I am now visiting my personal trainer 3 times a week. Generally I really look forward to my sessions. Except for leg day, I’m not a big fan of leg day lol. We do one day on the back, one day on chest, and one day on legs.
I absolutely love how my arms are developing
The difference between the left and right photo is just one week. I spend half my time feeling the muscles in my arms these days!
My legs are developing too but the results aren’t as visible because I already have strong legs from lugging my body around all over the place!
I have started to get frustrated with my grip though. My legs and arms are strong enough to lift a 50KG bar off the floor but my fingers aren’t - I just can’t keep hold of the bar.
So I got this neat little gadget to measure my grip
And it confirmed I have a rubbish grip – 11kg on the left hand and 18kg on the right (dominant) hand. The gadget classes this as weak for a person of my age. The best thing about this gadget is that everybody wants a go. It’s like the best party game ever. There were a couple of older ladies in the gym with a different PT just as I was leaving and even they had a go. One of them was going to get it to play with at the Christmas dinner table. Every single person that has used it so far has had a way better grip than me. So it’s certain, I need to do something. It also explains why I couldn’t hold onto the handle when I went water skiing in Jamaica about 20 years ago. I was so disappointed in myself and thought I was really weak. I wasn’t – it was just a rubbish grip.
So Ricky is adding some grip training exercises, and I’ve bought one of these to use while I’m sitting watching TV
I have already managed to shift the left hand to 14kg after just over a day of messing. So I’m sure in no time my fingers will support me lifting the bigger weights that I am physically capable of.
Incidentally, Ricky suggested I also get before pictures taken of my back so we could see progress, but I looked in the mirror and there is no way I’m having a photograph of *that* – not a pleasant sight!