What are your goals?

I think I might be having a case of what the interweb lifter bros call "fuckarounditis". I need to let my back rest, but I keep running and stressing it, while my lifting workouts are just like "okay what do I feel like doing today, that I can do without too much back strain?" which is no way to train.

While I was farting around in the weight room today I ran into a woman who gyms at the same time at me, and she loaded up the lat pulldown machine with a heroic amount of weight and did 5 reps (I noticed because I was waiting to use the machine). I was like "daaaang!" and she started telling me about a new regimen she was on, low reps/high weight, and how she hoped it would work. The first thing I asked was, "What are your goals?" We had a nice chat about it, and now that I think back on it, I should be asking the same question of myself.

You know, every time I see a super buff lady (the other day it was Dana Linn Bailey) I get heart eyes emoji. I know that chasing an aesthetic goal is maybe not the best idea for me, and I’ve used strength goals as a proxy for a while now, but I would love to just get super jacked. Sigh. Adopting a bodybuilder regimen would probably help cure my fuckarounditis, though. You can get pretty strong lifting heavy 2 or 3 days a week; the hypertrophy programs need more work– plus dialing in diet– to see good results. It might be an interesting endpoint to this weird experiment I’ve been doing for almost a year.

Today’s gym session was pretty aimless but difficult, which is probably the worst kind of workout. I had planned 30 minutes on the rowing machine but only managed 20 (my butt hurt and my hands were chewed up) and then I chewed up my hands some more with 3 sets to failure of upper body dumbbell exercises (biceps, triceps, delt flys, pec flys, b/o one-arm rows, lat PDs). After that, a bit of yoga for stretchies and that was plenty.

Once we close the condo sale I think $husband plans to start buying stuff for Basement Gym. It will be helpful to have equipment at home…

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4 Responses to What are your goals?

  1. John says:

    A few years ago I finally decided to find and stick with a pre-written plan for 6-8 weeks. It was the best move I’ve made. I change my plan every 6-8 weeks, but still always follow one. There are some great ones out there (and some not so great ones!).

  2. John says:

    Well, it depends on your goal. ;) Really, it depends on whether you want to gain muscle, get stronger, or get leaner. Also depends on how long you’ve been working out. I really like “The Best Damn Workout Plan for Natural Lifters” by Christian Thibaudeau (google it), but there are some great ones that are much simpler. I’ll be posting some of mine later in the week.

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