Let it go

Many of you may be wondering, where have I gone?  So I am writing a post because I like to write and get things down on paper (well computer screen) otherwise they are floating around in my head and they just keep floating around in my head and won’t go away. Much like when you go to bed and you think of a million and one things before going to sleep except mine is all day Hehe

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Ideal blog writing scenario

Ok so picture me typing Doogie Howsy style right now (can you remember that show?) actually scratch that Carrie Bradshaw style by a beautiful picturesque window, typing and pondering my ever so brilliant thoughts in beautifully crafted designer heels and some thoughtfully put together outfit. (I miss that show) Actually scratch that you know I am all about the real. Really I’m typing on my HP laptop in quickly put together outfit (because it was clean) in my living area facing a wall trying to type ever so quietly while my adventurous 10 month old sleeps and my little princess is at nursery trying to get few moments peace and quite while avoiding that pile of dishes and pile of clothes that needs folding. What my reality looks like when trying to create a blog post of my jumbled thoughts, nowhere near as glamorous hehe.

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Family fun at a recent trip to Peppa Pig world

What have I been doing in my time away. Enjoying my life, my children, my husband, my family and learning. Sometimes every now again you need to take a break, take a break from things that make you miss out on true beauty the beauty and wonder right in front of your face not through a phone/computer screen.

 

Another thing I have been doing is practising ‘letting it go’. No not that annoyingly catch song from Disney’s Frozen, no I’ve been letting things go from mind and body.

I have had a good old break from weight training as I said in my previous post on Instagram I want to train smarter not harder, so I think my body deserved a well-earned rest. I am always always always trying to improve on my knowledge to be the best trainer I can be so I can train optimally and get the best out of the workout for me and my clients. Actually not just for that fact alone, so my kids  and  especially can learn from me and not have to go through some of the annoying women’s problems we go through had we been taught correctly. For me that  has included learning more about optimal posture/alignment, more walks more stretching, more focus on proper core activation and more barefoot walking around. Will be back to weight training this week as I think my gym has got to be missing me, stretching and strengthening the whole body is important guys no one main area should be your focus it’s a balance of it all.

I have also been letting go of my tummy, ‘huh’ I can imagine you’re saying. Working on proper core activation I have noticed that I constantly walked around with my tummy muscles tighten actually not only walking around but even when sitting and I had to consciously say to myself’ let go of my tummy’. You’re probably thinking isn’t it good to keep your tummy clenched 24/7? Well, no! For your muscles/ body to work optimally your muscles need to be able to relax and tighten properly something that is rare in the modern-day from lack of movement and office jobs and serial TV watching etc. A muscle that is too tight (kept at a tension all the time) is only shortening the muscle and it cannot function to its best of its ability. I could go into a more in-depth science version but it good to keep things simple but Google is amazing thing if you want to learn more about your body. Keeping my tummy tight all time will only cause more dysfunction, letting my tummy go will relieve my core of the constant pressure on my core and allow for better core activation when it’s actually time for it do some real work. Now listen up working your core doesn’t just mean throwing in some ab crunches or planks daily, it’s much more than that, get to know the core muscles and learn how to fire them correctly for optimal heath. Note I don’t think I have done crunches in years and don’t intend not to more many more to come.

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In the essences of letting things go, I want you to try letting it go to, let your tummy go stop sucking in all day in the long run in its better for correct core function.

Let go of the serial high heel wearing ladies I am a recovering high heel addict (a post for another day) cut a long story short it creates more problems in your posture and alignment.

Let go of the couch, get out do some  fun things with your family go for a family walk. Get up and move.

Try letting go a little of this modern-day infatuation with social media and all the devices. Don’t get me wrong understand its importance but just don’t make it your focus. Try letting go of Instagram/Facebook for a few day/weeks.

If you follow my Instagram you hear me talk a lot about ‘Loving the skin you’re in’ Try letting go of that annoying voice in your head that urges you to compare yourself to that famous bodybuilding competitor/über fit person you follow that posts a picture daily of their whatever % body fat they have at the time that makes you feel you aren’t going hard enough. Loving yourself is the first step, in reality these guys work damn hard and what you see requires a lot of meticulous planning and preparation and is often not ideal for optimal health. They most likely cannot function at such low body fats for a long period of time. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Instead strive for improvement not perfection, I know you have heard that cheesy line so many times but it’s true. Work your body towards optimal health because most of us aren’t in a competition that will arrive at the end of 12 weeks’ time of vigorous training you’re in that competition called LIFE.

 

 

Have a lovely blessed day all.

 

Mrs Workout

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting a fitness journey

Mr & Mrs are only human so our nutrition isn’t always 100% tight but when we do get it on point we use some of the below sites and apps to keep us on track. It wouldn’t be feasible for us to do this type of tracking with our meals the whole year round so we use them as guides. If we feel we are going off track we may count/track calories and macros for a week or two to see where we are going wrong.
Adopting a healthy approach and eating balanced meals with a combination  of Carbs, Proteins, Fats, Fruits and Veg in your diet is the best way to stay healthy if you don’t want to track that’s fine it’s not for everyone I can be discouraging and obsessive for some.

Daily Calorie needs calculator

Here is a calculator to find out your basic daily calorie needs. This is just an estimate If your goal is to lose weight subtract 300/500 pounds from the total or add that much on top if yours is to gain.

Calorie Counter App

If you want to track your macros or calories you can use this site and app where you can modify it to your goals. Note***  the app will have pre-set macros to change this go to the desktop site and logo in and change the macro details as you want in settings***

What are Macronutrients

Macronutrients are class of nutrients that provide calories or energy. Nutrients are substances needed for growth, metabolism, and for other body functions. The three main nutrients are Carbs, Protein and Fat people can manipulate these in their diet to get different results.

