I am often asked by my clients how I train and how often. The truth is, often it’s a workout in itself to get workouts into my week.....
Its safe to say that my job keeps me active. I’m constantly demonstrating movements to my PT clients or handing them weights etc and alongside teaching indoor cycle classes, its safe to say that a lack of activity is certainly not something I suffer with.
Firstly- I do NOT train every day. I am working mum, and frankly my son is growing up far too quickly for me to spend all my free time in the gym. I enjoy exercise and movement, but obviously time with my son will always take priority.
When it comes to my own training this is something that I consciously chose not to discuss or share across social media. The reasons are simple- essentially, what is appropriate for me and my level of fitness is potentially very different from other people. Things such as gender, body composition and genetics all also come into play which is my main issue with generic “fitspo guides”- whilst they may provide baseline guidance and some workout ideas, fitness simply isn’t a one size fits all guide that you can purchase from Instagram for £49.99 and comes with a free booty band (TIP spend that money on a session with a decent PT who will be able to assist you with a programme designed for YOU- the results will likely be so much better!)
The one noticeable difference that I am seeing recently is that I am having to work harder in my workouts and to keep a closer eye on my nutrition as I head further into my 30’s- it’s certainly seems to be true that everything is that little bit more challenging as I age. Whilst by no means do I consider myself ‘old’, what worked for me at 22 does not work for me now and I am having to make adaptations to my training to keep progressing. I am also more aware that I do not recover as well as I used to, so I am making a conscious effort to ensure I keep up with foam rolling, the occasional sports massage and that I don’t skimp on cool downs. I am also trying to try and ensure I incorporate yoga or Pilates into my week to build on my body weight strength but minimising stress on my body. (although this is still a development area for me...)
I’ve managed to ramble on 400 words and I still haven’t told you how I train! I am currently training for the Bristol and Royal Parks half marathons in September and October respectively and my upper body is considerably weaker than my lower body, so these are currently my focus areas.
Whilst I won’t go into specific reps and sets, my week of workouts tends to look something like this:
I do teach cycle also in addition to the above- but I don’t include teaching classes as a ‘workout’ as frankly I believe that effectively coaching a class is difficult if the instructor is working at their full capacity. I certainly have decent resistance, but I am often on and off the bike to help my riders get the most out of their workout- after all, the class is for them not me!
So that’s an average week in my fitness life. Things happen so often I get less or more time- every week can be so different. The only thing I never change is that I ALWAYS do workouts during the day or first thing- I seem to have a mental block about evening workouts.
How do you train? Are you a morning lark or a night owl