Fitness became a focus of change for me this year. My husband tried for years to get me to weight train with him at the gym. Each time I resisted and went to Zumba or Yoga class instead...
When I decided to start making changes a few months ago, diet was at the top of my list. My unbalanced meals consisted of the worst foods that left me feeling horrible and with no energy. At least one meal each day resulted in a painful upset stomach. I had no choice but to make adjustments to what, when and how much I eat. I still enjoy pizza or a cheeseburger if I get a craving, but I certainly don't eat like that every meal of every day.
After eating cleaner for only a couple of days, I realized a big increase in my energy, felt no sluggishness after meals, and wasn't experiencing any stomach problems. I felt great for the first time in a long time and thought it was the perfect time to get serious about fitness. If diet change made me feel great, hitting the gym with a consistent routine would make feel even better. My research began for a strength training routine that I tailored to my own goals and needs. Looking and feeling better were two goals, but building strength was, and still is, my main focus..
I put together a three month workout routine. Strangely enough, I was excited to go back to the gym. That was 16 weeks ago, and, for the first time ever, I love going to the gym and lifting weights. And I mean really pushing myself to lift heavy. It's time carved out just for me by me, and I feel so much stronger in body and spirit.
Recently I've been asked by several people for my routine, as they are noticing both changes in my physique and energy. So, I'm posting it down below for any of you who might need a new routine or looking for some exercise variations.
It is a five-day workout with two days of rest. The days of rest are needed and be sure to enjoy them. The days and order of the exercise are important as well. There is also no cardio for this three month routine. I'd only recommend cardio If you want/need to lose weight. Cardio can be substituted in place of abs on the schedule.
Click on the button below to download a printable version of the overall schedule and daily routines (separate tab for each gym day). Print your schedule and place it where you see it often. Write a check over the days you complete and an X over days you don't. Your first goal: Shoot for an X-free sheet!
If you find that you are interested in the next routine after this (my current routine), let me know to post it. It's in the same format but more intense, with heavier weights, lower reps and more sets.
If you have questions, feel free to email me. And if you start the routine, let me know how it's working out for you.
Go get swole! - Jill - xoxo