Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Back to 3 Days a Week at the Gym

Today I began a major weight training reset now that my 30-day pull up challenge is over. 

Instead of going to the gym daily, I will attend every other day while continuing to pursue my goal of increasing my overall upper body strength by 25 percent between now and next March. I'll continue doing pull ups of course. 

Other regulars in my routine are biceps curls, lat pulldowns, and dumbbell bench presses. I have found that the very best workout routine for me is a 3-day per week schedule at the gym, with the other days being dedicated to either running or cycling. At the end of the day, you have to find a workout routine that is the most enjoyable and sustainable for you. It doesn't matter how effective a given routine is at putting on muscle and taking off unwanted fat. If it's not something you can maintain over the long term, then it's only a matter of time before you burn out and quit. The ultimate goal is to create a workout routine that is most enjoyable and sustainable for you as an individual. I have found that going to the gym every day is counterproductive because it doesn't allow my muscles enough rest between workouts. So, bottom line here, as a beginning bodybuilder your focus in those initial stages of muscle building should be on developing your overall physique evenly as a whole and on perfecting the fundamentals of the sport first. 

Yesterday, by the way, I had my weekly 90 massage focusing on a complete neural reset using the quantum alignment technique and it was amazing. It was exactly what I needed both to end the 30-day challenge and to begin a new, less rigorous phase of lifting for me. I'm also averaging over 9 hours of sleep every night (10 hours last night), which helps me to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and restored and ready to face a new day of training. Remember: If your effort is so high that you can't properly recover, then you are providing for yourself fewer opportunities for muscle protein synthesis. Yes, it's hard to achieve the proper balance between gym workouts and days off from lifting, but it's a goal we have to just keep on pursuing.