Okay… so it’s not quite Arnold Schwarzenegger standard, but I’m really pleased with the progress I’m making at the gym, and after three weeks – along with the disappearance of my wobbly chin – I actually have some definition in my arms, which before looked like huge pork sausages...
I did a bit of weight training last year, when I was in Lochgoilhead, and the results gave me similar bicep definition as now, but since I was only doing dumbbell curls, it was just the biceps that were bulking up, whereas in the gym, I’m exercising the whole of the upper arm, including triceps and deltoids – both of which I can feel a much greater firmness to.
It’s a great multigym, with far more resistance in the available weights than I could lift at the moment, so plenty of scope for increasing that as I grow stronger.
I’m particularly impressed with my buttock clenching abilities, of late, as a result of the leg curls facility, though I should be wary not to overdo it and end up with an arse like Jennifer Lopes.
So with four weeks gone, I’d say I’ve made a good start… I’ve lost weight, I’ve firmed up and bulked out in the right places, and I feel a whole lot fitter and much stronger already. There is still a distance to go, of course, but I’m enjoying each step along the way.
It really is time to get some professional advice from the amazing @AmieHoffFitness, and I’ll set myself the task of updating the blog with her wisdom each weekend from now on.
Having found a photo of Arnie, I realise I don’t want to develop anything close to that muscle mass, because he looks like the stitched up remnants of an explosion in a cow shop.