*Skip the “Background” paragraph to get to my actual question – as a father of a little one, I find my personal time to work out fleeting, so I wanted to ramble a bit in the hope that others in my boat will sympathize
Background: we had a boy (our first child) in December of 2011. It was difficult to maintain a gym schedule over the next 8 or 9 months, but I managed to keep up reasonably well (probably dropped from 3-4 days per week to 1-2, although there were many days I was almost falling asleep on the bench). It helped that the gym was basically on my way home. At any rate, we added a move to a new house to our plate last September – needless to say, between a busy 9 month old and a new home (with a project list a mile long) that also happened to add 15 more minutes to my already 30-45 minute commute, my gym schedule officially died.
At this point I haven’t been back to the gym since September, but late last Fall I DID take the necessary steps to purchase a cage, bench, and a few hundred pounds of weights. We’ve got a makeshift gym setup in the basement now, but between finding the time to play with my son, and trying to avoid banging weights around when he’s napping/gone to bed, I’m really only able to lift once a week on a Sat. or Sun. Other than that I fit in some pushups, pullups, dips, etc. here and there during the week.
So at any rate, I’ve had a few people at work mention to me in the last few weeks that they thought I looked like I had put on some muscle. I don’t feel any stronger than before I left the gym but it sounds like, somehow, being away from the gym has caused me to build a better shape? Has this happened to anyone else after an extended break period? Maybe my body’s T levels are finally starting to rebound after baby-induced sympathy weight and sleep loss?
Could more pushups and pullups in smaller, daily doses actually be more beneficial for my body than a few hard days a week at the gym? Prior to this radical changeup in my schedule, I had been on pretty much the same path for the last 5 or 6 years – is it possible I had fallen into a rut and didn’t realize it? If it’s related to becoming a father, are there others out there who also experienced odd physiological occurrences like this in the 2-3 year span between pregnancy and toddlerhood?