|Jul. 7th, 2008 11:53 am Ongoing gym rat-iness|
Before I moved to San Francisco in April 2006, I was working out 3-4 days a week with a physical fitness trainer, and it showed in the strength that I'd built up. While living in SF (from April 2006 to July 2008), I never found a trainer I worked well with, so I kept up a solo gym routine. Solo workouts are fine for cardio, but my strength suffered, partly because I don't like working out with heavy free weights without having somebody to spot for me (it's a safety thing, at the heavy weights I work out with, especially since my workouts tend to push the limits of my capabilities in order to extend those capabilities). I did the best I could by myself with the Nautilus machines and such, but that's just not the same as working with free weights. Anyway, by the time I moved from SF to Alameda last summer, I'd probably lost about 20% of my max strength ("1RM", or "one rep(etition) max", in gym lingo).
Well, I'm back to working out with a trainer twice a week, and I've been working on rebuilding that strength. And, I'm happy to say that I seem to have accomplished it, getting back to about where I was when I moved to SF:
||5 Apr 06 (just before moving to SF)
||7 Jul 08 (today)
While living in SF was bad for my strength, it was good for my weight overall... I dropped from about 300 pounds when I moved to SF (in April 2006) to about 285 pounds at my lowest there (in July-September 2006). Unfortunately, over the couple of years since then, I've gone back up to about 320 pounds, and it ain't muscle... :-( One of the perils of marrying a gourmet cook... ;-) (Which are far more than balanced by the joys!) But, I definitely need to focus on my diet, and lose those pounds (again!).Leave a comment