I started a new programme at the very end of December 2018…
This programme is called 100days To Strong created by a very respectable strength coach called Andy McKenzie and I believe it has heavily influenced my physical and mental acceptance. I’m not very good at writing my own programmes and following them through, I am fully invested in writing incredible programmes for my clients and the thought of doing my own doesn’t excite me, I would rather pay someone else to do mine for me. Also, when someone else tells you to “just get on with it”, you’re more likely to get on with it right? That’s my theory anyway! Interestingly the first block has NO compound barbell lifts, go figure! I have been lifting with barbells consistently for the past 4-5years and my initial thoughts were, “how am I going to get stronger without lifting?” well, 4 weeks down I feel stronger & fitter than ever. This has taught/reminded me that to get stronger we often need to strip all of the components of exercise back to work on our weaker links like, your cardiovascular fitness, endurance, power, speed, agility and bodyweight strength. All of these components help to increase overall strength.
The positives of allowing myself to be heavier means I can eat to fuel my body as a machine, I eat to live, rather than eating solely just to survive. For one, I love food so I am extremely happy about that haha, however it also means I can finally light up the energy rocket up my arse. I am finding I can do super cool things again like chest to floor press ups, I can maintain a decent hiking pace without my legs burning out too quickly, I can run, I can sprint, I can even free handstand hold and feel my core through my toes?!? The other very important thing I need to tell you is that I have also managed to maintain the size of my glutes whilst not doing any barbell work, no hip thrusts for a month! I didn’t think that was even possible? I can feel my glutes working when I sprint, I can feel my glutes working when I do a burpee, I can feel my glutes working when I am half dying on the AirDyne Bike. Yes, I love having a big peach, that’s never going to change, not ever lol, that’s why I forever swear by my brand #getpeachy! Your glutes are the powerhouse of your body – get them big and strong and you won’t regret it ever!
Now, I just want to make it clear when I say “I want to be stronger” I don’t mean I feel the need to be able to lift my bodyweight x 2. No, I don’t care about the number of KG’s I can lift, it serves me no purpose other than knowing a number. Yes of course it’s cool to see those numbers go up here and there, however, the total amount of weight lifted doesn’t actually bother me. I care about my own body strength, which I can only describe as how well I connect with my body, how well I can brace my core, how well I can connect with my back muscles and to feel physically strong in your body is such an amazing feeling, it’s so powerful. I guess looking back I was very “weedy” at school, I remember playing Netball and being knocked over many times because I was as light as a feather I had no strength to hold myself. I was laughed at a bit, I was never bullied but it sucked to feel weedy, I mean back then I was just skin and bone! Now, I’d be as strong as a pillar! I still hate Netball though lol!