I got started lifting back in September of 2015. There were a lot of negative things happening in my life at the time, and I wanted to turn things around by becoming a better person both physically and mentally. Working out is a great way to do that.
My current workout routine is very up in the air, most days I show up to the gym I only have a rough idea of what exercises I would like to do so most of the time I just wing it. I do usually go for all around full body work outs instead of isolation days simply because I don’t care for being extremely sore in one specific area the next day. I try to make it to the gym at least 4 days a week.
My motivation comes from big things happening in my life, my hurt shoulder, and the desire to never go backwards in life. I have to regularly workout for my shoulder, because if I don’t it will just hurt due to an injury I got back in High School. The larger motivator is not wanting to fall back in life. I’ve already worked so hard to be where I’m at and, if I fall back, I’ll have to start over again.
The best advice I can give to anybody just starting out is to find a workout buddy who knows more than you at working out. I wouldn’t have near as good of form or physical capabilities now if it weren’t for my friends Aaron, Theresa, and everybody else who has helped me improve my lifts and exercises.
The greatest benefit I get from working out has to be the nice simple hour or two I get to clear my mind of life’s stresses. There are no tests to think about, I don’t have to worry about work, and everything is just simple. While lifting I know I only have to think about 2 things: get that weight up and don’t die bringing that weight down.
I wish I had some huge accomplishment to boast about from working out, but I don’t. I’m just happy that I feel better, look better, and my shoulder doesn’t just hurt like it would before.