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An Update for August and September

An Update for August and September

It’s officially my last day in the U.K. before backpacking around Asia then moving halfway across the world. How that’s happened I don’t even know.

So I pretty much thought that now was as good a time as any to post a quick update for August/September, before wifi turns into a rare luxury and my posts become more erratic.

Unsurprisingly, the last month has pretty much revolved around travel preparations and frantic last minute money saving… but here’s a little bit of what’s been going on in my life, both inside and out of the gym.

 

August - September Updates

Pt/Work

I’m actually writing this just as I’m on my way back from training my LAST client in London. I’m not going to say last ever, but it will be a significant period of time before I’m back, so it does feel like a bit of a landmark! Thankfully my clients were all wonderfully supportive of my decision to go travelling. Sad for themselves, but happy for me, which is better than I could have asked for.

People think I’m crazy for working right up until the day before, but to be honest I really don’t see why not. I love my work and it’s not something I wanted to cut out early. Especially not so that I could replace it with organising my endless travel to-do lists! I honestly don’t think I would have known what to do with myself without the regularity of classes and clients.

I can’t wait to get to Australia and find out what opportunities there are out there. I want to stay within the fitness industry although I know that I may need to compromise whilst I build up my freelance business out there.

Life

Well, August was incredibly exciting, primarily down to the long-awaited Fit Bride Bootcamp wedding. It was such an amazing, happy occasion and absolutely everyone said that Staci looked gorgeous (which I did take a little bit of credit for!)

Tom and I made the most of being in America, extending our trip to both New York and Virginia. We took full advantage of everything, whether that meant sushi, pizza and donuts, or insane fitness classes and spontaneous hikes up waterfalls. It was like a little teaser for our bigger trip coming up and made us even more excited for our adventures!

Back home I dived straight back into my training. I have recently discovered that if there’s one thing that works wonders for my gym motivation, it’s preparing to move to a different country and go travelling for an indeterminate amount of time. And actually, no, it’s nothing to do with getting ‘beach body’ ready.

Rather, my sudden boost of energy has to do with the fact that I have a to-do list that’s longer than I am, and the gym just seems like a great source of procrastination.

I’m also just making the most of the fact that I can actually go to the gym at all. Although Tom and I will find ways to train whilst we’re away, we certainly won’t have that luxury of just being able to pop to the nearest (fully equipped, fully air-conditioned) gym for quite a while.

August - September Updates

I’m really excited and totally ready to go. I’m looking forward to experiencing a new way of life in both Asia and Australia and I cannot wait to share my adventures with all you FlexFit readers. But right now, it’s time for me to go and finish my packing…so I’ll see you on the other side!

August - September Updates

If there are any Aussie PTs reading this (or any British Pt’s who have worked in Sydney!) I’d love to know if you have any advice or tips for fitness industry work out there?! Please comment or email me if so!

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A Bit of a Belated July Update & My final month in London

A Bit of a Belated July Update & My final month in London

July wasn’t particularly eventful, as such, but it was crazy busy purely because it was my last full month in London– for a little while anyway!

For that reason it passed in a not-so-memorable blur of work-gym-sleep-work-gym-sleep-work-gym… well you get the picture.

My last post details a bit more about my exciting upcoming events– it’ll also help to explain why my July update is coming to you over halfway through August! (Yup you read that right. It’ll be Christmas before we know it!)

Anyway here’s just a few things that happened in the PT/Fitness Blogging world.

Work

I decided back when Tom and I first booked our flights that July would be the month I’d officially tell my clients I was leaving. Just enough time to give reasonable notice- but also not so far in advance that I’d have no work and no money for the weeks before we left!

When it came to it I was actually pretty nervous about telling them! As a PT You become really close with your clients but it’s also still a work-based relationship. So I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

Luckily they were all great. Sad that I was leaving but excited for me at the same time… which is exactly what I could have asked for! Every single person made sure that they could fit in sessions with me right up until my final week in the UK. Many of them even upped how many sessions they were having per week so that they could fit more in- which was both flattering and reassuring!

I’ve built up a lovely client-base since qualifying as a PT and losing this was the one thing that really scared me about going off travelling. But the reactions of my clients gave me confidence in the knowledge that I’ll be able to recreate this elsewhere!

Anyway, that explains a bit more why July was even more work focused than ever…although I did manage to have a bit of a social life as well!

Life/Blog

So amongst the clients and the travel planning (and of course my own training) A huge part of last month consisted of sessions with the lovely Staci from Lattes & Lipsticks. The month before her wedding and the last in our Fit Bride Bootcamp series, it really was crunch time! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our workout and Staci’s commentaries in the last of the FBB saga. We even got the groom involved!

