Recently on my YouTube channel, I’ve received several comments related to why I don’t run anymore.
About 5 or 6 years ago, I mostly stopped running. Running got kind of boring for me. With the lack of sleep from raising kids and the increased demands of my time, I realized I couldn’t keep up the same level of performance in running.
One day I got back from a run, put my Garmin GPS watch for sale on eBay, and decided to focus on building strength instead of cannibalizing my body through running.
When I was running, I weighed close to 140 lbs, sometimes as low as 135 lbs. It was time for me to start focusing on building strength.
I got up to about 165 lb through some basic weight training a few days a week. Over the past two years, I’ve gained even more strength and muscle mass by eating more and working out on a near daily basis.
My routine now consists of three exercises: pull-ups, push-ups, and squat jumps. This, along with cutting back on caffeine, has allowed me to get up to around 180 lbs of mostly muscle.
I spend about 30-40 minutes a day doing this routine.
Here’s a video of the routine that I currently use:
Some of the benefits I’ve seen from gaining muscle:
– easier to carry my kids
– easier to carry heavy things
– increased confidence
– my clothes fit me better