The Gym Myself And I
Hi guys just me again, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about how I started the gym, my thought of it and what types of training I started off doing.
As you all know by my previous blog post I have always been very sporty and I also loved running and keeping active. But to be honest with you all I had no clue what to do in the gym apart from doing crunches and sit-ups and knowing how to work the cardiovascular machines.
When I first started the gym I was very nervous I always had been a nervous person when going into new places. Imagine walking into this massive gym with loads of strangers all looking at you like you’re an alien, yeah that’s how I felt. To be honest they probably weren't looking at me at all that’s just what I felt like at the time. The first thing I did was walk straight past all the weight machines and the free weights and planted myself straight onto a treadmill. This is probably the go to machine for beginners at the gym as well as the majority of the cardiovascular machines.
Don’t you just wish there were more people in the gym that would drag you off those cardiovascular machines and show you different styles of training just out the kindness of their hearts? Besides the point, after the cardiovascular exercise phase I started to make friends in the gym and started working out with different people which gave me a very big insight as to what you could actually achieve through working out.
When training with my ‘gym friends’ they started teaching me more and more about weight lifting and resistance training. My friends had me doing squats, bench press, dead lifting and all the weight machines that our gym had. I thought this was amazing and so interesting and I couldn't get enough of it. Through the months I realised I was getting stronger and stronger and I could tell it was working. Not that being strong matters at all because it doesn't, being happy matters the most.
By about a year of being at the gym I had tried all different kinds of workouts, for example I went through a stage of trying to lift as much weight as I could for one rep at a time or I would try and get as many reps out until failure.
I started doing drop sets, this is where you do as many reps as you can on a specific weight and straight after you lower the weight and do as many reps as you can again. These are one of my favourite as you can really feel the burn and feel it working.
The results that I was getting from weight lifting alone were amazing, I looked so much better and you know what? From then on I felt like a much more confident person and I wasn't that nervous person that I was when I first started the gym.
I also did incorporate cardiovascular training still as I loved my running and sorts and cardiovascular exercise to get my heart pumping. My favourite type of cardiovascular exercise when in the gym is HIIT this stands for high intensity interval training. HIIT is such a great form of cardiovascular exercise it can be done on the stair master the treadmill the bike machines and plenty more.
An example of one way I would perform HIIT training on the treadmill. It is important to warm up for a couple of minutes first usually briskly walking. When I felt warm and ready I whacked the speed up and give it my all with an intense burst of exercise. Usually I would try and sprint like I'm Usain Bolt for 30 seconds but obviously that is very unlikely I would have achieved that goal! When the 30 seconds were up the speed would be lowered back into that brisk walking pace this is my recovery period and would last for an overall 30 seconds too. Repeating this for 10-20 minutes would kill me but I did it. Believe me you get a sweat on with this and it is a great way to build up your stamina and aids in fat loss.
From the time I started the gym to being there for about a year my whole body had changed for the better. I had become a more confident person. And the most important thing of all is I was extremely happy.