I Love: Planet Fitness Circuit!

One thing I have always struggled with is staying committed to a strength training plan. I think I have always been a little intimidated and I don't really know where to start. I have tried using weight machines at the gym before, but I always feel a little lost. I don't know how long I should be doing a single exercise or what I should next. I lose motivation quickly when there are so many decisions to make. Well! I think I found the answer!

Today was the second day I did the Planet Fitness Circuit. I love it for so many reasons. I don't have to make so many decisions. I just start at #1 and go all the way around. The Planet Fitness circuit works on a red light/green light system. When the light is green you do the exercise, when it turns red you move on to the next one. And that REALLY works for me. I like that there is a beginning and an end...to the circuit and to each exercise. I feel like I'm finishing something. I did what I was suppose to do. I think in the past I never really knew how long I should do each machine and what machines I should be doing. And as I result I didn't really feel like I was doing anything and I quickly lost motivation. Not sure if that makes sense?

Anyway, I'm loving it! I'm even doing the step/cardio exercise between each machine. I thought I would be way too embarrassed to do this in front of other people, but there were like four people doing the circuit this morning and I still did the cardio in between. And I kinda loved it! Oh, and good music on my gym playlist totally helps. I hope to one day challenge myself more and in different ways...take a class or something, but for now I'm focusing on this. I've made a goal to do the circuit two times per week for the month of March and I made a little sheet to track my progress and keep me motivated.

Hopefully this will be the time I really stick to it and build some muscle.

  • I returned my running shoes and got new ones yesterday. (Gotta love 90 day return policies, yayy Road Runner Sports.) The pair I originally got was too big and I felt like I was trying to hold on with my toes. Not good when running. I have yet to run with my new shoes, but I will tomorrow morning. I think they will be good! 
  • I haven't been great at sticking to my goals this week. Tracking has been terrible, but I'm eating OK. And I haven't been logging the details of my workouts like I wanted. My heart rate monitor hasn't been working for some reason. I'm hoping to read the trouble shooting section of the manual tonight and get back to the plan tomorrow. I still have time left to do it for a couple days!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your progress.

    I'm no expert, but there is a saying in the fitness world..."everything works, just not forever" In other words, Bo Jackson was on to something with that cross-fitness stuff.

    I know you are saying that you are getting in a nice grove and getting comfortable working out...that's awesome. Just remember to mix it up a bit. IMHO, I'd revisit some of those weight machines.

    3 sets of 10 repetitions is a pretty solid weight program for most folks.

    Good luck