Slogging it out on the treadmill for 40 minutes just wasn’t fun - and wasn’t really making any difference to my fitness.
But it turns out I was doing completely the wrong thing. Great to do while warming up for your workout or after getting back from a run to add a little extra to your workout!
By doing lots of different and creative exercises, I never got bored and not only started looking forward to my workouts but genuinely felt a bit sad when I had a few days without a session. The workouts were based around resistance training and compound exercises - there was strictly no cardio, but I finished each session sweaty, red in the face and was frequently out of breath.
I felt it in my muscles the day after each workout, in the most glorious and satisfying of ways.
Plus, running on a treadmill for however long is easy as you don’t have to think - working out with weights and scary-looking machines means you have to know what you’re doing and plan your workout.
The thing is, just doing cardio isn’t very effective if you want to burn fat - you need to build muscle to boost your basal metabolic rate.
Riona Kelly, 37, was left paralysed from her waist down following a spinal stroke and was told she would never regain the use of her legs.
I'm no longer training with Addison, but three weeks was enough to give me the fitness bug.
“I hadn’t fallen out of love with exercise, I had just ran out of motivation to get up and do it,” Addison told #Repost our fave girl @nicola.addison teaching us a little more about what a compound movement is and why it is good for us 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼😍😍😍😍 ・・・ LOVED filming my #fitopedia for @healthistatv the other week.
Can't wait for the series to drop 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 A post shared by Eqvvs Training (@eqvvstraining) on Sometimes you just get bored of your exercise regime, you might plateau in your progress, and making yourself do something you really don’t want to do is incredibly hard. At uni, I would go to the gym a few times a week, take dance classes and swim.
But then I moved to London, started working, life got in the way and I told myself I could neither afford to exercise (be that joining a gym or taking classes) nor find the time. But it meant I’d completely fallen out of love with exercise.
I didn’t like that fact, and I’d done sporadic workouts or classes in a bid to kickstart my fitness but had never got anywhere.