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My New Training Program

25 January, 2017


When I left my crossfit box at the end of October, I signed myself up at a gym that is closer to home. I knew it wouldn’t be the same but it has a halfway decent weight room, a couple of areas to do AMRAPs and Metcons, a good number of treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and rower. I also felt pretty comfortable writing my own workouts but I knew I would have to push myself  now that I was going at it solo. It would be a challenge, but I was up for it.

About a month or so into the whole thing though I started to struggle. Yes, the workouts I wrote were “hard” but it was taking me a long time to finish them. Not having someone working out next to me didn’t give me the push I needed to go “harder”.

I also found myself struggling with the barbells. There are certain lifts I absolutely love doing (deadlifts, squats and cleans) and lifts I absolutely hate doing (push/strict press, bench press, any kind of jerk). I was constantly changing the workouts I wrote to include only the lifts I liked doing and left out the ones I hate. I wasn’t getting in the variety of movements I was used to and was beginning to feel like I was getting weaker and not stronger.

I finally decided after failing at a lift I most definitely should have nailed it was time to look into something different. I mean, if I failed a lift only a month into my own training, what would happen after six months of training on my own?! I didn’t want to find out.
I looked into joining some of the other gyms in the area, but they were all nearly an hour awhile from my home. If I was going to do that, I might as well just join back up at my old box and hope I didn’t catch too much flack for it.

So, I started to look into online training programs, the two that I gave the most consideration too being Strong Lifts and BodyBuilding.com.

I started with Strong Lifts but quickly became bored with the workouts. I never felt like I was getting a really good workout, the weights were well under what I was already able to lift so I bailed pretty quickly.

Body Building.com had some pretty good programs, but most of them lacked actual barbell work, which is what I LOVE. Sure, I used machines from time to time, but I would much rather load up a barbell than fuss around with the machines.

I finally decided since I wasn’t finding what I wanted through free resources and that I wasn’t able to commit to joining another gym/box, it was time to look at online or remote training.

Again, I looked at a few different options/programs before decided to reach out to Rob at No Coast Strength and Conditioning. I don’t know how, when or why I started following him on Instagram, but that’s how I heard about him and his programming. After sending him a pretty short “Hey, can you tell me what you offer for training?” email, he sent me back a pretty extensive explanation of what he offered and addressed my concern of wanting to still do some lifting (i.e. I LOVE deadlifts). I was sold and immediately signed up for him monthly programming.
O.M.G. One of the best decisions I have ever made.

Every Monday I wake up to that weeks programming. It is SO nice to know what the workouts are for the week. I can better plan my time at the gym and based on what the movements are can plan my rest days accordingly (i.e. if Day 2 is a heavy upper body day, I know I’ll be taking the next day off from the gym or just doing straight cardio because I have the upper body strength of a toddler). Rob programs a good mix of lifting heavy (the first workout he gave me included deadlifts.....I mean seriously!) and accessory work. I definitely feel like I have gotten a full, well-rounded workout when I'm done.

Admittedly this isn’t necessarily the route for everyone. I’m pretty comfortable with throwing some weight around in the weight room and am skittish enough to know that I’m not going try and go too heavy. 9 times out of 10 I am in the weight room…..by myself! It’s kind of awesome but also keeps my "I can't TOTALLY lift that!" ideas in check. I’m also pretty good at pushing myself especially if it is doing something that I really enjoy.

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