He's Dead Gym

I’ve been following my basic gym regiment for a little over a month now. I haven’t seen any gains so I am quitting.

Just kidding.

I still can’t say I enjoy it yet, but I’ve gotten past loathing it. I think I am almost to the point where it’s a habit which for me is step one.

I guess I should tell you about my Professor Zoom Approved Patent Pending 3 Point Process for Starting a New Habit™. Guaranteed to work or your money back.

  1. Do the smallest thing possible related to the new habit. Do that until you’re consistent.
  2. Once that becomes the new norm, slowly increase the habit to be what you really want.
  3. Goto 1

For example, when I wanted to start running: I first started out just getting up, putting on running clothes, and then walking around the block 3 times a week. I did this for about two months. Once that became a habit, I increased it by doing the couch 2 5k program. Since it was already a habit, I was just “modifying that thing I already do”.

Then, over the years, I increased it more and more until I finally ran a marathon distance. I am still really just putting on my running clothes and going for a walk - it’s just the walks are now 13k runs.

I do / have done this for everything I’ve changed in my life - from quitting smoking, to learning Mandarin, to going vegan, to meditation, to eating healthfully.

It doesn’t always stick mind you. I’ve gotten my money back a few times, but I find it gives me the best shot at success for changing my behaviour.

So I’ve been giving it the ol’ community college try with resistance training. I’ve been going to the gym 3 times a week for about a month and just doing random things. I found a really basic plan online and started doing that - some full body workout thing - but what I am doing is not as important as the just doing at this stage.

If I can make it one more month, I’ll have a shot of being able to keep resistance training in my regular workout routine. Which, from what I’ve read, is a good thing - especially as I get older.

We’ve got a big move coming up, and I am hoping I can keep the habit going through that ordeal - this could be a real short trip.