I’ve been going to the gym for the last 3 years. Sure, I’ve definitely gone through fluctuations in motivation and the intensity of my workouts but it really has become a built into my routine.
Over the last couple of months I’ve really started to mix up my workouts and try out new things. I’d started to reach a plateau in progress and was finding myself doing the same things every time I went to the gym. I now have much more of a structure to what I do each visit.
The first big change I’ve made is incorporating running into my exercise. I’d always been scared of running. I’d definitely been put off it by secondary school PE lessons and always used my asthma and joint problems as my excuse for not doing it.
This summer I faced my fear and downloaded the Couch to 5k app which I would definitely recommend to any one starting out with running. It uses walking and running intervals to slowly increase your endurance. Its pushed me but I’ve never felt like I can’t do it! I’m trying to keep at least 2 runs a week in my routine as I go into term time.
The next change I’ve made is to include more weights in my workouts. I think I was scared that using weights would make me bulky so I stuck to body weight exercises but there is plenty of evidence against this. I was also quite intimidated by all the big men in the weights section! I got over this by going with my sister and when I went on my own I would do research first so I knew what I was doing.
Whereas before, I only really trained legs and abs, I now properly train upper body twice a week. I want to feel strong! I use a mixture of free weights, weight machines and cables.
Split/ week routine
My workouts do change every week with what else I have on and how I’m feeling. This would be a pretty average week for me. I do still try to do yoga most mornings and would do a longer session on my rest days.
Monday – 30 minute run. Back and biceps.
Tuesday – Legs and Abs. Yoga class in the evening.
Wednesday – Rest day.
Thursday – 30 minute run. Shoulders, chest and triceps.
Friday – Spinning class. Abs.
Saturday – Run, hike or full body gym workout- whatever I feel like! And often with Tom.
Sunday – Rest day.
Let me know what workouts you’re loving at the moment and how you stay motivated (or struggle to!)