Youtubers to follow Part 2

Oh my god guys, the nerves are really starting to kick in. I woke up just before six this morning and I can’t believe tomorrow’s the day. We’re driving down to Manchester this afternoon!! I’ve struggled to sleep the past two days. Lots of thoughts flying about in my head which means I’ve been waking up when Jamie’s been coming home from work early in the mornings. As soon as I wake up my mind just starts going crazy and it’s impossible to get back to sleep. It’s nerves and excitement at least which is good.

It’s going to be a busy day before leaving today. I need to swing by the gym to pick up MJ’s weightlifting belt she’s so kindly letting me borrow. Then I’m getting my hair braided up so it’s not all over my face tomorrow then it’s almost time to go. I’m going to try and give the flat a quick tidy and hoover as well before we’re away in the car.

Whilst I’m running about like a crazy person today I thought I’d share more of my Youtube favourites. My obsession for Youtube is still going strong. It’s been about a year since I wrote my last post about some of my favourite Youtube channels out there. Some of them I no longer watch, others are till going strong. If you want to check my previous list out click here. I’ve since  then added to my long list of channels I subscribe to and the ones below are amazing at what they do. Check them out if you’re in need of some new people to follow.

Zanna van Dijk

Where do I even start with this lady? I absolutely LOVE her. Zanna is amazing and I love everything she stands for. Not only in regards to fitness but also how she cares about our planet, animals and the environment. She recently started moving towards a more conscious lifestyle and it’s been incredible following her so far, probably because I’m going through a similar journey myself. Her videos are a mix of daily blogs, travel, book recommendations, sit down chats about different topics, sustainability and so much more. You guys need to follow her. Her channel is incredibly refreshing. She’s just a girl trying to do her best in life and she’s feels real.

The Lean Machines

I had the pleasure of meeting Leon and John at SFN Expo last year,. I was sitting down at one of their talks and just couldn’t not go up and chat to them. I love their Youtube channel, it’s very entertaining and informative. They’re mainly Crossfit focused but do bring up a lot of other health and fitness questions  their followers are wondering. One of their recent videos of them training with Sam Briggs (Crossfit Games Athlete) was amazing to watch and super inspiring. Their channel is always upbeat and fun to watch.

Team Richey

Another awesome Crossfit Youtube channel is Craig and Jas on Team Richey. I’ve been following their channel for quite a while now and it’s been incredible to see how it’s grown. Most recently they were over in Miami to watch the Crossfit competition Wodapalooza and trained with a tonne of people from the Crossfit elite. There’s so many incredibly inspiring people constantly popping up on their channel who are just trying to be their best in life no matter age, ability or background.

Isabella Löwengrip- A Quest for Success

Isabella is such a badass business woman. I’ve lost count of the amount of companies she owns by now and she’s not even 30 yet! I love her latest Youtube series “A Quest for Success” where she interviews successful entrepreneurs. The interviews are in Swedish but with English subtitles. You should definitely give it a watch. Through her show I discovered the awesome Babba Canales Rivera. I think Youtube series like these are great because you get to discover new inspiring people doing incredible things out there in the world.

Who do you like watching on Youtube? If you’ve got any channels you think I should follow please let me know!


The Redeemed and the Dominant Trailer

Oh yes! The trailer for the 2017 Crossfit Games is live and it looks so gooooood. If this doesn’t get you motivated to train hard I don’t know what will. It looks like they’re going to be talking quite a bit about the doping scandal last year, a guy called Ricky Garard who placed third last year out of the men tested positive in a check. Obviously this caused a massive stir and what they say in the trailer above almost seems like their attempt to try scare other athletes and show that if you do get caught, they won’t be easy on you. I think that’s fair enough. If you’re stupid enough to take the risk you need to face the consequences.

I’ve already watched the trailer far too many times and get goosebumps whenever I see it. It looks so good. No sign yet on when it’s going to be released. Hopefully soon! I know as soon as it’s out Faye and I will stock up on all the food and snacks to watch it.

Are you guys excited for it to be released? Even if you don’t do Crossfit these documentaries are so cool to watch. Jamie’s watched one of the Fittest on Earth documentaries with me and thought it was really good. I suppose for him it’s quite fun so he can see all the movements and stuff that I always go on about.

