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Travel Fitness Log: Workout #6 (Bangkok)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #6 (Bangkok)

This workout feels like a very long time ago! I’ve had it saved on my phone for a good couple of weeks now but wifi issues, and generally being busy travelling around has meant that it joined the backlog of workouts to be uploaded.

The ‘gym’ that we had in our Bangkok apartment complex didn’t have a vast amount of equipment, but neither Tom or I really minded. With stunning views of the Bangkok skyline from the 53rd floor, we were perfectly content with the yoga mats, Swiss balls and TRX provided. It was more than enough to start our couple of days in the city with a satisfying workout. (more…)

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 Beginner Guide to PreWorkout (feat PhD Pre-Wkt: Burn)

A Beginner Guide to PreWorkout (feat PhD Pre-Wkt: Burn)

The first time I tried PreWorkout, I felt like an absolute rebel.

I mean, come on. You only need to read the first line of my About Me profile to understand that I’m a bit of an introvert whose idea of a wild Saturday night is managing more than one glass of wine or (on rare occasions) a full bottle of cider. And by full I mean circa 500ml.

I’m genuinely not trying to be a goody-two-shoes. This isn’t me saying “look how wonderfully healthy I am”. I’ve always been like it, regardless of the health aspect…I don’t like getting into trouble! Yes I loved clubbing whilst I was at University- still do occasionally- but that’s about the dancing, not the drink, drugs or rock and roll. The truth is, that sort of thing has never appealed.

Yes. I realise that PreWorkout doesn’t actually count as drugs.

I was (and still can be) just a little put off by the idea of forcing a load of chemicals and caffeine into your body to create a synthesised buzz of energy. It just feels a bit unnatural. More so than protein supplements- which I have been au fait with for a while, under the right circumstances.

So that’s why the first time I furtively mixed that little white scoop of powder and shook it up in my purer than pure Evian bottle, (which, alas, would never taste the same again) I felt like I was kinda ruining my own innocence somehow.

Lo and behold, I hated it.

I got the shakes. The sweats. A massive high, followed by the worst crash. I felt sick halfway through my training session. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t see properly at one point, or the lights seemed really bright or something. Worst of all, unbearable tingles that came on after 5 minutes. An unsalvageable itch behind my ears, on my neck and in-between my shoulder blades.

I’ve tried a few different PreWorkout supplements since that grim loss of virginity. I’ve also done a lot more research. I struggled for a long time to find a decent PreWorkout that gave me the boost that I needed without at least one of the aforementioned side-effects.

Enter PhD…

Then, quite by chance, I was invited to an event hosted by PhD Supplements at 1Rebel in Broadsgate. A community of bloggers, journalists and fitness industry professionals gathered together for a quick workout, a free breakfast and an intro to some of PhD’s newly launching products.

A Beginner Guide to PreWorkout

Ahead of the mini fitness class, we were given samples of PhD’s new PreWorkout products. I was quite disproportionately excited when I realised that one of the samples was Pink Grapefruit flavour. Grapefruit is one of my all-time favourite fruits (which some people find weird). It was as if I knew even before trying it that I’d finally found the PreWorkout for me.

PhD don’t do what a lot of other companies do, and just cram AS MUCH CAFFEINE AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE into their energy boosts. Instead they have conducted extensive scientific research to create 3 unique PreWorkout powders that are individually tailored towards the goals of the user.

Ok, that sounded very sales jargon-y.

Basically they avoid pumping caffeine into their powders and focus on different ingredients depending on whether the user wants to have sustained energy whilst preventing muscle loss (PreWkt Burn), get a better muscle pump (PreWkt Pump) or perform better/recover quicker during bouts of exercise, like a sports match (PreWkt Perform). They focus on using chemicals in their supplements that are already naturally created by the body.

The PreWorkout Burn was my favourite. I had a good level of sustained energy throughout our workout. No bright lights, no sweats and no massive crash afterwards either. Best of all, the Burn blend doesn’t contain any Beta-Alanine, that god-awful chemical responsible for the tingles.

It works for me. I also know that the PreWkt Perform blend, which has Beta-Alanine and Creatine added, but no B vitamins or Branch Chain Amino Acids, does not. The tiniest difference in ingredients can have a huge effect on performance.  It just goes to show how individual these things are and how important it is to do your research.

 

The Beginner Guide to PreWorkout:

If you’re a newbie thinking about trying an energy boost supplement for the first time, make sure you figure out what you actually need and where you can actually get it, rather than mindlessly accepting the first scoop of buzz-inducing powder that comes your way.

Here’s a couple of quick infographics that should (hopefully) cover the basics.

A Beginner Guide to PreWorkout

A Beginner Guide to PreWorkout