Every day in school I learn more and more about human health and physical fitness showing me that I don’t know nearly as much as I thought I did. Did that sentence make sense? For example, I always believed I could eat whatever I want as long as I exercised regularly and ate a healthy diet. Well, 70% of weight loss is attributed to diet and calories are calories are calories. It doesn’t matter if I fill up on fruits and vegetables, if I eat more than my body needs than it leads to weight gain.

This week we are talking about strength training and I learned a crazy new stat: When taking rests between weight training sessions you start to see strength loss within 4 days! FOUR DAYS! I knew about giving yourself 48 hours in between sessions for rest (that’s why most people lift every other day or alternate lower and upper body) but I had no idea that within 4 days the strength started to go away!

Loosing all that muscle I built up over the summer

Loosing all that muscle I built up over the summer

Because I document all my workouts with my Friday Fitness recaps I decided to look back and see when the last time I hit Goodlife for a weight training session was and I couldn’t find anything. I have not done a single strength training session all month!!! How much strength have I lost during this month hiatus?

Part of my problem is I’m trying to adjust my energy levels to handle my PE classes, study walks, running and weights ( while balancing work, classes, husband, dogs, and house work) and it’s not going well. I need to look into ways to keep my energy levels high from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. in order to fit everything in that I need.

study walks aren't enough!

study walks aren’t enough!

I want to go to Bodypump! It’s a Les Mills strength training class that I love because it pushes me harder than I would push myself. My super fit mum stays lean and mean with a combination of Bodypump and Bodyattack. But classes are between 5pm-7pm, a very convenient time for a commuter working full time, but for a commuting student it means waiting for 2-3 hours after classes (I live 30 minutes outside of town).

But I have to stop making excuses, how can I expect to build a solid strength base if I take month long breaks from the gym?

Time to get my booty back to Goodlife and back to lifting weights!!!!

Have to #makeithappen and get my butt back to the gym

Have to #makeithappen and get my butt back to the gym

Did you know about the 4 day rule?

What kind of strength training do you do?

Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for Goodlife but my thoughts and opinions are my own.


  • Charlotte November 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Body pump sounds like such a good workout. My gym isn’t Les Mills certified, so I’ve never tried a class. How about at home workouts when you’re crunched for time? The Nike App is great, and has workouts from 3 minutes to one hour. Grokker is a very good site too, but there’s a fee.

    • Betty Livin November 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Yeah I’m thinking if I can’t get to the gym that I’ll do a Nike workout.

  • Friday Fitness Recap- Nov. 6 - Betty Livin November 6, 2015 at 7:58 am

    […] had an awful moment this week when I realized that I haven’t done any strength training in a month!! Lifting weights used to be part of my identity and now it’s a task that I keep pushing off. […]


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