I train at #Bobsgarage in Edinburgh. It’s a garage gym which offers incredible, personalised training in groups.
I joined Bob’s Garage at the beginning of August 2016 and have now been 100 times. So, I wanted to share what I learned with you:
- My previous box allowed me to participate in WODs without proper preparation – this is bad as it leads to injuries. In my case – a very sore shoulder, to the point where I could no longer wash my hair, sleep, or put my clothes on properly. If you feel you’re not ready for something DON’T DO IT. A good coach shouldn’t let you anyway. You can always ask for scaled versions.
- Injuries can be rehabbed with exercise and diligence.
- If you don’t feel 100% or have pain in your back, hips or wherever else, it is better to go to the gym and do a recovery work out than to lie on the sofa. You will feel better afterwards.
- Gaining strength takes a long time, losing strength takes very little time, but re-gaining strength is manageable.
- It helps to set goals. Goals are very motivating. They can be specific, like, do 100 of something, a set something of something in a set amount of time. Put a timescale on it and you’re good to go.
- Related to the above, it’s awesome to re-do certain things once in a while to monitor your progress. I may not have many visible gains, but I’m getting faster and more efficient on the AirDyne and can actually lift my feet when I run.
- Weight does not matter. Being able to keep up with my fiancé and my dog going up a munro does.
- You REALLY cannot out-train a bad diet.
- Alcohol contains many, many empty calories.
- Portion sizes are insanely deceptive, especially in dried goods such as pasta, rice and cereal – play around with MyFitnessPal and some scales to know the truth. Hence also Meal Prep and this blog.
- We all have different abilities, in and out of the box. Learning and teaching are both amazing and empowering processes.
- And to end on the same note that I started on. A good coach makes all the difference. Big thanks to Bob, but also Dave and Ali. You guys are ace.