Sorry I know the blog has gone a bit Crossfitty at the moment but with so much going on with my course and the competition next week it has been and still is a major focus. I will be varying the content more soon. I you guys are still enjoying it. It is after all a major interest of mine!

Please let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to write about! xxx

Become an early morning gym person

Where you’ll find me a lot of the time at the gym

I’ve always preferred training in the morning but by morning I used to mean around eight or so. Since I started at my new job I’ve started going to the class at 6.45 in the morning. It wasn’t an easy change but it has given me more time in my days. It’s the best way to start the day to squeeze in an hour gym session before it’s time to head to the office.

At first when I started going to G5 I truly admired those people who got up at 5am in the morning to go to the gym for the 6am class. I’ve always been a morning person and this is also when it comes to training. However, even I thought 5am is very early! I thought the workouts at G5 were a bit too intense to do first thing, I also thought I wouldn’t be able to have my porridge for breakfast which I love or have time for any kind of breakfast for that matter. I then had to pack for showering and getting changed. The first  underground leaves at 6.30am which meant I would be a little bit late to the class, not good. Basically just a lot of shit excuses as to why I shouldn’t go. It was me trying to talk myself into why this was never going to happen for me. Does anyone else relate to this?  Trying to justify something in your head whilst it really is just you trying to make yourself feel better.

At the end of the day that’s what all those thoughts were, excuses to why I shouldn’t just do it. Trying to have my own back because I was comfortable in my routine. Have those couple of minutes that I arrive late to every class made a difference? Did it somehow affect my workout? No. Something I have learnt in life is that if you want change you are going to have to get uncomfortable because otherwise you aren’t doing something different from what you are already currently doing, you’re not changing. There will always be loads of reasons in your head to why you shouldn’t do something, we are experts at justifying our current situation and routine because it’s familiar and it’s easy. Doing something different and new, that can be extremely difficult and scary. Why do something that’s difficult and scary? When it’s easy to just be the way we are? Because what if we’re missing out form not even trying!

With starting work again I realised that going to the gym in the evenings took up a lot of my time and wasn’t the most effective way of using my time and time for all of us is precious! I realised that if I got up an hour earlier in the morning, got myself organised the night before, sorted all my meals and packed my clothes and other bits for getting ready afterwards, I would get all this extra time in the evenings to spend with Jamie when he was off, see friends or creating content for the blog. How much more effective would that be than lying in bed for an extra hour? It’s made balancing work, boyfriend, friends, blog and training a lot easier. I wouldn’t have found this out if I hadn’t tried so now I wanted to share some tips that hopefully help you make this switch a bit more easily.

1. Pack the night before
Organise all your meals in containers the night before so it’s just a matter of putting them into your lunch bag in the morning. I even measure the exact amount of oats I need and put it in a bag so I can easily make breakfast at work. The less things you have to remember to do in the morning the better. Trust me, when it’s before six in the morning you don’t want to be worrying about whether you’ve remembered to pack your towel or clean underwear. I know it’s not the most exciting way to spend your evening packing and getting organised (trust me, there are some evenings it’s the last thing I’ve wanted to do) but it will make all the difference in the world. This also means you can sleep a bit longer in the morning and you’ve made sure you won’t forget any essentials. It’s the worst standing in the shower at the gym realising you’ve forgotten your towel…

2. Go to bed early
Might sound simple and very logical, if you’re getting up earlier you of course need to go to bed earlier in order to get enough sleep. But, I think it’s worth mentioning as sleep is very important and is something a lot of us (including myself) don’t prioritise, unfortunately it’s something we sacrifice in order to do other things in life whilst it is essential for our wellbeing. I’ve admitted in the past that I am bad at times at prioritising my sleep and hand on my heart really need to get better at this. Not only that, if you go to bed earlier it will make getting out of bed when alarm goes off a lot easier than if you’re lacking sleep so you’ll avoid the snooze button. It’ll also make you feel more energised at the gym and the rest of the day if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.

