A hawk looking kind of sad

Progress Report: the Tenth Month

I received a notification from my gym that this month was the anniversary of my fitness journey! Pretty exciting indeed, except I’m not where I thought I would be at this point. After talking to my wife, it seems that even though I began working out a year ago, I haven’t been working out for a year. See, my original trainer had me stray from my goals. Then I took a couple months off in the winter. I’ve only been really training for 6 months or so.

I’m concerned I’m straying from my goals again with a new trainer. I did feel with Ash that my leg workouts were somewhat deficient and Lana has definitely fixed that. I’ve just noticed a lack of gains in the upper body areas. I’ll figure this all out yet!

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Bald eagle

Progress Report: the Ninth Month

This month has seen some changes. I’ve got a new trainer now and some adjustments are being made to my program.

I like my program but I was definitely starting to have trouble targeting the right muscle groups, especially on push days (chest stuff). My triceps and back always want to take over. My new trainer is helping me to correct that.

Eventually, I’ll probably want to do some kind of dietary cut so my changes are more noticeable. Probably wait till after the 4th, though.

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A stack of old tires

Progress Report: the Eighth Month

This month has been crazy with GAINZ! I think it’s the month where the change in my body has been the most noticeable. I’ve continued with doing mostly dumbbell lifts instead of using machines and it really shows.

Also, I’m starting to settle into my new life in my beautiful new home. It’s springtime in Nebraska and all is right with the world.

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Shirtless man straining to open a pickle jar

Progress Report Reboot: the Seventh Month

I’m not sure wether to count this progress report sequentially or not. The last time I really had a “weigh-in” was at the end of December, 2016. Incidentally, that was also when I stopped working out for the winter.

Since then, I’ve gotten a new trainer and a new workout system, one that seems to work really well for me. I’m fully dedicated to bulking up and increasing strength. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’m finally on the path I originally wanted to be on.

I’ve worked really hard but I’ve also had some motivation problems. It’s great to be back but I think I’m maybe still shaking off some winter blues and settling down from one of the more stressful periods in my life.

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A big sleeping hog

Non-Progress Report: the Sixth Month

I’m away for the winter. As such, I haven’t been able to nail down a workout space. Yep, I’m a big, lazy pig.

I have a month before I go home and head back to the gym with Trainer Nick. Time to get my ass in gear!

I do have a wicked case of tennis elbow, which is keeping me from doing arm stuff. I know it’s not much of an excuse but it’s important to note.

Arctic fox

Progress Report: the Fifth Month

Five whole months of weight training. It’s been a bit of a blur. I still can’t believe I started this journey and that I’ve been able to keep it up so well.

This month was a bit weird. Holidays, neck injuries, scheduling difficulties… I guess this is “real life” creeping in. I’ll have to learn to do a better job of staying motivated and on task, especially since I’ll be away for two months this winter and on my honor to keep the routine going. Trainer Nick wrote me out a week’s worth of workouts and that, coupled with this blog, should give me plenty of material to work with. It’s just up to me to show up and do the work.

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Fireworks and a guy cheering

Progress Report: the Third Month

Wow, three months of training. Sometimes I can’t even believe I’m doing this; it always seemed like beginning weight training would be so hard to do. But it’s not! All you’ve got to do is make the appointments, show up, and give it your best.

As I’ve noted before, the novelty of working out is starting to wear off and that’s a bit of a dangerous place to be. Yeah, I work hard on my training sessions but my downtime has really been slipping. I don’t even have any Record data to share because I’ve been so spotty about keeping track of what I do (luckily all my workouts are up to date on this site).

I’ve been levelling up like crazy, though, with my reps and my weight limits. I figure for month four, I’ll really crack down and return to form, keeping good track of all my data and making sure I’m still working on stretching, fixing my turnout, and getting my cardio on on my off days.

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Dart in the center of a dart board

Progress Report: the Second Month

Another month of training in the bank. I feel great! I expected to have a bigger ego about this whole thing but luckily exercise is a great mood stabilizer.

Like my wife says,

After the first month, you’ll notice. After the second month, your friends will notice. After the third month, the world will notice.

I know, it sounds like it should be written over a stock photo of a sunset or a girl drinking tea. But it’s true! My close friends have already begun to notice a change, which is great.

I read that 90 days of training is the point at which you’ll show the most progress. That, “Holy shit, what have you been doing?” reaction from people. Dunno if that’s 90 calendar days or 90 workouts but it’s my goal to wow my family when I go home for Christmas.

How’d I do this month?

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Progress Report: the First Month

It hardly seems like it’s been a month, which is a good and a bad thing. I’m glad that I’ve kept up this crazy schedule for a full 4 weeks and show no signs of stopping. But it’s weird that the time has gone by so fast.

It’s kind of easy to feel a little discouraged; I actually put on muscle incredi-fast for a skinny dude. Partly, I thought I’d see even more results after a whole month of 3 days a week training (with cardio and yoga on the off days). But it’s different than other times I’ve worked out. I’m learning proper form and doing things right. That takes time. I’m also gradually building up strength in areas in which I’ve been famously deficient. That doesn’t really add up to HELLA GAINZ.

But this month has been amazing. Truly, this is shaping up to be one of the best experiences of my life. Let’s see how I’m doing!

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