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GymBox X Ollie B – 6 Week Solution.

Full Disclosure: This plan was created in partnership with GymBox (membership in exchange for content). 

Fitness. The fads, the myths, the trends and what works for you. Ever wondered who’s chatting truth and who’s chatting bollocks? There are so many people out there claiming their ‘way’ works. Ultimately there is only one that will work for you, and thats the one that makes you happy and healthy. Working out is important, that’s the fact we all know – but what works for you and what is sustainable for your happiness is the plan you should be following. Wonder ‘what on earth is that though?’ I’ve talked about my ‘achievable fitness’ idea and what I mean is: A fitness plan that suits you and your lifestyle to achieve the goal you have set for yourself. My goal in this post is to shine some light on a decent starting point for you and iron out a few myths associated with the fitness industry. 

Before I share what I have been up to with my fitness there is one big myth that needs to be ironed out and that is: You can burn fat and build muscle at the same time. You can’t, sorry. Unless you are a complete beginner or some genetic ninja it’s not going to happen. I didn’t realise this until a message from Dan @MuscleFitnessUK came into my DM’s asking if we wanted to work together and I tuned into his stories and found out for myself. 

You need to pick one: Fat loss or Muscle Build. You will gain fat with the muscle build and you will lose muscle with the fat loss, it’s just the way it is. Hence the ever spoken ‘bulking’ and ‘cutting’ phases. Personally I don’t want to be Mr.Macho, a little more size would be lovely but my goal is more on the fat loss and keeping trimmer rather than focusing on mass. 

Pre – PT this is what my fitness looked like during an average week, and it worked to a point. The plateaux I was experiencing is what made me change the way I was training but this might work wonders for you initially, choose the good bits – see what feels right for you and if you enjoy it give it 6 weeks and track your progress along the way (you can’t track what you don’t measure). If scales, weight and body fat % freak you out then train for yourself, get the endorphins releasing and see how tracking via pictures works for you. My key message here is please do this in a healthy way and do it for the right reasons, for yourself, your health and happiness. 

One last thing before I get into the workouts… Your diet. This is the maker/breaker of achieving whatever your goal is. Personally, I use ‘My Fitness Pal’. You don’t need to obsessive with it if you don’t like the idea of calorie counting but even if you scan the barcode of your ‘usual’ diet and see where that lies in correlation to your goal you stand a much better chance of getting there – after all, you can’t track what you don’t measure! A lot of ‘healthy’ foods turn out to be not so ‘healthy’ when you breakdown their macro contributions to your diet. 

The plan below was written in collaboration with GymBox. My training has recently modified slightly since working with my PT but this is the foundation of my training over the past 4-5 years when I could only train 4 days a week due to juggling eduction and 2x full-time jobs. My overall focus being fat loss hence the timed rest periods:


 

Day 1 (Legs): 

A: 3×8 Back Squats (2mins rest between sets)

B: 3×8 Front Squats (2mins rest)

C: 3×8 Rack Pull (1min 30 rest)

D: 4×10 Leg Press (1min rest)

Superset (1min 30 rest)

E1: 3×10 Quad Extension 

E2: 3×10 Leg Curl 

F: 3×12 Weighted Calf Raises (1min rest)


Day 2 (Chest, Tri’s & Shoulders):

A: 4×8 DB Chest Press – Flat Bench (2min rest)

B: 3×10 DB Incline Chest Press (1min 30 rest) 

Superset (1min 30rest)

C1: 3×8 DB Flys

C2: 3×8 Standing Plate Press

D: 3×12 Single Arm Standing Chest Press (1min rest)

E: 4×10 DB Shoulder Press (1min 30 rest) 

F: 3×12 Barbell Shoulder Shrugs  (1min Rest)

G: 4×10 Tricep Push Down – Rope Attachment (1min 30 rest)

H: 3×10 Single Arm Tricep cable Extension (1min Rest)


Day 3 (Back & Bi’s) 

A: 3×8 Weighted Pull Up (1min Rest) 

B: 3×8 Close Grip Pull Down (1min 30 rest) 

C: 3×8 Wide Grip Seated Cable Row (1min 30 Rest) 

D: 3×8 Single Arm Dumbell Row (1min Rest) 

E: 3×12 Rear-Dealt Row (1min rest)

F: 4×10 E-Z Bar Preacher Curl (1min 30 rest)

G: 3×8 DB Single Arm Preacher Curl (1min 30 rest) 

H 3×12 Plate Curl (1min rest)


Day 4 (Cardio & Yoga) 

A1: 10x Treadmill HITT: 30second Sprint / 30 Sec Rest 

A2: 2min cooldown 

B: 30min Steady State Spin Bike (100 RPM Average) 

B2: 5min cool down 

C: 30mins of Stretching & Yoga Practise


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For any confusion about what each exercise is please pop it into google and there will be 1000 videos demonstrating the exercise and close alternatives should your gym not facilitate the above. One thing I can say is GymBox have all the equipment and classes for the above and much more!

