Well, due to my recent gall bladder illness (and a bit of laziness) I have been away from the gym for 5-6 weeks.
I started a resumption of exercise 2 days ago by doing some treadmill work (just 4 laps).
Today I went back to the gym in earnest.
The treadmill went well: I did 8 laps at 3.6 mph. Not bad. I could have done more at a faster pace, so that's fine.
But the machines were much tougher. There are about 9 machines that I do. I found I had to consistently do lower weights. If one machine usually warranted say 60#, it was too much and I had to do 50-55#. I certainly have lost some strength by my workout vacation.
Also of interest: usually both arms are equally strong (or weak, depending on one's perspective). This time, I was surprised that my right arm was significantly stronger than my left.
For example, doing some curls, 3 sets of 10, by the last set, my right arm was fine but my left arm could not complete the lifts.
For you workout mavens, does one do anything different in such a situation? My plans are to just keep exercising, hopefully increasing the weights as time goes on, with the idea that the left arm will "catch up." Or should I work the left arm exclusively?
I hope to resume some free weights tomorrow. I find I am better doing those at home rather than incorporate them as part of my lengthy gym workout. If I do the free weights before the machines, I have less strength on the machines. If I do them after the machines, I have less strength on the free weights. So, I just do the free weights at home at a different time