Lost motivation to get in shape? I know the feeling..

I’ve always been a gym user, ever since my dad use to take me along with him when I was younger. I’m one of those strange people that gets a buzz from exercise and can get a little grouchy when I don’t have the time to make it to the gym.  I’ve been to lots of gyms – LA Fitness, Fitness First, David Lloyd and a few privately owned ones, they all have their pros and cons but my favourite has been David Lloyd but it comes with a high monthly fee.

I’m lucky enough to have a gym just around the corner from my work so I can escape at lunch to work out, or more recently I’ve been heading in at 7am so I get a bit more time before work starts. Recently thought, I’ve been getting a little demotivated. My fitness level feels good but the last stubborn bit of weight is getting hard to shift and with summer approaching i’d like lots of confidence to get my white, wobbly bits out.

Sometimes I tend to over-do it and go to the gym 5 times a week, I think I feel better if I cut this down to 3 times and do some cardio on the other days. It really does help to give your muscles a rest but you don’t have to cut out exercise all together, it’s just important to vary the muscles used. So this is what i’m going to try..

Day 1: Chest & Back

Day 2: Biceps & Triceps

Day 3: Legs, Traps, Shoulders

I’m going to attempt the following exercises:

Chest & Back

Cross trainer – 20 minutes.  Bench press – 2 sets, 15 reps. Bench press Inclinded – 2 sets, 9 reps. Chest flys – 1 set, 9 reps. Upright row – 2 sets, 9 reps.  Abs: crunches and bicycle kicks.

Biceps & Triceps

Cross trainer25 minutes. Wrist curls2 sets. Dumbbell curl – 2 sets, 15 reps. Hammer curl – 2 sets, 20 reps. Tricep pushdown rope – 2 sets, 10 reps. Tricep dips – 2 sets, 20 reps.  Abs: reverse crunchies and dumbbell side bend.

Legs, Traps, Shoulders

Cross trainer – 20 minutes. Side lateral raise – 2 sets, 8 reps. Shoulder press – 2 sets, 10 reps. Squats – 2 sets, 10 reps. Abs: crunches

Lets hope it all goes to plan!

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