I stopped doing free-weight workouts a few years ago now. After about 7 years of going to the gym at lunch every day, I got tired of not seeing any dramatic results (and I wasn’t about to start using steroids). I figured group fitness weight classes would suffice to keep me toned.
Well… yes and no.
BodyPump (group fitness) classes are a great way to get an overall weight workout for sure – and I have no intention of quitting. But when you only go once a week – yeah, I’ve been coasting for the better part of a year – you don’t generally get much benefit. But when you're still dreadfully tired of the tedium of weight-lifting, it's hard to make yourself go back.
I don’t know how long it takes to undo the benefit you receive from working out, but I was willing to bet I was on the clock. So I bit the bullet and, last week, I did my first weight routine in years. I kept it simple – just a few upper body exercises on the machines – but you know what? It wasn’t so bad.
Oh sure, I hurt like the dickens for the next few days, but today I was feeling good enough to go back to the gym at lunch. I did a few more upper body exercises on the machines. A simple, 45-minute workout that’s really not that onerous AND that forces me to leave the office for lunch. It’s not altogether a bad thing.
In order to keep this up, I’m going to be realistic though. I don’t like weight-lifting. So I need to realize that I’m never gonna put in enough time at the gym to be one of those bulky boys that are so attractive. This is just gonna be a way to augment my PodyPump class.
Hopefully, with the pressure off, I can keep myself from getting overzealous and ultimately ruining the workout experience or myself.