The other half of this blog is here entitled Updated Aspect (Life) if interested.
Lately I’ve been having trouble getting into the gym to get in more cardio work. Lifting has never been a problem once I enter the gym with my mind in the zone, scowl and broad shoulders. Still, the emphasis is cardio because I have a lot of weight to lose by my standards. This bad habit started when my ankle broke and when I isolated myself from the world. I tried going back to the gym to be the fitness buff I was, but nothing was the same. It was me against trauma, coming to terms with mental illness and recovering from the worst year of my life.
Nevertheless I needed to feel a rush; I needed to balance out the chemicals in my brain somehow. I wanted to feel alive again. I wanted to feel my body in motion, so I learned pretty quickly how to workout at home. I looked at the upsides of home workouts: not being bothered by anyone or anything. Working out at home was safe and therefore it became my retreat. I never thought I’d make fitness at home my full-time job. I never thought I would pay a subscription to stream videos. I also never thought I’d canceled a gym membership after being a gym-goer for 13 years.
Of course a month and a half later my headspace was in a much better place after I canceled the gym membership, but it still took a year and a half for me to get back into the gym a few times a week. Still, a dilemma hovered big as an elephant – getting to the gym on a regular basis seem to be a problem. This is also something I’ve never had before. I started feeling like one of those average people. I’ve never felt gym ordinary before. I’ve always been the one to rise above the starting point. Again, nothing is the same. I’m in no rush to lose weight, which is very unlike me. I used to drop 8lbs in a month, month after month like I was going to compete somewhere on stage. Not this time.
The bright side is when I do go to the gym my adrenaline takes over and I forget about the time or when’s the last time I ate or what else I have to do after I stroll out the gym at midnight. I don’t stop until I have nothing more in the tank – my usual – and I thank God that’s still the same to this day. My mind-muscle connection is even more in depth, which I find both absurd and incredible. I’m starting to believe for the first time in my life that less can actually be more.
I’ve changed my training style again. I used to move around heavy weight all the time. I toned it down. I used to do a lot of volume. I can’t say I toned that down. Right now I’m focused on basic exercises (not unique ones) and variations of the basics. I like working with my bodyweight. I leave the isolated movements and core training for Ballet Beautiful and other Ballet-inspired workouts. I do tons of unilateral sets since my accident – I still feel an imbalance within my body. I do pump out high reps; mostly because I was always a 5-10 rep woman. But how will my body react long-term when the switch has been/is 20 reps and over? I also do strength-training at home in circuit-training fashion at least 2 times a s week. Also, twerking which is a fun way to do cardio at home.
I notice other things I don’t do anymore in the gym I used to do is scout out who I wanted to compete with for poundages or on cardio machines. At this moment, I don’t have the urge to compete with anyone anymore because I’m in my own groove and free in my own zone. This is both good and bad. Good because fuck everybody else in the gym – I’m here for me yet bad because you can always get extra drive and push yourself further when you and the stranger are knowingly competing with one another.
So, what about this gym ordinary thing? I’ve been giving thought to what I have to do to make sure I get into the gym at least 2-3 times a week every month. I shouldn’t be comparing myself to the 5-6 times a week of cardio I used to do especially because I’m not feeling it. At the moment, I don’t want to live in the gym like I used to. I want to perform more than the minimum, but live out of the gym. But, what can I do differently? What did I used to do before to get in the gym multiple times a week for hours at a time?
Well, for one I didn’t make excuses. Two, I always made sure to established good work ethic every single time I stepped foot in any gym. Three I would think about the professional fitness enthusiasts and how busy their lives are and just how they make time to get their cardio in multiples times a week. If they could do it, so could I. Four, I need to create a set routine, one I can’t easily get out of and also with at least 3-4 back up plans just like I used to do.
However, I think I kept this long enough. Also, I’m open to suggestions. Please don’t say running, jogging or walking because I’ll cut you with my ankle bone. Walking still hurts me and this is one of the main reasons I go to the gym to do cardio because I can sit on a machine (bike) and burn calories away with minimal pain.