It’s all about the workout

So today I went to my gym class that I regularly attend, aptly named ‘Work out of the Week’ and today was even more inspiring than normal. 

We usually work pretty hard, whether it’s HITT, TABATA, Body Pump etc it’s always full on. However when we walked into the studio this evening, there was a different kind of workout up on the board. One I haven’t seeen before and its structure is rather different from the other types of workouts I’ve done (and thats quite a few)!

So I have absolutely no idea what this workout is called; my instructor just said he had read about it in a book and decided to give it a go. He couldn’t remember the name either. But have no fear I will just explain how it works…(If you do know what it’s called, please comment below! I’d love to know!) 

This is what was up on the board when we came in:

As you can see there are 3 rounds, all with 7/8 exercises. Each round is focused on an area; R1 – Legs R2 – Arms R3- Core and all are working on cardio as well. 

For the first circuit you have 4 minutes for each round and must complete 5 reps of each exercise (or side) to move onto the next one. You continue to do the same round as many times as you can until the 4 minutes is up. 

You then have a 1-1.5 minute rest, then continuing to do the same reps and length of time on the next two round, resting between each. 

For the second circuit the same structure applies however, you now only have to do 3 minutes each round, but completing 6 reps not 5. 

And finally for the third circuit, you have 2 minutes but must complete 7 reps of each. 

Got It? 

As confusing as it may sound, it’s actually really easy to follow and my gosh does it make you sweat! The class was less that 4 hours ago and I’m already aching! 

This was such a great workout. It was really energising having a change of pace and structure. Making your body work harder in a different way, pushing yourself to get as many rounds completed of a certain area. 

I know we were all on the floor by the end, but once I had recovered I felt AMAZING! 

I was energised, worked, hot, sticky and felt like I’d done myself proud. 

I thought I would share this new, quirky workout with you all and I urge you to give it ago! If you do, please comment below what you thought of it! 

Lauren 💛

On the move

So when you are travelling for lengthy periods or on holiday, it’s so hard to keep active and to keep your fitness up. You’ve worked hard for you summer beach body but as your holiday progresses and you are enjoying all the wonderful food and night life, your beach body is rapidly slipping away at lighting speed. 

You’re on holiday…. of course you don’t want to do a full on, sweating your eyebrows off work out. Who would want to?! But if you’re like me and hate it when you start to feel heavier and less toned, there are some easy steps and exercises that I’m going to share with you that I use to help keep myself in shape and feel that little bit fitter. 

  1. Take the stairs! Easiest exercise ever…run, walk, lunge do anything but take the lift.
  2. Pool workouts! If you are at a hotel that runs aqua actitvites do it! You are still in the sunshine but burning a few extra calories before eating them all again that evening. Even if your hotel doesn’t run aqua activities do them yourself! Go for a swim or do some jump squats in the pool (it works you harder in the water too) 3 sets of 15 reps will be done in no time; who cares who’s watching? They’ll all be sunning themselves anyway. 
  3. Portion control! This is crazy important and one I struggle with the most, like lots of people do I suppose. Especially on holiday but there is no point in doing your exercises and then going to an all you can eat Chinese buffet…15 plates later you’ll regret it. I’m not saying don’t have the good stuff, by all means go ahead, enjoy the sweet yummy thing and the cultured food. JUST HAVE LESS! It’s that simple. Hard to do I know but it’s a good thought to keep reminding yourself. 
  4. Drink more WATER! Most of the time you’re thirsty when feeling hungry. Drink at least 2 litres a day! Especially before meal times. 
  5. Plank for 2 minutes! When you get up in the morning wherever you are just hold the plank for 2+ minutes. No gym necessary, just do as long as you can, maybe even try different variations.
  6. Ever heard people saying let’s do ‘Bring Sally up, Bring Sally down‘? Well it’s a great 3.30 track called Flower by Moby. Basically, everytime she sings ‘up’ you go up when she sings ‘down’ down you go. On the breakdown (claps) I like to pulse. You can do this with sit ups, push ups or squats. It’s a great little exercises. Give it ago! 

Hopefully for those who are reading this, you would have found some of these tips helpful. I find doing little exercises everyday, throughout the day and making better choices e.g stairs and halving the cake instead of eating the whole one, really help me to stay in shape when on holiday and it’s a pretty good feeling, knowing you are just as fit at the end of the holiday as when you started it! 

Lauren 💛