"Recently I have seriously found some dedication
So it has been 6 days since I last published my blog regarding 'You need to hear this' and I won't lie I've had to stop myself from posting too soon, resulting in you all getting sick of me - I'm sure that'll never happen really!
If I had it my own way I would happily post more often, but I know that everytime I have drafted my next post into my notebook before going ahead on my phone and typing it up I'm always extremely excited until this point. I have to be honest this whole blogging from my phone business is getting rather tedious and I seem to be faced with new challenges and problems everytime! - Good news is I'm currently saving up for a laptop, which will of course make this whole process 10xs better for me because I'll no longer be faced with my silly phone's typo's etc!!
However I am going to try my absolute best to stick to at least 2 posts a week of course sometimes it will only be one as I sometimes give up with this silly app! Hense this not going live yesterday.
If you follow my social media you'll know I recently did a poll on Twitter and Facebook a few days ago, asking what you would like to see next - 'You need to hear this' came first with this post following closely behind. So here it is!
I did a blog back in March 2015 called 'That gym life' and I do still think that's a good read. It's safe to say a million things have changed and improved since then. Before I do get into this post I would like to say I am in no way shape or form a fitness expert nor am I trying to pretend I am, sometimes my form will not be perfect or I give into sweets - my weak point. Everything I know now is mainly down to my boyfriend, who is a qualified personal trainer - without him I'd be useless!
For me the gym isn't particually easy, so to speak the motivation levels are constantly up and down, come and go and every workout is totally different - mainly due to my mindset at the time. Over the Christmas period I totally sucked, I don't think I even managed one workout!!
I soon decided I had enough of being a lazy bum, eating pizza and fatty foods at every chance given and on New Years Eve I decided I wanted to get back into the swing of things. I now write down in my diary every time I do or don't go to the gym, I find this helps me keep on track better as I know exactly when I am due a rest day, what to train next and I find this helps me stay as motivated as possible.
I have been training at Kelsey Kerridge for a while now, as this was the gym my boyfriend worked at so I did actually have a free membership - which was amazing not having to pay to get fit. (my pet hate) He recently left to work elsewhere so now he actually pays for my membership as to be honest with me not working ovbiously I am always broke! I have found a real love for training with weights, I actually much prefer to lift weights than cardio, because I am in no way shape or form good at cardio - it kills me! I love Kelsey because they have 2 gyms within one, the gym downstairs has hammer strength equipment and is I guess you could say a 'proper gym - acording to my boyfriend' it's always filled with many people all trying to crack on with there workouts, hit PR's and the atmosphere is something I love. Then you have the upstairs gym 'outlooks' which is where most of the cardio machines are, along with the weighted machines but they also have a functional training section up there - another one of my loves.
I feel compared to last year I really have upped my game in the gym massively and I have recently set myself a routine for every week although each week varies in order to keep it intresting it goes a little like this:
Monday - Leg day
Tuesday - Rest day
Wednesday - Back and Bicep day
Thursday - Rest day
Friday - Cardio/functional training and Abs
Saturday - Full arm day
Sunday - 2nd leg day
*I prefer to have 2-3 rest days a week depending on how I feel and around 4-5 days that I train.*
At the moment I am incorporating 2 leg days a week because leg day is my favourite and strongest point, if I only have 1 leg day a week I no longer get the DOMS and that for me isn't training enough - I love to seriously feel and know I trained my legs as hard as possible!
My weakest point has to be sweets, I literally crave sweet things all the time constantly and sometimes I do manage to stop the cravings with a apple or some fruit, but sometimes I cave in and I just have to have a bag or two of sweets - my bad.
I am hopefully going to be able to insert the footage I have spent the last week recording into this post to show you some of my workouts - although I'm sorry if this doesn't work out, I'm not sure how this app will cope with me uploading video's! In case I am unable to include the footage I'm also going to write down what I do to train on certain days; if you have no idea what I'm refering to there is always Youtube to help you out (or my Instagram as I like to put some workout footage on there)
Legs twice a week:
Squats | Hack squats | Split squats | Leg press | Leg extensions | Dumbbell dead lifts | Leg curls | Lying leg curls | Walking lunges | Hip extensions *Weight varies on each execise*
Various pull downs (wide grip etc) | Various rows | Pull ups | Cable pull overs
Dumbbell curls | Hammer curls | Reverse curls | Tricep press downs | Over head tricep press | Skullcrushers | Dips
Tyre flips | Box step ups | Jumping squats | Burpees
10 - 15 mins stairmister | 10 - 15 mins incline tredmill walk
Various Planks | Incline sit ups | Various crunches | Wood choppers | Leg raises | Russion twists | Penguins | Medicine ball sit ups | Sissors
* I do 4 working sets of 8-12 reps and 1 drop set 10-15 reps (a drop set is when I half the weight I use it to feel the burn)
I am aware I train with high volume compared to others, as I do like to include every excersise mentioned for each body part but I personally love to really push my body to it's limit. I love to sweat as much as I possibly can and I like to go as heavy as I possibly can. If my body isn't physically tired or on the verge of collasping under the weight, then it's not heavy enough - I normally say if I can do 8 easy reps then I need to up the weight.
Recently I have seriously found some dedication and motivation when it comes to the gym, this year I am even more determined to look the best I posssibly can because last year I finally felt proud of my body and it helped me gain so much confidence. I definetly didn't train anywhere near as hard as I have been doing recently as I did slack a lot but knowing I felt proud of my body then with half hearted effort has made me realise this year I'm ready to push my body to it's limits and look as good as I possibly can.
For me the gym also helps with the following:
Since last year I have added a few new things that you may not know what they are, so I would like to actually go into some detail about these because they're amazing and deffo worth a try.
My Personal Records:
For this I use the smith machine with a 5kg plate on each side, I then have a flat bench positioned behind me. Then you need to get into a normal squat position, lift the bar slightly and pop one leg forward at about a 45 degree angle and the second leg wants to be up and resting on the bench. (in a lunge sort of position) From here, you now want to go down into a one legged squat/lunge and up again sticking with one leg at a time for about 8-10 reps.
* You should feel this movement when you reach the bottom, it should burn in your glute.s (bum). If you find you are not getting the burning sensation you'll need to put your front leg further out * See photo for reference
Leg press (killer):
For this you want to set the weight heavy, but not over the top or you won't be able to do this properly. Once you have decided on the weight, you want to do your first reps with your feet as wide as you can go, and do 8 reps, now you want to set your legs shoulder width apart and do the next 8 and lastly you want your legs to be narrow. -This helps the leg press hit different areas of your legs. You don't want to rest until the 3rd working set of 8 reps so initially you're doing 3x8 for one set 3-4 times.
Superset* tyre flips and Box steps:
You will need a weighted tyre and a weighted box (the one I use is just a little shorter than my leg)
Starting on the box, you want to decide on your starting leg either the left or the right and you want to step up a minimum of 10 times starting on the same leg each time and pushing the free leg upwards into a slight leg crunch and then switch to the next leg to do your next 10.
Now you want to use the weighted tyre, squat down to flip the tyre over and do this also 10 times before going back to the box and repeat at least 3 times.
* Superset = Two excersises paired together to work 2 different mucles at the same time. Another example = Leg press superset with Lying leg curls
I believe "The body can achieve what the mind believes" after being someone that never really gave a crap about being healthy or working out, I put myself to the challenge in 2015 and I'm so proud of myself for even setting foot inside a gym and every single exercise I have learnt. I can wait to keep pushing for more this year, the results will come, but its always a work in progress. If you try any of these workout let me know how you found them, I hope this inspires you to do something you wouldn't normally do. Fall in love with thr process.
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