It has been a long time since I have had the time or energy to sit down and type stuff that isn’t work related but that doesn’t mean I have stopped working to achieve my goals.
I have been continuing my workout plan and coming to the end of the 6th week which also happens to be the end of the first half of the plan. I can see and feel the changes and if you follow me on Instagram then you can see them as well. I am very happy with my progress especially when I look back and see how my weight numbers are going up every week.
It is a slow road, there is no shortcut for hard work but if you enjoy what the work that goes into it than there is no such thing as hard work. There are some exercises that I hate doing (bench press, squats) but all that means is that I need to give myself an extra push to do it and shatter my previous personal records.
The Youtube page is up and running and has a few videos and reviews already posted. You can visit at Youtube until I get the chance to purchase a domain name for it. I am enjoying making the videos and hopefully they actually help someone when it comes to purchasing supplements and other random stuff.
I will keep coming back to post more, it just may be few and far between but I am loving the video aspect and have been putting a lot of my free time into filming and editing the videos and putting them online. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and “like” the videos. Your support means the world to me.
3 weeks into my new workout plan “JIM STOPPANI’S 12-WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE” I am still alive and going strong. I know that I may not be fulfilling the calorie requirements but it is hard to go from eating around 1700 calories to suddenly jump up to 3500. That is more than double! Not going to happen, but I have been following the workouts and I can see the changes that my body has earned for itself, though I did need someone else to show me before I could actually see the difference.
I have been learning new exercises which is one of the key reasons that I decided to make this change in gym life. The breakdown of the workout days has been very helpful. It spreads leg workouts throughout the week (as well as has a day where more time is dedicated to leg day) and I don’t feel like I am overdoing my arms. It has allowed my elbows to feel better, though the increase in other exercises has caused my shoulders to hurt a little big more.
I highly recommend this plan for anyone who is looking for a new way to organize their workouts as well as learn new things.
Since starting, my chest is more defined as well as my abs. As my friend Opi puts it, back in October I had a muffin top and now you can see the beginning of a 6-pack starting. Good things for me to hear. My arms have also grown a little bit but has also been toning up. Looking more vascular as well, as long as I don’t get to the freaky type of vascular. The circumference of my neck has gone down, but my shoulders look more bulked as well as my face is now thinning. I am comparing a lot of this to how I looked back in October.
Case and point, the plan is going great and I am looking forward to the next 9 weeks of going forward with it.
Currently I belong to 3 gyms, yeah I know that is a lot but one of my memberships expires this month and won’t be renewed (the University gym which is my favorite gym). Usually my go-to after the university is Retro Fitness which is your standard 20 dollar a month gym which has all the free-weights and machines that one would expect to find in a gym.
Since my wife is going to be working at a new university which is too far away for me to use their gym, we decided that we would join a cheap gym in the area on the side (it is also a second gym membership for her) so we joined Planet Fitness for 10 dollars a month, comes out to $10.70 with tax. Not bad for a 24-7 gym.
My first impression after getting the tour at Planet Fitness was wow, this place sure is purple and clean. Once I got past how clean things looked and how much cardio equipment they carry I realized that the gym tour didn’t show any free weights. They have an awesome section for a 30 minute workout as well as a 12 minute ab station which I love but where are the free weights?
I finally found them in the corner. Shocked that they hid these in the tour because it takes up a nice size portion of the gym, they have 8 or 9 adjustable/flat benches as well as a curl bar rack, 2 double row racks of dumbbells and 4 smith machines with adjustable benches. That is a lot of equipment but the problem is that if you don’t like doing your exercise on the smith machine than you are stuck. There are no free barbells. Bench presses, squats, deadlifts, they can only be done on the smith machine and it gives the machine a strange feeling. Needless to say I won’t be doing these exercises at this gym.
Outside of exercises needing a free barbell, this gym has everything I want for a low price. The best part of the gym I would say (other than 24-7) is that everyone there is nice and people put their weights back where they belong. When I go to Retro Fitness I notice a lot of people just leave their dumbbells on the floor or put them anywhere on the rack instead of where they belong. At Planet Fitness, everything was there it was supposed to be.
So the skinny of the post is that I am enjoying the gym as long as I don’t have to do anything with a barbell that day.
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.
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.