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Fitspo Fables Vol. 1: Be the Best You Wanna Be

Fitspo Fables Vol. 1: Be the Best You Wanna Be

It’s the 18th December. Which means that in one week’s time it’ll be Christmas, and in just under a fortnight we’ll be at the start of a whole new year.

Unsurprisingly, when you work in the fitness industry, January is usually your busiest period. It’s a month filled with ambition, epiphany- and expensive gym memberships that will (more often than not) get left unused.

I actually love goal-setting and plan-making, and January is as good a time as any to set that in motion. However, New Year’s resolutions are fundamentally unsuccessful because people set goals that they don’t actually care about for the sole reason that “it’s New Years”. (more…)

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.

When you’re in the fitness industry, especially as a Personal Trainer, you get used to people asking you HOW you train. How many times a week do you workout. How long do you spend at the gym. Do you do the exercises that you’re now making your clients do. What weight do you use.

Something I don’t hear as often, but that does crop up every now and then, is the why. Why do I workout. What is it for. I’ve even heard;

“but you don’t want to lose weight. So why do need to workout?”

Which of course is ridiculous on so many levels. I’ve always been an active person, and when I started dancing less often, the gym seemed like a natural substitution. That’s why I got into it in the first place, along with my quest to get stronger.

Still, I got myself into a bit of a tizz the other week because it seemed like everyone I knew was training for something in particular. Some sort of race or obstacle course, a bodybuilding comp or powerlifting qualifiers. I started to wonder if I should be doing the same thing.

What’s the point in training if you’re not training for anything- right?

Well actually, wrong.

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.

After a couple of stressful days, panicking over my laptop as I searched for an event that I actually wanted to do, I came to the sudden realisation that I was giving myself a whole load of bother over nothing.

Just because you’re not in training for something doesn’t mean that your workouts are pointless. I certainly wasn’t about to enter myself aimlessly into some sort of competition just because it might look good on my CV or make me more sellable as a PT.

In the grand scheme of things, I’m relatively new to the whole fitness world. I’m still finding my feet and figuring out what it is that I do and do not enjoy. I’ll go through phases where all I want to do is powerlifting… and then the next day train for hours on plyometrics and callisthenics. My goals range from deadlifts to handstands to learning to kick box. Sometimes I want bigger muscles. Sometimes I even wonder, if I trained cardio every day could I ever improve my stamina…

And sure, it might mean I’m not focusing enough on one particular element. Perhaps my own ‘programme’ isn’t adequately specific. But the important thing is that I go to the gym every day because I genuinely want to be there. And if I don’t? Well then, I won’t go. I’ll train what I want to train because it takes my fancy in that moment… not because it’s a stepping stone on the route to something else.

Perhaps in the future I’ll be training for something. Maybe there’ll be days where I don’t want to go to the gym but I force myself to anyway because I have a bigger picture in mind. But right now, I don’t know what that is so I’m just going to accept the fact that I often train for the sake of training. I enjoy it.

And you know what? that’s ok.

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.

FlexFit Winter Workout, Week 3: All about the Arms

FlexFit Winter Workout, Week 3: All about the Arms

It’s the second to last Week of the FlexFit 4 Week Winter Workout!

 

This Week: All about the Arms

Don’t forget to photograph/video your favourite exercise and post it on Instagram with the #Flexfitwinterworkout to be reposted! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far – I’ve absolutely loved checking out your photos and videos and it makes me so happy to see you joining in.

If you’re only just discovering this – then it’s never too late to get involved! You can check out Week 1 (Abs Blast) and Week 2 (LEG DAY) of the FlexFit Winter Workout right here and join in the fun.

  1. TRX Rows
  2. TRX Bicep Curls
  3. TRX Press
  4. TRX Tricep Extensions
  5. TRX Atomic Push Ups
  6. Dumbbell Shoulder Press (standing)
  7. Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions (seated)

 

3 sets each exercise with 20 reps each set.

Superset the TRX Rows and Bicep Curls (1 set is 20 reps each with no rest in between), as well as the TRX Press and Tricep extensions. Repeat x 3. All of the rest of the exercises should be 20 reps per set, 3 sets total.

9 Days Until Christmas!