I’m someone who gets bored with an exercise routine pretty easily. How I managed to stick to BBG for 2.5 years straight, I’ll never know! Just proves how strong my exercise addiction was… but that’s a whole other story!
In the past 3 years I’ve done BBG, Emily Sky, Sweat Believe Roar, F45 and Sarah’s Day ebooks, as well as dabbled in my own random workout routines along the way. All done from home might I add (with the exception of F45). I haven’t been a member of a gym since 2014. Most recently I had been doing Sarah’s Day Sweat It Reload ebook – which I repeated twice. This was slightly different from her first ebook and the BBG workouts which had pretty much made up majority of my workouts over the last three years.
The difference in this ebook was, a few days a week you would do a workout called a “Sezzy Circuit”. So unlike the other high intensity circuits in the ebooks, designed to make you burn calories, these focused more on weights and building strength with lower reps and heavier weights.
This is what triggered my desire for change. I was absolutely LOVING the few days a week a Sezzy Circuit was on the schedule! I found myself even swapping “Sweaty Shredders” and “Toning Power” workouts for Sezzy Circuits. Then I found myself upping my weights each workout; challenging myself that little bit extra. And then I began altering each Sezzy Circuit to be completely weights – removing any plyometrics or cardio, and just adding in weighted exercises I enjoyed. But that became a little too much effort for me to constantly alter and change workouts, so now…
I’m lucky enough to have a older sister who is also a qualified Personal Trainer and Health Coach who is now writing my weekly programs. I’ve been doing them from home using my barbell, bench, dumbbells, kettle bells and resistance bands. But, I’m pretty excited that I have finally joined a gym again! So that is where majority of my workouts will be taking place from now on. Not gonna lie; slightly excited to get to play with all the cool equipment again!
My new workout split will look something like this:
- Monday: Legs (my fave!)
- Tuesday: Upper Body & abs
- Wednesday: Back & HIIT
- Thursday: Legs (again! Yass)
- Friday: Full Body
- Saturday: LISS (active recovery session) & abs
- Sunday: Rest day, stretching, foam rolling
So gone are the days of being a cardio bunny; bring on all the weights! Which brings me to this little (*long* – sorry not sorry; it’s important) side note…
Weights vs Cardio
Yes I will admit it – I was that girl who was scared to give up her cardio because I feared I would gain weight. Thankfully, I have overcome that fear.
When I started incorporating more ‘weight focused’ workouts, and moved away from all the cardio and HIIT circuits I had been doing, I noticed some massive changes…
For the first time in a while, I was excited to wake up to my 5:30am alarm and workout! I genuinely love these workouts and how they make me feel post-workout! I don’t ever remember waking up excited to spend a hour or 2 on the treadmill.
I started to feel more energised, as well as less fatigued and run down during the day. Cardio & high intensity circuits are draining!! They are not a style of workout you can maintain for a long time. Its just too taxing on the body. One or two sessions here and there is totally fine and great for burning fat, but everyday like I was doing… It does you more harm than good by placing excessive ‘stress’ on the body, which, as a result, leads to the body holding onto more fat rather than burning it.
My mindset towards my body shifted. I so did not expect this change. But as I began lifting and focusing less on cardio and workouts that were designed to just ‘burn calories’ my mindset towards exercise and towards myself changed. Not only did I begin to love exercise again, I began to love myself! This was huge! Coming from years of hating my body and exercising to be ‘skinnier’ and ‘leaner’ and to ‘weight less’; these things finally did not matter to me in the slightest. Lifting allowed me to focus on something other than the number of calories burned on my heart rate monitor and the number on the scale. Lifting weights has allowed me to focus on bettering myself, for myself and for my overall holistic health. I feel like I’ve been able to grow as a person. I’ve grown stronger both physically and mentally. I’m happier and I feel healthier. I’m grateful for my body everyday; its freaking amazing – it allows me to lift heavier each day and smash killer workouts I look at and think are impossible at first.
I can honestly say, lifting weights has allowed me to start loving my body again because its shown me just how strong, capable and amazing my body truely is! I don’t need a number on a scale, piece of clothing or tape measure to tell me this; because I know this from experiencing it! #screwthescales. And making the decision to move away from cardio/HIIT has been one of the best things I could have done for myself.
I promise you; you don’t have to spend hours a day slaving away on a treadmill or cardio machines to see results or to be healthy! I’ve pretty much given up cardio completely over these last few months & replaced those sessions with weights; and this crazy thing happened.. I didn’t gain weight. I actually feel leaner & healthier than ever before. So just know, cardio isn’t the only option out there to help you achieve your goals.
But with all that said, exercise, just like humans, is individual! And what works for one person isn’t going to necessarily work for the next. So experiment like I did and find what works for you. Find a workout style that makes you want to wake up at 5:30am to do it! It might be yoga, pilates, spin class or weights like it is for me! You do you. But most importantly, do what makes you feel happy and healthy. Because exercise and working out is about so much more than just physical benefits and changes; it should make you feel good from the inside-out!
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