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Although my blog has a heavy fitness theme, I recently realised that I don’t actually give you much of an insight into my personal fitness routine! Yes, I share lots of tips and advice with you but I’ve never actually shown you a week in my trainers. I joined the gym in my late teenage years and although it has taken me sometime, I have developed a training method that suits both my body and my lifestyle.


 

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My Training Method

I typically train 5 times a week and I like to train first thing in the morning for two reasons: 1) To get it out of the way and 2)  Because life is much more quiet before work. Sometimes my friends want to catch up after work or Jordon wants to take me on a date. It’s very unlikely that someone will want to make plans with me at 6am in the morning, so doing my workout before I go to work frees up my evenings

I used to follow a really rigid gym routine. Leg day on a Tuesday, back and shoulders on a Wednesday, you know the drill. But I still got bored and my workouts lacked creativity. I now loosely plan my workouts and they are tailored to how my body and mind feels. My workouts are complementary and are centered around building lean muscle mass, maintaining fitness, speed and endurance.

My body responds well to explosive workouts and my sessions never last much longer than an hour. I like to keep the intensity up and this also prevents me from giving up and being half hearted with my workouts.

I love to run, but long gone are the days where I would lace up my trainers and happily let my legs tick over for a couple of miles. I have fallen in love with sprinting so although my workouts are still heavily based around running, it’s speed over distance.


 

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HIIT Training

I tend to go to Barry’s Bootcamp 2-3 times a week. I usually go on Tuesday, which is leg day and Saturday which is full body. Depending on how I am feeling, I may also go on a Friday or a Sunday too. At the moment it’s my favourite way to work out. It’s both mentally and physically challenging, and it has helped me become a stronger runner, sculpt my body and given me bull like determination that can be transferred to everyday life.


 

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Track Life

I try to reserve Thursday’s for track, although I must admit it’s been a few weeks since I last ran 800m around Paddington recreational track. I run with Track Mafia, it’s a free running club and our session begins 6:30pm every Thursday. There are about four different speed groups and I run with the second group. We are grouped by our 5km times and this group run 5km in 20-22minutes. I long to be with the top group who can easily sail pass the 5km mark in under 20 minutes but I am not there yet.

We usually do 5 X 800m runs, alternating between our 10k, 5k, mile and sometimes sprint speeds. We only have 90 seconds rest in between runs and after we have finished I feel exhausted but there is no greater feeling than running over the finish line knowing that I have given it my all, and I am always in great company too.


 

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The Gym

I  train by myself in the gym 2-3 times a week. The number of gym sessions typically depends on how many times I have been to Barry’s and if I have been to track or not. Because I don’t spend a lot of time in the gym, I focus on doing circuits, big compound lifts and body weight exercises to improve my fitness levels. I also do pull ups and press ups every time I go to the gym. And depending how much cardio I have done that week, I sometimes do high intensity interval training on the treadmill or stepper.


 

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The Goal

As you can probably tell from reading this post, stretching isn’t something that I do often… I am a typical runner! All run, no stretch. I just don’t like it, but I know that stretching more will have a positive impact on my training so I am trying to do it more often.

I’m getting married in 10 months time and this month I am going to start focusing on tightening up my diet and exercise regime. Losing weight isn’t my main goal, actually it isn’t my goal at all. I just want to sculpt my body, lean out and fill my dress in the right places.


 

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This Weeks Workout:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Interval training on the treadmill, upper body circuits

Wednesday: Lower body circuit and pull ups

Thursday: Track. I will actually go this week!

Friday: Full Body at Barry’s Bootcamp

Saturday: Off/ Stretch

Sunday: Full Body at Barry’s Bootcamp

What does a week in your trainers look like? I would love to hear about how you like to exercise.

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It’s been almost a year and a half since I logged onto WordPress.com and opened up my little corner on the internet, Tashi Skervin.com. And in those 17 months I have learned more about myself, grown as a person and developed a passion for writing and sharing life through my eyes.

I love having a blog. It’s the place where I can be truly creative and write about things that I value. With social media sites Instagram and Facebook using their algorithms to dictate what we see and when, having a blog has become even more important. This is the only place on the web where I can’t be filtered, edited and there are no clever algorithms in place to stop my content from appearing in your inbox or on your browser.

The Internet is continually evolving and it excites me to be a part of an industry that is growing at such a rapid pace. But there is always the opportunity to learn more and here are a few things that the internet has taught me:

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Have you ever done a dance class on a spin bike? I hadn’t either until a few days ago. One hour and 520 calories later, I was dripping in sweat and had learned a new dance routine to Craig David.

Groove Cycle Dance is everything that it says on the tin and a little bit more. You dance, you cycle, you have a good time and you leave feeling like you have just won the Tour de France and America’s Got Talent, at the same time. You dance whilst cycling and it’s as simple as that.

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Running is a huge part of my daily life. If I’m not running, I’m talking about running or watching it on TV. I used to be a sprinter, then I became a long distance runner and recently life has taken a 360 degree turn and I have rediscovered a love for sprinting, 800m to be precise.

I run to maintain good cardiovascular fitness. I run because it allows me to escape from life and I run because I love to run. But there have been times where I have wished that I had more confidence to run.

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You wake up after nine hours of solid sleep feeling tired. You are hit with an overwhelming feeling of fear every time you step on the treadmill and you repeatedly tell yourself “just one more rep” every time you try to complete an exercise on the floor. It’s Barry’s Bootcamp Hell Week and as challenging as it is, the feeling of utopia and the euphoric high that you feel after you completing seven workouts in seven days means that you know that you’ll be back again.

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It would be completely wrong of me to say that I am always inspired to hit the gym and eat healthy because that isn’t always the case. Sometimes I skip the gym because I simply can’t be bothered and other times I’d much rather pick a burger and fries than a salad. I follow a healthy lifestyle but with temptation around every corner, my motivation slips from time to time. Which is fine, I am only human. If you’re struggling to stay motivated here are a few ways that I find fitness inspiration to help me to stay on track.

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I’ve always read success books and watched Ted Talks but it’s only during the past few years that I have started paying attention to the words on the page and putting into action the tips and advice that the Ted Talks have to offer.

Sometimes I look at my life and think to myself “there is so much that I am yet to achieve” and then I have to gently remind myself that I am only twenty four years old and I still have a lot of living and growing to do. Since starting my blog, I have had a whirl wind of opportunities that seem to be steering me into the direction that I want to be heading in. I have managed to achieve a lot in a small space of time, but I have failed. I have failed time and time again but that doesn’t make me a failure. Each time I fall, I stand up tall, wear my biggest smile and try and try again.

Whether you are trying to start a blog, get a promotion or break into a new industry, here are a few tips that I practice every single day to ensure that the next time I fail, I am able to stand up and try again. And I hope that they help you to achieve your dreams.

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