I'm not new to working out and I used to be heavier in the beginning. I am 176cm and a few years ago I realised that 91kg is not where I want to be. While its a good weigth if you are working out and you work on bodybuilding, its not a good weigth if your muscle mass is non existant and its all just fat. My nutrition was bad and I didn't like sports. Who the fuck would if you get out of breath after 15 minutes running and sweat like an animal?
I decided to change. I went and completely changed my nutrition from hell no to fuck yes. I don't really care what people say about its too hard of a job to keep and stick to it and you will eventually fall back on your old habits. I don't. If I decide for myself I make the right call 95% of the time. I find it a lot harder to have 'a cheating day' or change part for part, I cannot relate to it as its not my way of doing it. I don't call anyone with a cheating day weak, I don't call that way bad, its just not my way.
So from that day I tried to live low carb in the first place and overall a lot healthier. As nutrition is basically 90% of losing weigth and I knew running would hurt my knees with the weigth I had, I started basic workouts. I got a bench, barbells, lat-pull tower. Yup, started working out. In the beginning it was 3 sets with lots of reps, bullshit here you go! So I basically wasted my time working out in terms of working out, not in terms of losing weigth, that went very well. I think by the end of 1 year I lost ~15kg and was at 76kg. Thats a perfect weigth for me, yet the balance between muscle and fat wasn't right.
With occasional slip ups I had no problems maintaining the weigth, but the workout didn't get me anywhere as everyone of you who is aware of how the body and how workouts work, the workout was crap. I started stronglifts 5x5.
2 Days; Day 1:
Benchpress 5x5 Mainset (50%,50%,75% Warmup, 100% Mainset)
Squats 5x5 Mainset (50%,50%,75% Warmup, 100% Mainset)
Barbell Rows 5x5 Mainset (50%,50%,75% Warmup, 100% Mainset)
Squats 5x5 Mainset (50%,50%,75% Warmup, 100% Mainset)
Overheadpress 5x5 Mainset (50%,50%,75% Warmup, 100% Mainset)
Deadlift 5x5 Mainset (50%,50%,75% Warmup, 100% Mainset)
Note: I started deadlifts with warmup + 1 mainset, not 5 , but higher weigth.
Progress was good, but not stunning, yet I decided to keep going on that road and see where I'm heading. I gained muscle, lost fat, gained strength... and finally, ignored my knee which lead to a fuckup. Eventually I couldn't ignore it anymore, because it didn't feel right. Boy, learn how to squat or quit it! I had to quit it for the moment, not because I wanted but because I couldn't put stress on the knee.
Well, I kept practicing, but eventually had a break ... a long one - in it. So I fell back quiet a bit. When I dated a girl and finally found a girlfriend in her, my nutrtion went to shit. Cannot blame me? Yes you can, and I certainly do, but I still think you can understand or even relate to it.
Now I'm still not FAT, I'm at 77kg right now, but less muscle, more fat again. So... I decided to put my nutrition back into place living low-carb with a refill day to have some carbonhydrates and energy and keep metabolism kicking occasonally. That doesn't mean I will store pizza, cake and all the shit for one day, nah! That just means I can have 1 good meal per week (usually saturday) where I don't look into carbonhydrate/fat/protein. I don't need it for comfort, but having energy. Okay, back to training.
I went to a gym when I formerely trained at h ome, but decided if I pay money for it, I'm not going to ever skip. Well while this is true in terms of I want to, its not true in terms of I can. Okay, I went to the gym, got personal training (its within signing up there, 3 hours personal training) and boy, she fucked me up badly! Not saying she got more clue about sports than I do, but she certainly knows how to work out.
Well I decided to try out a plan with a tad lesser weigth and higher repetitions to try it out. I know its not super effective, but its different and certainly works for me as well. I can see change from just a few workouts and I will certainly go back to lesser reps and higher weights as I progress. If you think I'm doing cardio with weights, its not true, I still put my body on huge stress.
My last training on monday (might notice something here!!) I felt good after, worked up, k.O basically but I was in a rush and had to rush home. Nearly didn't catch the train, had to run all the way to it... and that gave me the shit. I saw stars, nearly blacked out and arriving home, did vomit! Bam... thats what you get for shitty lifestyle and not being fit, asshole!
In addition to that, I would usually go mo/we/fr but I couldn't "make" it yesterday. Not because I didn't want to, because I cannot. I had shoulder problems before and always did ignore it (why don't I learn, what the fuck!) and now the stress on it hurts. Right now it feels okay, but I know during training and after and even 2 days after it will hurt again. I asked some sports guys and they keep telling me to quit it and see a doctor. Shoulder is very problematic in terms of injury and if I put stress on it again, it might get worse. Lame excuse, asshole! You might say. Not quiet right. I already made an appointment to see the doc on monday and hopefully x-rays alone will solve and he tells me that I can workout. Shoulder basically is involved in every upper body shit you can do. Latpulls, pullups, pushups, benchpress, rows... its everywhere. If he tells me that I cannot practice, I might as well start running to stay / get fit at least. I am not overweigth so my knees are no problem there, until it gets fixed obviously. Even if I could just go low - weigth training that would do for me... at least don't leave me completely.
Well, that would be if x-rays go well. If x-rays don't show the problem ... I have to go through nuclear magnetic resonance imaging which is not as bad as it sounds. SOUNDS FUCKING BAD RIGHT? Imagine being a kid hearing it. IT HAS NUCLEAR IN IT!
... Well, I am a tad afraid that I'm once again unlucky and my shoulder has to undergo surgery ! ... as for that time, I cannot workout, but I won't be stopped. I want my athletic body and I don't want it for the girls or showing if, I want it because its healthy, feels good and improves my life! 8]..