9th August 2016

TOTAL WARRIOR 2016

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Firstly, I want to start this post by asking if any of you have ever taken part in Total Warrior? If you have… well, WELL DONE YOU!!!

After watching my brother complete total warrior last year, myself and a couple of girls I worked with at the time decided to give the challenge a go. So, if anything I thought it would at least be a great laugh and a test to see if the gym sessions I’ve been doing over the last couple of months have been working wonders.

We started the assault course at 1.30pm and if you have never seen or heard of total warrior I’ll let you know of just a couple of the obstacles involved. Firstly, there was the human bbq where you had to jump over fire and land in a pool of muddy water. And.. to be honest it only got muddier from there, we had to crawl through swamps of mud to avoid the barbed wire above our head, dive into freezing could ice water, run through electric wires, slide down soapy slides, monkey bars across little lakes and try and rescue our shoes whilst being knee deep in mud. If I’ve not already convinced you you want to do it, this obstacle course covers 10km of ground so theres a fair bit of running involved to… or walking if you’re us.

Although I’m still shivering from it now, the day was sooo much fun and I’m so glad I did it and experienced it even if I never do it again…. until next time Total Warrior.

Total warrior

Rhiannon x 

24th June 2016

FITNESS FRIDAY #1

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This week has been the week that I’ve found the gym routine that suits me again and I mean business, so the fitness Friday Posts are going to make a return on the blog and I’m going to let you know what I have been up to at the gym and what has been keeping me motivated to keep going.

Saturday – Full body weights & cardio. 45 mins. 333 cals burnt. 135 avg bpm.

Monday – Short & sweet leg workout. 35 mins. 295 cals burnt. 141 avg bpm.

Tuesday – Full body weights & cardio PT session. 1 hour. 245 cals burnt. 145 avg bpm.

Wednesday – Body Combat class. 55 mins. 559 cals burnt. 157 avg bpm.

Thursday – Full body weights & cardio. 50 mins. 471 cals burnt. 149 avg bpm.

Friday – Rest day.

Last week I introduced personal training sessions into my fitness routine and my personal just so happens to be my brother, which is great because he doesn’t mind bossing me around. I’ve had two sessions so far where we have been through a general training plan including weights and cardio and so far I’ve found it incredibly helpful and it’s given me confidence to walk in the gym and know what I’m doing without having to stress about which machine to go on next. I would definitely recommend at least 1 or 2 PT sessions is you’re newby to the gym to gain confidence and know exactly what to do to reach your goals.

What have you been up to at the gym recently?

Rhiannon x

11th May 2016

Why it’s ok to give up – My K2B Experience

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Each year when January rolls around almost 50% of Cumbrians will be found out walking the fells in preparation for the infamous 43 mile walk from Keswick to Barrow. The other 50% of Cumbrians are usually discussing how they would never in a million years even entertain the thought of taking on the 43 mile challenge. I have always fallen into the latter 50%, until this year. One of my new year’s resolutions was to say yes to more things, take on more challenges and improve my fitness level. So, when I received a text of my friend mid-April asking if I would join her work team as someone had to drop out, I had to say yess!

So that meant four weeks from the date of the event, I had just signed up to walk 43 miles all in aid of the Oncology unit at Manchester Children’s Hospital, and other than the small amount of dog walking strolls I have done this year, terrifyingly I had done absolutely no long distance walks. The next four weeks flew by; I had done one 14 mile walk, had a sickness bug for a week and visited London to watch the London Marathon, so very little amounts of training were done. I feel so far in this post I have just made excuses as to why I should not have even attempted the K2B and that is what I had been doing in my head for the past four weeks, however, giving up is not something that I do lightly at all and although it is probably one of the most challenging things I have ever attempted I was determined I wanted to complete it.

When the day came and I found myself setting my alarm for 2am to get the coach to Keswick at 3am to then set off walking at 6am, I won’t lie I was actually quite excited.

