It has taken me so long to write out my plan for the Summer of Strength challenge because, honestly, I’ve really been struggling with what to do. I did enact one, very important, piece of the puzzle this week—I rejoined my gym! Currently, our home gym is packed to the ceiling with our belongings that had to be moved out of our living room after the tornado. And even if it was accessible, we don’t have the equipment for me to be successful at a weight training routine. The reason I quit the gym back in the winter was to save some money, but by flashing my university ID and paying for it up front, I was able to get 6 months of gym access for only $125. I think that’s a steal!
I digress, back to the plan. I’ve decided, at least for the first month of the challenge, I’m going to go to an old stand-by—the Muscle and Fitness Hers Starter Guide. M&F Hers is a no-nonsense magazine for ladies with serious bodybuilding goals. The starter guide is a routine that I used to use pretty consistently when I had a gym membership before. The difference is that then, I never progressed in weight or frequency—two tasks I’ll definitely do this time around.
The starter guide plan is four weeks long. For the first two weeks, I’ll do the routine three times a week. For the second half of the month, I’ll up my workouts to four times a week.
I can definitely tell I’ve lost some serious strength since I’ve been running. I went on Sunday and did the starter guide with what I used to consider “easy” weight and have been so sore ever since. I was planning on making this the first week of my training, but considering it is a struggle to even walk three days after my lifting, I think I’ll wait until next week.
After this month is up? I have no idea. 🙂