I’m just getting back into my fitness after a prolonged break. It’s amazing the difference one feels after doing even just a little exercise, mentally as well as in the body. I’m very much looking forward to getting back into shape.
My Mum sent me a web article about gut health and its link to mental health. I was interested as someone who has had trouble with his mental health in the past - in fact, I have a mental health disorder. I had an episode of psychosis this summer, and it might have been related to the food poisoning I got at a SubWay restaurant after I had the chicken there. Puke.
I got into lifting in a big way at university. I was a slave to the 1RM, this was all I really cared about.
This time I want fitness to serve me, rather than the other way round. I got into lifting in a big way when I was at university, but I was quite conceited in my approach. I was all about my 1RM. It lead to some very long workouts as I found the best way to squeeze out a 1RM was to build up to it with lots of sets. But now I want a much more holistic approach. I’ve noticed that an old gym buddy of mine had some good results when pursuing the ‘Hercules’ workout scheme. I think the biggest benefit of that was that it had a lot of variation built in. I guess it keeps him interested. If it works, that’s the most important thing.
My body has been through cycles. I’m 29 now so I’ve been working out (in spells) since I was about 16. I would be very interested if anyone on here has any advice about longevity and dedication to working out. My longest spell of working out must have been about 9 months. I remember one spell in my mid 20s where I managed to stick to it for about 6 months and I thought I was about 2 months away from getting into PR territory.
So my goals are really to acquire an all-round health of mind and body, and to develop some sort of routine which I can stick to. It would be really cool if I could be hitting PBs in a year’s time. At my buffest I was about 75kg and pulling a 200kg+ deadlift, so not far off triple bodyweight.
I really feel like I should include a joke in here or something to thank you guys for reading up to this point.
13st 11lb (current)
PRs (quite old!)
Anyway, cheers guys.