5 Things I'll Be Doing in 2016

So here’s 5 things that I will be doing in 2016 to make sure I move forward and progress in areas that I feel are important. They won’t create a “new me”, they won’t bring a resolution to third world poverty, but by doing them hopefully I'll better myself in some way.

1 Start a blog

Blogging is something that I have been thinking about doing for a while but haven’t managed to get round to doing yet for a number of reasons. Trying to set up your own business is difficult, stressful and time consuming and for me there were more important things to focus on last year than sharing my very limited and somewhat untested knowledge!

I by no means consider myself an expert yet and if I’m honest feel that I should concentrate on building a successful PT business and putting as much effort into each and every one of my clients’ success as possible for at least the first 4 or 5 years.

Having said that, I enjoy writing and going small to begin with will allow me to test the blogosphere waters and see if this is something that is worth investing my time in. That’s why I’m going to try to stick to a maximum of 2 blogs per week for this year.

2 Become more bendy

Last year I found myself becoming more injury prone, particularly in my back and neck. There are probably a few reasons this was happening; the massive increase in intensity and regularity of my training, the lack of total physical exertion for 6 months whilst I was travelling prior to last year, a few past injuries catching up with me. But by my reckoning, most importantly, I wasn’t taking the time to look after my body properly.

Despite knowing better, I would often skip stretching or using techniques such as foam rolling or SMR (self myofascial release), in an effort to save time and get in and out of my own workouts as quickly as possible. So, in an effort to force myself to stretch more regularly and also take part in some regular low impact training which can also help with injury prevention, I am going to start attending a yoga class. I am still going to try to do more developmental stretching post workout but having a class to go to at a set time where I have made a commitment will push me and help me turn this into a habit.

3 Dig out the Speedo’s and get back in the water

Swimming is something I have always massively enjoyed doing and something I used to be fairly good at. However, I became more and more focused on my gym training and learning what was going to be my craft, so much so that I realised mid way through last year, I genuinely can’t remember the last time I swam for exercise!

Apart from it being something I enjoy, there are a number of benefits from swimming that transfer directly into the gym;

  • Improved muscle tone – water is 12 times as dense as air, so whilst you’re getting your cardio workout in, you are also getting an even amount of total body resistance, which is relative to the force you are pushing with in the water. No need to count reps, just dive in and go ‘til it burns!

  • Improved flexibility – in keeping with my #2 goal, swimming can help with the elongation of muscles in the body. When using strokes such as front crawl or breast stroke, you are stretching out with every movement and using muscles that you would normally fail to hit during more isolated movements at the gym.

  • Improved breath control – this might sound like a strange benefit to the newer gym goer, but if you talk to any experienced lifter or runner for that matter, breath control is absolutely vital to your form and overall performance. I could talk about this for a while but I’ll save that for a separate blog...*HINT HINT*