Fitness Update #1 – Workout Routines

I’m back home for summer, which means GOODBYE EXAMS. So long third year. Hello Home. I survived, just ūüėČ I had a lovely couple of days post-exams gorging on every naughty food imaginable: Pizza – gluten and dairy, Cider – the first drink since October, Chocolate cake – no explanation needed, Fish ‘n’ Chips – batter and white carb, Burger, Irn Bru, Pringles, Chocolate biscuits. The list slightly goes on.¬†

Anyway, the celebrating and long car journeys are over and I’m back on it.¬†This means the morning HIIT workouts are back, and eating consciously, aware again of what I’m putting into my mouth. I never go to the gym and I have (yet) to exercise outside, but am hoping to go running round the park circular with my friend over the holidays. Youtube is my friend, it’s my lover, always there providing just what I need no matter what mood I’m in. Something gentle and Zen? Pilates and yoga videos have got your back, something heart-pumping, body-dripping and floorboard-breaking? You’re sorted.

STATISTICS:

  • Since January I have lost a total of 18lb. Ridiculously chuffed.
  • Since Easter I have lost 6.6lb which is CRAZY seeing as I had eaten lots of treat-cheat foods and did next to no working out due to library days. I guess hardcore revision and brain action really does burn calories!


My Favourite Youtube Workouts:

HIIT
The Body Coach / Joe Wickes –¬†The front man of The Body Coach workout plans and nutrition guides. Joe’s workout videos on Youtube are T.O.U.G.H. Being HIIT, this means that the individual exericse lasts for 30 seconds, followed by a 30 second rest. There are lots of different exercises within the overall workout which I think is crucial if you want to stay focused and not quit early out of boredom. None of his videos are over 30 minutes, but of course you can repeat however many times you want, especially the shorter clips which are under 10 minutes.

Tone It Up ¬†I only use one video from the super-energetic twosome; their Hump Day HIIT. This is brilliant for days where you’re short for time but feel too guilty to skip a workout, and not just reserved for your midweek slump. It lasts 15 minutes, no time for rest, and really gets you pumped for the day ahead.

Gym Ra / Rebecca¬†– I LOVE this gal! She’s a fellow Brit but clearly living the dream out in the land of sunshine¬†which actually acts as great motivation when your own curtains block out the miserable overcast weather, and you’re able to escape for a little while. I particularly like this video as it’s high impact but in every “rest” you squat. Burns fat and works that booteh. What’s not to love?
The Gym Ra channel has videos for days, so there are plenty to choose from. Variety is absolutely key for me, I can’t do the same workout for more than 2 days in a row, or I switch off and have no motivation – a real problem I find with workout DVDs.¬†

Fitness Blender – These guys!! What a power couple. Exercise aside, the connection the two have is inspiring to watch. It’s so sweet to see them laughing together and helping one another work out. Exercise-wise, their channel also has an extensive choice of videos and different types of workout. Whether it’s HIIT, toning, weights, Barre, you are in safe hands. This video is a hefty 53 minutes long, but it really doesn’t feel that way.

BeFit / Jillian MichaelsOf course. This woman. Her workouts were pretty much all I did last summer, my body a slave to 35-55 minutes of torture hardcore cardio. But in a weirdly gratifying way. She pushes you to your absolute limit in military chants and moves. Her videos are great because she is the trainer, and there are usually at least 2 other people working out under her instruction. Her teasing adds humour and eases the pain of the tight chest or bad thoughts you send to your past self for deciding that this was a good idea. You feel bloody brilliant once completed.

PILATES/YOGA/TONE
Winsor Pilates A lil more chilled out and great for days in between HIIT and weight training. It’s not just an excuse for a kip on the mat however. Your legs get a proper working, as do the glutes, and you’re left feeling awakened and sliiightly smug knowing you’ve exercised well, but without the added bucket load of sweat. I also feel like I’ve stepped back in time a couple decades, you’ll know what I mean ūüėČ

BeFit¬†/¬†Mary Helen Bowers¬†This channel is fantastic for all kinds of workouts, but I really enjoy Mary Helen Bowers’ ballet sculpting workout. 10 seconds into the video and you want to be her, or her niece.. She seems very sweet, but certainly knows her stuff, and it’s tough on the abs. Take a look at the range of workouts available on the channel.

Yoga With Adrienne – I think anyone who has entered the Zen realm of yoga through Youtube has come across Adrienne. Sometimes I felt she was too chilled out and I missed the strict structure of cardio workouts where I’m used to following a tight plan. I suppose this is the beauty of yoga/pilates where you discover what your body can achieve and how far it can be stretched (literally). She clearly knows what she’s doing, and the videos are good for more chilled out days or even if you just want a ¬†bit of “me” time. Adrienne also has a 30 day yoga challenge which would be great if you really want to try a “Before and After” experience of how your body has progressed.

Blogilates – This couldn’t not be mentioned. Cassey is full of energy and positivity. If you’re feeling lacklustre in mind and body her frequent snippets of encouragement and smiles are welcomed. The workouts are tough though. This 10 minutes video squeezes every ounce of energy out from within yourself, and you really feel your core getting a proper pummelling.¬†


LATEST DISCOVERY
Joanna Soh¬†– Her 30 minute core and cardio video was this morning’s workout of choice. A real problem area of mine is my torso. The belly and the waist are areas that need focussing on, and this video was great for that. The video consists of lots of individual exercises which are repeated twice within each circuit. The time surprisingly flew by and I can’t wait to try more videos from her channel.

The next post is going to be on motivational Instagram accounts! When you surround yourself with good people, you become a better person yourself, when you surround yourself with healthy (pictures of) food, you want to create and consume that yourself, when you surround yourself with “fit” people, you feel motivated to get fit yourself. Instagram is great for little kicks of motivation when you see a gorgeous clean meal, or an equally gorgeous looking set of abs. Stay tuned.

What are your favourite workouts to do? Do you use Youtube, DVDs, paper plans or head to the gym?

TTFN, P x
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