Vlog Update!

green-video-cameraI have been recording videos and reviews for my upcoming video blog aka VLOG that I will be starting on YouTube once I have finished moving into my new place and get my studio stuff connected. Looking forward to taking this step and bringing http://www.AverageStevesFitnessBlog.com to the next phase! Stay tuned and join me on the ride!

Cheers!

Moving soon!

ed-moving-boxes_480-largeMoving this weekend and I can’t wait! Sadly it means I won’t be able to spend time at the gym but at least I will get a little bit of exercise moving boxes and furniture!

It will be good for me to do as well because I remember how difficult it was for me to move some of the furniture the last time I moved 2 years ago, way before I started really going to the gym. I am expecting to see a difference in how I move and how heavy everything feels to me. By that I mean I expect everything to be a bit lighter, except for my wife’s collection of text books from college…

What will be good for me in terms of this move is that I will have far more room to do what I want to do! I can set up some weights in the basement and be able to use it as a home gym when I can’t get to the real gym, or for some post workout or unable to sleep nights! I will also be making one room a studio room, I will have my digital drums and guitars etc. inside it so I can play when I want.

I also will have my studio computer set up in the room and I have just upgraded it! I have shot several vlog videos for my upcoming YouTube channel, so stay tuned in for updates about that and subscribe when you can!

 

Pain but Not Painful

moving-septic-systemIt seems like I am always having elbow issues and this time it came from playing with a vicious 9 pound dog belonging to my mother in-law. I smacked my elbow into the couch and where it doesn’t hurt me 99% of the time and it doesn’t prevent me from doing anything or make me feel weaker, it hurts like hell when something pulls my skin.

For example if I am resting my elbow on the couch arm, it doesn’t hurt! But if I slide my elbow forward along the couch I am in extreme pain to the point where I am flailing. Not sure if it is possible nerve damage? Maybe I did some bone damage? I don’t feel anything out of place or different when I feel around but who knows.

The important thing for me is that it hasn’t stopped me from doing what I need to do in life and at the gym. I have been doing my workouts at full strength and even raising my PRs as I do it! Luckily for me it also hasn’t prevented me from packing up my apartment as I am moving in a few days!

Looking forward to the move, and I will be posting updates, especially as I build my home gym! Granted it won’t be much more than I can find for cheap on Craigslist, but it will be great to have a place to go when I can’t get to place!

Cheers!

Hitting a Snag

Seems like a lot of times when I start to gain momentum I end up hitting a snag one way or another. I can understand every now and again but it get tiring when it happens so often. At least this time it wasn’t caused by the weights.

I was rough housing with a vicious dog, I mean vicious, growling, teeth baring, slobbering 9 pounds of fury. I was pouncing with the dog in my in-lawdemons living room when I guess my left arm flung backwards and crashed into the couch. It hurt a lot at first, almost like I smashed into an object (which I did) and was electrocuted at the same time. After the initial pain went away it felt better and I thought I was through it, no big deal. Now when I put my elbow down or extend awkwardly I feel an instant severe stinging to the same place each time. It makes arm rest hellish.

On top of this, I have been getting dizzying headaches the last few days. I tried to power through one over the weekend and was unable to. Was planning on going to the gym today but once again got another headache and didn’t even want to start.

If anyone has any suggestions, please share! Headaches are not fun!

 

Joined a New Gym

Soon my wife will be graduating and I will no longer have access to the university gym. That sucks, the gym is fantastic with lots of equiptment and people are respectful and the equiptment is well maintained and everything is kept clean. Not to mention that I was paying $60 a year! I used to pay more than that to put gas in my truck!

I already knew which gym I was going to join, Retro Fitness. I used to belong to it a few years ago and well, now I am back. Signing up was easy enough, fill out a few questions on an Ipad and give them your billing information. Simple stuff. Cost me $40 for enrollment, first two months free and than it will be around $21 a month.

Once I got in I saw all the yellow and red equiptment and it looks like in the pictures! In th
e past the few Retro Fitness locations I have been to had the generic gray color machines. I walked into the locker, changed, locked my stuff up and was ready to hit the weights….and then I got onto the floor and it was a shocker.

I guess I spoiled myself at the university gym where it was a mixed crowd and I was in the middle for size (strength wise). At this location I was probably one of the smallest people at the gym. I saw guys whose arms were easily bigger than my head or leg. Machines were crowded and it took me a few minutes to get my situation straight.bodybuilder

I made my way around doing a few exercises and learning where everything is. I started my workout with my trusty Bodyspace.com application on my phone, good thing Retro has WiFi! I chose to do abs, chest and some shoulders today. As I started to get into the groove of the place I started to become more comfortable inside my own skin and was able to salvage the workout and put on a strong showing for myself. These jacked guys I was working out around which started out as intimidation soon became inspiration. Not that I want to be supersized, but a good Ryan Rynolds size would be cool. I got more comfortable and observed people doing exercises that I have never done before and was soon trying them out myself. This turned out to be a great gym day both workout wise and learning. I was able to do 25 minutes of cardio which I am trying to throw into the end of my gym time (1H50M).

Afterwards I took a shower and went about my day. This was a great experiance for me once I got over everything and was able to return to being myself and working towards my goals.

 

 

End of Break and Supplement Cleanse

So on Tuesday it was my first day back at the gym and did I miss it. My body was feeling 1240053_677711735601149_885581815_nreally good after a few days off the gym and I took my pre-workout and BCAA. I was pumped and I was ready. I decided to do everybodies favorite workout, ARM DAY!

I missed the feeling of the pre-workout, once I took it again I couldn’t figure out why I decided to stop for a few days. The workout felt that much more fullfilling. I raised the weight on nearly every exercise. Was this because of the rest or the pre-workout? Who knows, all I know is that I had new PRs, felt great and was very happy with myself and in the long run, isn’t that the gym is supposed to do for us?

I set my goals and I am on the way the conquering them. Sometimes taking a break from the gym for a few days allows us to rest fully and push more when we return. I definatly had more energy and strength than usual and I was happy to expend it.

End of Rest Week and Supplement Cleanse

Today is the final day of my rest week. I have been resting my body since the 7th and today is the 11th and I will back at the gym on the 12th. This will mark 5 full days away from the gym. I figured this would be a good idea to let my body rest and for some aches and pains to go away.

elbow-painBefore I started this week of rest I was having pain in both my elbows (leftover golf/tennis elbow?) and a few other minor pains. I was able to work through these issues but I was also
able to tell that they were slowly getting worse. After 5 days of not using the gym I feel much better. I have full plans on hitting the gym tomorrow and having a hardcore workout. Will the pains come back? Who knows, wouldn’t shock me because I push myself a lot. Part of me enjoys the pain, makes me feel like I succeeded. No pain, no gain. Is that still the saying?

Either way, I know I probaably gained a pound or 5 as I have not been the best at momnitoring my diet during this time but I will be sure to burn that off as fast as I can. Planning on a lot of gym stuff coming up.

I’ve been away from the supplements for 7 days. Typically these do not affect me unless I300 have taken them recently. I posted what it was like for me to go to the gym without the supplements (pre-workout, BCAA, protein, creatine) but it has not felt any different when I have not been at the gym, so no complaints there.

Tomorrow will be my first day back at the gym and I will be taking my supplements and I can’t wait. I miss the drive and I miss the feeling of being at the gym. Stay tuned as I post about it.
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