These past few months, while I’ve been working on the book, my workout routine has fallen off quite a bit.*
While it was necessary in the beginning for me to concentrate my time and efforts solely on writing (to get a good and consistent practice in place), now I can bifurcate my attention (and spare time) to the dual focus of writing and exercise.
So, since fitness is frequently a hobby of trans guys (as our bodies, with hormones and surgeries, get more in line with what we’ve always wanted them to be), I thought I would post my routine, in the hopes that to someone it might prove helpful.
I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL TRAINER. OBVS. I am of moderate ability, in an average body. I have no physical handicaps (other than some shoulder/knee issues). Please exercise caution during all physical activity. Use my workout as a base, and modify it to suit your goals.
I am not new to working out, so if you are, please start slow (lower reps than me, less time for cardio), consult a doctor, etc., etc. I stress: modify my routine to fit your body type, ability, needs, time, etc., etc.
I hate going to the gym. HATE. IT. I like how I feel after, but dread going because of all the typical reasons: takes too long to get there, cardio is boring, weights are boring. Oh yeah, and if I’m doing it right, it’s hard.
I like this home routine I’ve created because using body weight is more fun to me than using traditional weights. With this routine, all you need are two chairs and a broom stick (and a body and 30 minutes).
I chose 30 minutes to start for a duration, and when I did it this morning, I was plenty out of breath, and it took almost exactly 30 minutes (30:45:06 to be exact).
You’ll notice I do the bodyweight routine at home three days a week, and cardio (jump roping in the basement, more convenient than going to the gym and, for me, WAY more fun than a treadmill or elliptical) three days a week. Even God took a day off, so I do too: it’s 20 minutes of yoga at home, so it’s pretty chill. It’s not hot, or meant to double as cardio–it’s just meant to be some healthy bodily self-love at the end of the workout week.
Eli’s Weekly Workout Schedule
Body Weights: M/Th/Sa
Perform all exercises as a massive superset. Rest 3 minutes between. Repeat 3 times.
-Squat (10 reps)
-Plank (60 seconds)
-Pull-up (10 reps) (This is how I do pull-ups at home)
-Pushup (10 reps)
-Tricep Dip (10 reps)
-Wall Sit (60 seconds)
-Lunge (10 reps/leg)
-Crunches (15 reps)
-30 minutes jump rope
Yoga or Lake Walk: Sunday
-20 minutes on the mat
Are you a gym enthusiast? Have some pointers or feedback? Let’s see it!
Be nice to yourselves,
Your Pal Eli
*There are other reasons, too: an injury, cold weather. I just wanted to note them here to act as camaradic** fodder. If you gave up a little, let’s get back up together!
**Why yes, I did just invent the adjectival form of camaraderie, thanks for noticing!