Today I want to talk training.
I had a new online client start with me last week, and as usual, I asked her to fill out a number of questions before I could design her new training and nutrition plan.
For the sake of this post I’m going to call the client Mrs Jones
One of the questions I asked Mrs Jones was the details of her current training schedule. I have NEVER seen anything like it:
* Spin every morning at 6am followed by yoga at 7am
* A quick 5k run on her lunch break
* Weight training after work
* Boxercise to finish the day at 7pm
WHAT. THE. FLIP?
^^^ I really wanted to swear there, but as it’s a family newsletter “FLIP” will have to do for now ^^^
Anyway, Mrs Jones came to me for help as she felt her results had stalled. Her body fat was no longer dropping and in fact it had started to creep back up again, which she just didn’t understand as she was working so hard.
I asked her how she felt day to day and her answer was:
* Never 100%
* Hungry all the time
* Sick a lot more frequently than her friends
^^^ Wowzers ^^^
So let’s just get one thing straight right now…
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE DOING AN INSANE AMOUNT OF EXERCISE IN ORDER TO GET RESULTS.
You don’t even have to be puking, fainting or dying in the gym as so many “helpful” posts on social media will have you believe.
Yes, you need to work hard, but you also need to work SMART.
At the end of the day, who wants to spend their entire life in the gym?
Would’t you rather be spending time with your family? Catching up with friends? Being outside? Taking part in other hobbies? Walking? Climbing? Chilling out? Or whatever floats your boat, rather than spinning yourself silly a trillion times a week?
^^^ I know I certainly would ^^^
I’m a BIG fan of doing the type of training that provides the most benefit in the shortest amount of time, without adding to my stress levels and effecting my overall health. I also want the same for my clients.
For the majority of you, this will mean:
* Strength training 3 x per week
* HIIT session (sprints) 1 -2 x per week
* Cardio session (steady state) 1 -2 x per week
The rest of your results will come from:
* Quality sleep
* Stress management
If you find yourself lacking in energy, constantly hungry, perpetually sore, teary, or really having to force yourself to train, then there’s a chance you could be overtraining.
Training is meant to enhance and optimise your life, NOT leave you feeling tired, sluggish and stressed out.
^^^ Does this sound like you? ^^^
If so, get in touch and let’s see how I can help 🙂