I was intimidated by the weights section of the gym and only ever did excessive cardio instead of any weight training, so I stayed slim rather than “bulky”.
I was scared to start lifting on my own in case I hurt myself and had no idea where to start or how to incorporate weights into a routine.
I've lost over 6% of my body fat and learnt about nutrition, cravings, how to put workouts together and perform all the basic movements.
I now feel completely confident walking into the weights room at my new gym and putting heavy weights on the squat rack without injuring myself.
I’m no longer worried about getting “bulky”.
I now feel a lot more comfortable in my clothes but the main difference is in the gym.
I’d only ever done classes before as I found the gym intimidating and was super self-conscious about doing things incorrectly and embarrassing myself.
Getting abs. Definitely getting abs!
We started really slowly with the weights and movements, learning how to do each exercise, why we’re doing it and why we’re doing a certain amount of repetitions. Everything was explained and justified.
At first, I was frustrated as I just wanted to start launching heavy dumbbells around, but my goal was to learn correct form and the reasons for doing each exercise, so we had to start slowly to fulfil it.
I like that Craig is always on call if I have any issues with any exercises when doing workouts on my own.
Originally, I just wanted fitness advice, but now we're looking into my nutrition and fundamental eating habits which is really good.
My initial goal was to learn how to squat and deadlift so I could snowboard faster than my friends on a trip and then to get in shape for a holiday.
I like the routines, having a structure to my workouts and being held accountable for my progress towards my goals.
My goal right now is maintenance and to keep increasing the weights I lift, while trying some new conditioning workouts that Craig has given me.
Craig has also given me an action plan for looking at anything that’s holding me back from further progress, including my snacking habits.
The workouts are basically what you make of them. So, when I’m tired, I just do what's on my workout programme with a low weight and hardly sweat. The weight you use and number of reps you do is ultimately up to you.
Craig will help with your form and advise you on repetitions and sets but you get from your workout what you put into it.
If you want nutrition advice, ask questions and complete the homework.
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