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How I Found What Worked For Me in The Gym

If I’m going to keep it a hunnid, which I always do, I  H A T E the gym — like loathe it with every fibre of my being. The only part I used to enjoy was repping the latest Ivy Park drop so I could flaunt my new fit while killing myself over a weighted deadlift. 

What you have to know is, I was an athlete in my youth and competitively wrestled, trained in Tae Kwon Do for more than half my life, I played Ringette, I boxed and I kickboxed. That type of training has always been my vibe, but going to a gym and running on a treadmill or lifting weights is something I’ve found incredibly daunting, but more importantly, boring AF. 

I’ve gone through spurts where I’ve worked with trainers before, I’ve done other classes and aside from boxing or Tae Kwon Do, I’ve trained begrudgingly. One of the big problems that I’ve had with training and classes is that they move so quickly and a lot of trainers don’t listen — I said what I said. I’m a bigger person and sometimes I need modifications for specific moves and in a big group class you can’t always get the attention you need to do the moves correctly, and let me tell you this right now, I’m not doing SHIT if I’m not doing it correctly because that’s how we injure ourselves. I’ve also worked with trainers who don’t listen to me (Lonie, Jenn and Markus, I’m not speaking to you lol) and that is so annoying — especially because when I’m telling them “hey, this doesn’t feel great or can I have a different move” or whatever, they keep pushing you and I’ve been hurt before. Not to mention some trainers love to make their clients want to work so hard that they vomit, and I’m not that person. I’m happy to work hella hard at a workout but being pushed to a point where you want me to get sick or pass out ain’t it baby. 

All of that to say, I’ve had a tough time finding what works for me in the gym; that is, until recently. A few months ago I was asked to model for a major fast fashion brand — I can’t share who just yet, but I promise that you know exactly who they are. Anywho, when I was asked to do this I knew from past experience that I wanted to go into this looking and feeling my very best. I’ve modelled before when I haven’t felt my best, and of course, I made it work but it’s not fun. So, I decided that it was time to start training again along with continuing my Metabolic Reset diet, which you can read all about here

I hit up my good friend Rolli Adenmosun, who is a fantastic trainer and owns PHNX Fithouse and he put together a program for me. Before you get all huffy with me, Rolli rents out his gym in hourly time slots to members and sanitizes in between so they can use it at their leisure without breaking any rules. I started training 3 days a week at the beginning of February and I can’t even lie, I hated it LOL. It sucked so bad and to add insult to injury, I all but stopped losing weight. Now, I know I set that up to sound like a failure, but I promise you it’s not. The slowing of my weight loss came primarily from the fact that I’ve been gaining mad muscle from training; also, my diet was super restrictive, but I’m not going to get into that here, if you want to learn more about the diet and slowing of weight loss, read this blog I wrote about it. 

My intention with training was really only to do it for this shoot, but somewhere along the line something changed a little bit and it started with a good friend recommending I train 3 days a week rather than 2, this tiny small suggestion made all the difference in the world. Mainly because it forced me to be more intentional about how I was living my life during the week (read: it made me drink way less alcohol because I had to wake up to train every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning) and the cost of the booze was too heavy on my body, so I pretty much just cut it out during the week altogether. 

Then Coco made me increase my calories to be able to close my rings on my Apple watch from 600 to 830 and we both used that to encourage each other every day to close rings and be awesome. Then the weather got nice and my girlfriends and I added outdoor boxing classes back into our routine and I found myself somehow training 5 days a week and dare I say… L O V I N G  I T!!! Legit, every single day I was loving the exercise and loving my mood even more. That part took me by surprise if I’m being quite honest. Moreover, I’ve seen a marked change in my body, despite not losing a ton of weight — my physique has changed dramatically and I am the strongest I’ve ever been in my life. WHEW, your girl can lift- who knew? 

Training like I have has done wonders for my mental health through the second part of this lockdown and I have every intention of continuing with this regime indefinitely. I hope this inspires you to get out there now that the weather is nice and move a little bit — even if it’s just a brisk walk. I promise you, it will make you feel so much better. Comment below and let me know how you’ve been staying active through the panini (I no longer use the word “p*ndemic” because I hate it). 

Until next time, Cowes! 

xx

Cleo

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