*DISCLAIMER– I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist. What is written below is my personal views on what works for me, and what could possibly work for you.
Let me just make it clear that YOU ARE YOUR ONLY COMPETITION– don’t ever forget this.
So many have been asking me what I do in the gym, and I was thinking of starting a YouTube channel documenting my fitness journey. If that is something you would be interested in, let me know!
I was always a very active person. Growing up I took part in sports such as Netball, Cheerleading, Hockey, and of course, my first love DANCING. I used to represent team South Africa through dance with my crew Basic Black during 2014-2015, but because I had to concentrate on my final year I had to give up dancing. As a result, I started being less active and began to see a difference in my energy levels and my body started losing form. I then decided that enough is enough and joined the gym at my university.
I gym 3 times a week, because that is the only days I have classes at university. However, I do incorporate daily cardio by running with my dog; and sometimes do home workouts/yoga.
My fitness goal is just to be toned and healthy. I plan to achieve my goal by working a different part of my body each day.On Mondays, I do Legs and Butt. My goal in life is to have a BIG AND FIRM butt. I think it helps to work the hardest part on the hardest day because then I know I have the whole week to recover from leg day by running with my dog. I don’t do calves as much because I have man calves- Thanks dad. I mainly focus on my thighs, hamstrings and bums.
I do super-sets of squats, lunges, good mornings, fire hydrants, donkey kicks and not forgetting the leg press.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF WEIGHTS – I always use weights. Yes, I get funny looks from the men in the section but I don’t care as I know it is going to get me to my goal faster. It also makes you much stronger overall. Don’t forget to use a heavier weight each time to improve yourself.
Wednesdays I will do Back and Shoulders. I heard that working on your back and butt can give you the illusion of a thinner waist. Once again, I do super sets, using weights. I also use a few machines at the gym.
Thursday’s are combo days. I will normally do a bit of legs, butt and abs.
There are no days where I totally focus on abs. I work abs on all the days I do gym because I feel like just doing abs is a waste and I am dead the next day. When I do work my abs I LOVE planks and plank variations. Trust me, these work like a bomb! You could even do a whole plank-only workout.
DON’T FORGET TO STRETCH – before and after. I’m guilty of not stretching before and I’m always sore the next day.
Also, I’m not a huge fan of extended periods of cardio. The reason for this is because I walk/run with my dog every day; and I have to walk to the gym as I don’t have a car of my own. So once I get to the gym my heart rate is already pretty high- I know this because I do about 5 minutes on the treadmill which measures heart rate, mine is always sky high. After my work-out and before I stretch I will do a cool off on one of the machines which will typically last about 3 minutes.
I could go on and on about my sets, which weights I use and so forth, but I really want to try out the YouTube route where I will fully explain everything.
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