3. Book into a class
Before G5 I used to just do my own thing in the gym which I really enjoyed but it didn’t make me jump out of bed at 5.45am, let’s be honest. Since going to classes and booking in the night before I know I have to be there instead of sleeping in a bit longer. When you are just going to the gym doing your own thing you can go whenever whilst if you’re going to a class you need to be there. At G5 if you cancel too late or sleep in you get to do penalty calories on the assault bike, trust me, that thought makes sure you’re there and don’t miss out.

4. Go with a friend
It’s the same idea behind this as with my previous point. If you have a gym date with someone and are expected to be there for a certain time, you need to get your ass into gear and actually go. It’s great to have someone to feel accountable to because if you decide to snooze and your friend has made the effort to go they won’t be very happy with you. Doing that for one another can make such a difference! Get in to that gym early and tell each other how awesome you are for doing it. Getting to the gym is one of the most difficult things you’ll have to do when it comes to a fitter lifestyle. Those days when you just don’t want to get out of bed or are not feeling it, if you have someone who you know is waiting for you can help. You know what the weird thing is? Once you’re there it gets easy, you’re already there so you might as well do something.

5. Think of the benefits
One thing that really helped me get used to getting up early in the morning to train was to list all the reasons in my head as to why I should get up earlier. First of all, I have the workout done and out of the way for the day, I start my day on a high doing something I love, I get to see and hang out with my friends before work (how amazing is that?), my evenings are free so I get to see Jamie more when he’s off in the evenings, I have time for my friends and my blog and I’m flexible if something fun comes up in the evening randomly I’d like to do without skipping out on my workout (meaning you don’t have to choose! You can do both). There are so many reasons as to why you should get that early morning sweat session in and if you remind yourself  of why you’re doing it, it will really help. In my head it then makes sense to go in the morning if it means I can do more things in my day, you’re giving yourself extra time, how luxurious is that?

I hope these five tips can help you! At the end of the day changing habits and lifestyles is incredibly difficult. There will be slip ups along the way and days when I stay up later and end up having to go to the gym in the evening instead and that’s fine. It happens and we can’t control everything that happens in life but if you at least get into the routine of going in the morning you’ll realise how much more time that frees up in the evenings. Then of course that’s not always be possible! We need to be flexible too. There are some evenings I’ve been up later and I sit and contemplate whether I should go to the morning class or not I then look at the time and think of how many hours sleep I’ll get and tell myself I’m being stubborn and stupid if I get early for the gym with that little sleep. That’s not good for my body so I then go to the evening class. No big deal!

Of course it is up to you at the end of the day what you decide to do. As long as you are getting those workouts in that’s all that matters. Are you a morning or evening gym person?

Who does this?!

Just watching Faye having, what friends are for haha. I look awfully indifferent.

We survived!

What a team!

Hi lovelies! Two days with the blog at a stand still. Not ideal but sometimes life happens as much as I do hate to disappoint by not putting content on here. I haven not forgotten about you I promise! I apologise in advance about how long this post is but that’s what happens when I don’t get to express my thoughts for a while!

After working at SFN EXPO all weekend a little while ago now, I have two days my bosses have given me to take off at a later time. Faye and Kate asked me if I perhaps wanted to take a half day on Tuesday this week to go to lunch class at Fly and then have brunch. With the three of us having very different schedules: Faye being a student, Kate working at lululemon (retail job meaning she works weekends a lot) and me at voomfit (office job working weekdays and off during the weekends) doesn’t make us meeting up the easiest task. So of course I wanted to join in on the Tuesday fun.

Fly’s lunch time classes vary in what they are, this particular Tuesday it was their Assault bike class. I’ve explained what an assault bike is before but for those of you who are new to the blog, it’s essentially a bike where you use your arms and legs to get the bike spinning. Sort of a weird crossover between a crosstrainer and a bike. Sounds alright still doesn’t it? Usually you count the calories on the bike as a benchmark or score to reach during classes, so like 20 calories on the bike. Doesn’t actually mean that’s the calories you burn but you what to work towards. The evil thing about an assault bike is you want to accomplish these calories as quickly as possible and you need power for the calories to start ticking up. However, the harder you pedal the more resistance you get, but at the same time if you don’t pedal hard enough you’ll be on that bike forever. It’s vicious circle of pain haha.

