So, seeing as I’m currently crippled and haven’t trained in over a month *brings out mini violin* and probably won’t be training for a long time yet *brings out bigger violin*, I thought it would be appropriate to write today about resting and the importance of taking rest days. Continue reading
A few months ago, I posted a blog called “Why You’re Not Making Progress” (click here to read.) There was a lot of tough love in that post, which I apologise about, but… it needed to be said.
While I still hold very true to what I said in that article, I also know that there are a hundred and one reasons why you’re not making progress, and in this post I want to talk to you about another huge factor which might be holding you back.
I’ve got a scenario for all you gym bunnies.
Imagine, for a second, somebody said to you “you can’t ever train again”. Maybe you injured yourself or, I don’t know, all the gyms in the country burned down overnight and you’re told you will never be allowed or be able to train again.
What would you do?
Guys, I went to workout first thing in the morning the other day. Now, this might not sound like a big deal but, trust me, it was a bit of a shock to the system considering I’ve only been training in the afternoon for the past 5-6 months.
Not only did I train weights but I trained LEGS. And when I say first thing in the morning I mean: I rolled out of bed at 6am, had a coffee and went straight to the gym.
You’ll all be glad to know I survived and am recovering well. Continue reading
For those of you who haven’t done it before, stepping into a gym for the first time is a big challenge.
It’s intimidating. It’s terrifying. And to do it alone takes a lot of guts.
One of the fantastic things about social media is that we have direct access to the lives of those who have chosen to publish them. This means that we can see what our favourite #fitspos and athletes and bodybuilders eat, how they train and what they do. We can watch them in their day-to-day lives and really get familiar with their lifestyle, learning from them and using them as a resource to help us become healthy or strong or whatever our goal may be. Continue reading
Last summer, after a couple of years of getting into fitness and messing around with weights, I decided to start taking my lifting a bit more seriously and grow some decent muscle. Having been recommended by a few of my well-clued-up boys about what to do (shoutout Jonny and Chris – go check them out on Instagram), I spent around 6 months strength training on a 5×5 program.
Staying in shape can be difficult when you’re taking time off from training. You start to worry you’ll lose your shape, lose all your progress and become a lump who everyone forgets about. In fact, it usually takes somebody else to tell you to stop training for you to actually stop, because the fear of falling behind or losing your shape overshadows the importance of recovering. But you know what’s even scarier?
Everyone’s fitness story is different. We’re all doing this for different reasons, using different methods to achieve different goals, but over my few years of training and committing to this lifestyle, I’ve found that patterns have emerged in my progress. Anytime that I feel I’ve been plateauing, I haven’t kicked and screamed and stomped my feet and stormed around the gym yelling IT’S NOT WORKING. I’ve sat back, I’ve assessed.
“What am I doing wrong?”
And you know the problem that I find 9 times out of 10?
I’m not working hard enough. Continue reading
Having only properly got into fitness around 2-3 years ago, I still find myself learning something new every day which, for the most part, is a fantastic thing. But sadly, one of things I’ve learned is that there is sill a huge problem with body-image, and Continue reading