I recently received some homework from my personal trainer (Ash, pictured below) and it included the following:

  • Treadmill 15mins intervals 30secs 11kph 1min recovery at 6kph
  • Squats 15/3
  • Walking lunges 15/3 (15each side)
  • Clean and press 10kg barbell 12/1  then 15kg barbell 8/2 then 10kg barbell 12/1
  • Bent over row 10kg 10/4 each arm (the one we did with one dumbbell,kneeling on the bench)
  • Dips 10/4
  • Press ups 10/4
  • Russian Twist 15/3 with weighted ball

Then…(to complete gradually over the first 10 days of August)

  • 300 Squats (in total, not in one session!)
  • 200 Lunges
  • 100 Press ups, on knees
  • 200 leg ups
  • 100 Russian twists
  • 10 minutes worth of Plank!

Here’s the thing…

Working out at the gym with a friendly personal trainer who not only guides, but encourages you, is pretty doable. Working out solo, when you are not only super busy, but have forgotten that the gym even exists is a whole other story.

Before joining the gym and acquiring a personal trainer, I thought I was pretty dynamic. I thought I was a doer, someone who not only talks the talk, but could (on occasion) strut the walk too. I realise now that I am not this person.

I am someone who does what she enjoys very well indeed, but balks, hesitates, procrastinates and ignores what she doesn’t. Suffice to say, my homework is yet to be completed.

The solution? I am getting organised.

For those who feel they are too busy for the gym, this is  a myth. The Gym Group are open 24 hours a day, meaning you can get a workout in at any hour of the day or night…oh yes, you can also workout at home!

Top tip: Get a diary!

If you have a hectic schedule, add your workout routine to your diary. Plan from the week ahead and put your fitness goals in your diary, as you would any other important appointment. This way, not only will you never forget, you will also feel as smug as a bug when you tick it off your list. Each week, review your workout and think about ways you can improve.

Noone said getting fit and healthy would be easy, but it is definitely a challenge worth taking on.

Stay posted for more from my #fitnessdiary, top tips on body sculpting exercises from Ash and information on nutrition and health!

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