Okay, I will admit I got a bit slack with these lots of weeks recaps, actually I only think I got around to doing the one week. This says nothing about my 3rd Round of the Plan- because personally I felt my body changed the most during this one, compared to the first two.
Basically this time round I was eating less carbs and that pretty much was it. Exercise wise, I got an extra hit of HIIT added and maintained the three day body part split of upper body, lower body and full body.
Work it Out
I seriously loved all my workouts, but like anything there was one day I dreaded- and Tara knew this would happen when she wrote it for me, warning me that it was going to be really tough. That happened to be Full Body day, paired with the HIIT after.
Why was it so hard? Ahhh well these things..
plus there were more heavy lifts surrounding that and a billion more exercises you hate. I loved doing them because I felt strong, but I also hated having to do them haha. The only exercises I think I never cursed that day was the Snatch and the suitcase carries- which I surprisingly really liked considering I hated the farmers walks last round.
Ohh and there was a whole lot of this..
thanks to the HIIT on the bike. I did really hate it, and admittedly I was like goddamn more cardio (considering my life is cardio with all the classes I teach) but I did grow to like it (hope Tara doesn’t hear that, don’t take that as a sign that I want more though!). Sprints were on the agenda but I had to change to the bike because I couldn’t risk injuries in my knees (considering they were playing up a bit). I did do the elliptical once but meh that sucked ha.
Anyways, in true form…
My Favourite Exercises From Round 3
- Sumo Deadlifts! Much prefer them to normal
- Squats to box- really loved this rather than usual squats
- Suitcase Carries
- Floor DB Chest Press
- Push press- you totally kick butt compared to military press haha!
My Least Favourite Exercises From Round 3
- Bear Complex- hate love relationship….but more hate than love.
- Narrow push ups (I love that I improved at them but still..)
- Chin Up- just the one at a time but still I suck so bad.
- Pendlay rows, purely because they were so hard.
I also managed to make some fairly decent gains in strength (all values include bar weight)-
- 57.5kg for a sumo deadlift to 75kg! (actually this week I did 77.5kg!)
- Squatting 77.5kg for 5 reps!
- Went from 5 reps of 30kg glute bridges to 80kg for 5 reps!
- I also increased my push press weight for 2 reps from 32.5kg to 42.5kg
Eating wise I was super nervous about the change- I don’t do well with cutting down on food anymore considering my history. But the no carbs at dinner thing was a pleasant change. There was typically one day a week where I swapped dinner carbs for lunch so I could have a turkey burger at dinner and my god no carbs at lunch sucked! I’m definitely hungrier than and need them more than dinner. As long as I’ve got plenty of protein and vegies though I’m good.
This time round though I’ve probably have like 2 sweet potatoes- I’ve been totally off them. Eggs are easier to down thanks to my Natvia Tomato Sauce! I’m still loving my Burgen wholemeal and seeds bread, bananas, natural pb (must go smooth because I go through crunchy way too quickly) and vitabrix! Oh and Norbu is literally the bees knees.
I cannot wait to see what the FOURTH round brings me. As stated earlier I really started to see changes in my body. My body composition looks as though it changed, I got frequent comments that I look as if I’ve lost weight (but don’t know as I still don’t weight myself) and I’m noticing more definition!
My measurements made small movements, which although I’m totally impatient about, I put down to the fact that I don’t have that much to ‘loose’ and it’s more vanity stuff. I will post a couple of photos that I felt proud of- which is a huge deal for me. [I do this more for myself and hope that noone sees this as a chance to compare or criticise.]
I call this my body builder pose hahaha!
It’s amazing what heavy lifting can do to change your perspective on your body! In particular I love how fit I look in the pj pic haha.
Well I think I’ll leave it there- a big thank you to the wonderful Tara as always. And Tara, please don’t kill me with the bear complex again, or I’ll stop saying nice things haha.
- What makes you feel confident about your body?
- Do you lift heavy? Why/Why not?