The idea of starting weight training was so exciting to me, I knew that results wouldn’t happen overnight but I also knew how proud of myself I would be when I did start seeing a change.
I had a very good place to start from, my husband, Craig, had always lifted weights and had a brilliant understanding of nutrition and training. Whilst I was still pregnant we had also invested in specific equipment for our home gym;
|Our home gym|
Craig set me up with a 5 days a week workout plan, each day I would focus on a different muscle group and I would also spend a few evenings a week on our cross trainer.
To start with 5 minutes on the cross trainer was a struggle and I would make any excuse to get off of it, to the point where I would finish 1 or 2 minutes early and then get caught out when Craig came to use it next as my end time popped back up on the screen! I soon realised that the shame in being caught out made me work that little bit harder next time.
As the days went by I was managing to cope with 10 minutes, then 15 minutes and after a few weeks even 30 minutes didn’t seem so much of a struggle. I wasn’t able to watch a film whilst waiting for the time to pass as the motion made me feel travel sick but I did find it helpful to listen to an audio book and now I look forward to my cardio sessions just to pick up my story again.
Craig would spot me in the gym and show me how to do each exercise properly. We also downloaded me JEFit, which is an app you can get on smart phones; http://www.jefit.com/ The app lets you create workout routines from a massive database and also has a mini video for each exercise that shows and explains how to achieve the right form.
Once I was confident enough with each routine I had set up I was left to my own devices but even with the app showing me how to do the exercise I would still have to ask to make sure I was doing it right as this was all so foreign to me.
With time I found I had favourite exercises and some which I truly dreaded, at this moment in time I LOVE stiff leg dead-lifts but I also HATE dumbbell front raises. I cant really explain my reasons other than some exercises feel a lot more comfortable than others.
Mostly due to time constraints I have very recently started training in a commercial gym before I start work, but so as to keep this entry from turning into an essay I will say more about this in my next post.