I, along with a group of classmates, started attending the school gym on alternate days for a period of 4 months.
In this period of 4 months, I learnt life lessons that I couldn’t have otherwise. I was excited as soon as I heard that training in the school gym was a possibility and I grabbed the opportunity with both my hands. In the first quarter of the time, I focused on strength training for 2 days, and cardio for 1 day. With time, I moved to strength training on all the 3 days after realizing that cardio is done anyway when I play sports.
I had to wake up at 06 hours in the morning, for which I had to make many changes in my rather unorganized routine. I had to improve my food habits to actually see the results of training. I had to spend time nurturing my body and give it enough rest to recover from the micro tears it had suffered. I learnt to channelize my limited energy into the right direction, in the right proportion. I understood the deeper meaning of: ” Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy and wise”. One needs a lot of motivation and commitment to wake up early in the morning without cursing his/her life but, I chose to feel sore today and not sorry tomorrow.
I got a reality check when my muscles didn’t inflate like balloons do, and no where were in comparison to that of any of the celebrities. I understood the importance of perseverance as I realized that you actually have to challenge your own self for a long period of time, constantly and consistently, to get balloon-like biceps. Although I did not manage to end with huge muscles, I surely had gained a lot of confidence and felt good about my body.
Some of the exercises I performed were :
- Chest seated rowing
- Barbel rowing
- Barbel curl
- Dumbbell curl
- Bench press (flat+ incline+ decline)
- Skull crusher
- Barbell squat
- Leg press
- Leg extension
Summary of the results that I achieved were:
- Stronger leg muscles(calves, hamstrings and quadriceps)
- Stronger Back Muscles
- Broader Shoulders( 17.5″ to 19″)
- Healthier food habits
- Better BMI