as possible, so that you don’t have to waste time reading all that filler material.
I have thought about making this kind of series for a long time, but I haven’t had time to just sit down and start writing. I will be collecting notes and making drafts for posts soon, and will continue making this kind of series for the books that I read in the future.
The first book I’m going to start this Actionable Series for is a book that I have started reading, called “The 4 Hour Body” by Timothy Ferris. It’s a nice read, but as with many of these kinds of books, there is just too much filler in it. So I will be scaling away as much of it as possible and try to hand pick the best parts. I’m not sure how this is going to end, but I’m looking forward to doing this!
Yesterday at the gym was awesome! I had an instructor who showed me exactly what to do and what machines to use. I’m really happy about that. And what’s more is that the schedule that I had made for myself was according to that instructor very well made. So we used my schedule instead of anything that they had pre-made at the gym. So I will continue using the schedule that I made, but we added some leg exercises too, which will be great. I’m really looking forward to the first proper workout session with this schedule on Saturday. I only have to add the machine names, what muscles are used and then enter weight and how many reps I do per machine. Simple and awesome.
Work is going good too. I have gotten new tasks and I’m really enjoying myself. I have moved my desk from the bottom floor to the top floor now also, so I’m sitting a lot closer to my boss. I am probably going to be in charge of a few more things than I am at the moment, and I’ve started printing customer lists also. There are things I have to learn, but that just makes it more interesting. I love my job!
Yesterday I was supposed to go and sing karaoke with a few friends, but my girlfriend Mehek had gotten sick, so I had to go home to take care of her. And today we went to the pharmacy together to get her some cough medicine, so hopefully she’ll be feeling a lot better very soon. Now I’m just looking forward to helping her get better and cheer her up. Being sick sucks! *sends Mehek loads of love*
Another reason I’m looking forward to going to the gym on Saturday is because dad has promised he’ll come along! That’s going to be a lot of fun, I’m sure. I really have started caring more about my health, which was about time. I really want to get a good physique so that I can do whatever I want whenever I want to. Anyways, that will come. I’m just very happy that I’ve gotten started now.
I have been thinking a bit about getting a few tests done. Sort of like DNA tests or something like that, so that I know more about myself. To see if I’m resistant to any diseases and other things, as well as check body fat percentage and bone density and things like that. I have always liked collecting data, but I haven’t really collected that much data about myself. I don’t know why, but now I am really wanting to do such things.
So, if you have any thoughts on anything that I’ve written about today, click your way into the blog post and write me a comment. If you are logged in with Facebook you don’t even have to write any information about yourself, just write your comment and press send. I’m looking forward to reading any comments or thoughts you have.
This time it hasn’t been so long since I wrote, but I still have thought about writing a new blog post a couple of times since last time. I guess I’m getting more and more used to writing often, but it might be too early to say that actually. Anyway, I feel good whenever I do sit down to write.
Last time I wrote that I was going to take measurements every Monday, but I missed to take them, but I have been working out as scheduled. I am really proud of myself when it comes to that. On Tuesdays I have something called Box 1, which basically is an aerobics workout session with some boxing/martial arts mixed in, but it’s nice. It is following the same programme every time, as far as I’ve understood it, but so far I have only gone there twise, so I guess I’ll be more sure of this next week.
Last week at Box 1 it was pretty though, or so I thought. By the end of it I was completely exhausted and I didn’t want to do anything at all, which is awesome. This week however it wasn’t as tough, and I noted that during the workout itself, and my muscles were not sore at all after the workout, which they were last week. So I guess I’m getting stronger pretty fast. My apetite is growing fast too. Before I used to eat very little very slowly, now I eat a whole lot more a whole lot faster. I guess it would be good if I could get those measurements every week, even though it’s pretty often. But then again, what can you do when you love data.
It has been an awesome week so far. I’ve got plenty of work to do at work, finding solutions to fun problems and then seeing them through. There is always a lot of data to go through, but I like that.Today I’m going to have instruction at the gym, so that I get a personal schedule of what things I should work out on and what machines to use etc. That’s going to be so much fun! I am extremely excited for that. I want to work out my whole body though, not only my abs and upper body. I don’t care all too much about having big swelling muscles, but I want to look a bit more muscular than I do right now. So, let’s hope that everything goes well at the gym today.
