Workout Buddy

Having a workout buddy is EVERYTHING! Don’t get me wrong though, solo workouts are the bomb at times too, but there are 100% more pro’s to having a workout buddy.

Having invested time into increasing knowledge and understanding of exercises and planning effective workouts and my confidence (or lack thereof as the case was) was no longer restricting gym sessions to be out of hours, the hunt for a gym buddy began.

Moving back to England and starting a new job, which included a gym membership as a benefit, seriously aided in the search. After a short time, it became clear that there were a lot of us on the same mission. After bugging a couple of people to come along it was kind of like a snowball effect resulting in myself and 5 girls (#GirlSquad) now going to the gym on a regular basis.

It is safe to say that gym sessions are now filled with sly snapchats (@themissyt), sarcy comments and major laughing fits, so much so, it wouldn’t be entirley unreasonable to suggest that, that is the reason for the existence of our abs! Many would criticise and say that this means we aren’t working hard enough and focus isnt there but honestly, we work our butts off. A work out partner is not just there to pass the time and make the workouts more enjoyable, the whole point of having a buddy is to help each other push limits, spot and support each other, make sure there is no bailing on sets (or even sessions) and to keep the motivation. It is so easy to skip out on yourself but having somebody there to hold you accountable, not so easy.

Of course, with every situation no matter how positive, there are always some drawbacks. The most major drawback in my experience is the change in dynamic of sessions when compared to solo sessions, which of course was 100% going to happen. The change in dynamic proved more problematic than initially expected as the intesity decreased, style of workout became very random, rest periods hugely increased and planning of sessions became much harder due to having to consider availability of equipment in an already under equipped gym. Personal progress has definitely taken a beating.

It would be beneficial is to establish common goals and work towards them. If goals differ or preferential style of workout largely varies then it may be an idea to alternate sessions as oppose to irradicating one or the other.

The most important thing to hold onto is your own personal vision, it is more than ok, infact vital to have fun along the way, the danger lies in becoming so consumed with the fun and social side that it negatively impacts personal development. Balance is key. Have fun but keep pushing the limits.

Buddy

 

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Every step you take.

This is my current physique. A short while ago, this would have been a depressing picture to me because it demonstrates how hard this journey is and that there is still a long way to go before goals that have been set are achieved. Now however, this picture makes me proud. Now it demonstrates to me how hard this journey is and how far I have come. There has been immense progress made since the beginning of this journey and there will continue to be so. The best part is that the progress hasn’t just been physical but mental one too. Learning to love each stage and being proud of the progress made, regardless of how great or small is a vital key to success. If the process has been filled with negativity then chances are that when set physical goals are reached, that sense of pride and achievment will be replaced with depression and disappointment. Granted, it is a tough ability to master but the pride and confidence that is gained upon the  mastering of such skill is priceless.

Meat Free May

Diet is something which we all struggle with at some time or other. For as far back as I can remember I have had issues with meat. When people make statements such as “oh I can’t wait for a big, juicy steak tonight’ its never been a something I could understand never mind relate to (although, craving a big slice of cake is definitely relatable #piglife), so after years of battling and trying to force feed myself meat I decided enough was enough. It had gotten to silly, too much food was being wasted and nutrition was most definitely lacking.

Having said that, even as a pescatarian the aforementioned problems have not been solved. Meat has been stripped from meals but not always replaced with an adequate substitute.

Stumbling across a “Meat Free May” article got the creative juices flowing and presented the perfect opportunity/excuse to get adventurous. Sure, I’m a little late to the party but as they say – it’s better late than never, so over the next few weeks there will be much more effort going into meal preparations which hopefully will result in some tasty, macro friendly meat free meals!