What Are Macros?

Macro Calculator

“To work out your macros for the day select the calculator that has the percentages that most suit your goals enter your daily calories needs in and voila!

Exercise Library

If your ever feeling lost and your following a program or your just don’t understand how a machine works. Visit this page below keep it in your favourites or download their app and have it direct on your phone.

Workout While The Kids Sleep

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Workout While The Kids Sleep

I am lover of the gym I design my workouts to get maximum benefit whether I be in the gym or at home. If you follow us you will know we are  busy parents of two and you know just like anyone else that sometimes you just can’t make it to the gym so what do you do…. workout while the kids sleep

Lil Mr Workout turned 8 months just over a week ago and has learnt to walk, has cut his two front teeth, recovering from a bout of chicken pox and not quite mastered the fine arts of sleeping through the night. Through all this development he is doing makes for some what of an interesting task  when you are trying to head out for an evening workout, we try plan our workouts in after the kids have gone to bed and we normally tag team alternate days.  I am sure you can imagine all this new development for an 8 month baby means much needed cuddle time with Mummy which calls for me to be close but…. alas I don’t want to have to stop training so while the kids slept Mr Workout and I got our workout on.

Here is my back and active rest workout, great for killing two birds with one stone when you are short for time and want to get your weight training done and cardio in for that day great for fat loss and working on sculpting those muscles and great workout while the kids sleep.

Make sure you warm up nicely to get the body warm and get the blood pumping to the muscles add in some dynamic stretches and pay close attention to the muscles you will be working.  Always make sure you do the  resistance move before the plyometric/ cardio move this way you can ensure  you put maxim effort in your lift.  If you don’t have a bosu ball that’s fine you can do body weight ( sssshh a secret  mine isn’t a bosu ball its actually a cheaper version I found from Amazon UK works just as well ) I am also using a Lerbert Equalizer as  a safer option as  a pull up variation  due to me having hernia surgery a few months back. You can make a make shift one but please ensure its stable. Or use a a resistance band on a pull up bar to assist you, Rubber Banditz its a great company but  there are loads if you search on Amazon or you can ask your partner to help you. If you are really feeling beast-mode use the pull up bar all on its own. ( Mentally high fiving you right now)  For the resistance/weight training moves I am using my York Fitness dial select dumbbells, you can use resistance bands? kettle bells, heavy water bottles or anything that will provide you resistance and be a challenge for you.

Each move I  did 4 sets 15 reps with no breaks in between the paired exercises after each set rest for 30  to 60 seconds.

Note…As you  see in the video I shouted ‘ I can row this!!!’ I surprised myself with a weight I didn’t think I could do for 15 reps so don’t forget to challenge yourself ( whilst being safe of course)

Inverted row ( Great regression for pull ups)

  • With feet on the stability dome ( This provides some extra instability to increase the intensity)
  • Grab hold of the bars and pull yourself up
  • Neutral spine as as always

Note: You can  use a pull up bar and just do assisted squat

Stability dome squat

  • Dome side down careful get on, use something to help you balance if needed
  • Arms out in form for balance thumb sups if you like as I have done it will help you activate your back to help squat
  • Upper thighs parallel to the ground as you sit back into the squat
  • Knees behind  toes
  • Back straight with a slight curve in lower spine
  • Chest up and  neutral spine
  • As you drive back up push the weight though your heels

Note: You can do a standard body weight squat if you like

Do each exercise after each other  rest and repeat till your sets are done

Double dumbbell arm row

This is a slight variation on a double arm row with a longer reach

  • Neutral spine- head and spine in alignment.
  • Bending at the waist
  • Draw the weight towards  your torso bending at the elbow keeping the upper arm parallel to floor
  • Don’t forget to breath out as you bring the weight up

Lunge  jump squat

  • Jumping one foot forward and the other back with a  bend in the knee
  • The forward  foot having knees behind toes
  • Spring back up bringing the feet to middle
  • Jumping out in to a low squat knees

Do each exercise after each other  rest and repeat till your sets are done

Single arm row

  • Neutral spine- head and spine in alignment.
  • Bending at the waist
  • Draw the weight towards  your torso bending at the elbow keeping the upper arm parallel to floor
  • Don’t forget to breath out as you bring the weight up
  • I have rested my hand on the equalizer for added stability but you can use a  hair or a bench if you have it

1 Leg on bosu  ball squat jump with

  • 1 leg in the stability dome and one on the ground explode off the ground as  you would normally do a jump squat
  • The upper legs should be parallel to the ground to get maximum benefit.
  • Ensure you knees are behind the toes.
  • When returning to the ground make sure those knees have  a soft bend
  • Put those hand out in from of you stabilise yourself it will also help for momentum

Do one arm and one leg  rest and do the other side.

Deadlift

  • With a  slight bend in the the knees, hips back and back straight.
  • Keeping your back and arms completely straight at all times
  • Use your hips to lift the dumbbell as you breath out

Squat jump on stability dome

  • Stability dome  facing up
  • Feet either side of the the dome jump up on to the dome
  • Soft bend in the knees as land in the middle of the dome
  • Push of the centre of the dome returning feet either side of the dome

Do each exercise after each other  rest and repeat till your sets are done

A great workout for your back and some cardio which will have the legs burning the kids were asleep so it made it at an extra challenge to keep the  jumps light footed lol try it out and let me know what you think, workout while the kids sleep;)