Monday, 4 January 2016

Fitness: Fitness review 2015 & Fitness Goals 2016...

                     

It will come as no surprise that fitness is a major part of my life and as 2015 saw me smash goals left, right and centre, I thought I would share some 2015 highlights as well as some new 2016 goals.

2015 review:

Classes:

In 2015, I noticed a marked interest in the types of classes that I enjoy doing. Gone is my interest in copious amounts of cardio-based work (I still keep some in for balance) and in comes more core-based/strength-building classes. In addition, I also attempted a number of new classes: Hydro-spinning; Ultimate Core (which involved some TRX); Jump Rope (Circuit based class); Body Jam and Metafit.

Progress:

Progress is something  that I always strive for in my classes and I am constantly setting myself little goals to smash. Over the past year, I have seen progress in a number of areas: from increases in the weights that I use (particularly in Body Pump) to taking the higher options available.

Fitness Story:

In 2015, I also took the plunge and finally posted my Fitness Story.

Challenges:

As part of setting goals, I also like to take part in any challenges that become available. In 2015, I took part in Color me rad. It was good, but definitely nowhere near enough paint to appeal to my childish, mucky side.

Injuries:

At some point in time, you will encounter some sort of injuries from either doing too much or not having the correct form. This year, I picked up a number of injuries (usually my shoulder/right arm) so I have now learnt to listen to my body, take rest days and also to book a good sports massage from time-to-time (SMC massage therapy in Aberdeen are amazing!)

2016 Goals:

001) Continue to increase weights during Body Pump, specifically:
         - Squat track weight increase to 30kg (currently 22.5kg)
         - Shoulder track weight increase to 10kg (currently varies between 5kg & 7.5kg)
         - Chest track weight increase to 12.5kg (currently varies between 5kg, 7.5kg and 10kg)
002) Push-ups on toes (currently on knees)
003) Tricep push-ups (currently using a lower option)
004) Move from downward dog to plank without collapsing (no tricep strength)
005) Continue to take higher options in classes
006) Develop a stretching routine for home to avoid too many more injuries
007) Try more new classes
008) Sign up for 1 or 2 challenges - I'm currently thinking about the Beast race
009) Sort out my nutrition. My nutrition is absolutely rubbish  and I know that having the right nutrition goes hand in hand with exercising. I usually find that I am fine at work and then after that it is a disaster with dinner usually being porridge on a good day (unless it's a weekend or I am at home where my Dad is an amazing cook).