My New Workout Plan

I’m starting a new workout program and have decided to turn it into an experiment. This new trend for working out isn’t new at all. It’s now called a ‘street’ workout, but it resembles old-fashioned calisthenics. No weights, just body weight exercises, like dips, pull-ups, push-ups, squats, pistols (one-legged squats) and sit-ups, although not quite as boring as it sounds. The exercises can be adjusted and changed as I get stronger…and I hope I get stronger!

On my 50th birthday (in two years) I want to test myself on how well this program works. So far, the videos I’ve seen on youtube are of 20-something year old young men and women. They look like they’ve done either gymnastics or parkour.

How will it work with a middle-aged woman? How strong can I get?

I’m not starting from zero—I am in decent shape. I practice Aikido at least twice a week and I dance once a week. But I have not been doing any kind of strength training work out in a few years, so that part of my fitness is not good.

I did my first work-out last week and it was pretty pathetic! This is how I looked doing pull-ups on my first day:

I think I can do better than that!

I’m not setting any goals. All I want to see is how much improvement I make in two years…or if I can even sustain this for two years. I tried Crossfit a few years ago, but it wasn’t sustainable for me.

Right now, I can’t do even one pull-up or a full dip and I even do push-ups from my knees. My pistols are not all the way down and I have to hold on to something for balance. I have a long way to go! I’m only working out once a week, so my progress might be slow.

My husband is my workout partner and my coach and he’s a great coach, always there to encourage me…and I need a lot of encouragement. He designs my workout regimen and keeps me on track. My biggest failing when I work out by myself is to not push myself or try to do that one extra repetition, but when he’s watching I don’t give up as easily as I do when I exercise alone.

I’ll check in every once in a while to update my progress. Wish me luck!

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2 Responses to My New Workout Plan

  1. Jeff Amen says:

    Right on Kim! I didn’t start doing any regular strength training until I was 53yo. Now I love doing it. You probably already know this, but you can modify bodyweight exercises to fit your strength level. I used a resistance band to assist my pullups for quite a while. Also, I still use a 24inch box when I do my version of pistols. And lastly, most of the very fit and strong young women at my crossfit gym still do push ups from their knees! They are just harder for women.

    • kimberlysbarton says:

      Thanks! We do have some bands that I can use, so I’ll have to try those. Maybe with regular squats to make them a little harder, so I don’t have to do as many. I’m happy to not have to use weights. It’s such a pain to have to switch them out for each exercise.

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