Assault bikes are tough and the thought of being in a half an hour class when usually we only are on it for a couple of minutes at a time and feel dead made me nervous. I probably wouldn’t have gone to this class if Kate and Faye hadn’t suggested it. I don’t think anyone of us was particularly excited about this but we’d told each other we were going there was no backing out. That’s why friends are so good for accountability. Ross decided to join in for the class as well so that was four of us going making it even more difficult to back out haha.

I was at G5 in the morning doing some snatch practice and all morning in the office afterwards leading up to the class I was quite nervous. I thought I was going to throw up in the class because those bikes are intense. The clock ticked closer to 12.30 and I headed over to Fly. I loved seeing the amazing Fly crew David, Ross (Fly Ross not Motivational Dude Ross, I know too many Ross’s in my life, it can get confusing haha) and Lorna. Those guys are the best people and it makes me so happy seeing them. They make that gym such a special place.

It was time to get on the bikes. I was not feeling it at all but sometimes in life you just have to bite the bullet and do stuff even though you’re not feeling it. As we sat down on the bikes I thought, who on earth takes time off work to do something like this?! Haha what is wrong with me? If you love fitness, you love fitness I suppose. The class started and I had no idea what to expect or what we would be doing for the next half an hour and I think that made it worse, because you expect the worst. The class was a mix of intervals (that felt never ending at some points).

We got some minor breaks in between the different sections. It was incredible sitting next to a guy who goes regularly to the class, he was insanely good. It might’ve been easy for me then to feel rubbish because I was struggling but instead I felt inspired and thought if I would go regularly to those classes maybe I could get that good? It would be pretty cool. It proves that it is possible to get better when you’re sitting there struggling with your thoughts and all you really want to do is roll off the bike onto the floor and just lie there. BUT, I didn’t. None of us did. We persevered and survived! To put this into perspective, usually 20 calories or so in one go is quite tough. At the end of this class we had done over 200 calories!

Afterwards I was reflecting on my experience and whether it lived up to all the thoughts in my head and the fear of what it would be like. Was it as bad as I thought it would be? No. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t tough, it was brutal and it was an inner battle with my mind saying I can’t do this at some points. Which happens in some workouts when you’re being pushed out of your comfort zone. However, it was not as bad as I thought it would be and the feeling afterwards, when you had fought through those inner barriers and you continued despite that really uncomfortable feeling of wanting to stop, you felt amazing. We were all so happy we had done it and felt almost invincible. I’d been dreading this class for a while and just sitting through it and now knowing what it’s like now I feel so great about myself.

So if you’re sitting there reading this and you’re thinking oh god, after her explanation of this class I never want to go. Please don’t take that thought away from this post. I wanted to share this because yes it was difficult and I struggled and it wasn’t pretty but the feeling afterwards is amazing. When you fight through it and come out on the other side. You feel amazing. So if you’re hesitating going to the gym class you’re or doing something else you’re curious about but too scared to do. Just do it, what is the worst thing that could happen? You’ll gain so much more from trying than not trying.

If you are reading this and want to go to Fly’s assault bike class just remember you can scale it to your ability. Everyone is on their own path to health and you should take the one that works for you. Don’t think about what other people are doing in the class. you have no idea what their story is. You have your own which has led you to this point and you being there is going to help you on your journey. There is so much pride involved with being fit and I know a lot of people feel embarrassed when they aren’t as good as the people around them. I’m the same and sometimes it comes back. I’ve tried to let go of my pride as much as I can and just embrace the stage I’m at with my fitness and that it’s a working progress.

Truth be told, there’s always going to be someone who’s better than you or more unfit than you. That’s always going to be the case. Let the people who are better than you inspire you and learn from them. Let go of that inner person who feels bad that they’re not as good. It’s not helping you in anyway and just embrace the fact you are on a journey. It’s not always going to be easy but see the light and the happiness in the fact that you are on it and that you are trying. Just enjoy the ride and don’t let fear stop you.


M xxx