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Offline Loa111

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First Weights Workout Since DX
« on: July 22, 2018, 04:12:23 pm »
Did my first weights work out since I got sick n was Dx. Haven’t done any gym in at least 8 months due to illness with OIs etc.

Bit the bullet n went to gym today. Did barabell, compound exercises bench, squat etc. I had to use bar only (20kg) and 10 kgs on bar here n there. Was in terrible shape, no strength, no edurance today. Good news, I’ve started, I’ll stay at step 1 with bar only for the next several week, hopefully I can start to build basic strength baby step by baby step.

Nice light swim of a few laps afterwards. Very enjoyable.

Need to put muscle on to fix the weight loss n muscle loss from advanced Dx. Might as well enjoy the process as it will be a long road.

Offline vrsan

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Re: First Weights Workout Since DX
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 05:34:04 pm »
Hey Loa!

Congratulations on the (re)start of your journey to a better health. As you say, just take it step by step, and slowly, but what's more important, surely it'll come back. Doing all the different sets makes me think you were evaluating your own state of physique... you seem to be in the right mindset for this :)

I also started low when dx'd, out of the hospital, weak, could barely stay awake sometimes. 68kgs when released. Like you, i went back to the gym to put on some weight because i was scared to death by my wasting, and i was hoping it's reversible. Well let me tell you: it totally was for me. I'm 97kgs now, well maybe not 100% muscle, but i can easily bench press that 110kgs, 125 on better days. Two years have passed and some of my acquaintances don't even recognise me anymore.

Just be patient, don't put too much stress on yourself just yet. It's great that you haven't lost the will to regain your strength - i'm rooting for you! :)

Offline kentfrat1783

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Re: First Weights Workout Since DX
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2018, 06:13:01 pm »
Hi Loa,

You sound like me.  After I was Dx'd and having an OI I just didn't feel like working out or at that point even going out.

It took me at least 6 months to even step foot back in the gym.  I've had a hard time getting back in the grove but going at least twice a week now.  Isn't back to the 5 days a week I was doing prior but I'll get there. 

Were you working out a lot prior?  I have been looking at my pics prior and comparing them to now and it isn't pretty. 

I am on bb.com and have realized that posting my workouts is very beneficial even if it isn't much fo a workout.  Great motivation.  If you aren't on there might help you get back to working out. 

Wishing you the best and remember to stretch. 

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Offline Loa111

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Re: First Weights Workout Since DX
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2018, 04:32:49 am »
Inspiring n encouraging to hear you both making great progress and getting back into the gym.

Very glad to hear the wasting is reversible, I hope that is the case for me too! I hate having toothpick arms! 

Before I focused on martial arts such as muay thai for years, supplemented this with running, and occasional light weights. I had the leaner look n fighter fitness.

This time due to the muscle n weight loss, I've decided to focus on weight training. I'm leaving the cardio out just for now (I walk a bit day to day anyway) to max my chances of building some muscle.

I had no appetite for food when I was sick even before I knew why I was sick, now I am back eating well the last two months.

Was amazed at home heavy the bar only felt and doing 8 reps x 3 sets of overhead press was a struggle! Well, at least I can only get better with consistency.

I'll definitely take it easy going forward, aiming for 3 weights sessions a week.

Hoping in several months to start back into the martial arts again too, but once a week will do me these days.

Offline Grendal

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Re: First Weights Workout Since DX
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2018, 11:35:40 am »
Howís everybody doing with the gym? It just seems like gaining strength is so slow now, just keep grinding away is like treading water as itís so slow but I guess thereís progress. I guess Iíll keep picking up weights and put them down again and again as itís better than not doing it.


Offline Loa111

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Re: First Weights Workout Since DX
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2018, 04:16:16 am »
I decided to stop the weights for a few months. Iím still recovering from effects of advanced Dx v low CD4 and also had a meds change around time I started training again. Iíd do a couple of gym sessions then exhausted for days n fatigue too. So I decided to rest up for a few more months to allow more healing time. I do go for a jog once a week, a swim and I walk fast most days going about daily business. Looking forward to getting back soon.


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