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Hs, sticking to a consistent work out routine is hard, man. I'm wildly supportive of anyone that tries.

@Are0h
I always found classes easier - they were at specific times, and if I missed one I'd feel like I was falling behind. Also I got bored with lighting weights.

@anne I hear you. I'm a fan of whatever it takes to get one to be active on a regular basis.

The hard part is figuring out what works for the individual specifically. Going to classes definitely makes that process easier.

@Are0h
For years, for me, it was martial arts. I've gotten less tolerant of the nonsense that comes with them sometimes, though. I've got my eye open for dance classes. I figure it's way more likely that I'll want to dance with someone than punch someone.

@anne That's interesting. I was considering picking up some capoeira classes because I usually workout by myself and I wanted to be a bit more social.

That's a great idea. Dancing is full body work. Any particular style?

@Are0h
I used to do capoeira. It was a lot of fun, and I liked playing the instruments as well as playing the game. It's also quite connected to West African as well as Brazilian cultural and religious traditions.

As for dancing, well, it's a challenge: I don't know anything about dancing (apart from random nightclub flailing) so I don't really know where to start, especially as I'm tall and a bit sensitive about gender roles.

@anne this is me too, having people holding me accountable is really helpful in building a routine for me @Are0h

@Are0h do you build in rest days, or are days when you don't work out (if any) already rest days? i'm trying to keep consistent again, for probably the millionth time. i have to tell myself that if i take a day off where i was scheduled to work out, that i need to ABSOLUTELY pick it up the following time. curious to know what your approach is

@ryanlittlefield Yeah, I have rest days built in. Recovery days are just as important because you have to give your body a chance to rest because that's when it builds back up.

I'm big into active recovery, so some days I'll do something light just to keep my system going, but taking time to rest is absolutely essential to the process.

@Are0h Right, and that's a good idea. I'm playing around with the idea of (working out MWF, by the way) having every other Friday be a rest day. Even though I don't do anything else on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or at least not anything planned. I feel like it gives you a little bit of flex, doing that - and it validates the idea that steady/incremental/small progress is still progress on that front.

Thanks for sharing!

@ryanlittlefield Absolutely. Even small progress is progress and it just builds over time as you get stronger.

No matter what you do, the key is consistency. Find a routine that works no matter how small and just stick with it.

When I first started, I could barely do a pull up. The next week, I could do two.

Just keep going. It all adds up.

@Are0h I just started, and being consistent (esp with fam) is SO hard

@sivy It really is, man. It took me a few weeks to settle into a routine.

@Are0h Curious how you schedule your different workouts - any tips?

@sivy It's really about what your goals are.

For me, I wanted to get stronger, tone up and shed some extra weight, so I switch between endurance/conditioning and weight training. Currently, I workout 4 times a week, doing two conditioning and two strength training routines and I'll throw in some yoga on my recovery days to stay loose.

But it really depends on what you want to accomplish. Having a specific goal is a bit part of the process.

@sivy Glad to help, my man.

STICK WITH IT! YOU CAN DO IT!

@Are0h Yeah my goals are basic strength, tone, and some weight loss (not dissimilar to yours)

Right now I have three workouts; 2 upper body + core, and 1 lower body + core.

i'm enjoying the workouts but I think I need to schedule them a week or two out to make sure i'm making time.

@sivy Yeah, scheduling is important. It really helps to know what you're going to do when you're trying to establish a rhythm.

The weird part is that your body adjusts pretty quick, so you have to mix up your workouts so it doesn't get comfortable.

@sivy Yeah, it helps if you want to continue to see results.

I didn't learn this until I was a couple of months into my routine. It made a huge difference.

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