I have been looking around for quite sometime for a bike. I really wanted to spend the time finding the right one. I had been advised to find a hybrid, basically a road/track bike. I tried this Roam 4 2021 out in Suffolk and kind of fell in love with it! Can’t wait to go on cycle days and to include it in my commute.
Started to get my rhythm with front crawl. Early mornings a really helping me and starting weight training again, with 1hr sessions in the evening. 💪🏼
Its been ages since I wrote about fitness, the last time was back in April when I was well underway with my cutting programme. After losing what felt like alot of body fat I eased the deficit back after my holiday to Ibiza in July. Since then I have alowed myslef into a slight surplus of calories. I really didnt want to increase it all by much but just enough to continue to give me a good source of energy.
If you have been reading the past couple of blog posts, I have since moved to Manchester. I have been doing my hardest to remain in a good fitness routine, I have since discovered how much a good routine can impact nearly every part of your fitness. So I guess I just told myself that I have to accept the moving transition and just do my best to achieve my goals.
One thing this year was the discovery of my new favourite YouTuber Jeff Nippard. I have been following Mike Matthews for a while now and he was the guy who wrote Bigger, Leaner Stronger which is what I based my cutting diet off of. So I found Jeff Nippard, he is a Canadian based natural bodybuilder. I initially came across his videos on YouTube and I particularly liked his scientific-based approach to his content. Jeff and Mike both share this pattern and I really like that how every statement he makes is backed up by a lot of research from studies all over the world. I also found a few similarities in both their training patterns and processes. When you have clarification from tips and suggestions it really helps you believe you can achieve and I guess this is how I have become motivated.
During the tail end of the summer, I really started to enjoy working out the lower body. I found it super challenging and also rewarding. I have put as much skill as I physically and possibly can into leg training, some days have been terrible but other have been great. Last night I had a great leg workout and managed to reach my PB which I haven't in ages due to attempting to perfect my form of the squat. Anyways, I decided to change the routine around. When I discovered Jeff Nippards PPL (Push Pull Legs) programme I was excited that I could train legs twice a week. I really felt like that's what I needed to do to progress. It just gives your body enough time to recover during the week before hitting the same muscle groups again.
The programme is designed to take you through 8-week blocks of increased volume work. The idea is that you (like Mike Matthews) just add volume and increase resistance over time. Along with this, I have kept a reasonable diet, aided by the calculations from the Bigger Leaner Stronger book. For me recently I feel that my shoulders and legs have progressed on better than other areas. I have really enjoyed this programme and I am now able to exchange exercises more confidently than I did. I have been continuing HIIT training twice a week where I feel it fits.
I have recently made a discovery in Manchester, they have just opened a Barrys Bootcamp. I went to a class with my brother and his girlfriend the other weekend and I have decided that these classes can replace one of my HIIT training sessions. Also I have felt it nessecary to start going from a socialbe aspect too.
Now I'm not a big one for creating to over the top new years resolutions, but I want to start a deficit diet in the new year. Sometimes it is just easier to join everyone else who is trying to diet in the new year. I will next post a fitness update in 2019.
- Legs and Abdominals
- Chest and Triceps
- Back and Biceps
- 3 x Cardio Sessions @ Heart Rate: 140bpm for 30mins a week
- 1 x Body Pump Class for 1hr (I may use this as one of my cardio sessions)