It’s been about two months since joining my first gym, and I’ve been lifting weights two/three days a week consistently since then! The only week I wasn’t able to go was due to getting cosplays ready for PAX South (which was stupid fun).
Already I’m starting to see significant progress in my overall physique – more definition, bigger muscles, greater endurance – but without a doubt the area that’s seen the most improvement is the amount of weight I’m lifting.
I’m no bodybuilder. Let’s just get that out of the way.
In fact, until recently, I’d never really trained with anything heavier than my trusty 25 lb. kettlebell. But I’d always been interested in lifting heavier, and since going to Gold’s Gym I’ve doubled the weight for my working sets!
Not that it was much to begin with. I started out squatting and benching 50 lbs, but after training my form for a few weeks and consistently adding small amounts of weight, I’m up to 100! I’ve never been able to lift that much before, so you can understand why that’s a big deal for me.
I’m still at 90 on the bench press, but my form is still being perfected, so that will come with time! Really, the bench press is the most “decorative” of the main lifts, so it’s the one I tend to put the least focus on.
Speaking of the main lifts, I finally started integrating the overhead press into my regimen! For whatever reason I’d been ignoring this one, and I can’t lift anywhere near as much as I can with my legs, but I’m catching up!
Overall, I’m feeling worlds better than I was when I started. My workouts are more intense, I’m starting to see more gains, and I’m feeling stronger and more confident in pretty much every area of life.
ALSO – sorry that I haven’t been updating this blog much as of late. I’m planning to start writing way more posts and journal updates, because I want to reach as many people as I can! Expect more variety of posts, and way more progress updates.
That’s my level grind – now get back to yours!