Workout Plan

Monday, March 23, 2015

After I finished my sessions with my trainer at the gym back in January, I knew I needed to do something to make sure I kept up with the progress I had made.  I thought back to my half marathon training days and knew some type of schedule was exactly what I needed.

I spent a long time looking for plans online, but so many of them were crazy "10 Days To Flat Abs!" type things.  Most of the workout plans I saw were either a quick fix, or focused on radically changing one area of the body.  I'm sure those are great for a lot of people, but I was looking for something more well rounded that would allow for gradual change over time.  I didn't want to spend two hours a day in the gym, nor did I want to have to do 300 crunches in a sitting.

While I am far from a gym expert (you can tell by the names I made up for some exercises below), I decided to make my own plan.  I had (hopefully) about 10 weeks until Josh came home so I figured that was the perfect length to make this schedule.

I just finished week five and I thought I'd share what I've done so far.  I started off just repeating some of the workouts I had done with the trainer and, depending on how sore I felt a day or two later, I would adapt them as needed.  Around week 3 I started adding one more set of exercises, and this week I'm going to start going five days a week instead of four.

I almost never actually made it to the gym on my Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday schedule, but staying flexible allowed me to get in all four workouts when I could.  I also counted smaller things like training class with Mac (which is definitely a workout itself) and even our small walks.

Although I didn't feel too much of a difference in my body after my time with the trainer, I have absolutely felt a change after five weeks.  I'm down about 5 pounds since I've started this plan and according to my scale, that was all fat loss.  I also feel more muscular than I think I've ever felt before.

Considering this was the the "lighter" portion of my plan, I can't wait to see what happens over the next five weeks.

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