I can't quite believe that me... a person who has always been rubbish at sports is writing about fitness. But here I am, starting a new journey and trying to better myself. It's been about 2 months since I joined the gym and I have to say I have pleasantly surprised myself!
But why now?
Ok so you are probably thinking, at the age of 28... why have I decided to do this now? Well there are a few contributing factors that have finally pushed me into making the decision to start working out.
1. My health - Over the past year I have found myself becoming very exhausted on a regular basis. I've struggled alot with of joint pain, to the point where I would walk around the block and my hips/back would be aching so much that I'd need a hot water bottle on a daily basis. I also found myself needing my asthma pump more and more. I started to feel like I was getting really old, and I was just NOT ok with that!
2. The look of my body - I am someone who has always been naturally tiny, that girl who is a size 6 but stuffs their face with burgers and chocolate... that was me. But since having my son (3 years ago) I gained quite a bit of weight and never lost it. Now I know alot of you think i'm crazy for not being happy with my body, but everyone perceives their own body differently and for me going from a size 6 to 10 has been something i'm not totally comfortable with. Don't get my wrong I love the curves, but the bigger tummy and arms has been a struggle for me.
3. Strength - I really just wanted to try and get stronger, to make day to day life easier. I want to be able to carry my shopping with ease and pick up my son and play with him the same as his dad can. Also I would love to be able to smash out the monkey bars and do those pull ups like the men do haha.
So these are the 3 main factors that gave me the push to start working out.
I'm not getting any younger, so taking care of my health is something that's really important to me now more than ever. I am hugely inspired by my dad and step mum, who in their late fourties and fifties are still running marathons on a regular basis. Their strength and stamina is something to be admired! I am also really inspired by seeing fitness influencers online, strong girls doing weights. Not body builders, but just real beautiful girls with super strength looking amazing.
I feel like previously, going to the gym was all about doing cardio and loosing weight (as much as I want to get fit, I really do not want to be going on the cross trainer or having a run... I think i'd probably have an asthma attack lol). Girls would want to be skinny and men would want to be strong. It's so nice to see the shift that is happening with more and more women weight training. Learning that building strength doesn't mean you are going to get 'hench', it's just a fantastic way to tone up and improve your overall health.
'It doesn't get easier, you just get stronger'.
Onto Personal Trainers...
Once I decided I was ready to join the gym I knew I wanted to start with a personal trainer. I'd only ever been to a gym before twice... once when I was about 16 and just went on the cross trainer/rowing machine, and then again to pose for some photos on a hotel collaboration.
I wouldn't say I was intimidated about going into a gym, but to tell you the truth I just had no idea where to start... I didn't know how to use the machines or what I needed to be doing to get the results I wanted. So for that reason I really wanted a personal trainer to guide me in the right direction.
I spoke to a few and chose one I felt comfortable with/liked. I think it's really important that you choose a trainer you think you are going to work well with and can trust.
To be honest I found the whole personal trainer thing quite intimidating to start with, a professional who finds this whole fitness thing easy watching me... a complete amateur struggle at the most simple things. The worry that I won't be able to lift the lightest weight and just look stupid. It made me feel quite vulnerable and nervous tbh. I'm sure i'm not the only person to feel this way! But I soon discovered that personal trainers are in fact some of the most motivating kind people you will meet. They don't judge and they make you feel comfortable while working on your personal goals. Everyone is different and everyone is welcome in the gym, no matter what level you are at - this is something I have learnt since entering the fitness world.
I'm not going to go into my routine too much... I will save that for a video or future blog post! But basically I do a mixture of weights to target different parts of my body. I don't really do any cardio, and i'm happy to keep it that way haha. I warm up on the exercise bike but that's about it. My goal is to build strength and tone up so weight training is perfect for me!
It's really surprising how quickly you get stronger, it's honestly such a good feeling once you start seeing your body progress. For me personally since I have been going to the gym it has really helped with my back pain, that alone has been worth it!
Overall I really do believe this has been one of the most positive changes I have ever made for my health. It's been such a short amount of time but already I am feeling better, both mentally and physically. I can see my body slowly changing, and i'm loving what I see. In terms of having a personal trainer, this is something I would absolutely recommend. Investing in yourself is one of the best things you can do and I really do believe having a trainer makes a massive difference. I think I would have given up by now if it wasn't for my personal trainer, reminding me that I can do it and planning a routine to help me achieve my goals!
I am honestly so excited about this journey, I can't believe it's taken me 28 years to start. But better late than never ey! I also wanted to mention that I really have been overwhelmed by all the support from within the fitness industry, I feel like it's been so welcoming and a whole community I never realised was so amazing. I would encourage anyone who wants to get started to do it, if I can do it then anyone can!
Personal trainers i'd highly recommend checking out:
- BHO Fitness
- Green Machine Training
- Sandy | Online Coach