Good morning all you beautiful people!
So if you’ve followed me or known me for a while you will know that I am quite sporty and active to say the least. I enjoy all types of running, ball sports, water sports, yoga and the list goes on. Which concludes to it almost being impossible to stick to a workout routine for long, because my goals and interests change and I get bored very easily. One day I want to train for a half marathon, the next day I want to get that sporty bikini figure. And it really changes weekly, but what it comes down to is that I never train without a goal, I feel extremely demotivated if I do.
Just when I moved back to SA my mom was regularly doing yoga, and I joined in on her classes at Flow studio at Gordonsbay 2-3 times a week and definitely progressed in my yoga practice a lot in just a short amount of time. (I was only doing yoga at this point)
At the end of 2017 I really found my groove in the gym, as I joined a new one and focused mainly and only on strength training. So when the end of last year came around I have never eaten as much and trained as hard, aka just consistently and adding on weight and increased my strength. I’ve actually increased my seated shoulder press weight from 6kg to 12kg dumbbells. I’m pretty impressed with myself to say the least. But training with only machines and weights.
Okay BUT, naturally I am a runner and that’s what I enjoy but the more I got into weight training the less HIIT and running I was doing and I started to feel ‘unfit’. If I just spontaneously had to go for a 5km run now I would probably die. Hence why…….!?
New year, new plan. incorporating eeeeeverything I enjoy!!
My REALISTIC weekly routine looks like this:
Monday: 45min Cardio + Glutes (I prefer doing a 45min spinning class to start of my week and ‘sweat off’ the weekend)
Tuesday: Arms and Abs (Strength day)
Wednesday: Yoga class
Thursday: Legs (Lower body strength day)
Friday: Shoulders, Chest, Back (Upper body strength day)
Saurday: Park run (5km run/walk) (Also seen as active rest depends on how tired I am after the week)
So, this may look a bit all over the place, and A LOT, but because my goal is to be the strongest, leanest and fittest I’ve ever been, this is what has been working for me, my interests and schedule. And so far so good, it’s easy for me to fit in. I feel like I’m doing a bit of everything and I’m not getting bored. I also would not advise this for beginners but I’ve training consistently for years and even this leaves me a bit physically tired by the end of the week, but this is where nutrition plays a big role.
Through the years I’ve definitely started to realize the importance of having a balanced exercise regime, and incorporating, strength, endurance and mobility. All I want is to live a long and healthy life.
My fitness goals for this year would include:
- dropping some body fat after the holiday season
- doing 10 pulls ups
- doing 10 normal push ups (I know I suck, I used to be able to do it, but neglected it the last few months)
- Getting more flexible (I stretch 20min after each session everyday and do yoga once a week)
- Run 5km under 25min (Hence park run once a week)
- Get back into surfing before I go to Mozambique in July.
- Hike more.
I am also sharing this because I am in the process of re doing the summer body guide I released for free last year, it will just be called the ‘Carla West Fitness plan’, because realistically it will be a ‘train like me’ plan of what I do in the gym and how I train after all the years of trying everything under the sun. It will be released soon, so now you know what I do on a weekly basis, you will be able to see what I do day to day to achieve my dream body and reach my fitness goals this year.
More on that later! Thank you for reading.