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I also made time for a trip back up north. A bit of a reunion with some school friends, as well as just a very welcome chance to get out of the city. I come from Harrogate, a small spa town in the north of England. It was the last time I’ll be there before moving abroad so I made the most of the peace and quiet in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside!

I guess that was it for July really- although August has already been a lot more eventful what with the impending LnL wedding next week!

For the Future…

I’m not planning goals as such for this/next month. I have a sneaky feeling that I will be preoccupied with travel planning and my friend’s wedding! I do have a few exciting things planned for my trip to the USA next week so I’ll be keeping you updated with my tourist activities, holiday-fitness-regime and travel to-do lists! If you have any good tips for packing a backpack neatly PLEASE let me know in the comments!

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Sharing my ideal weekly training schedule

Sharing my ideal weekly training schedule

Earlier this week I had a bit of a ramble about my training goals. Or rather, my lack of training goals. My schedule varies vastly in terms of how I workout. Sometimes I do HiiT, sometimes strength training. Sometimes I’ll just play around stretching and doing handstands. I’m learning to be ok with just figuring out what I enjoy and where I’m going little by little.

My clients ask all the time about my training schedule.

“When do you manage to fit your workouts in?”

The simple answer is, whenever. When I worked in an office, I was a classic early bird. My alarm would go off and I’d be up and out the house, going to the gym and getting in my session, all before 9am when I’d be sat at my desk at work. (Ravenously eating my meal-prep breakfast).

Now that my hours are more sporadic, I’m rarely free early mornings or in the typical after-work slot because, surprise surprise, this is when the majority of my clients want to book in their sessions. But that’s totally fine by me, because it means there’ll usually be a good couple of hours in the middle of the day when I can go and take my time to do my own workout. Best part is, it’s normally nice and empty. I love having the gym floor to myself!

My Ideal Weekly Training Schedule

Each day will vary depending on what gym I’m using or how I’m feeling. I’m not a bodybuilder. Nor am I an athlete. I’m certainly not training for a marathon. I also don’t exercise to lose weight. I work out because I ENJOY IT.

So I thought it’d be fun to put together and share an example of what my perfect week would look like if I had all the time and energy to train where and when and what I want.

 

My Ideal Week Training Schedule

Monday

Heavy Legs & Glutes.

I’m usually really motivated and full of energy at the start of the week, which is why Monday is almost always my leg day. I LOVE doing squats, as I’m confident in the technique and it’s really satisfying to go heavy. First I’ll do a bit of glute and hamstring activation on the cable pulley, then I’ll go in for my 5, 3 or 1 rep max. After squats I’ll finish off with some single leg press, heavy lunges, glute bridges and leg extension.

Tuesday

Back. Shoulders. Arms.

Back is one of my favourite things to train. I like to do a bit of a push and pull contrast – so lots of lat pull down and heavy cable rows, and then shoulder press/chest press too. I’ll usually train hypertrophy for shoulders as I’m trying to build up the muscle a little bit. I’ll finish off with lateral/frontal raises and superset some bicep curls/tricep extensions on the cables.

Wednesday

Abs & Stretching.

Half an hour on abs, half an hour stretching out my muscles and working on some mobility.

For Abs I’ll start with the big, tiring exercises. Either hanging leg raises, TRX pikes or weighted decline sit ups. Usually 5 sets of 20 or so. Then I’ll go down to the mats and superset a combination of any of my favourite ab exercises.

Stretching-wise I always feel good about myself if I spend a decent amount of time foam rolling (quads and IT band). I always need lots of hip opener stretches and I like to practice my splits too.

Thursday

“Rest”

I say rest in inverted commas because I’ll sometimes forgo a full rest day during the week if I have time for something like a yoga or pilates class. Ideally I’d like to have one day per week where I go for a swim or just have a long walk outside. Unfortunately with my current work-schedule that’s rarely possible!

Friday

Plyometrics & Handstands.

Friday = FriYAY. I definitely need one day a week designated to the fun stuff. Lots of box jumps, monkey bars & handstands and I love challenging bodyweight exercises such as pull ups, press ups & tricep dips!

Saturday

Compounds.

Saturday is often one of the only days I get to train with Tom, and I like it when he’s there to train Bench and Deadlifts. I’m less confident on the technique for these and so it’s handy having a fellow PT around to scrutinise every little detail! He’s also brilliant for chest day in general so we’ll do a lot of chest work with dumbbells and cables. I’ll usually accessorise deadlifts with some Romanian/stiff leg deadlifts and LOTS of Roman chair back extension. Oblique work as well – I like woodchops on the cables.

Sunday

Rest!

 

 My Perfect Weekly Training Schedule