Monday, 27 May 2013

The other side of the gym.

Back in February, post Christmas season (this season seems to stretch longer every year), Jose and I decided to kick ourselves into action and join the gym. I kind of knew what this entailed. Me, going for about three weeks, and then maybe once a month after that. However, after being persuaded by some lycra-clad ladies, I ended up buying 12 personal training sessions.

My trainer Kelsey, was very in shape, and I on the other hand, felt like a little round ball. First off, we had a chat about my goals, or lack thereof actually. "I want to lose weight and tone up." I'm sure these trainers would be millionaires if they got a dollar every time a woman said that. Anyways, we began.

I have to say after the first week, I could barely get myself out of bed, I just waved my hands around and whimpered.

Now, 24 sessions later, I am a converted iron pumper. Actually that's exaggerating a little, but I now understand why people say that the best way to 'tone up' is by lifting weights, not using the elliptical machine. It has actually taught me a lot about working out, I even own a pair of those little gloves that weight lifting people use.

I personally enjoy arms day much more than legs day, which has actually surprised me. I can only do 10 pushups comfortably, but considering my first failed pushup on day one, I'm pleased with my 10. I can really see a big difference in my arms, and my legs are slowing starting to change. We do a lot of functional exercises using quite heavy weights, for example, squats, dead-lifts, lunges, pushups, pull-ups, bench presses and some plyometrics.

I've realized that you have to work really hard to see results; fast walking on the treadmill isn't going to give you results. I would totally recommend Kelsey, she works at the Yaletown location if anyone is interested.

After I go to the gym, Kelsey told me about a smoothie/vitamin store called 'Body Energy Club. They have such good smoothies, my favourite is the 'Organic Chocolate Monkey' + Vega Sport protein powder, or the 'Bananarama'. They have a new location now on Robson and Homer Street. Definitely try one. 

Some really good fitness youtube channels that I love watching. 

The Lean Machines (two English guys with nice accents... is it weird that I say that??)
Lean Secrets (Really to the point, very interesting and has an inspirational b-hind)
The Daily Hitt (Formally BodyRockers. Mildly pornographic.. but lots of interesting work outs you can do at home)
Tone it up (You will just wish you could be one of them, I find the exercises a bit plank-y)
Flavilicious (A bit hardcore, and currently she is pregnant)
Zuzka Light (Really really hardcore, I feel like I get a workout just watching)
Melissa Bender At Home workouts.

This is a really good video for your backside. 
34 Best Butt Exercises .