A couple of weeks ago I was starting to try to get back into my training. I’m lucky in the fact I have my own home gym I have built up over the past few years, so really there is no excuse not to workout. However; while I had an adequate setup (squat rack, adjustable bench, 400kg + in weight plates and bars) it was all standard sized gear which meant the bars only came in at 5-7kg, and I was sadly lacking in plates over 10kg.
I also lack room space, so I decided to have a shift around to see if I could get a better arrangement that would free up floor space for things like hip thrusters. This ended up with me having a larder fridge that was just not going to fit anywhere in the house, and that’s where my fun began.
I sold the fridge, and while looking for a undercounter replacement I spotted a 6ft Olympic bar and an Olympic ezi curl bar along with a couple of 5kg weights on my local secondhand site. Had a bit of negotiation to drop the price by £25 and the following day I was the proud owner of my first olympic gear.
That night I spotted another ad for Olympic weight plates. Again a little negotiation and a few days later I’m sat in my driveway with a van full of oly plates ranging from 1.25kg up to 25kg and a weight tree to store them on. At this point I’m looking at my front door knowing I’ve got to carry the damn things up a flight of stairs to the gym (my house is on the second floor) and thinking to myself I really am crazy.
Quite proud of myself though because I managed to do farmer’s walks up the stairs with the 25kg plates as well as all the smaller ones. Even better I sold a good two-thirds of my standard gear (I kept a selection of smaller plates for the dumbbell bars as I havent got olympic ones yet) for more than I paid out for the olympic stuff. Still haven’t got a new fridge yet though….
Anyway this is under the workout category and having the new gear has helped to motivate me again. I’m going to be aiming for 4 workouts a week and I’m using the DAPRE method on some exercises to get me back into the swing of things. Despite having not trained properly for a good few months and gaining weight I’m actually still pretty strong…for me anyway.
Today hit a personal record of 90kg for hip thrusters and my bench press is back to 50kg. Still working on my squat and hopefully will get to deadlifting eventually. That’s one exercise I struggle with, so have been doing RDLs to try to help.