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Top Tips For Building Confidence In The Gym.

One of the greatest hurdles I had to overcome when I first began training was getting over ‘the fear’ – I was terrified of going into the gym. It seems strange now, right? I am a qualified PT and work for Gymshark for god sakes but, believe it or not, there was a time I avoided PE like the plague and the thought of walking into the strength and conditioning area in the gym gave me literal nightmares. Overtime I have picked up a lot of tips that helped me to build confidence in the gym and end up not only loving training in my free time but also making a career out of helping others to love it as well. I strongly believe that every single person deserves to feel confident, happy and safe in a gym environment so I hope that some of these top tips will help some of you new gym-goers out there! 

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Have A Plan

If I could only give one piece of advice it would be this – have a plan. Not only is this going to help you smash your workout but it is also going to mean you’re not wandering around aimlessly and feeling awkward (speaking from experience with this one!). Give yourself a bit of time before your gym session to plan what you want to achieve – that way you can give bits a bobs a google if you’re unsure and walk in with confidence and smash your session.

If you’re struggling with planning your own work out…

Get A Trainer

We’re nice, I promise, and most trainers, if they’re worth their salt, will teach you proper form and help you create a tailor made plan so that when you go at it alone you can smash it. Do your research and get yourself a trainer that is right for you. It can be expensive but, as I trainer and online coach, I really do think it’s worth it. Having somewhere there not only for accountability but also to provide motivation and mental support is invaluable when you’re feeling nervous.

If you’re interested in getting an online coach and want a bit more information, get in contact with me on jamieleejenkinsfitness@gmail.com. The initial chats are totally free and although I can’t be there with you, I am available all the time to offer support and guidance.

If you can’t afford a trainer make sure you have a least got yourself a…

Get A Good Gym Induction 

A good gym induction is vital when first joining a gym. Even if you have been training before and think you know the ropes don’t turn one down. They are a great way to feel at ease in a new environment as well as gives you a chance to get to know the staff. It’s also the perfect opportunity to assess your fitness levels and workout what your goals are. Having goals will help give you the motivation it takes to fight to nerves and do it alone.

This leads me on to my next top tip…

Do Your Research 

Every gym is different and they all have a different ‘vibe’. Don’t be nervous about going to look around the gym and even having a taster session before committing to a membership. Even now there are some gyms I feel a lot more at home in than others. It is important to work out what you are looking for from your gym and what it right for you. Have a chat with the people who work there who will be more than happy to offer any help and advice. It might sound daft but it is really worth making a consideration choice when it comes to which gym you go for. If you like the atmosphere and the people there you are much more like to feel at ease and want to go back.

Invest In Some Killer Gym Clothes 

Now I know that I always say you don’t need anything apart from yourself and some motivation to smash your sessions so this might seem a little hypocritical, but I speak from experience when I say that feeling fresh in a brand new outfit really helps with confidence. I used to always say that I would only buy nice gym clothes if I knew I was going to go (kind of like a reward) but this time I got them before and they acted as the best incentive. I have learnt that feeling good in gym clothes isn’t about my having the ‘perfect’ body, it’s about celebrating the body you have at the time and how incredible it it. Be your own cheerleader and invest in some gym clothes – you won’t regret it.

My recommendations: Gymshark, FLEXXFIT, H&M, Primark, Wearwolf Clothing.

Take Your Headphones

Music always motivates me. A little bit of Survivor and you can guarantee I’m going to absolutely dominate my workout. Having your headphones in also helps you to zone out and focus on your own workout. As much as I love chatting to people in the gym, I know this can be intimidating (not to mention distracting) and so having your headphones acts like a bit of a deterrent.

Don’t fancy listening to some bangers? That’s fine, instead…

Get A Gym Buddy

Joining a gym is a new venture and so it is completely normal to be nervous. Just like with anything else, having someone there by your side for a bit of moral support can be really helpful. Having a friend there with you will make the whole process a lot less intimating and will also provide some accountability in the long run.

Don’t have any friends you can drag along with you? No worries, instead you could always…

Go To Classes

Classes are a fab way to meet people and get yourself used to the gym environment in a fun and safe situation. When I first started training I had no one to go with and so I decided to go to a ladies only boxing class. I went along on my own and got chatting to a lovely girl. Flash forward 9 month and she is one of my best friends and my ride or die gym buddy. Without braving a class I never would have met here, and what I sad, sad world this would be… 

Remember, everyone has been there

As I mentioned at the beginning, we have all been there, myself included! ‘The Fear’ is not uncommon so don’t think that every single other person in the room is an expert – the chances are the majority will just be your average person trying to keep fit and healthy. Keep in mind you have just as much right to be in that room as every single other person, whether they are training for a competition or wanting to lose a few pound. Every single person has a goal and everyone should feel comfortable and valued in a gym.

So there you have it, my top tips that I have picked up over the last few years. I will say that the majority of people are very friendly and willing to help. Of course you get some nasty people but I have been lucky enough to only come across kind and supportive people on my journey. Remember that you’re doing it for you. ‘The Fear’ is hard to overcome but I promise you that it is worth it. 

Jamie x 

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Chilly’s Bottle Review | Are They Worth The Hype?

I am weak, WEAK I tell you. Did I need to spend £25 on rose gold chrome Chilly’s Bottle? No. Did I do it anyway? Of course I did.

To be fair I have wanted one for AGES and after having a little browse I found that £25 was actually pretty average for a thermal water bottle. But Chilly’s water bottles aren’t just any water bottles. They’re Instagram sensations, #bottlegoals if you will, and you know me – I’m a sucker for the gram. After having mine for just over a month I thought I would share with you guys my thoughts and ask the big question – are they REALLY worth the hype? 

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The Promise. 

