Fitness journey and current workout split
Hey guys today I want to talk to you about my fitness journey so far. How and why I got started, things I wish I had known beforehand and motivation tips and tricks.
Let’s start with the why I started my fitness journey.
It was august 2016 and I had been wanting to join a gym for at least 6 months. I was bored of sitting in the house and watching the TV all the time I wanted to get out and try new things. Also, if am bored then I make something to eat, this had led me to start putting on more weight than I had before. I had gone up a dress size and was now wearing a size 12. I tend to store my fat around my stomach area and I was really starting to not like how big it was getting. My biggest problem with starting the gym was like most people I didn’t want to go alone but didn’t know anyone who wanted to start working out. Until my sister said her friend Natalie had been talking about starting the gym. I decided it was now or never so we signed up, had are inductions and thought it would be best to try out some of the classes to start with.
Now on to how my fitness journey started.
I was a complete beginner when it came to gym equipment. The only exercise I had done in the past was at home workouts of off YouTube. There is nothing wrong with them and I still do them occasionally when I don’t make it to the gym. Especially in the winter when leaving your house to walk to the gym in the freezing cold and very wet winters we get just isn’t going to happen. I mainly done @blogilates videos which did help get familiar with the names of certain moves. But when it came to machines I didn’t have a clue. This is why to start with I stuck to the basics I.e. treadmill, bike and cross trainer. All really simple and easy to use this helped me to feel more comfortable when I was in the gym on my own.
They run lots of different fitness classes at my gym and we decided to try out the outdoor boot camp and boxercise classes first.
Outdoor boot camp.
Was fun and something completely different. Thankfully we tried the class in the summer and got nice weather for it. As I have done in the winter and am not sure if I would have continued with it if I hadn’t. The class consist of battle ropes, tyre flipping, sledgehammer swings and lots more. You work in pairs and go around each station. The stations change week to week and usually last 1 minute each. The class is 45 minutes long and it’s a great full body workout.
Like I said before this class is a lot more fun in nice weather. I have done it in the pouring rain before and let’s just say it makes you wonder if you’re crazy for putting yourself through it. My pet hate is flipping the tyres there is 3 different sizes and normally you flip the medium sized one which is a small tractor size, I was terrible at the start as you need to have some upper body strength to be able to left one end up to flip over. I had no upper body strength to begin with so as pretty terrible at it. Since then had gained quite a lot but it’s just one of those things am not keen on. Nevertheless, it’s a great workout and place to meet new people.
I found this is be kind of hard as I don’t have the best coordination so combos were tricky. This was also a lot more of a cardio workout for me and my poor arms were aching by then end. This or any type of boxing class is a great stress reliever I still do this class from time to time. It’s on a Tuesday night and I do the two classes that are on after it. Which if you do all three can be quite tiring. So, I usually just do the two after it instead,
I have tried out most of the classes that are on offer and I have found the ones that I enjoy the most and that fit in best with my schedule.
After constantly going to the gym for about 3 months I decided I wanted get a personal trainer. Now this is definitely not something you need to do but I wanted to learn how to do lots of different exercise the correct way. It can be very confusing when you look online for different ways to train and what’s the best way to do it. The fitness classes I was taking at the gym were and still are run by a personal trainer so I thought who better to ask then someone I already knew. I started going for 1 session a week they last 1 hour and are really hard. They are totally worth it but are for sure the hardest I work all week. I started to get more serious about training and eating healthier. I was now going to the gym 6 days a week and having one rest day, started a proper training schedule and becoming more aware of what I was eating.
Pt sessions were my favourite hour of the week as I was learning how to weight lift something one I never thought I could do and two fast becoming my favourite to way to train. I learned how to deadlift, back squat, front squat and clean and press. My favourite was and still are deadlifts. I used to only do heavy weight lifting during a pt session as I still wasn’t that comfortable around the free weights section. I did slowly start to become more confident and use the dumbbells and kettle bells on my own. This is why deadlifts became my favourite as I didn’t need a “spotter” while doing them. As if I couldn’t lift the weight of the floor then it didn’t matter. Unlike with squatting where I was too afraid of putting on too much weight on the bar then getting stuck unable to re rack the bar.
