Alright, here it is. Post 1 of the ‘All the things training related that happened to a personal trainer in the last week, including the stuff that didn’t go as well as it could’ve’. I’ll work on a name for it!
I’m going to dive straight into the worst part of my week, which was definitely the nutrition side of things. I ate maybe four meals for the whole week that I would consider to be good (unprocessed, vegetables, good fats, protein) and then the rest of my food intake was basically garbage. I don’t really notice how I good I’m feeling when I’m eating well, but I definitely notice how rubbish I feel when I stop.
So what went wrong?
I didn’t get my food shopping and meal prepping done on the weekend, and for me that’s game over on any chance of my diet looking respectable for that week. If the food isn’t at least partially prepared and ready to go, I know in myself that I won’t eat well when the time comes. It’s not that I don’t like eating healthy either, it’s simply that the hassle (or perceived hassle) of preparing a meal derails me.
The above isn’t a huge problem either, as long as you can acknowledge your weak points, and ensure that you set yourself up to beat them. If you come into each week saying you’re going to prepare each meal as it comes, knowing full well that won’t happen, then it becomes a problem.
In this case, I made sure it wasn’t going to happen again this week, by buying a tonne of vegetables (not an actual tonne, but almost), and starting prepping meals on Saturday, so that come Monday there is something there and ready to go.
My training week was pretty decent, getting in all my strength sessions and more mobility work than I’ve done in a while. The mobility work is something I’ve got pretty slack on in previous months, but my left knee, left shoulder and lower back are giving me some grief, so I’m really making an effort to get back on top of it.
None of those little niggles are enough to stop me training, but they do affect it. They also leave me hobbling around more than I should be first thing in the morning, and I find it super frustrating when I’m not moving the way I should.
As for the cardio?
That didn’t really happen at all this week, aside from the incidental stuff I do at work.
I’ve also been trying to add skill work in with my training, and juggling has been the focus recently. By practicing just a short amount of time each day (maybe 10 minutes average), I’ve felt huge improvements, to the point where this week I was able to mix up the tempo a little bit, and start using my hands out of sequence.
I’ve found juggling to be a good way to break up the program writing I’m doing for clients, even if I only do it for a few minutes.
I changed up my training a little bit by having a session at another gym on Wednesday, partly for a change of scenery, but mostly to get me out of my comfort zone, somewhere where I’m the newbie. It was actually really good to train away from my home gym, just to keep me on my toes, so I’m going to endeavour to train elsewhere at least once per fortnight.
I think training in a different gym might also be a good way to help me relate better to the feeling a brand new gym member gets when walking into what can be a pretty intimidating environment (something that you can easily forget as you gain confidence in your surroundings).
And that’s pretty much it for the week, and although it’s not hugely exciting, that’s how it went.
The goals for this coming week?
To improve on the last one basically, but more specifically:
- To eat 13 large (really large) serves of vegetables for the week.
- To do a little bit of mobility work every day.
- To get 2 decent cardio sessions in.
- To make the next post a bit more entertaining than this one!
In keeping with the theme of this blog, I’ve also started being a bit more liberal with my Instagram usage, posting not just the stuff that I think looks cool, but also the less impressive stuff, of which there’s always plenty to choose from. If you’d like to follow along, you can find me @bennetttim.
I hope you enjoyed the read, and if you have any feedback at all to help me improve it, please let me know in the comments.