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When it comes to fitness why is everything so expensive? A new kit, new trainers, a new gym membership and there goes £200+. All that expense without burning a single calorie. So why not consider that fresh new kit and join the cross-fit hype for less than £40 today? Putting focus, determination and drive into a healthier lifestyle does not need a flashy price tag.

Primark now has an exceptional new activewear range for men. Having received the range/tried and tested each piece, I wanted to show you guys some of my favorite pieces. I am obsessed with this new collection. Each piece feels long-lasting, looks great, fits perfectly and has an incredibly low price tag.


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I am all about feeling great in the gym. I wear outfits that give me a boost in confidence – it helps keep me motivated as I push through the final reps of each set and it just makes me feel good. Having great activewear not only makes me feel good when I’m in the gym working out, but it also helps get me there. I can’t wear this snazzy new Primark kit to dinner, it needs to be worn to the gym. Please don’t overlook the importance of good activewear, it has more of an effect on your fitness than you might realise. If you dress down for the gym you will feel down, and if you feel down you are not in the correct headspace to be getting the most out of your workout.


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I love workout out in my activewear from Primark. It also gives me a little satisfaction that my whole kit probably cost a fraction of the guy’s trainers on the treadmill next to me hehe.


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The past few weeks have been some of the most exciting weeks for ‘ByOllieB’, from walking the red carpets at ‘London Fashion Week’, to launching new collaborative adventures for the upcoming months. With everything being so fast paced it’s been important to not neglect those close to me as they are my constant and my support. At times it can seem easy to get excited about a new collaboration and dive into it head first – taking everything in its wake for granted. Finding balance within the long hours I work is essential for my own sanity, as well as looking after those special relationships.

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This evolving journey that ‘ByOllieB’ is on is a super exciting one, and it’s getting more exciting every week. Keeping family and friends on this journey is key to maintaining drive and inspiration for my content producing. I am my worst critic and always strive to produce better content every day. The feedback those closest give to me is the feedback that matters most, they will tell you how it is – keep you focused and your feet on the ground.

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London is such a fast paced environment to be engulfed in, days turn into weeks, weeks into months and before we know it it’s time choose our Christmas tree (sorry for saying the C word in October…). That barrier of city life can be overcome by some simple time management, something I have struggled with in the past but am improving as I learn more about the industry I have found myself working around the clock in. Everything from those morning emails, afternoon meetings, blog writing then evening events – it’s all in a day’s work. I have one of the best jobs in the world for sure but it is demanding. Maintaining excellent time management is essential for me to separate myself from my work at times and focus on my family and friends.

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As the business grows so does my activity and list of things-to-do. But taking a step back and putting myself more on a 9-5 working schedule has been essential. Of course, that isn’t always possible when working freelance, sometimes sacrifices need to be made to ensure the landlord gets paid. But making time to nurture those personal relationships protects my mental welfare and keeps me focused on my professional goals & achievements.

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While maintaining the perfect balance between working and personal hours is on-going, I am pushing the same mentality into my work ethos. As I develop ‘ByOllieB’ to the reach the next level I need to maintain balance between clients, sector progression and what snacks I have in my bag! Ensuring I represent fashion, travel, and lifestyle equally. Keeping a variety of uploaded content keeps the face of ByOllieB’s brand balanced. I want to deliver to you a balanced set of high-quality content to inspire your fashion choices, eating habits, holiday plans, and lifestyle choices. The first step is to swap out that chocolate bar for a delicious bag of Yushoi – fuel your body the right way. A healthy body fuels a healthy mind. Yushoi went down well in the studio with the band when producing a music video earlier this month! Feeling those autumn vibes? Give Yushoi’s newest flavour ‘Barbecue’ a try – mouth-wateringly delicious, and… it’s actually healthy. A real life. Healthy. Tasty. Snack.

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