Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Back at it with another fitness update. Monday is a great day to update on the past week and get set for the week ahead. ‘Never miss a Monday’. I live by that phrase. If you get your Monday workout in, you are more likely to keep it going through out the week.

So I joined a gym, Pure Gym in Kittybrewster, Aberdeen. It’s open 24 hours a day which is great for me as I work shifts that cover all hours of the clock. It is £19.99 a month, which I find very affordable and is full of all the equipment I need. It is also more spacious than previous gyms I’ve been to which I really like. It also provides daily classes such as spinning, yoga and Zumba.

Since I joined last Tuesday, I’ve been 5 times and enjoyed every single session. I have the fitness bug right now and am very keen to go each evening. I go with my friends Eilidh, Holly and Jack, which is great because we can keep each other motivated. I recommend getting yourself a workout buddy, it’s helpful. I have also signed up for a spinning class on Wednesday afternoon so I will keep you updated with how that goes. I’m pretty nervous about that one.

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What I did when at gym:

Day 1-3 : Since this was our first time at this particular gym, we did a full body workout to get our bearings of the place and an idea of what equipment there was to offer. I would start with a little cardio, such as the treadmill and stair-master to warm up then tried a few weight machines for both legs and arms. We would then focus on abs and did a little free weights. I also practiced weighted squats and deadlifts for the first time.

Day 4: This session we focused mostly on arms. Again, I started with a little cardio to warm up and then moved onto the weight machines. I only focused on the arm and back machines, such as assisted pull ups and bicep curls. Next, we did bicep curls, tricep kickbacks and a couple other moves with dumbbells. It was the first time I’ve done this in nearly a year, so I felt a little uncomfortable and felt like I didn’t know what to do, but I know that confidence will grow in no time – just don’t give up. Finally, we did some ab work and a little arm work with barbells.

Day 5: So today we focused on legs. Did my usual and started with a little cardio and stair-master. Then moved onto the weight machines, for example, leg press and calf extensions. After several sets to exhaustion, we completed a small Kayla Itsines Ab workout and headed through to do some weighted squat and deadlifts.

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I am currently creating my workout plan now that I know what my gym has to offer and I will be taking a notebook with me to record my progress. So from now on, Motivation Monday will give you a break down of the moves I did, sets and weights used.

DSC_0117.JPGMy whole outfit is Forever 21, minus my Nikes of course. Remember to use UniDays if you are a student to get your discount.

Leggings: Originally £16.00, these are now on sale for £12.64! They also come in black.

Tank top: £9.00. Unfortunately you cannot get this in grey anymore, but it is still available in white.

Sports Bra: £11.00. Also comes in grey. It is a low impact bra with a slight padded lining to give you some shape.

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If you want to know about my Nike trainers, check it out here.

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Right, time to get my plan all written out! If you have any recommendations of exercises or anything fitness related please leave a comment letting me know.

 

Thanks,

SimplyKirsty



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