Apparently, I was in a rut at the gym and I didn't even know it. Last week I switched up my training program significantly - and in the process I started to use some of the machines at the gym. Things like the Leg Press. Cable Lat Pull Down. Cable Pec Fly. And I had absolutely no recollection of how to use the darn things! Forget about the fact that I was clueless as to how much weight I was capable of using - I couldn't figure out what to DO. At all. And I had to share them with people. Eek.
During the course of the past two years, I have gotten so comfortable with big dumbbells and my beloved squat rack and barbell - but the rest of the gym has been pretty much filler. It's the space between the locker room and where I need to be. And now, that filler IS where I need to be.
Quite the eye-opener.
I even had to use an 8# dumbbell. 8#!
Thankfully, I still get to visit with my barbell. My happy place :) But I think it's good to step out into the unkown (or relatively forgotten) every once in a while. Scary, but good.
So if you see me at the gym with a blank look on my face, or even worse - that "deer caught in headlights" thing going on, point me in the right direction. It may take me a while to figure this all out...