Week 12: Structure
Structure! Don’t worry I’m not about to start constructing something to rival the Empire State Building. I don’t know why that one, it was the first one that popped into my head. I suppose it’s feasible to build my own home gym? When I win the lottery maybe…
(That is actually something I’ve been thinking about if we ever won the lottery: a house with a big basement or huge garage and convert it into a full-on home gym. I’ve even been thinking about what machines I would need to put in there, not just for me, but for my wife as well, and anyone crazy enough to come over).
Having actually taken notes whilst watching the instructional fitness videos on YouTube, I’ve come to realise that what I’m missing (besides my sanity) is structure. As in following a set plan. Or some sort of program with a definitive way of doing things.
I’m currently trying to pool together a plan of attack for the weights sessions, adding 5-10 minute mobility and pre-workout stretching. I’m trying to structure it for ease of use and packing away, so that the big stuff comes first, and then disassembling equipment but still exercising. I admit to being a bit naughty and not doing much cardio this last week besides the walk to and from the workhole and then the actual work itself.
I’ve received a group of awesome gifts lately, in the form of a fitness tracker wristband and Joe Wicks DVD from my wife for Valentine’s Day, and a bundle of old weight plates from dad. There’s some 10kg/25lb plates in amongst them, which is what I’ve been trying to find, for the next step up. I had a quick go today (just before finishing this post –check the last 79/365 photo), and discovered they are rather old. So old, in fact, I can’t actually find them online anywhere! Sorry Dad!
So! Does anyone have ideas? What program do you follow? Anything? Hello? Bueller? Bueller…?
DID YOU KNOW?
Weightlifting legendarily dates back to the ancient Greek times, when the wrestler Milo of Croton trained by carrying a new-born calf on his back every day until it was fully grown. The first recorded example of dumbbells were also Greek, called halteres, in the 2nd Century.