Gemma Atkinson’s Training Blog: The New Goals I Have for My Body
by UP Fitness, August 1, 2017
My 12-week transformation might be complete, but I’m not going to stop there.
I’m not going to rest on my laurels – I’ve got new goals to strive for with Ultimate Performance.
My goals now are to maintain what I’ve achieved, but I want to get even fitter and stronger. I don’t want to plateau at the same place forever and ever.
I’d love to be in a place at Christmas where I can lift even heavier and do more lengths on the prowler.
I’d never really had a training plan or diet to follow before I started at Ultimate Performance; it was more a case of just as and when I could find the time.
If I was hungry and hadn’t prepped my food, I’d grab something on the go. Training-wise, I’d squeeze in an hour here or there – or go for a quick walk.
There was no consistency or purpose to really change anything and that’s why I wanted this programme to give me that end goal.
If you have a purpose in anything you do, you’re more likely to do it and achieve what you want.
Doing anything without a purpose just seems pointless to me, so I just wanted something I could knuckle down on, have an end date and just graft until I got there.
What I achieved in 12 weeks at UP was amazing (and I can’t wait to share my final results with you) – but I want to build on that. I want to learn more. I want to see how far I can progress.
I’m not necessarily bothered about how I look, I just don’t want to get too lean.
I’ve had people message me saying ‘don’t go too far!’ and I think ‘what the hell is too far?’
I know what my body can do and I know what my body is capable of, but I also know when to rest and when I’m tired.
I’m always the first to say if I think I look too thin, because I’m 5ft 9, so I tend to look like Olive Oyl from Popeye if I go too thin.
I’m always the first to say to Steve ‘I’m feeling a bit too lean, can we up my carbs’ and we can change things up like upping my carbs and dropping my cardio.
There are always things you can do to change how you look, but for me, as long as I’m fit and healthy and happy, I think how you look is just the icing on the cake.
For people going into a programme, because they purely want to look good is maybe the wrong reason. You’ve got to start by wanting to feel good, and feel strong and feel fit, then everything else falls into place.
You don’t always get results straight away on Day 1, physically. Quite often you’ll start to feel better before you look better.
If you go in thinking ‘I want to look good in a week’, it’s easy to give up and think it’s not working.
Looking good comes as a byproduct of the consistency with your training and diet, sleeping well and looking after yourself.
The best thing you can do to get there is set yourself some concrete goals and then do everything in your power to make them happen.
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