Inspiration: Rebekah Tiler, 15yr old Olympic weightlifter

Image: BBC

This is Rebekah Tiler. She’s 15, and has been competing in Olympic weightlifting since she was 11. By 2013 (when she was just 14), she’d broken almost 50 British records at the Tri-nations championships, held in Sweden.

Rebekah is headed for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and further to the 2020 Olympic games. Her coach, Eddie Halstead, first saw Rebekah at a “kiddies’ competition in the North-East” and thinks she is definitely in with a chance for a medal at the 2020 games. “She’s the best talent I’ve seen in a very long time,” says Halstead. It’s obvious Great Britain agrees, as there are plenty of videos, news articles and stories boasting about Rebekah and her journey. 

Earlier this month, Rebekah competed at the European Youth Championships in Poland, where she had to compete is the under-17 69kg category as there was no under-15 category. She won the snatch with a 93kg lift, won a silver for a 115kg clean and jerk and won silver overall.

“It doesn’t matter what people think about you,” says Tiler.

I personally think Rebekah is so inspiring as it would have taken serious guts to so wholeheartedly pursue a sport that would seem a little bit crazy to others her age/gender. By doing so though, she has inspired her family to join in, and given the sport a boost across Great Britain and beyond.

You can find out more about Rebekah in the videos below, on her Twitter page or on her GB Weightlifting profile.

 

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4 weeks in, 2 to go!

Hello!
So I am four weeks into Shortcut To Shred and to be quite honest, I am exhausted! I know I’ve just got to keep on pushing but as winter is just starting here, it is becoming more and more tempting to stay rugged up in bed rather than getting up for workouts. Oh well. You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do!

So, this happened on Saturday:

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Yessss! 200kg! This has been a goal of mine for a long time now. I have bad hips and get remedial massages to fix them every two weeks so having a heavy squat goal would most likely make my hips worse at the moment. Leg press however… All. Over. It. And damn it felt good to get to 200. And for 5 reps… Not even just one. The achievements make the struggles all worth it.

I feel like I have been making decent progress overall as well, but I have been struggling with a lack of energy and at times, a lack of motivation. I had considered that I might be getting sick since I have been getting enough sleep, but so far no cold symptoms have reared their ugly little head. I guess we’ll see!

I guess that’s it for now!!
x

Workout Song Of The Day: Get Shaky

Get shaky, get it done!

Get Shaky – The Ian Carey Project

Workout Song Of The Day: Vitriol

This song is definitely up there with some of my favourites. Got to love Australian talent!

Vitriol – Bluejuice

Shortcut To Shred: Round 2, so far…

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Hey there!
I’m almost two weeks in to my latest round of Shortcut To Shred, so I thought I’d post a little update if how it’s going.

First up, I have been ridiculously tired these last few weeks. I don’t even think it has to do with the crazy workouts or anything else in my life. I’m really hoping I’m not getting sick or anything, but I guess we’ll see. I’m just taking it one day at a time and making sure I don’t completely run myself into the ground.

I had almost forgotten how much of a challenge the STS workouts can be. I think my fitness level had definitely improved since my last round, but I still find myself drenched in sweat and totally exhausted by the time each workout is done. Jim Stoppani, you are crazy.

Nutrition has been a struggle when I’ve been feeling so run down. I didn’t get a chance to prep lunches and snacks last Sunday so I had to cook on Tuesday night and buy prepacked snacks and lots of fruit to get me through the rest of the week. This weekend I am definitely going to make a few batches of healthy slices and snacks that I will actually enjoy. The photo at the top of this post is actually the prep I did on the day before this round started. It was only half the food I had prepared!!

Progress wise, I am definitely heading in the right direction. My work pants are getting loose and I can’t keep them up properly. I recently bought new gym pants that are now too big around the waist. I had forgotten how good this program is for my shoulders too. In such a short space of time they have become much more defined and shapely. I am loving it. I’ve definitely got more muscle definition all over, which I guess is as much from fat loss as it is muscle building.

On some sort of side note, I realised a few days ago I never measured myself before I started this round. Rookie error. I guess all I have to go off is photos now, but somehow that’s quite a liberating feeling.

So these are the things I am going to work super hard on improving over the next week…

Number one – I am scheduling myself in a relaxed weekend and at least one big sleep in. I feel like I haven’t had a sleep in for a very long time so maybe it’s exactly what I need to get back to feeling good. I am also planning to get a good dose if vitamin D and sunshine, which is certainly something I have lacked lately.

Number two – I need to work on the nutrition side of things more. If the choice had no consequences, I would more than likely choose a schnitzel and chips over steak and veg every time. I need to work more on self control and beating cravings.

Number three – not directly STS related, but I think I am going to start journaling more (offline). Mental health is just as important as physical health, after all!

That’s everything for now!! If anyone else out there is doing STS or a similar program, I’d love to hear how you are doing!! x

Workout Song Of The Day: Audacity Of Huge

An oldie but a goodie….

Audacity Of Huge – Simian Mobile Disco

Infographic: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

I am a big fan of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). I’d much rather work harder and faster than spend hours on treadmills and elliptical machines. The below infographic by Greatist gives a good insight into the various types of HIIT training, including my personal favourite, tabata training.
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And so round 2 begins…

Today marks the start of my next round of Shortcut To Shred. Even though it’s not the first time I’ve done it, the first workout was a challenge. 745 calories later, I was ready for nap, but unfortunately my day was just beginning. My gym gets painfully busy around 5pm, so I don’t really have a choice but to train in the mornings, or go later at night (which I know I won’t stick to). My biggest struggle this round will probably be staying organised, but I’ve prepped as much food as possible and really just need to kick my butt into gear.

I have been trying to think of something to get myself as a reward at the end of the 6 weeks. It’s not something I usually worry about, but I think it’d be nice to have an extra incentive. So I need some ideas – what have you bought yourself as a reward?

Workout Song Of The Day: Rat A Tat

Save Rock and Roll has become one of the staple albums in my life. I loved Fall Out Boy’s first album, got lost along the way and now am in love with them all over again.

I am only about 75% sold on Courtney Love in this song, but it’s a good song for the gym and a good song in general, so here it is….

Rat A Tat – Fall Out Boy ft. Courtney Love

My Favourite Outdoor/Bodyweight Exercises

Earlier this year, I started doing workouts outdoors a few times a week. Before then, I’d only ever really worked out in a gym, unless you count that one time I tried a boxing/running class and vomited the whole way up the road…

Anyway, as much as I love heavy lifting, bodyweight exercises can be effective too, and are something I’ve grown to enjoy. So here are my top 5 bodyweight (outdoor) exercises, in no particular order.

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