Now I have to go back to work, but I’ll be sure to write about how it went at the gym!
Have an awesome day!
After having been lazy for quite some time and not having written anything, but thought about it almost every day, I’m finally back to writing again. Feels pretty good, and if I had not told myself that I could do something else all the time, I probably would have done it sooner.
I have been working out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the last two weeks, and I’m feeling awesome. I have a competition with my friend Daniel about who’s going to get 6-pack abs first. I have seen signs of the two first squares on my stommach, but he is much more well trained than me, so I’m not sure who is in the lead really, but that doesn’t matter. I am getting stronger by every passing day and I’m feeling awesome. I have a few goals for my workout, which is to get more flexible, straighten out my back (I hunch from having sat at the computer too much), get washboard abs, gain about 10kg and just get generally fit.
It’s a lot more fun to have someone to work out with. Every other time that I’ve started going to the gym, I’ve done it myself, and that is seriously boring. I am less motivated and I don’t push myself as hard if I’m alone. And I’m also much more prone to just skip it “once” which becomes more and more often and then after a while I quit. So I am really happy that I have someone to work out with.
To keep track of how I’m progressing I have taken a bunch of photographs and measurements, and plan to continue doing so every Monday. This way, I’ll be able to track muscle growth very closely, as well as my weight. I don’t think that I’m going to share everything in detail at least right now, but I’m going to when I reach my goal weight show a form of progress chart. If I’m not too lazy to, that is.
Right now I’m looking forward to another awesome week. A lot has happened in the past two weeks that I’ve been away from the blog, but I’m sure that much more is about to happen. And this time I’ll be trying even harder to be online to write about it.
I am finally home again after my first workout in ages. Especially my arms feel like they’re filled with cement or something, I can’t raise them properly over my head even. It’s really a great feeling. Last time I couldn’t raise my hands over my head my back was hurting so much that I couldn’t do it because of the pain. This is just the sweet feeling of victory. I’m finally getting started with working out! I guess I started out a bit soft though, but that all doesn’t matter. At least I have gotten started at all!
I guess I’ll go to bed early today. I didn’t take any measurements yet, and it’s not like it’s too late for that. I guess that’s something that I’ll have to do tomorrow instead. I’m feeling exhausted, but happy.
The only things left to do today are to pack lunch for tomorrow, take a quick shower and then nosedive into my bed.
Ah, and an update about the blog. I rather like this theme after all, I will of course modify it after my own liking and all, so it might crash or stop working, but it will improve in appearance at least. Anyway, that’s it for today!
As you can see this webpage looks generally horrible, the font is horrible and the way the lists are is also horrible. I will have to either look for or make a new theme for wordpress SOON because I don’t really want anyone to see what the page looks like right now.
If you have any questions and/or comments on the projects I have or anything like that, just leave that in a comment on the blog, and I’ll get back to you. I am not sure what is going to happen here in the blog in the near future, but I will probably be blogging about progress in the projects that I have active, and let’s just see where it goes from there.
Today’s good news: I am going to go to the gym and start working out! So before I go I will take some measurements and see later on how far I progress in terms of cm in different parts of my body! I might even take a few before working out pictures, because now it has been way too long since I worked out last time, so I’m not as good-looking as I could be. Anyways, I’m happy with the way that I am, but I want to get more flexible and I want to get stronger/buffed up. I don’t really care too much about bulky muscles though, but it would be neat to be at least a bit stronger than I am at the moment.
Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes and let’s hope for the best.
This is my new blog and where I’ll be keeping track of all my active projects, and also this gives me an opportunity to share what I’m working on. I will be keeping a lot of things private, and I might not at all times keep track of what is private and what is not, so if links sometimes don’t work or if I’m removing or adding pages at random intervals, then you’ll know that at least I’m working on something. I haven’t decided on whether I will be blogging about my private life here or if this is going to be some kind of project-only blog, but I guess time will tell. I am at least glad to have the first little foundation in this blog. I will be adding a lot more contents later.