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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Workout Summary: 7.12.17

Woah. Today’s hypertrophy walk funny day kicked my ass! And it’s not just the 95° temps with the 99% humidity, either.

On top of making sure I did everything right (it’s the first time I’ve truly understood side lunges), I looked it up and I did about 15 lbs over where I was at during the last hypertrophy cycle. Hot damn!

Here’s my summary. I’m gonna eat lunch.

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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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An artist's figure model doing a push-up

Workout Summary: 6.26.17

My new trainer is all about the body weight exercises to build strength. I think that’s great because it makes exercising way more practical. The whole basis of fitness philosophies like MoveNat is that exercise for the sake of appearance is ultimately useless in the real world.

That being said, today I did more push-ups than I ever have before. I had no idea I could do so many! Also, I injured my wrist (playing guitar without warming up) so it was an extra accomplishment. I got through my whole push day workout without aggravating it further, too, which I think is amazing.

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Man pulling a rope on a dock

Workout Summary: 6.23.17

My pull day was a bit… different. I think we did all new exercises. Some of them were great. Others were a bit awkward. I definitely missed the dead lifts.

We worked on grip and forearm strength, though, which is awesome. Trainer Lana is an avid rock climber so she’ll know how to best help me with that. My forearms and wrists are the feature I am most self-conscious about. It’ll be great to see what we can do!

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