‘The secret of getting ahead is getting started’
I started my journey with a weights and stretching session! I realised that working long hours at a computer has already affected my posture, flexibility and joint movement. In order to correct this I’m going to be stretching every day.
I managed to squat with 25kg and deadlift 40kg (I have no idea if that’s good or bad!). My technique still needs to improve, I found it weird getting used to weights and how to perform it correctly as I’ve only really ever done body weight exercises. My workouts are going to mostly consist of calisthenics so I’m not aiming to keep piling on the weights.
My splits have improved even in the last couple of weeks, the bridge however… It makes me want to cry! I feel that my back flexibility and shoulder strength are two of the main weaknesses at this point.
I’m getting the hang of meal prep! I needed to do this anyway as I spend so much time preparing/cooking food throughout the day. Whatever I make for lunch, I pack one for the next day or two. These consist of soy sausages, blueberries and mixed bean salad.
I’m not being too strict yet but I’m trying to limit refined sugar. This basically comes down to bread, most pickles/sauces, chocolate/cakes/biscuits, fried foods. I still have the odd takeaway (deep fried tofu and rice) as a treat!
These ones are new potatoes with parsley, broccoli with sweet potato and black bean burgers.
I’m doing my fitness regime with no equipment and no gym membership. My work out consists of jogging, sprinting and calisthenics; I do weights but only in my occasional PT sessions. These are the only things I’ve bought.
Push up bar handles: I don’t need them but they make press ups more fun and I also use them to practice pike lifts. (£3.95 from eBay)
Chalk: I have shiny wooden floors so chalk helps me to not slip when doing handstand holds and is good for bar work as well. (£2.29 from eBay)
Water bottle: This one’s self explanatory haha!
I’m so pleased with my progress so far, even though it’s slight. It feels good to be doing proper work outs that push my limits. I can’t remember what it feels like to not ache!
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