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 Rhod – Preparing to lift the world (80kg – therefore a very small World)

For the first time in living memory I didn’t let everything turn to shit over the Christmas holidays. Normally I enter a semi-vegetative state and only emerge from my duvet nest, snuffling like a bear, to eat more chocolate. Unfortunately this means that when I eventually stagger back into the gym it’s as if I’ve never trained before. I’m as weak has a half drowned kitten, as fit as an emphysemic badger and as motivated as a lightly crushed stoat.

This time it would be different. This time I would continue to train. This time I would not give myself entirely over to gluttony. This time my return to the gym would not be woeful but triumphant.

It was, in truth, partially successful. I got some regular workouts in and, although I ate more crap then usual, my food inhalation habits didn’t hit their usual epic proportions.

But now it is time, like every other bugger in the known Universe, to get in shape. To lose some weight. To burn some fat. To get buff and rough and tough and stuff.

Before you start a new exercise/diet plan you need a goal. Here are ours . . .

Dave – To get my weight down to around 16 stone (100kg) and continue getting stronger and fitter. If I can have another year of training like last year and get my eating issues on a tighter leash then that will more then do.

Rhod – I want to get to the heaviest I have ever been (over 82.5kg), be able to deadlift 200kg, bench 100kg and be fit enough to play in the Aberystwyth Football 7’s.

What I want you to do is write down your goal for this year. It doesn’t have to be insanely ambitious or record breaking – just achievable.  Post it up on your fridge, bathroom mirror or right here on this blog for the whole World to see and keep your eye on it.

Once you have a goal you can then have a plan. The best plans are simple and leave room for adaption at later points. My plan is to get my diet sorted out. To do this I first need to know and understand where I go wrong.

My problem is that I’m an erratic over eater. I can happily go all day without eating anything at all and then devour everything in sight once I realise that I’m hungry. My goal for the next month is to eat 3 sensible meals a day. I’m not going to be carb cycling, back loading, sodium depleting or any other sort of nonsense. I’m just going for a bit of consistency. Each meal will have protein, good carbs and good fats in it and I’m going to try not to snack between my meals. Simple and, therefore, do-able.

Training isn’t going to change much. The 5/3/1 program that we’re doing is so good and effective that it would be lunacy to change it. That doesn’t stop us tweaking it from time to time but the core of it remains basically the same.

Here are a couple of videos that show you the kind of thing that we have been up to recently.

From this point forth I’m going to be posting a lot more frequently. Plans are afoot to keep me lashed to a desk and drip-feed me coffee until I can churn out 3 or 4 of these masterpieces per week.

If you have any questions or abuse you wish to chuck my way I promise to respond to it as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading,
Dave Carter,
Dave’s Gym,

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