A month or so ago I
held a press conference and announced mentioned here that I was trying a new workout plan. Currently gymless, I decided Harley Pasternak’s 5 Factor Fitness looked interesting enough to explore for a bit. I’d save myself some gym fees and get a little variety in the training/exercise routine I’d used for the past four years*.
Fast forward a month. A long and lonely month, with just me, my one set of Barbie weights, and a stability ball crammed into a 3’x8′ section of the spare bedroom. Day in, day out. Just me and whoever’s hosting whatever show I’m watching on HGTV that day. I’m so bored I could cry.
I like the exercises and the idea of shorter, more efficient workouts. I like the 5-day workout schedule (though I usually toss in a sixth day of cardio-only). I like that I can work out any time of day, without having to consider whether or not the gym might be crowded. I like not having to wait for a bench or station and that I don’t have to clean up someone else’s sweat once I get there. I like the idea that I could work out naked if I wanted to, even if I haven’t wanted to. So far.
So what is it I don’t like?
The biggest problem is my lack of variety in weights and equipment. What I have is adequate and with a little creativity, it gets the job done. I’m grateful for it, but it just doesn’t inspire me or challenge me in a way that brings me joy. For me, exercise doesn’t just improve physical health, it has mental and emotional benefits as well. I get some of that from my current home workout plan, but not enough. Not right now, anyway.
Another problem is that there’s no one here! No one to admire, no one to emulate, no one to irritate me, no one to criticize, and perhaps most of all, no one to admire my form! (Well, I suppose I could run to the mirror and tell myself, but it just wouldn’t be the same.) As it turns out, Ms. Can’t-Go-to-the-Gym-because-There-Might-Be-People-There has grown attached to the (mostly nonverbal) social aspect of gym membership! Who would have ever thought! Not me, that’s for sure!
So I have a choice. I can continue doing what I’m doing, which is free and enough but doesn’t particularly make my heart sing. Or I can rejoin a gym and work myself up and down the weight rack with gleeful abandon. Today, it’s not really a difficult decision.
But I’m not going to decide today. I’ve got a weekend trip (Fitbloggin’ Local) and then a wee bit of oral surgery next week after which I can’t exercise for a few days. I’ll use the commute/healing time to figure out which gym to join and how I’ll adjust the budget to accommodate the expense. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right? Right!
What this home workout plan taught me was that–for me, for now–there’s no place like the gym! I’m glad I tried this 5 Factor workout plan, and I plan to continue it for a while at the gym where I can vary the weights or equipment and show off my good form.
Is there anything you tried recently that just didn’t work for you? Does what you’re doing now bring you joy? Is it time for a change?
*I just realized when I typed that sentence that I passed Traineversary #4 on June 14th! It was right around the time of the family reunion and I guess my sugar coma messed with my awareness. Rather than celebrate my first strength training workout with a post of its own, I’ll reference my Traineversary #3 post instead. Just add another year of blissful workouts to that one. Minus the last 7-10 days.