Its been been around two weeks since I officially started my blog, and a little over a month since starting my workout program. I have to say, I am very happy with my decision to try out bodyweight training. Since starting, I have noticed an increase in strength and flexibility and feel much less tired during the day. I’m also very proud of myself for having gotten into a rhythm of consistently working out four times a week. Somewhere around the second week in the past has usually been where I get lazy and stop heading to the gym due to one excuse or another, so I find this to be ground breaking in terms of sticking to my fitness goals.
I am now in the 2nd and 3rd week block of the program, which switches the first two week’ on muscle endurance to now muscle strength, which is achieved through doing workouts in the form of traditional sets like you would with lifting weights. I spent 3 weeks in phase 1 instead of two like you’re supposed to, so I just started phase 2 this week. Its a lot like doing sets with lifting weights in terms of structure. You do three sets of each exercise, performing between 8-10 reps for each set, with four exercises for each day. It generally takes me about 20 minutes to finish each of these workouts. In terms of difficulty I think the first two weeks were definitely more intense than the current workouts because of shear amount of reps I had to do for each workout in the first couple weeks. However, there are some exercises this time around that I find very difficult, like the military press and a variation of the pushup in which you put your hands close together.
So what sort of results have I seen so far? I would love to be able to say that there have been major physical changes, but no such luck. As far as I can tell there has been no noticeable physical change, but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening! On the contrary, I have indeed begun to notice an increase in strength. I can comfortably do about 3 more pushups than I could two or three weeks ago, making it now 13 pushups, but what really got me was when I picked up my heavy suitcase with one arm, and even though it was about as heavy as it was at the beginning of the summer, I didn’t have to use a second to carry it down the hall like in the past. So I’ve made some progress. Nothing huge, but its a step forward and I find it quite exciting!
Thanks for reading and check back soon!
Ben Sexton, aka The Fitness Llama