StrongHer // Fitt Principle // Citypark Fitness

Hi loves! As you know by now, I love trying out a new fitness class. For a while I’ve been in touch with Stephen, the guy behind The Fitt Principle. You can find them at Citypark Fitness over in the east end of Glasgow. They’re launching a new class called StrongHer, a female only class on Saturdays at 9am and I was lucky enough to get a space to try it out before it’s fully launched in May.

I had no idea really what to expect from the class when I walked in through the doors of the gym. The gym itself is a nice little space and feels a bit hidden away, not many know of it. There’s lots of equipment to pick and choose from and two studios for classes.

StrongHer is a 45 minute HIIT class with a bit of mindfulness in between the three rounds. Something I’ve never experienced before. It felt really nice with the relaxation bits in between and it gave your body a chance to recover between the rounds in a different way than just standing about. I liked it. Stephen told me he really likes calisthenics, which showed in his class. I haven’t done a proper bodyweight only class for a while and I realised how much I’ve missed it. Whilst I love my weights I do love a proper HIIT session too. I used to do it a lot more when I worked at lululemon and when I went to the Sunday morning bootcamps.

Since it’s a bank holiday weekend the class wasn’t very busy. I was told last weekend there were 15 people there and I can imagine that being a bit of a squeeze! I quite prefer when a class isn’t packed so that was a little bonus too.

I really felt like StrongHer was something a bit different on the fitness scene in Glasgow and I can’t wait to see what more the team behind The Fitt Principle will bring out. I’ve been told there’s a lot of things happening this summer so keep an eye out on their website or Instagram.

Thanks guys for a great session!

Our first attempt at WOD 1 FVTD

Setting up for WOD 1!

Hi babes! So yesterday Lindsey and I met up at the gym in the evening to give this first WOD of Forth Valley Throwdown a go. We’d heard other teams saying it was a tough one, so we were a bit nervous to say the least.

We wanted to do this trial run to see where we were wasting time and could be more efficient to give it our best go when Stella judges us on Sunday. I always find after the workouts we do at the gym  in class I reflect over how I could have done them better and more efficiently. We first wrote down our trial strategy with the amount of reps we were going to do at a time, which we then would edit after our attempt.

It went way better then we thought it would! In the end we were super happy with our score despite us messing up a bit in the middle 😛 None of us felt absolutely dead and that’s with us both having trained in the morning too, which means we can push ourselves a lot harder on Sunday.

We’re now so determined to beat our score. I know we can do it and both of us feel so much more confident after we’d finished. It’s funny how we build things up in our minds before we even know what it’s going to be like, maybe that’s why we thought it felt alright because we were preparing for something way worse haha. I can’t wait to see how it goes on Sunday. I’ll of course keep you posted.

I’ve created a new category for the competition as I’m hoping maybe my journey could help someone else. I never thought I would sign up for something like this when I first started at G5 but seeing so many incredible people around me signing up inspired me to take the leap too.

I’m still terrified but you need to challenge yourself in life and after the first round tonight I can say I’m so happy I signed up. I would have regretted it loads if would’ve let my fear of failure or my inexperience to stand in the way of me even trying. Just signing up for this is a huge step in comparison to last year when I was thinking no way, I’ll never do anything like that. We might not even qualify but I’m happy we’re trying.

All of this also shows how when you surround yourself with great people who encourage you, you can achieve and do things you never thought you would. Gym G5 is such a supportive place and everyone cheer each other on. i would definitely recommend finding a place to train where you feel people lift each other up and support one another, a gym with a community. It has taken my training to a whole new level. I love everyone there and feel so blessed to find a place where I feel so at home.

Speak soon lovelies xx

Rest day

Wouldn’t mind a yoga session on the beach but for now my living room will have to do

Hi lovelies! Happy bank holiday weekend. One thing I find so funny about living in the UK is that in the spring it feels like they have a bank holiday weekend every other week. Half of the time it seems like no one even knows why. It’s great but it’s things like these you as a foreigner don’t really understand and find a little bit funny 😛

Yesterday I had a rest day. I felt like I needed some time to let my body relax and take it easy. So instead I started my day of with some yoga in our living room. It felt great to roll out my mat and stretch my body out. I then went for a walk with Marla who I dog sit after lunch. It’s a great way to get out, get some fresh air and to just get some dog time. In the evening I was feeling like doing more yoga so I did a little session before going to bed too. I love it when I get in the zone with yoga and I just want to do more and more. I need more yoga in my life.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been struggling to sleep the past couple of days. I don’t know if it was the yoga or that I was just exhausted from my lack of sleep but I slept like a log the entire night. I woke up and it felt like I hadn’t moved since I feel asleep. I couldn’t even remember what I’d been dreaming about. The night just flew by and I woke up feeling a lot more energised. Finally!

This morning I went to the 9.45 class at Stella’s and it was a sweaty one! Lots of movements using our grip muscles and goodness me, it was tiring. A great start to my Friday. I’m now just waiting for Jamie to wake up to see what he’s got planned before going to work. Then this evening I’m back at G5 to run through the competition qualifier WOD with my team mate Lindsey. We’ll see how it goes!

Hope you have a great day my dears xxx

About those goals…

Hi lovelies! Sooo… you remember those training goals I posted about last week? If you’ve already forgotten about them and want a little refresher click here. I decided to chase my goals and the perfect opportunity actually occurred last week but I’ve been a bit scared to share it hehe

I’ve signed up for a Crossfit Competition! Yup it’s happening. It’s Forth Valley Throwdown and it’s a partner competition so I’m competing with a girl called Lindsey from G5. She’s awesome and I’m really happy we’ve been paired up for this. After a lot of thinking we’ve given ourselves the team name Cirque du Sore Legs.

So now my name is on the board in the gym together with the rest of the amazing participants. I never thought I would sign up for something like this but here I am. I’m excited to see how it goes and how we do.

The next stage after signing up is to complete three qualifying WODs in the gym which will be launched one at a time and we have a deadline for each to complete the WOD by. The first one has already been released so tomorrow evening Lindsey and I are practicing it and on Sunday Stella will be judging us. We’ll then send in our score and when we’ve completed all WODs we’ll find out if we’ve done well enough to go to the final in Stirling.

I don’t really know what to expect but I know both Lindsey and I will do our very best and then we’ll see how it goes. I’ve never done anything like this before so just taking part is a big step for me. It would be so cool to go to the final but right now my focus is just on completing these qualifying workouts as well as possible.

I’ll of course share my experience with you guys. Let the journey begin!