If you know me, you’ll know that I LOVE going to the gym 🙂 It’s my happy place. It’s where I go when I feel stressed or down, or when I’m really happy and full of energy. You get the drift…..I like going to the gym, lol. Working out is what I do.
I don’t do it because I lack confidence or I need to lose weight, I go because it makes me feel good! It gives me confidence, releases endorphins, and shapes my body into one that I feel amazing in. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t look like a sports model, but I feel strong, lean, light and ready to conquer anything after a good workout. So why not make the most of it and keep exercising, right?!
Two years ago my PT Fritz pointed me towards eccentric exercise, as the most effective form of training. It’s all about slow negatives and explosive positives, using heavy weights whilst doing less reps. If you train eccentrically, you don’t need to do lots and lots of repetitions as your muscles are doing much more work than during non-eccentric exercise. So if you’re doing a squat, go down slowly for 5-10 seconds, then explode up for 1 second. Voila, you’ve just done an eccentric squat 🙂 So I incorporate eccentric exercise in all of my training, which has given me fantastic results.
Now that I have joined the Reebok gym a year ago, I have a new trainer – Ranses! And let me tell you, he’s fantastic! Just today he gave me a killer workout. I was doing glute bridges, step ups with a 10kg weight over head, followed by a superset of straight leg deadlifts and sprint lunges, as well as another form of glute bridge that literally set my hamstrings on fire, then box jumps (OMG they’re SO MUCH FUN!!!). It was insane, and I loved it!
I then follow every workout with an abs circuit, which today consisted of TRX jack-knives, the abs roller (yes, i finally graduated to using the abs roller, I’m so proud!), and hanging leg raises.
Needless to say, all my muscles were on fire after that.
So as you can tell, the gym is my happy place. I have set gym days that I stick to as much as possible – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, then power flow yoga on Sundays. I plan my free time and social life around the gym, and although I’m sure some people think I’m crazy – I just don’t care! Because working out makes me feel good 🙂
Ok my lovelies, now that I’ve told you about my gym shenanigans – why don’t you give it a go? You don’t need a gym membership to work out. You can work out at home with a DVD or follow a youtube video. Emily Skye has great workouts online, and even has a free workout app. You can also join an outdoor exercise class in your area – this can also be a great way to meet new people. Alternatively, just go for a run and explore your area. You never know, you might just fall in love with it 😉
Happy training my loves,