Friday, 11 August 2017

5 Fitness Favourites | Fitness Fridays

Hello everyone, me again!


Over the last few months since getting back from university, I've been getting back into the gym as I have a few summer holidays coming up that I want to feel my best for. I've been doing a mixture of weight training and HIIT circuits, and I can actually say that I have now started to enjoy the gym - I know, crazy! So in this blog post I thought I'd write about a few things that I have been loving that have been inspiring me to workout, or supplementing my training. Enjoy!

#GFGChallenge



Back in September last year I bought the Grace fit Guide weeks 1-8 as I was struggling with ideas to do in the gym and needed some workout plans. If you don't know (where have you been?), Grace is a social media fitness star, who I originally found on Instagram but she also has a YouTube channel where she posts vlogs and workouts for her followers. When the guide first came out I attempted to stick with the 8 week challenge, but ultimately university and socialising took over and I got less and less motivated. So when the girls on the facebook group decided to restart the challenge last week, I decided to join in. The community of girls from all over the world is amazing and I'm hoping and praying that I will stick to it this time. I have just finished Week 1 and things are looking positive, so fingers crossed!

Resistance bands

These are actually something that my mum has gotten me into. She was explaining to me a while ago how important it is to not only stretch before training, but to also activate your muscles. In short, the low down on resistance bands is that they help to warm up your muscles and almost kick start them into action before you move onto the larger more compound moves. This means that the main exercises of your workout will have a more effective result on the muscles you are trying to target. This is particularly muscle on your larger muscles such as you glutes. I use a resistance band that I got on Amazon for warming up my back and shoulders and do exercises similar to these. And then for legs and glutes I bought a pack of 5 resistance bands (similar to these ones), again from amazon and so exercises like squats, clams, glute bridges and crab walks. I have noticed such a massive difference and would seriously recommend!

Running

After training with my friend Grace (blog: Grace Victoria), who encouraged me to go on a run, I have been really getting into running to warm up. I used to be a loyal Cross Trainer gal, but I have been converted to the dreaded Treadmill. I usually do a 10-20 minute warm up before every gym session. This usually involves 10 minutes of consistent running on no incline at about speed 8.5-9 km/hr and then I do a 10 minute interval where I push the speed up to 13/14 km/hr and an incline of 4%. I then run for 30 seconds and then jump off for 30 seconds. It sounds scarier than it is I promise!

GymShark Seamless leggings

At the start of summer I realised my gym leggings were looking a bit worse for wear and becoming a bit see through and had holes in all the wrong places. So I had a clear out and used my first pay check to treat myself to a pair of new leggings. For my birthday last year my mum had bought me a pair of these leggings in blue, and I absolutely love them! So I treat myself to a pair of red ones. The pros are that they are high waisted, seamless, squat proof, so flattering (especially on your bum!) and super super comfortable. However from reviews I've seen, if you get too small a size they can go see through, so if you want them 100% squat proof, size up! 

Early Morning Training



If you know me well, you'll know that I have never been an early riser. I mean I don't sleep in until mid afternoon, but if I could I would get up at 9/10am everyday. But more recently, since starting work in July I have had to get up early in order to fit some sort of exercise in before trekking over to the Tea Room where I work. I have been aiming to get to the gym for 7am latest. At first I had to set 15 alarms on 3 different clocks all around my room to even get me out of my duvet cocoon. However it has slowly gotten easier. I find going to the gym in the morning so much better than my usual 6pm as first of all it's SO much quieter. This means that most of the machines are free, so you can be in and out of the gym in record timing. Less people also means less intimidation (for me at least!). And finally I can just get it out of the way on days that I really really don't feel like training!

I hope you've enjoyed this post and it has maybe inspired you to get back in that gym! I know summer has nearly come to an end (in the Uk anyway...) but "summer bodies" are made in the winter people - something I feel I really needed to hear a while ago hahah... If you take away one thing from this blog post, it would be to try and get to a place where you can enjoy working out and use it as a time for you to work on you, both physically and mentally.

Lots of love, Katie xo
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