Hello! I feel like I have started every post lately with an apology for being so lazy with blogging. This post is no different! I really don’t have an excuse other than the motivation seems to have left me in the last few months. If I wasn’t sick in bed right now, this post may not have happened either. I’ve still been chipping away at my goals, but the blogging side of things seems to have taken a step back. Hopefully the motivation will return soon 🙂
Anyway, a little update…
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I really like infographics. And I love this one by Greatist, which has some great information about fitness nutrition and what you should be eating before and after your workouts.
I really love Instagram. It’s such a great source of inspiration and creativity and I can definitely say I use it a lot more than Facebook, particularly as a tool to motivate me to get out of bed in the morning when I feel like just sleeping in instead of working out. While we all know the big companies like Women’s Health and Lorna Jane have some great fitness inspiration, below are just a few of my favourite Instagram accounts featuring real life and (mostly) unretouched fitspo…
@mshelllll – Michelle Davis
I love people with a great sense of humour and a simple desire to be badass. Michelle is definitely one of those people. Her dedication and attitude have made her one of the better known faces around Instagram and the fitness world.
@sugarandspice – Georgina
Georgina is an Optimum Nutrition sponsored athlete who posts loads of great workout videos and tips.
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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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.
Every year, bodybuilding.com run a transformation challenge, inviting users to transform their bodies in 12 weeks for the chance to win $50,000 each. The winners for 2014 have just been announced, and for the first time, they were surprised with the results and prizes while at their local gym (video below).
The results have been surrounded by some controversy, with some people claiming the results weren’t achievable in the 12 week timeframe, but I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Oh gosh, it’s been a while since Ive done one of these posts. Below is actually a few months worth of posts. Eeeek!
Just as a quick post, this is the workout I smashed out yesterday morning at the gym after I couldn’t sleep. Total calorie burn was just over 900 calories. I really wanted to stick to lots of the traditional fundamental workout moves.
10 mins treadmill HIIT sprint intervals
3×10 assisted pull ups
4×10 barbell squats
3×15 smith machine calf raises
3×10 barbell shoulder press
3×10 barbell bicep curl
3×10 bicep preacher curl
3×10 overhead tricep extension
3×10 tricep press
3×15 push ups
2x 1 min planks
5 min spin bike cool down
+ running or step ups between sets to keep my heart rate up when necessary
And now, off to spend my Sunday morning doing RPM Max! Happy Sunday xx
Oh, hey there! Even though I’ve been absent from writing of late, I am still working away at becoming the best possible version of myself.
While I was at the gym today, I realised I missed my two year anniversary of joining the gym and overhauling my lifestyle! April 10th, 2010 was the day I decided enough was enough and that I was tired of being overweight (I was just over 82kg!) and hating the way I looked and felt. I never thought it would become such a hobby/interest for me, but I am so glad it has.
In light of what I have dubbed my gymiversary, I think it’s time to sort out my goals for the year and get my online presence back on track!
Goals – this year
A few things I want to achieve within the next 8 months (2014):
- Reach 200kg 0n the leg press – I actually broke my personal best for the plated/sled leg press today and am currently sitting at 160kg for 10 reps.
- Get a dexa scan – This is something I really should have done a long time ago.
- Complete Run Newcastle, 30/11/2014 – In an ideal world, I’d be able to run the 12km, but I am aiming to at least run the 6km track.
- Practice yoga and meditation more regularly (yoga at least once a fortnight)
- Try at least 3 new workout types – time to branch outside of outdoor circuits and and the gym!
- Read at least 3 nutrition books
- Be able to do 5 unassisted pull-ups with good form – I am terrible at pull-ups. Time for improvement!
I’m sure I’ll think of more to add to this list soon, and I’ve really got to get some updated photos up, but for now, adiós!
Regular updates and photos can be found on my Facebook page, so be sure to stop by! x