Do it for yourself!
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I like to think I know my way around a gym, particularly when it comes to the free weights. It has taken time though and as we are into a new year a lot of people have made the decision to get fit tone up and lose weight. Joining a gym is normally the first step to achieving these goals for most people. However, it can all seem a little bit daunting especially when you are a few weeks in and memories of your Gym Induction are now rather fuzzy! That’s when the motivation starts to wane and the gym visits can be in danger of becoming a thing of the past.
So I had a dig through my old workouts and happened upon my very first gym programme that got me properly back into exercise. At the time I did book some sessions with a Personal Trainer. Not only did he help me with my technique but helped me gain the confidence to use the Gym Equipment and what to use in order to reach my own fitness goals. OK Personal Trainers don’t come cheap but what I learnt was worth every penny! So this is my very first programme, a full body workout that is not too complicated but still gives you a decent workout. I occasionally use it now just add weights to some of the exercises and maybe add an extra set; it does the job!
So if you need some inspiration here’s my very first beginner’s full body workout:
I’ve added links if you are unsure of some of the exercises.
I am not a personal trainer or medical professional.
All the views expressed are my own. I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the Gym. All of my workouts have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but I am happy to share for those looking for inspiration, workout ideas or motivation.
Before embarking on any form of fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.
Ok we’ve got through January, it’s noticeably lighter and spring is on it’s way! January surprisingly didn’t drag as much for me as normal. Ok so I still had no money, other friends were feeling the pinch so no socialising to get rid of the January blues. Setting my own January Goals helped me to focus on things and be more pro-active about getting things done instead of mopping around the house. I consciously made a plan and effort to achieve each of the goals that I set, 10 in total. Some were easy, some were harder and took a while to complete. It’s given me the motivation to carry on setting monthly goals and see what I’ve managed to achieved at the end of the year.
So here are my new monthly goals:
Looking back to the goals I set for January (read my blog post My January Goals) I’ve noticed that they generally focus on fitness, health, blogging, family and my messy house! I suppose it’s what I’m all about but here’s to hoping the messy house will be a goal I achieve sooner rather than later!
Do you set goals each month? What are your February Goals?
The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen
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Normally I’m not big on cardio at the gym, generally doing a HIIT or a 5km is enough for me. However recently when the weather hasn’t been great or it’s been mega busy around the free weights area of the gym I have started to do the odd cardio workout and have enjoyed doing them as they are different to my normal free weight sessions. Normally I do something HIIT Style on the treadmill but I’ve also started to use the Cross Trainer (or Elliptical as it’s also known as) a little more. I find that having a specifc workout gives me something to focus on and helps me up my effort levels when it comes to the sprint or higher intensity elements. So if you are stuck for inspiration here are 5 Cross Trainer Workouts that I have found on Pinterest that you can try next time you are at the Gym.
The 20 Minute Elliptical Interval Workout found on Greatist.com (article by Alison Feller)
Elliptical HIIT Workout from herhappybalance.com
Super Sweaty Elliptical Workout from getinmyhealthyon.com
I hope that has given you some inspiration when looking for a workout to try on the Cross Trainer. I will put together my own but in the meantime if you are looking for a HIIT style treadmill workout take a look at my Quick HIIT 20 Minute Treadmill Workout.
In my own experience it’s good to mix up your fitness routine such as trying different types of cardio, fitness classes or types of exercises. It helps to keep you motivated to continue on your fitness journey and ultimately achieve your fitness goals.
Do you have a favourite cardio workout?
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Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and a fresh start for me fitness wise after the usual over indulgence of Christmas. Do I feel at all guilty? Nope! Well just a little but isn’t that what Christmas is all about. So now it’s time to get back to the Gym and getting rid of those few extra pounds I’ve managed to pile on. So I’ve put together a new workout music playlist to help me get back into the swing of things. I’ve also put together a New Year Running Music Playlist, which is slightly more upbeat but just as good for the Gym.
The Mack (ft. Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap) – Nevada
Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
So Good – Louisa Johnson
Hall of Fame (ft. will.i.am) – The Script
Starving (ft. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey
Earthquake (ft. Tinie Tempah) – Labrinth
Touch – Little Mix
All Night – The Vamps & Matoma
That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
Shed A Light (ft. Cheat Codes) – Robin Schulz & David Guetta
Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
No Sleep – Twin Atlantic
Hotline Bling – Drake
Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
Fancy (ft. Chari XCX) – Iggy Azalea
What workout music gets you motivated to exercise?
Welcome to 2017! A brand spanking, new year! No more resolutions, instead I’m going to concentrate on monthly goal setting. It might give the opportunity to focus instead of just feeling overwhelmed by what needs doing or what I would like to achieve. My January goals are a mixture of blogging, fitness and home life So let’s just see how it goes!Setting monthly goals gives a clearer focus, helping you create a more manageable plan to help achieve them. Click To Tweet
What are your goals for January?
Happy New Year! After a hectic 2016, I am excited at the prospect of starting afresh with 2017. There are lots of things I would love to achieve and have lots of plans for 2017. Looking back at 2016, I realise that most of my dreams remained just that. Yes I did achieve a lot, but a lot of that was by chance or out of necessity. This year instead of just dreaming about it I’m going to start setting some goals. I might not achieve them all, they may change. Who knows but at least by goal setting I will get some kind of focus as to what I would like to accomplish in 2017.
Goal setting also sounds a lot more positive than making resolutions; been there, done that! Like many resolutions made on New Years Eve the majority have normally fallen by the wayside in the first couple of weeks of January.
So I suppose I have to start somewhere, here’s what I would like to accomplish for 2017. These are my goals for this year. I intend to break them down over the months so that they become achievable targets. By the way the Dishwasher, for those that know me, is okay maybe not a dream but a bit of a sore point!
What are your goals for 2017?