Ok day 23 of recording my training and nutrition log and it seems to be going well although time constraints have meant that I have had to choose the morning gym sessions over the evening fitness classes (I did both in the first 2 weeks and am hoping to pick that up again at the end of August when I’ll have more time on my hands). However, today I have been able to do both – I did boxercise this morning and weights this evening.
Fitness classes, like bodypump (a weights class), boxercise (does what it says on the tin), kettle bells (a weights class) and circuits (it’s in the name dummy) (these are the ones I enjoy but there are loads more), can be a great form of high intensity cardio. That means they get your heart rate pumping and are fantastic way of burning body fat whilst gaining muscle (which is needed for body tone). Believe it or not low intensity cardio, training done at a slow speeds for medium to long periods of time, which seem very popular in the gym, are great for building endurance or stamina but are poor for losing fat or gaining muscle. Personally, I would avoid LIC unless you are starting out and want to build a foundation, your training for a sport or, like me, you do it on rest days (it’s also good for warming up and cooling down). Instead, I would try out some fitness classes, which can complement gym sessions, help add some variety to your routine or make up the bulk of your training – depending on your goals or training needs.
Breakfast: porridge, mixed seeds and goji berries followed by a poached egg.
Post- Workout: all-in-one shake
Snack 1: beef biltong (it’s like jerky)
Snack 2: 2 small plums and a pear with mixed seeds
Lunch: large chicken breast, cooked spinach and salad
Snack 1: a tangerine with mixed seeds
Snack 2: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Dinner: seafood and veg in a oriental sauce
Snack: pineapple and Greek yogurt with mixed seeds and goji berries
Post-Workout: all-in-one shake
*no food after 6pm