We got to Keswick at 5am where all the runners set off, followed by all the walkers at roughly 6am. We set off at a fairly good pace, as everyone was jogging past us, we decided to find a good walking pace and try and stick to that throughout the walk. The first couple of hours flew by, it was a beautiful 23 degree day and the scenery was stunning. Before we knew it the first 8 miles were done, I could start to feel my feet hurt and blisters forming so I quickly got plasters on them which unfortunately didn’t stop the pain. We got to the first checkpoint at Grasmere which was 13 miles in, fuelled up on some food and water and began walking again. This was a tough part, once I had sat down, cared to the humongous blisters that had formed on both of my feet, my legs felt ridiculously heavy and almost like they were made of stone.

The next checkpoint which was another 11 miles in went a lot slower, we decided to put our headphones in for motivation and try and tackle what I can only describe as an almost vertical hill which led into Elterwater, I made it to the top where everyone was gasping for air and reassuring each other that the worst bit was now over, at this point my feet were in unbearable amounts of pain due to the blisters that had formed and I was starting to doubt whether I would be able to make it another 20 miles after Coniston. I told my friend to speed up ahead so she can make it to the next checkpoint in good time and I was holding her back. It seemed to be never ending up until Coniston in which time I had managed to trip over a rock and sprain my left foot.

That was when I decided I was not going any further after Coniston, I had made it 23 miles and although I wasn’t happy with that I was scared of the damage to my foot I could have done had I gone any further, and also if I did carry on it is more than likely that I would have been the very last person hobbling in at 11pm.

This is the first time in my life that I have ever had to give up on something and for me it was an incredibly difficult decision to make, my mother is very much of the attitude that as long as your have given it your best shot that is all you can ask of yourself, whereas my father would never ever dream of giving up on a challenge and although he is proud of me no matter where I finish, the trait of not giving up and challenging myself is a characteristic I have inherited from my dad.

Although, giving up was an incredibly hard decision I do not regret it at all, I gave it my best shot and knew it would be an extremely challenging event to take part in, if anything it made me even more determined to get out walking, improve my fitness levels then should I attempt the challenge again I would have a better chance of making it to the finish line.

Well done to anyone who took part in the K2B on Saturday!!

26th March 2016

Motivation to ‘Gym’

picjumbo.com_IMG_7214I was a very sporty child, I loved playing football, basketball and gymnastics and even won a few karate competitions. I almost had something going on every night of the week, but I feel like most children go through that phase, where you don’t care what anyone thinks and just do what makes you happy. But then you want to start spending more time with your friends, boys come along and education starts getting serious so all the stuff that used to be fun fizzles out.

Fast forward to over 10 years later when I left sixth form I was COMPLETELY unhappy with how I looked and how I felt, since then it has been a battle trying to get into a fitness routine that will eventually change my lifestyle.

Now I’ve been ‘gyming’ for a good few months, I don’t feel there is a major difference to how I look but I feel like a completely happier person.

Ways to motivate yourself to get back to the gym:

  • Sign up for a class, there’s nothing more motivating than knowing you have to be at the gym at a certain time to join a group of people who are going to work their butts off with an instructor who is going to do their best to motivate you and make it fun.
  • Get some new gym gear, if your into looking good at the gym buy yourself some new trainers, brightly patterned leggings and a neon tshirt 
  • Find a gym friend, I’ve always been a massive gym loner but I’ve always just thought of it as ‘get there, do what I need to do, get home’ so I’ve never hung around to chat to anyone. Recently one of my friends has joined the same gym as me and we’ve started going together, we text each other to make sure one another are going to the gym and always have a good gossip and a laugh when we get there.
  • Try a Personal Trainer, I’ve only ever had one personal training session a couple of years ago as the gym I was at offered 1 free. I found it so useful, I still exercise in a similar format to what the PT showed me and I still do a couple of the exercises he showed me as well. Although I know they are quite expensive I think just even having 1 or 2 would be useful and build your confidence in the gym
  • Get yourself on Social Media, If anyone ever scrolls down my instagram feed its full of workout videos, bowls of overnight oats and selfies that make me want to live in the gym for the rest of my life. I think it’s important not to compare yourself to anything you see on social media but to use it as a motivation. I follow a lot of girls who do Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide.

Rhiannon x