So if you have a little look on Chilly’s website you will see that they promise 4 main things.

  1. Your bottle will keep your ice-cold drinks ‘ice-cold’ for up to 24 hours, regardless of the outside temperature due to fancy double-walled vacuum insulation. All sounds a bit too much like physics to me. 
  2. Your bottle with keep your tea or coffee hot for up to 12 hours. Think of all the money I’m going to save not having to go to Costa every morning. 
  3. Your bottle will not leak OR produce any condensation meaning you can just throw it in your bag and you’re good to go.
  4. Your bottle is made from safe, quality materials that aren’t going to leave a nasty taste in your mouth.

A month down the line I have definitely put my bottle to the test. So let’s see how it held up…

‘Your bottle will keep your ice-cold drinks ‘ice-cold’ for up to 24 hours…’

24 hours might be a little optimistic but to be honest my drink has never lasted that long. I did leave it for about 15 hours when I was testing it and it was still ice cold but then I wanted to use my bottle so I couldn’t leave it any longer. Even so, 15 hours in the heat we were having in the UK when I did this little experiment is bloody impressive so hats off to them.

I have had flasks in my time before but in terms of keeping drinks cold, this one is without a doubt the best.

‘Your bottle with keep your tea or coffee hot for up to 12 hours…’

Now this claim I was unconvinced by so I really decided to put it to the test. I put boiling water in my Chilly’s bottle and left it over night (probably not 12 hours because, you know, who is lucky enough to get 12 hours sleep?). The next morning I went to give it a try and I can confirm that IT WAS HOT. Not AS hot as it had been but come on, who wants to drink boiling water anyway?

In fact, the bottle works so well that I would actually warn you to be careful. I made my current coffee an hour ago and I am still blowing on it and keeping the lid off. These bottles really do keep your drinks very, VERY hot. Fair play, Chilly’s, fair play. 

‘Your bottle will not leak OR produce any condensation…’

The straw that broke the camels back and led this camel to buying a Chilly’s bottle in the first place was yet another water bottle that leaked everywhere. Yes, it was £4 but I can’t actually take it anywhere with me because it leaves all my stuff dripping. I decided it was time to bite to bullet and get myself a Chilly’s bottle and, true to their word, there has never been ANY leakage or condensation.

The bottle is always a perfect temperature to hold and always perfectly dry. I throw it in my bag and know that when I get to work all of my belongings will still be nice and dry. For me, this made the £25 price tag worth it!

‘Your bottle is made from safe, quality materials…’

It’s a full house for the Chilly’s Bottles. I LOVE my bottle, not only is it really durable but it has never left a bad taste in my mouth (even right at the beginning) and it is bloody STUNNING. Anything rose gold gets a huge yes from me but they have so many different styles that there is one to suit everybody. Not to mention since having my bottle I have seriously cut down on my plastic usage. I take it into coffee shops and I never buy water bottles anymore so everyone is a winner.

I am so so pleased with my Chilly’s bottle. I know they’re a little bit of an investment but I truly love them. I worked out how much I was spending on coffee and I had saved the money I spent on the bottle in under 2 weeks, which is INSANE. If you don’t want to join the Chilly’s family (you indie so and so you) then don’t worry because there are loads of similar products out there. I can’t say whether they work as well or whether they are as gorgeous but definitely have a browse. 

For those of you wanting to get your hands on my exact bottle, the link is here.

Until next time guys! 

Jamie x 

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Let’s ‘Twerk It Out’: Spicing Up Your Routine.

For those of you that have been following my blog for a while now, you will know that I am not the biggest fan of cardio. The weight room is where I feel most comfortable and that makes up most of my training. I have recently starting to increase my cardio (I’m now trying to do 15 minutes 4 times a week, stress on the word trying…). Anyway, recently I decided I would spice up my cardio and go to a gym class.

Now, ‘Twerk It Out’ is not the class I signed up for. The plan was to go on Tuesday evening for a nice bit of yoga. But, plans changed, and instead I found myself in the gym on Wednesday night twerking it out to a bit of Shakira, sweating to the point I looked like I’d just stepped out of the shower (not a pretty sight!). Much to my surprise, I loved the class! It was exhausting and challenging in an entirely different way to what I am used to, but trying something a bit different really helped motivate me.

I talk a lot about consistency being key, but I also think that variety is the spice of life. Since ‘twerk it out’, I’ve been experimenting with loads of different classes which have really pushed me. Classes are a really great way to try something new, meet new people and stay motivated, but spicing up your training doesn’t have to mean getting up at the crack of dawn and jumping on a spin bike. I have also been trying some new weight training exercises. My programme is still pretty simple and is great in helping my hit all the key muscle groups and build up strength but, after 5 months on the same programme, it can sometimes get a little bit tedious. So I don’t lose motivation I have been trying some new things, getting inspiration from YouTubers, fellow bloggers and my new ‘Everyday Fitness’ book.

Trying something a bit different can make the usually boring stuff (I’m looking at your cardio..) actually quite fun. 10 minutes on a cross trainer and I am ready to call it a day but a whole hour twerking it out flew by. It might be that the exercise you are doing just isn’t for you and it’s important to be realistic when training. If there is no way you’re going to spend 30 minutes on a treadmill, why not schedule in your programme a class or go swimming or brave the outdoors and go for a walk? Enjoying what you’re doing is what will keep you motivated so don’t be scared to try something new and be a beginner again. Not everything will work for everyone so spicing it up will help you find your strengths.

Over the next few weeks I will be trying out lots of new stuff and sharing videos on my Instagram to hopefully inspire you to spice up your routine. Let me know what sort of stuff you get up to when you’re looking for a bit of change. 

But, for now… back to the weights room.

Jamie x

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