As I posted elsewhere in this forum, I'm a 37 year old Marine, long-time heavy-weight boxer, former football/rugby player who shamefully allowed life and other non-important b.s. to interrupt my dedication to iron and, far more quickly than one would suspect, allowed myself to slip into a fairly non-disciplined, soft-body state.
Then I woke up.
Signed up at a local gym and had a jump-start with a trainer last Thursday (Aug. 19). The fella would give my old SDI a run for his money and seriously kicked my ass. Left me unable to fully lower my arms (or stretch them) until Tuesday. Enter some HDM doses and some extra-strength Tiger Balm and I was back in the gym Tuesday morning (Aug. 24) for more lifting. I had done some cardio on the days in between, days I could scarcely lift a gallon of water. But, as I said, Tuesday morning the pain was diminished and I was back at it.
Today, after yesterday's session, the pain is back, but only very, very slightly. Nowhere near the pain of that first session back, and I was able to do the same routine, plus a little more weight, with different lifts. For those who are just getting back to it (or who are just starting out), one thing to keep in mind: as long as you persist, you will have ONE "first day back."
Won't bore with the lifts, weights, reps I've done thus far (or that I will do), largely because I just started this journal as more of a general outline of my progress back to my fighting weight and back to the size/definition I once had.
Also, thanks to this fine forum for adding to those motivators I already have. This truly is an outstanding place.
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