Upper body workouts become an addiction after you start to see your muscles peeking out. I used to passionately dislike upper body days; legs were so much easier and I could push myself the hardest through them. But, upper body is very difficult for most women at the beginning of their fitness journey. This is because we do not have the same hormones our male counterparts have, who can almost automatically do pull ups towards the beginning of their journey, which stinks >:( BUT, never fear, we can totally get there! I love to work with my clients on progressing to pushups and pullups, and in order to achieve those goals we have to work out the whole upper body. So let’s start with a back workout 🙂
After a successful week of working out, hardcore, with no problems whatsoever, I got a double ear infection *insert sad face here*. I haven’t been sick for months, thank God, but once that infection hits it’s like seriously?! Could you not tell that I don’t have time to deal with sinus/ear infections?
Granted, I used to have chronic sinusitis, where I had them every. month. So, this is a lot more favorable for me. It still sucks though, haha.
So, after taking ONE DAY off from working out (yes, that’s a long time for me! LOL), I went to the gym today, ready to get through and chest and shoulder workout, even if that meant I’d be crawling out of the gym afterwards. And let me tell you–working out when you don’t feel your best is HARD. You probably know that by now, too.
Not only did I think it was a good idea to superset all my exercises and complete a burnout round, I also tried to use the weights that I last left off on. Not a good idea. I was doing incline bench presses with dumbbells and realized I had no energy whatsoever to lift what I usually do. So I had to go a little lighter–again, not bad, but still! I want my energy back!
Tomorrow is legs. That’ll be interesting. You can bet I’m going to be carb loading all day and taking some Aspirin for this nonstop headache. I know that I should stay home, let my body rest, but it’s really only my head that hurts. Ever have that? Where your whole body (minus your head) feels great, but you’re head feels like calling the shots. How selfish!
The gym is therapy, though. It’s my form of “me time” that helps me stay focused and happy. So, I guess you have to choose your battles, eh?
“They were looking at us do deadlifts,” one of my friends whispered to me. It was leg day (the holy grail of gym days) and we were going hard, doing compound lifts and having fun together.
I can almost imagine what my face looked like–eyebrows furrowed, “huh?” kind of attitude. I barely look at gym goers–I’m in my own zone, in my own space, that I don’t really look at the people working out around me. I focus on my exercise, and on myself. Gym time is me time.
She motioned to a group of guys our age that were goofing off on hyperextensions. I rolled my eyes.
“Girl, really? Why do you care if they’re looking at us or not?”
“I don’t know,” she said sheepishly. We both laughed, and continued our workout.
When I began training, I noticed some of my clients had anxiety over how many people were working out during our session. It was the same sort of feeling I got from my friend when we would work out and someone was watching us.
Not seeings results is a very common thing you hear in the fitness field, mainly because people aren’t s
ure, or educated enough on the body, to get to where they want to be.
During a training session I noticed one of my hardest working clients was looking a little frazzled; although we had upped most of the weight on his exercises, and had him losing weight fairly quickly, he didn’t seem to be in too good of a mood like usual. I asked him and he told me something a lot of people hear and say in the beginning of fitness journeys.
“I feel like I’m not seeing results.”
This is something Personal Trainers dread to hear, and raises a couple questions.
Is it me? Could I be doing something more for him and his goals?
Is it him? Is he not doing all that he can on those days off to be reaching his goals?
Personal Trainers want to see you succeed. They want you to feel good about yourself. And to hear (and clearly see) that my client was not happy made me not happy. We were making great progress, and yet he wasn’t happy. Heck, I was so proud of how much progress he was making, but he wasn’t. Why is he not seeing results?
And that’s when a light bulb went off in my head. He was focusing on the end goal, and not looking at how much progress he was making. He just wanted to get the results–get that lean, muscular body in less time than it was taking. And that’s why he wasn’t happy.
When we talked, we discussed how we had lost x amount of weight (which was awesome for how long we had been training together!) and how he was getting stronger every week, and he realized what I had beforehand. After that, the workout went a lot smoother, and became more fun 🙂
Ladies and gents, your fitness journey is a life journey.
This isn’t always the case, though–sometimes, you aren’t progressing, and you don’t know why. So, let’s break it down some more and look at some reasons why you may not be seeing the results you want: