Evolving my workout approach

The times, they are a’changing…

Like everything else in life, my approach to fitness and how I approach my workouts has evolved. I started off in my teens on the home gym set up. I then graduated to machines. From there my workouts were built around free weights and body part splits.

I was a regular weight lifter for about 15 years of my life. Then things began to change. I was in my 30s and I felt slow. I was stiff and always dealing with a pulled this, or a sore that.  I had added on a lot of muscle, but I felt slow and…old.

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I started to throw in calisthenics and bodyweight.  Then folded in some kettlebells and TRX.  My workouts became fun. They were shorter, efficient and seemed more like play than work.  And now, after 10 years or so, I’m back in the ring boxing.

The result…I feel lighter, faster and overall healthier.  Yes, I’m dropped some size, but I’m leaning out and not only look athletic, I feel athletic.  My workouts and done in 30-45 minutes and I feel more exhausted than I had with the traditional weight training approach. I really started to grow bored of following my notebook of sets and reps of the same plan for 6-8 weeks. Workouts became a chore and I felt I was just going through the motions.

Functional training and calisthenics is the approach I’m taking.  I’m working my body in multiple planes.  I’m improving strength, endurance, cardio, power and flexibility.  I’m actually starting to feel younger too.  And most of all, I’m having fun!

With all this said, I’ll be taking this blog in a more functional fitness approach.  Workouts that are challenging, fun, evolving and make you feel like a kid. Anyone else out there make the same decision with your approach to fitness?  I’d love to hear from you below.

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  1. Mel says:

    Yes! I’ve definitely felt the same benefit from doing functional fitness workouts. If I can get a super powerful (taxing and sweaty) workout done in 20 minutes rather than an hour, I’m sold! You really hit on something important though: workouts should be fun. Otherwise, we’ll lose interest. And I lose interest with repetitive BS. I change up my routine on a daily basis and always include something random in my week like a kettlebells workout or a spinning class or the like to keep things fresh. I do miss TRX a lot. Wish my gym had a class or at least the equipment.

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