Getting back from a lull in your exercises

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Sep 10, 2007 8:59 PM GMT
    Having recently come back from a long-distance vacation and gone through severe jetlag, I am now in a lull in my exercises. I was a good boy during my trip, swimming and going for hour-long walks just about every day. Now that I am back home, I am having to cut through some form of hesitance with regards to picking those weights up again.

    I understand that controlled periods of rest in-between exercise regimes can be good; my concern is more toward those times when the rest period seems to get too loose reins.

    So, my questions for any and all interested RealJock members are:

    1) do you experience any lulls in your exercise regime?

    2) have you experienced any lulls in your past exercise regimes?

    3) what do you (personally) do to get through such a lull?
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    Sep 10, 2007 10:34 PM GMT
    Until recently, I'd usually almost entirely abandoned the weight room in the summer and almost abandoned cardio in the winter. You just go back a few steps and work back up to your previous level.

    This summer, I've built up my bike climbing abilities better than they've been in years. Don't really want to slack off, but I HATE riding in the cold and rain. Well we'll see how it goes.
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    Sep 10, 2007 10:37 PM GMT
    I've had a few lulls in my routine, and I have dropped out completely a few times. For me to restart, I practically have to sneak back into the gym. I'll go do some easy cardio a few times, and then add some basic resistance movements. Then I'll agonize over what sort of real routine to start on. Eventually I get back into the habit of going to the gym and move on to more intense workouts.
  • GQjock

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    Sep 10, 2007 11:55 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what your terming as a "lull"
    but I'm gonna go with feeling stale in your workouts
    This happens from time to time for just about everybody
    I get over mine by jumpstarting my workouts
    by changing the exercises -- changing the gym I go to - or hirin a trainer
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    Sep 11, 2007 5:21 AM GMT
    im in the same point. trained way hard last year burned out at work and home life. now im still trying to get it back together. im planning on circuit and cardio and adding like a pilates class and maybe some krav manga for a change of pace.
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    Sep 11, 2007 7:23 AM GMT
    I'm with GQ on changing the exercises.

    I find that when I'm having trouble getting back to the gym, it's because I am bored with my routine. If I have something new to go back to, I find it easier to get back into a regular gym schedule.
  • Hunter9

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    Sep 11, 2007 7:29 AM GMT
    the only way i can back into it after a hiatus is to go back to the exact same routine that i had left off on. it may require lower weights or intensity, but otherwise get back into a rhythm and then change up your routine if you so desire
  • art_smass

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    Sep 11, 2007 1:56 PM GMT
    I've given up feeling guilty about taking time off because most of the time I get back to the gym feeling better. Nagging complaints that might be the precursor to an injury seem to go away, and I come back stronger than ever.

    I never really give up entirely, though. Like Mindgarden, I just ease off the weights or the cardio because my real life mirrors those activities. I'm active and I walk almost everywhere (even in winter), so I don't really notice all my gains slipping away when I give my body a break.
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    Sep 11, 2007 3:34 PM GMT
    I had a lull this summer by inconsistent workouts. I moved, had new work responsibilities and a few additional life things that I let hold me back. It's difficult to get back into a routine once I do this.

    I find though, I just have to start up and overcome any hesitance the first time back and each subsequent time gets easier. It's almost like inertia...
  • daddysw

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    Sep 11, 2007 5:52 PM GMT
    Hi Nick,

    It happens to us all sometime . . injury, holidays, working long hours . . .my own way of getting back is to re-establish the habit of putting time aside. This means that I'll get to the gym with the aim of doing, say, 30 mins cardio, 3 times a week for a few weeks. More than 30 mins if I feel up to it.

    Progress is then gentle . . I'll progress to my weights by warming up using half my maximum weight, and complete by using 2/3 of my maximum. Not always exciting, but at my age, I need to ease my joints back in to action.

    Do this for as long as you feel necessary . .I always want to push myself a bit quicker, but it depends on how much I ache afterwards, and how motivated I feel. Usually back to normal within a month.

    Hope this helps!

  • bobod

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    Sep 16, 2007 4:47 PM GMT
    I started last may getting back into a Full routine. It did not las long. I went home in July for a couple weeks. When i came back in August I could not get motivated. I am full-time graduate student, and I am finding it hard to get back into my routine. Late nights in the library, bad eating, and all that fun stuff are kicking in again. Any suggestions?
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Sep 19, 2007 7:58 PM GMT
    First, thanks for the tips and suggestions everyone! While it isn't good to read that more people have these kinds of stops and lulls in their regimes, it is good to read that many get themselves across these bumps down the dumbbell-fenced road.

    Sidenote: this thread was Forum post of the week last week (just check your weekly RealJock newsletter) ^_^

    I am gradually nearing the point where I go "Enough is enough!" and get to it! I am also going to work part-time (as opposed to my current full-time position), starting next month, which will give me more disposable time to exercise.

    One of my difficulties is that I want use a new exercise regime with direction from Michael Mejia's Better Body Blueprint (published by Men's Health). Rather than focus on weightlifting (while nonetheless including it), this regime focuses on posture correction, which I have use for (due to overpronation of my feet and my upper back backsway). It feels very different from lifting and lowering weights.

    Another one is standard laziness; it's much easier to adopt the passive got-home-from-work-and-will-now-sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-comedy-on-TV position than to actively make the time and place to work out (especially when the rest of the family is also oriented toward passivity).

    Once I've gotten into a new rhythm, I'll make sure to update myself here.

    re: daddysw / John

    I'll make use of the half-hour idea with a spin; instead of looking at the time spent / invested, I'll look at the amount of exercises completed, beginning with a smaller number and then gradually increasing it. Thanks for the tip :-)