Returning to the Gym After 5 Months Away
After my first day back at the gym, it is remarkable how sore I am… and by extension, how out of shape I am. My upper body is worse, so it’s not as immediately noticeable… but my arms are more or less locked into 90 degree angles at the elbows.
I’m working with a newer trainer named Mike, and he’s less about machine/weights and more about working with body weight. Instead of hitting the various machines on the top floor of the gym, we worked primarily with suspension training.
Despite having eaten a decent breakfast beforehand (two eggs, banana), I got a little nauseous again halfway through. Going to chalk that up to simply being out of practice.
It’s amazing to me how little we did, and how winded I felt. I was doing the gym thing for a good while, and ended up falling off at the start of the year. Now that I’m trying to get back on track… it feels a lot like starting over from scratch. To be expected I guess.
I’ll say this though: in doing the early morning thing, the gym still looks beautiful in the early AM. I remember being there in the wintertime, and seeing the sun break through the windows… and it was an awesome sight. There’s something really nice about seeing early daylight in a gym – it’s a nice feeling.
The funniest thing of all (and I’m sure this can be helped if I stretched more often), my arms are kind of bowed out as a result of my first post-hiatus workout. You can’t really tell if you see me sitting at a computer keyboard, because my arms are perfectly curved to that particular task. But when I’m walking down the street… my arms never really straighten out. I look a bit like the Tin Woodman from the Wizard of Oz. Liz describes it as though I were carrying two large, invisible purses. To me, it kind of feels like I have these tiny T-Rex arms.
So it goes. Difficulty at the beginning and all that. I was able to get to the gym in the AM for some cardio, so here’s to getting back to a regular routine again.
// Edit: On my second visit to the gym, I totally saw the old guy there, same as he ever was. Put me to shame.