Why I love Xercise

So I’ve been so busy lately my blog seems to have gone out of the window! New city, new job, and my completing my masters…it’s just been absolutely mental. More on that later though!
So I’m happy to announce I’ve been working with Xercise 4 Less, the national budget friendly gym. And with exercise playing a huge role in my life within the last year, here’s a little post talking about why I love it so much. And how this gym has actually changed my life! Including my full routine below.
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It was June 2016, and I’d just finished my undergrad and was trying to figure out what I’d spend my whole summer doing. I had a whole summer ahead of me till I started my masters, and as my job wasn’t starting till the september either. So I had a very long wait ahead, on a very tight budget! A lot of my friends were starting to get interested in the gym too. And I was really keen to find out how my body might change! My main aim was to tone my thighs up, and anything else was a bonus.
At this point my gym knowledge was at zero! To give me a little understanding, my friend took me round his gym and showed me the basics. This was the first time I attempted a plank (completely unsuccessfully!) and learnt how much I loved squatting. My friend recommended I use resistance training to achieve my dream pins, and pointed out the machines I would have to use within my gym routine.
For about 3/4s of a year I used the hip abduction machines, leg press, leg curl machines, and the calf extension machine. I combined this with lunges, squats and stretching. I slowly increased my weight and reduced the reps. At first, this routine toned my legs and lifted my bum…and I was super confident and happy with the result! However, as the months went on, I was slowly bulking my legs without realising! At 5ft3, increasing my thighs wasn’t a look I was trying to achieve. Plus I was struggling to find clothes that fitted well! I know instagram is full of super hot curvy weightlifting girls, but it just wasn’t a body shape I wanted for myself.
After discussing my frustration with a PT, I was told to switch my routine up to include both cardio and resistance training. I lowered all my weights, and increased my reps on the machines. And then introduced the treadmill and step machine to my routine. I also switched to goblet squats and kettle bell swings using LOW weights. At this point I lost the lot of the muscle I’d accidentally gained. My current routine is below…
 
My full gym routine
Resistance and cardio (x2 a week)

  1. 15 minutes fast walk using the treadmill on the hill setting
  2. 5 minutes on the stairs machine, varying from 1-2 steps building the speed
  3. 80 reps on both hip abduction machines
  4. 80 reps on the calf extension machine
  5. Various stretching exercises
  6. 30 leg extensions
  7. 20 goblet squats
  8. 20 kettlebell swings

 
Resistance and abs day (x1 a week)

  1. 80 reps on both hip abduction machines
  2. 80 reps on calf extension machine
  3. 45 sit ups using the exercise ball
  4. 120 Sitting twists with 5kg weight
  5. 30 leg extensions
  6. 30 goblet squats
  7. 30 kettle bell swings

 
Even though I have good days and bad days, my relationship with my body has increased immensely! I combine 3 gym sessions with a 90% balance of healthy eating.  Including lots of protein, veg, and healthy fats in my diet. Xercise 4 less has allowed me to gym whilst I’ve been at home or away at university, with access to plenty of gyms around the country for only £15 a month! I couldn’t fault any of the gyms I’ve attended, with loads of support available if you need it.
My only regret is not getting into fitness earlier! What are your thoughts on the gym? What’s your usual gym routine? Let me know in the comments!
 
 

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