I am not yet a hiker, but I think that the idea of scaling a mountain, hiking up, step by step, hopefully on a previously blazed trail, is a good metaphor for all of our struggles in life.
The reason I am thinking about this is because of how I am now doing my workouts.
Gradual, but consistent.
So, for today, I did squats, overhead press and deadlifts.
Squats: 5 sets of 5 reps using 105lbs, which is 5lbs more than last friday.
They felt good, I was able to get through all of them in about 35minutes.
My knee felt good, I had a good warm up before starting my sets, and when I was done, I could tell that I am getting stronger.
A couple of pointers. If you are just starting out, just start with either no bar or the olympic size bar with no weights on it.
First do some stretches to warm up your legs, especially your hamstrings.
I can tell you that if this is your first time, you are going to be sore afterwards, so warm up good.
I like to stretch out my legs a good 5 or 10 minutes and then I do a couple of squats, first with the bar alone, and then putting on additional weight.
For example, today, I started with the bar, which is 45lbs, for a couple of squats, then 65lbs, then 85lbs.
After the warm up, then I did my 5 sets of 5 reps with 105lbs.
My goal is to keep adding 5lbs every workout, which ideally would be 15lbs per week, so by next monday, I would be up to 120lbs.
Now, I do not know if I can get up to 120lbs so fast, but I will be trying, one step at a time, climbing this mountain.
Then I did shoulder presses with 65lbs, 5 sets of 5 reps…had to do alot of shoulder dislocations to keep the shoulders warmed up…
and last, I did one set of 5 deadlifts with 140lbs, 5lbs higher than last week….
step by step will make this climb, lets do it together…
what mountain are you climbing?
what challenge have you taken on?