Start Something New

by Meg on January 14, 2014

When I opened my agenda yesterday, I noticed a quote that seemed to stick with me…

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At the beginning of each month, my agenda offers a new quote and the quote for January is “start something new.”

All day yesterday I couldn’t get this quote out of my head. Like I said, it stuck with me and I couldn’t help but think that I really should apply it to my life – I should try something new.

So, after a lot of soul searching, I’ve decided that I’m going to try a new training routine.

As you know, I am a big lover of GPP; however, a couple of months ago I started to feel like I needed a change. So, I stopped doing my 5 – 6 GPP sessions per week and began to follow a 5 day bodybuilding split.

I have been doing 5 workouts per week which include chest and triceps, back and biceps, shoulders, and two leg days for over 6 weeks now, so I knew now would be a perfect opportunity to start something new in this aspect of my life.

I like to follow a training routine for anywhere between 4 – 8 weeks and since I’ve been doing the same 5 workouts for almost 8 weeks now, I know it is time to change things up and try something new.

I took yesterday off from the gym as I had a busy day of school and studying, so today is my first day of this week getting back to the gym and I will be starting my new program.

I have decided to start my very first upper/lower split! I will now be going to the gym 4 days a week and training my upper body twice and my lower body twice.

I always get nervous trying something new at the gym, such as this new training split, but hopefully my body will benefit from it! I know my legs have gained more mass since training them twice a week, so hopefully my upper body will do the same.

Once I get all 4 of my workouts planned out, I can share them with you so if you’re in need of a new workout schedule, you can follow along with me!

How many days of the week do you train? Have you ever done an upper/lower split before?

What is something that you can do new this month?

Love always,

Meg xo

p.s. don’t forget to send me your high fives for High Five Friday #101 (my email is adashofmeg@gmail.com)

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I typically do 5-6 days per week but lately I have been sticking with 5. I am trying to up it to 6 this week but am having to cut down some of my training throughout the week because it gets me so worn out. I know I will find a happy medium eventually!

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Yes you will!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I’m trying to switch up my workouts again. In a couple weeks, I’ll start ½ marathon training again so for now I’m trying to work more running into my workouts so it’s not a complete shock when I start training but also making sure I’m getting in some good strength workouts.

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Good for you girl!

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Caitlyn@BareBalance January 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

HOLY. PLEASE READ MY POST HERE:
http://www.bareandbalanced.com/2014/01/school-series-organization-101.html
when you see it, you’ll know <3

Something new I plan to do this month is committing to blogging more. I love it and want to really become more established in the bloggin world :)

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

hahahaha we are twins! <3 :D

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Caitlyn@BareandBalanced January 17, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Yayaya!!!<3

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Yoojin January 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

best of luck, meg! can’t wait to hear updates on the workouts :)
xoxo

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Thanks! I will share them with you next week :D

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Katie January 14, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I don’t have a current workout plan right now… I suppose that’s something new I can try this month! I am just starting up my blog as well, and I want to focus on posting more regularly and interacting with other bloggers.

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

That’s a great goal Katie :D

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Heather @ Better With Veggies January 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I did an upper/lower split starting in December (from Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle) and really enjoyed it! I’m back to a more traditional bodybuilding split now, but us bikini girls do two leg days every week. Ouch! :)

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Hahaha I am so hurting from the leg day I did yesterday! OUCH is right!

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Jody - Fit at 56 January 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

LOVE!!! How fun!!! I have been at this so long that I do my own crazy workout that would not work for anyone else most likely! :) I work out 5 days a week with 4 cardio & 4 weight sessions over 5 days & 2 days of rest! :)

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Wowza! :D Whatever you do works – you look amazing <3

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Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift January 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Ooh, can’t wait to see what workouts you end up with! Right now I train 6 days/week: 2 leg days, 2 upper body “push” [chest, triceps, shoulders] days, and 2 upper body “pull” [back, biceps] days. Core work and cardio get sprinkled in there, too. ;)

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Awesome! :)

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Coco January 14, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I’m “casual” when it comes to fitness–I run on the treadmill at work (SO blessed to have a work gym that my boss lets me use whenever! Otherwise I know I would never be motivated to go to the gym after work) 3-4 days per week for about 2.5 miles. On the “off days”, I do strength exercises with hand weights and a stability ball. That’s it for me haha.

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

That’s so awesome you have a place to workout at work!

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Mary @ Fit and Fed January 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I train (skate) 5-6 days a week, though sometimes I find 5 is really better for me. This isn’t really something new, but I’ve recommitted to stretching before I skate, even if it means I will get less skating time.

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

I am starting to stretch more often – I need to make it a habit!

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Lindsay January 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM

I wishing could join you!! I have a feeling it will be great

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Oh goodness my love! Totally wish you could join me too – how fun would that be!?

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Jan @ Sprouts n Squats January 15, 2014 at 4:54 AM

Yes I do 2 days a week of upper body and 2 days a week of lower body and then running on the other days.

Definitely good to keep mixing up your training as it keeps things interesting and keeps you on your toes.

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Definitely keeping things interesting! This new split is fun!

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Sara January 15, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Lately all I can think about is the fact that I need something NEW in my life…well quite a few things actually! A new workout plan is definitely on that list. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store :)

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Meg January 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

You’ll see it next week :D

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