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