This post has been so highly requested for a while now, but I’ve been a little hesitant about writing it as I’m not a personal trainer, and I’m not even sure I’m a fitness blogger right now. But physical activity is so important to me, both in terms of my health and simply as something I really enjoy spending my time doing.
In school I was on all the sports teams: hockey, netball, and swimming in winter; and then tennis, rounders, and athletics in summer. I also had an on-off relationship with the gym, which started when I was 16, ended at 17, then only properly began again when I was 19.
I’m 23 now, and although I had been going to the gym consistently throughout my undergraduate degree, I was mainly a cardio bunny and barely lifted any weights. Like so many others I was afraid lifting would make me “bulky” and “manly”, so I just avoided the weights section completely.
Then September last year, after spending a year travelling, I noticed my fitness had dropped considerably, and my focus had shifted from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be toned and fit. I started lifting weights, stopped spending ages running on treadmills (so boring!), and tried a bunch of classes at my gym. That’s when I discovered Insanity, and became addicted straight away! If you’ve never heard of Insanity before, it’s essentially a max interval workout, or a HIIT class on steroids. After a warm-up the class is divided into four “blocks”, each of which has a specific training focus: (1) Endurance & Plyometrics, (2) Strength & Balance, (3) Agility & Coordination, and (4) abs. Each block consists of 4 exercises, 30 seconds each, then a 30 second rest, which is repeated 3 times. Your heart rate doesn’t go down for the entire class, and if you follow me on Snapchat you’ll know I’m always a sweaty mess afterwards!
During my first class in September I honestly thought I was going to die, I couldn’t do push-ups, and I couldn’t even make it through the 9 minute warm-up without taking breaks. By combining these classes with weight training I’ve seen massive changes in my body even though my weight has barely fluctuated. In case you’re wondering, this post won’t feature any before and after photos – sorry!
So what does my fitness routine look like now? In a typical week I will go to the gym 5 or 6 times, so I do an Insanity class (my cardio) Wednesdays and Saturdays, and do 3-4 days of weight training, which I divide into 1-2 leg sessions (Insanity always kills my legs as well) and 2 upper body sessions. I always make sure no two sessions within a week are the same.
As I said, I’m not a personal trainer so I can’t claim that my routine is ideal, but it’s really working for me, and (most importantly) I now love going to work out. It’s always one of the best parts of my day! I’m also one of those people who usually goes to the gym as soon as they wake up, on an empty stomach, although it’s never that early as I’m not a morning person at all. My Insanity classes on the other hand are around lunchtime, which allows me to have a big breakfast a few hours before to get me through it!
So there you have it! I hope you’ve found this post interesting, and if you’d like me to write more about health and fitness, or more about myself in general, please do let me know! 🙂