So my plan to blog weekly quickly went out the window! I started a new job so haven’t had quiet as much time on my hands. But I’m still trucking through this plan and am starting to get really happy with the results I’m seeing.
The introduction of weights has been a revelation. My cycle two workouts see me interspersing weights with HIIT and I’ve love it. Like most, I was a little daunted when I saw the words “German Volume Training” (GVT) appear in my plan, and it is a huge challenge, but I don’t think any weights training in the world would turn this weedy body of mine into a body builder’s in four weeks, so I went in wide-eyed really looking forward to the results.
I started with eight rounds of 30-second HIIT, or lots of jumping up and down, followed by 10x 10 reps of weights. This was repeated twice, with two different weight exercises. It’s hard, but still over quickly enough to not eat into my day too much.
Saying that, anyone into cycle two will know all about the first-time leg DOMS; I could barely walk for a week!
The results are already showing themselves; I could actually see my muscles moving while doing bicep curls the other day, and my back is showing a hint of definition. I’ve only been lifting for two weeks – madness!
The food is pretty different too, still huge portions, but more carbs have been introduced and I’m now eating them with every meal on training days. This was really difficult to begin with but I’ve adapted to them pretty quickly – I guess it’s just what my body needs.
This cycle has also done away with the set recipes, which I must admit I was quite happy about as they were getting a bit repetitive towards the end of cycle one. I’m now given options for meat, vegetables, seasoning, side sauce and carbs/fat (depending on whether I’m training or resting) and can create my own meals using one of each.
It’s made cooking more challenging, but I quite like that I’m not having my hand held where food is concerned anymore.
Easter weekend is coming up and I know I’ll end up going a little “off-piste”, but I’m hoping the flexibility of the plan will enable me to make some relatively smart choices. We shall see!