Two months ago I secured a new job in London, which meant leaving a job of seven years. It was a welcome move and I’m loving my new job, working with an awesome team of people, and being in London regularly. The the thing is, when you’ve been doing something for so long, you settle into a routine.
I used to have a gym at work, meaning I could use it daily without having to travel anywhere else, and got into the habit of using the gym first thing in the morning before heading up to my desk. Changing jobs meant changing routines, but it was a lot harder than I thought it would be.
I think the biggest factor was my new commute which went from a 50 minute drive to a 90 minute trip involving a 1.2 mile walk, the tube, then another 0.5 mile walk – both each way. The walking bit was fine, but it’s the tube that killed me.
Without regular access to a gym, I practically stopped training. I was doing HIIT once or twice per week after work but that was a struggle. Had my fiancée Vikki not been doing it with me, I wouldn’t have done it at all. She was the only one pushing me.
My energy levels were at an all time low and motivation to train was non-existent. Something I’d been doing almost daily for years had become an alien concept. I had planned on joining a gym to use after work but it never happened. As soon as 5pm rolled around, I was ready to begin the commute home.
Then a few weeks ago, an email out of the blue saved me. The amazing Georgey at Hall Training Systems contacted me – we’d done some blog work together in the past and it’s always a huge compliment when someone gets in touch again. I was offered an 8 week training programme and personal training sessions. An unbelievable opportunity which I’m just as unbelievably grateful for, so Georgey and the Hall team – THANK YOU!
Last week I met with my trainer, Michael, to discuss my goals, assess my movement, and to find out what types of training I do and don’t like. The main goal for me is to lose a bit of the timber that inevitably piles on when you eat jars of peanut butter and don’t exercise, and to improve my core strength. A few days later, I received a tasty and brutal looking lower/upper training split over four days, with plenty of compound lifts and movements – something that I told Michael I enjoyed. My tracker and workout plan was loaded to Apple Numbers meaning we can both go in and enter data.
After the first meeting, my training mojo was back.
I joined EasyGym in London and did my first lower session yesterday. It was a struggle-to-walk afterwards affair as you’d expect. This morning I had my first training session with Michael and loved it. While my strength has diminished in the space of a few months, it was great to be back training. I really enjoyed having a trainer there pushing me, and making sure my form is what it should be.
The comeback is on…