So, here I am again. Forgive me, Rhomboidians, for it has been the thick end of three months since my last blog post, which doesn’t say much for my constant harping on about how consistency is the key to everything. In my defence, although why I need a defence given that nobody is reading this or has been hanging on on tenterhooks like Game of Thrones fans waiting for George RR Martin to drag out a another volume, or another moth plume as autocorrect just tried to change it to, I am not sure… Anyway, in my defence there has been a lot of life getting in the way: a child excluded from school, a house move, summer holidays, a new job, nasty developments with the ex… A real tsunami of stuff conspiring to keep me from my public.
But it has rather gnawed away at me, not having an outlet for my over-opinionations, my rants and my carefully thought, beautifully crafted essays on health and fitness and the joys of Middle age. I find myself composing posts in my head as I go about my daily business, and worse, expounding my views to my poor long-suffering girlfriend, who has not the faintest interest. So, here I am, back to have another stab at it. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I am going to endeavour to make a post everyday for the next 21 days. It’s not like I have any shortage of material, and now the epic house move is behind us, I should have a little more time (between the 2 jobs, 3 kids and daily exercise).
What I did stay consistent with during my absence, was my exercise routine, however. I have slightly lost count of how many weeks it is since I started the countdown, but I guess it must be around 10 or 12. A couple of weeks in I started doing a straightforward 4 day a week weight lifting routine, based on the TNB 28 programme from Tom Venuto’s excellent book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. I will detail it in a later post, but it was essentially just basic compound lifts in an upper/lower body split, 2 days for strength, 2 days for Hypertrophy. I started with very cautious low weights on the bar, but increased either weight or reps every session. I followed that for 8 weeks, and am very pleased to say the results were great. I have significantly improved my weights on all the lifts, and can already see some visible Gainz, particularly my shoulders and chest, which is great because my chest is the area that needs most work.
this last week I have changed up to a new programme which I will follow for the next two months initially. This is a 5 day, one or two parts per day routine. I am really quite excited about my progress at the moment and am looking forward to this next phase. Coming back from not doing any strength work at all for so long, it was quite challenging to make the decision to focus on lifting heavy, and quite humbling to realise how far back I would have to start. But nothing motivates like results, and being able to see real progress, in the numbers in my log book and in the mirror is a great confidence booster.
onwards and upwards. Setting the alarm now for an 0530 start to get Chest and Abs done before I get the kids up for school. And write another blog post, of course.