Gym Tips #6 – Record, Review, Record…The importance of gym notes

Notepads come in all shapes and sizes, from little detective flip pads to A4 diaries. Over the last few years I’ve used both and a range in between. For the record I’ve settled on the most practical A5 size with ring flip binder and a plastic cover. The hardback is better and more durable but I’ve always felt like a bit of a schoolboy writing my notes into a proper book, a bit too formal for a busy gym. The ring bind allows you to keep the size A5 by folding the pages around. The plastic cover is a lesson you will learn through spillage, my god I’ve spilled a lot of crap on my gym book, that coupled with the fact it’s usually in my gym bag makes the plastic essential.

All of this probably sounds a bit mad, but you should be proud of your gym book. If used correctly it will be the key to your success! Continue reading

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Week 5: Recap

Fantastic Training Week…Very Happy! Really feel the progression in every part of my body and beginning to really feel strong. The progress is becoming evident.

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Week 5:
Measurements check in after 35 days:

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Week 3: Recap

Week 3 went extremely well, hit all my workouts and made progress on every weight I lifted, I’m still in the easing myself back in phase but feeling really strong. I love training and with 9 more weeks to go I’m highly motivated. On the work front, things got busy again but where there’s a will there’s a way! Discipline and determination to maintain a work-life balance has been key, that and training late at night!

From my summary measurements below you can see that I’ve lost 3 lbs in 3 weeks, not huge you may say and if I were looking at weight alone I could easily get disappointed, but I’m not! Instead I have added 10.5 cm’s of muscle to the body parts that I want, and lost 3.5 cm’s off of my waist at rest. I can’t stress enough how measuring your weight alone is not and should not be done. I feel great and am beginning to look great. Continue reading

Week 1: Recap

Feels amazing to be back training again, I’ve realised over the Christmas period that and un-organised lifestyle really does not suit me. I need structure, rules, planning and to sleep regular hours. Christmas was awesome, met some great old friends and spent some great time with my family, then again lucky it only comes once a year.

It’s now the first week of January and I always like to look for distance events in the calendar to aim for, it’s 11 weeks to Paddy’s day and 12 weeks to Easter. These are two big drinking events in an Irish man’s calendar. The Euros are 12 weeks from Easter, my birthday is 12 weeks from the Euros, and Christmas is 12 weeks from my birthday. Also a two week holiday with my girlfriend in August is planned. So I have milestones everywhere. Continue reading

FacelessFitness.com Gym Tips #3 – “DOMS”: What it is & how to use the term!

If you have ever seriously found yourself on a gym programme or in a gym in any part of the world you have without a doubt both experienced and heard the term “DOMS”. Despite the frequency of use, particularly on social media, it remains surprising to me how many people misuse the acronym. A couple of years ago DOMS were just a painful by product of a seriously good gym session, now it appears to be the ‘in’ term for anyone that’s ever picked up a Dumbbell.

A genuine conversation that I saw online recently went something like this:
Gym goer 1: “O these DOMS are killing me from today’s session!”
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Day 40: Weights – Back & Biceps, Cardio – 25 min Low Intensity x 2

What a week, I made it to Friday! It’s Back & Biceps tonight and I plan on really smashing it. I’m not using my regular gym so will switch up the workout with some more dumbbell exercises and really smash it through. Let’s do it!

Total Workout Time: 1 hr 4 mins (Excluding Cardio)

Weights Workout – Back & Biceps

Exercise 1: Wide Grip Pull Down
10 reps @ 60 Kg – Warm Up
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Day 39: Weights – Rest Day, Cardio – 25 min Low Intensity x 2

I’m not going to dwell on it, I worked from 8am to 8.30 pm today so gym was out! I walked to and from to get my cardio in and will push my back and biceps ession until tomorrow!

Short and sweet that is Day 39’s blog post, unlike the actual day!

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Day 38: Weights – Chest & Triceps, Cardio – 25 min Low Intensity x 2

38 days in…yeeeeow! It’s Chest & Triceps today. Continuing the trend of the last couple of days, my life is busy. I made sure to get my cardio in to and from work and have prepared myself to do a snappy session tonight as I may not have full gym access time!

Total Workout Time: 40 mins (Excluding Cardio)

Weights Workout: Chest & Triceps

Exercise 1: Chest Fly – Pyramid Set
30 reps @ 53.5 Kg – no rest
20 reps @ 63.5 Kg – no rest
10 reps @ 65 Kg
1 min rest
10 reps @65 Kg – no rest
20 reps @ 50 kg – no rest
30 reps @ 30 Kg
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Day 35; Weights – Shoulders, Traps & Abs, Cardio – 30 x Stairs Sprints

Its the end of week 5 here at facelessfitness.com and it’s a training day. I’m travelling later today and hoping it won’t take 5 hours like last week 😦 But this means I’m going to train in the morning before I go, in case anything comes up later which means I can’t train. It is the last day of week 5 and tomorrow is a no training day so I really want to smash it!

Total Workout Time: 1 hr 1 mins

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Day 33: Weights – Rest Day, Cardio – 25 min Low Intensity x 2

Even though it’s Friday this project won’t do itself. And similar to yesterday It’s unlikely I will make it to the Gym. I had initially planned on Back & Biceps tonight but that will not happen. Between work, gym & home life it’s all about getting the balance right. You can’t neglect any one of these. I got home late from work but honestly probably did have enough time to make the gym if I really wanted to. However Continue reading