Well it took my much longer then expected but I have finally started a new fitness routine. For those of you who don't know my, I acquired Discuss Fitness back in 2005 and shortly after moved oversees to work on my little company (that manages online forums).
Since I left the States in August 2005 I have spent 12 months in South America, 1 month Australia, 1 Month in South East Asia and 1 month in Europe. To get my work done I have a laptop and have to have internet (which is pretty much available anywhere in the world now).
During my travels I was planning to get into a better fitness condition. The hard part seemed to be getting a consistent routine. I have now ended up back in Buenos Aires (an amazing city) and there is a great gym on my block. I have joined and have scheduled a trainer for Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next month ($10 hour here, it's a nice deal). I pretty much know the basics of what I need to do from the "old days" when I was in shape but need the trainer as an appointment to help get me into the gym. I am also very un-flexible and I find getting help stretching is very helpful when you are so stiff you can barely stretch yourself.
Here is some info about me (I'll post more as I go along):
- 32 years old
- 220 Lbs.
Today I had my first session and it was nice but painful. We started with 15 minutes of brisk walking, followed by a 3 set chest (bench press), biceps (dumbbell curls
) and shoulders (using the individual dumbbells to lift above my head, what is that called?). I did not get the weight I was using as it was kind of a slow start but I plan to get that info next time we do these exercises. The weight seemed pretty right on as the last reps of the last set were super tough and I needed some slight assitance from the trainer for the last two reps on the benchpress and overhead press
(I think that is the name).
I told the trainer I want to focus a lot on stretching as I am super stiff. I know that good stretching is very important and want to try my hardest to get back as much flexibilty as possible. So we went through a whole gamut of stretching (man did it hurt, but in a good way). I think it is amazing the difference it makes to have some one help you stretch when you are getting started. Do others feel the same way? Maybe I just think it is better because I am so far from being able to touch my toes that someone gently pushing me helps me get past the pain and hold it for 30 seconds to a minute. Who knows, but I know in another 8 weeks I am going to be a lot more flexible.
Well that's all for now. I look forward to participating more here on DF and getting to know everyone. If you have any advice on my routine as I post it, I would be greatfull for your feedback (doing things wrong, right, etc).