So it’s been four months. I don’t look any different shirtless yet…I think. (Follow-up on “Here’s your chance to see me shirtless”)
For a few weeks after that post, I was fairly good about keeping up the workout regimen, but completely faltered in December and January. And if you’re not in good shape, it’s very easy to lose any gains you’ve made. It’s much easier for an elite athlete to pickup after a few months of not training; for Mr. Sedentary, he’s essentially starting over.
Now in February, I was very consistent in keeping to the regimen (I wonder why?) so that’s good. But instead of having four months of workouts like I should, I essentially have one.
The great thing is that I am noticing strength gains. After starting the bench press with a 10 pound weight on each side, today I will use 25. Instead of struggling to complete 1 rep of 12 crunches, I can get through 2 reps. Similar with the 90 pound deadlift (I would have started lighter with the deadlift, but they have no dumbbells between 25 and 45 pounds. So that meant the next lighter level would have been 50 pounds…way too light)
Cardiovascularly, I don’t feel I’ve made any significant improvement. Recently, I discovered something called interval training. The plan is to stress the body as much as possible for 4 minutes, then 4 minutes of rest. The theory is that the body will change faster by being pushed to the limit for short periods of time, rather than not being pushed to its limit for long periods of time. We’ll see.
My weight’s oscillated between 152 – 160 pounds over the past month, currently at 152. My high school weight was 130, but I don’t really want to go back to it. Sworn Enemy’s parents saw me for the first time since high school on Sunday, and commented that I looked “healthy” now.