If you’ve been paying attention to my workouts (why haven’t you been paying attention to my workouts?!), you will have noticed with a sad shake of your head that I haven’t been to the gym over the Christmas/New Year holiday period. TWO AND A HALF WEEKS OF NO GYM, EATING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT, AND DRINKING LIKE A DESPERATE ALCOHOLIC!
I would have gone back this week (I *WOULD*!), except for the fact that I was haunting the hospital at my dad’s. Reasonable excuse right?!
I have just created a new workout routine for myself to kick things up. Why I feel better about doing it myself rather than getting the trainer at the gym to do it is baffling, even to me (control freak!). I have no expertise, I just talked to my friend and workout crew member, Peroxide, about his program, did a bunch of research and created it.
I *did* talk to the trainer before Christmas and he was more concerned about my work being destroyed by inappropriate diet (not junk food, which I don’t eat much as a rule, I just don’t eat a good diet for muscle building), so I will be getting a nutritionist on that in the next week or so.
So, the new weights program is 4 days of drop sets instead of the 3 days of pyramid sets I have been doing (look at me with the technical talk!!).
Drop sets (so called because you reduce (drop) the weight between sets) look like this for each muscle group (with the starting weight being as heavy as I can manage for 10 reps).
60lbs (as an example) for 10 reps – no rest
40lbs, 10 reps (or until failure) – no rest
20lbs, 10 reps (or until failure) – rest one minute
Do the above 4 more times.
I will be doing one day of cardio and possibly some cardio on two other days also. Pilates twice a week will restart again soon. Phew, sounds exhausting! But it’s no more than I was doing before, but it does feel like I am out of practice now!
I expect to be sore in the first couple of weeks. Really sore. Follow me on twitter, where I will whine and complain and generally be a pain in the arse.
Edited to add: Gym math – I *was* doing 48 reps with three failure points for each muscle group. I am now doing 120 reps with 12 failure points. And yeah, I’m sore!