I've been trying to be consistent about my workouts at the gym. That includes knowing what weight I've been lifting, how many reps, and which machines I regularly use. So far I've been tracking all of this with iFitness (iTunes link) on my phone (started some time mid-March). I think it works OK. Not exactly what I'd like out of it - but from what I saw of some of the other apps, this fits most of my needs the best. Eventually I'm sure I'll find something different, but I just don't feel like looking yet.
So far, if my numbers are correct, I've been to the gym about 38 times since February 1st. And even though I've been out of town for nearly 3 weeks total in that time frame, it somehow still works out to about 3 times per week. Not bad I guess. We do still try to go every other day (when possible).
What have I been working on all this time? Well I think I touched on some of the stuff in other posts, but here's my "regular" routine:
- 20-30 min on a recumbent bike
- 3 sets of 12 or 15 reps on each machine:
- chest press
- chest fly
- ab crunch
- bicep curl (usually alternating with tricep extension)
- lat pull
Sometimes I leave one out. Or change the order. Or as mentioned, alternate a couple things. It is rare that I do all 6 machines in a single visit (including the triceps, I mean). Something is usually rotated in and out. And if I end up doing 30 minutes on the bike, it usually means something gets bumped from my schedule.
I thought it might also be neat to include some recent graphs of exactly what I've been working with. So the next part is just a bunch of screen captures from the iFitness app on my iPhone so you can see how I've been improving (or not improving). Some of these are last 7 days and some are last 14, but you'll be able to tell from the charts.
So as you can see... some things are making improvements more than others. Just takes some time I guess. Everything is progressing in some way I think. It's just that some are slower than others. Nothing more to do than to keep at it.