Leg Day is (and always will be) a favourite of mine. But last Leg Day was ever better due to the unexpected, but very welcome, surprise I got when I saw some definition happening in my arms.
The image above is an edited video capture from my training session, but I just can't get over how great my shoulders look. To me, this highlights the importance of setting and sticking with goals, because if you're not moving towards anything, how can you measure your progress? Be it a number on the scale, a body-fat percentage, losing or gaining centimetres, wanting to lift heavier, go faster or look great in a bikini (all valid, achievable goals, by the way) if you can see and feel what you're moving towards you'll always go further.
And on that note: sometimes we can't see our progress or we don't feel it, and that's why I take so many videos and photos of my training. To some it can seem vain to be constantly videoing and photographing yourself, but it's a tangible measure of progress and one you can look back on when you feel as if you've hit a plateau.
Plateaus are a normal, healthy part of any training program. They don't last forever but you really do have to push to get through them; it's like those famous 'last five kilos' in weight loss that just don't seem to shift. When the plateau hits, that's when it's time to start doing things a little differently and discipline becomes more important than motivation, but looking back on videos or photos of your training can be helpful to ensure you keep going. Once you reach a certain level it's easy to forget how hard you worked to get to that level in the first place, so looking back on it can be a helpful push when you're feeling frustrated by the seeming lack of results.
I'm pleased to say I haven't reached this point in this program yet, although I clearly remember it from last program and it was fustrating as hell! But having my videos was a real boost and it helped keep me focused on what I wanted.
And as everyone knows, this time around, what I want is Winter Soldier Arms!
This is the video that the two above captures are from. I feel the definition is most apparent in the view from the side just before I go down and then again just before I come up. And don't let the singlet fool you either; it was fucking freezing in there. I was warm because I'd been warming up and then lifting weights, but both my trainers were in jackets because the studio doesn't do much to keep out the cold. But it's still the best place in the world and there's something about working out and getting warm when you know it's cold. But, of course, safety first: to stay warm I tended to put my hoodie on in between times and I kept moving to ensure I didn't seize up. Satisfaction wouldn't be worth much if you ended up cold, injured and miserable just for a few seconds of results footage.
I'll end this post with another video, but this one is more about fun and less about definition. One of the things we do regularly at EP is lift in front of a mirror, so we can check out our form and Pat and Hilal can point things out to us for the next set. While Hilal was filming my squats last Monday she deliberately took a few seconds of footage that captured both me and my reflection, so please allow me to present, the showdown of the week: Jewels vs. Jewels!
You don't find the willpower - you create it.
Me With No Apologies.