The ShanMonster (shanmonster) wrote,

Back in the Saddle

Two years ago, I was in the best shape of my life. Since then, due to a variety of medical issues, my fitness level has dipped. This is not to say I am in poor physical condition. I am still able to do a lot of things I could never do before (eg. glute-ham raises, pull-ups, pistol squats), but my stamina has taken a nosedive. I can't afford to stay in this state of half-assed fitness. I have endurance events and races coming up, and I want to be able to complete them and be able to walk normally the next day.

I started training regularly again as of last week. It's been rough. I feel like I'm starting over from scratch, even though I'm not. I don't recover from workouts as quickly as I once did, but I know I will soon. Yesterday, I did a lot of leg training, and although walking afterwards was difficult, my legs are not sore today. This is progress. Last week's big leg day left me with major DOMS for the next two days.

I can feel progress in my shoulder from when I started doing physiotherapy for it. I was worried that holding the bar across my shoulders for squats yesterday would be too much pressure, but it isn't aching today. Although I'm avoiding explosive movements for my shoulders at the moment, this does not mean I'm avoiding other exercises which use my shoulders. I think my next big fitness goal is to be able to do unassisted tricep ring dips. I'll start with static tricep dips, working on the negatives.

I will do it. Oh yes, I shall.
Tags: fitness, health
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