Strength Training to Become a Fit Bride

I hate to admit it but it has been some time since I’ve regularly hit the gym. I play volleyball twice a week and go to a spin class about once a month, but it has been a few months since I’ve actively gone to the gym to workout. The lack of sweat has become apparent now that the holidays are far behind me, and I’m starting to become uncomfortable in my clothes and self-esteem levels.

Instead of getting down and out, though, I have a cheerful solution: get back into the game!

I have gone through phases in my past of being identified as a “gym rat.” I could be found at the YMCA every morning lifting weights and every evening doing cardio exercises. I was in my prime shape during this time, but truly didn’t have much of a life outside the gym. With marriage and wife-duties looming ahead, my goal is not only get back into shape for the wedding but also find a balance in doing so.

Thankfully, G is invested in working out as well and we thoroughly enjoy hitting the gym together. At the beginning of our relationship, he even joined my gym so we could exercise together every morning — and we did! It was great to have an accountability partner who not only knew weights and correct form during strength training but was also complimentary of my progress. We worked to better ourselves while bettering one another and it was the perfect foundation for our relationship.

After the proposal and jump into wedding planning, though, the gym took second seat. Then new work responsibilities arose and the gym took third seat. Then the holidays arrived and the gym took fourth seat. And on and on and on…

There are a ton of excuses I could utilize, but the dirty truth is I became comfortable in the laziness of a busy life.

Simply truth.

The time has come where excuses no longer hold though. I have a good grip on our wedding plans, work and other social responsibilities have decreased significantly, and the holidays are far past me. It is a new year and time to reclaim my fitness.

I am all for jumping into things head first when it comes to fitness. If I am not completely invested then I am more likely to quit. So, my game plan is to begin going to the gym in the mornings and only allow for one rest day on Sundays. I am going to focus on strength training for awhile until the weather breaks and I can begin running outside again for cardio. (Though there will be some cardio each morning to warm up my muscles.) Until the end of March I still have volleyball twice a week in the evenings, and that will suffice for now. Let’s hope Michigan warms up by then!

So without further ado, here is my workout program over the next four weeks:

You can find a printable version here.

To warm up, I plan to run, bike, or use the elliptical for five minutes prior to each session and also end by increasing my heart rate with a brisk five to ten minute run as well. In four weeks I will switch up my routine so my body continues to improve, so stay tuned.

G is joining me again as well, though his workout plan is quite a bit heftier than mine. So wish us luck!

Unsure what a specific exercise is on this plan? Please feel free to ask! I’ll do my best to give you some direction on how to find correct form and prevent injuring yourself.

Happy sweating, friends,

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