Whilst I was progressing at the gym and gaining confidence I started to focus more on my nutrition. This when I discovered about the food intolerances/allergies I have. I already ate relatively healthy but this made a lot more aware what was ingredients were in the food I was eating. I quickly found it be a lot easier to make most my own food from scratch. As I find it hard to find pre-made food that is free from gluten, wheat, dairy, garlic, onion, raisins, carrots, lentils and beans.
After a couple of months of pt and learning about what I could and couldn’t eat. I started tracking my macros. This was quite overwhelming to begin with but you soon get the hang of it. I had started a “bulk” as I wanted to gain muscle. This is when having someone to help you figure out your macros and a training schedule it’s definitely helpful and worth the money.
I only intended to do pt for a few months but it ended up being about 10 months before I stopped. As I hurt my knee during a 5k pretty mudder. I took a break from it for 3 months and I have recently started back up with the same trainer. I stopped my “bulk” in December 2017 and was roughly “maintaining” until the middle of January 2018.
Then i took a break from tracking my macros in December as I was recipe testing a lot of different recipes for the gluten and dairy free Christmas dinner I made for my family. It was too hard to track what I was eating while trying out all the recipes. I had gotten tired of doing it as well. It had been 10 months of weighting out all my food and calculating it everyday. You can only do that for so long before you need a break from it.
Motivation tips and tricks.
Motivation is one of the hardest parts of a healthy lifestyle this is why I think having a set routine to be incredibly helpful.
My current workout split is:
Monday is plyos and outdoor boot camp at night
Tuesday is morning boot camp if am not working then at night its hardcore abs and suspension fitness.
Wednesday is my rest day and once a month I get a sports massage.
Thursday is either a pt session or a gym session. I have pt every second Thursday right now.
Friday is plyos in the morning after work and suspension fitness at night.
Saturday is leg day I do deadlifts and squats in the gym.
Sunday is my cardio day with either core or shoulder work afterwards.
Having this routine helps to hold me accountable since I do classes during the week. When you know there are people that expect you to be there and having it also be a social event instead of just being solely a workout is a great motivator to keep going. I have made some great friends at the gym which has been fun.
If you rely solely on will power or motivation to start with them you will find it very hard to sustain. Instead set up times to go to the gym either book in for classes or find a training partner. This way it will help to make you more accountable. If you prefer training on your own then still set a time to go train and treat your gym session like you would an important meeting or appointment. Don’t miss it unless something actually important comes up that can’t wait until later. Remember there is 24 hours in a day and a 1-hour workout is only 4% of that day, If you really want to make a change you will find the time.
Once you get started it and find what works for you and your schedule it will make it a lot easier to stick to as it becomes a habit and part of your regular life. Find a style of training you love don’t feel like you have to try out popular trends if you don’t enjoy doing that particular style then don’t do it. Unless you find your own style after a while you will get bored and not want to continue. Also remember you can switch things up every now and again to keep things interesting. This is supposed to be a lifestyle after all.
Where i am now and new fitness goal.
The 12th of January was the start of my first “cut” this when you eat less calories than your body burns in a day. I started back at pt on the 11th and figured out my new macros and training schedule. After the fun of Christmas and new year I was ready to get back to set routine and start tracking food again. My new goal is to lean out, lose some body fat and let the muscle I had gained show through. I am going to the Scottish grand national horse racing. I want to wear an outfit that I would never normally feel confident enough to wear. It’s great to have a goal to keep you focus and to see yourself progressing.
This has become a much longer post than I expected it to be but it has been great to look back on everything I had done. It has made me realise how far I have come and everything I have achieved. I am 1 year and 6 months into my fitness journey and its only in the last couple of months that I feel my body has really changed and am getting the more toned muscly look I have been wanting. It takes a lot of hard work both in the gym and in the kitchen to sculpt your body but its 100% worth it. I now love to look in the mirror and actually think I look better without clothes on haha.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my fitness journey and find it helpful. If you made to the end then well done and thank you. If you have any question then leave a comment i would love to answer them. You can follow along with my fitness journey on Instagram b Have a great day x