No haven’t started yet. I have worked out many times in the past but never with any real knowledge of what I was doing. Just the old 3 set of 10 of everything or anything I felt like doing.
I had never done squats, deadlifts, or knew the importance of chin-ups or dips. I would basically want to lifts weights, so I would start out doing the same exercises I always did because they were the ones I knew, and also they hit the muscles that I wanted to get big.
I also didn’t understand strength balance/imbalance as well then, not that I am completely versed now. I would work at that for a couple months not see any results and then pretty much stop. I always was in good shape then though because I biked everywhere, played several sports, trained in martial arts 5 days a week, so when I didn’t see much changes I would loose motivation.
Fast forward 10 years and my activity level is almost none existent and I am not in very good shape. 5’-6" 175-180lbs at probably 21%-23% body fat. Some people are naturally more disciplined and motivated, I am not hiding that fact that I have been a chronic procrastinator and find it difficult to get the motivation for exercise.
I am now at a point where I can’t ignore my fitness anymore because I can’t stand being out of shape and making excuses for it. I used to be the most fit person I knew.
To answer you question on whether I am waiting for the perfect program the answer is no. Knowing myself as well as I do, and having a stronger desire to make a permanent change,…
I am just trying to get a simple, but still effective start-up program and some basic understanding to ensure success. I have been doing some light squats here at home to get accustomed to the movement and I have found I am liking it more and more.
I have seen results just in my mobility and balance and its been more rewarding then my past efforts. I went to the local gyms today to find out pricing and hours of operation and will be picking one this weekend.
For me diet will be my biggest obstacle. I hate everything there is to do with meal planning. I don’t like shopping, can’t stand to cook, and hate the mess you have to clean up after.
So since this will be my biggest challenge I want to have a simple routine for in the gym. But I want one that I can quickly get to train hard on, without having to learn too much in that regard while I am trying to adhere to a diet, which will be much more difficult for me to learn.