I’m over half way through the Body By Mg guide, this means it’s time for an update!
I am now 8 weeks into the Body By MG guide, and I will admit, working out 5 days a week weight lifting is actually being to be a tad exhausting. My stubborn personality will not let me quit though, so I am determined to finish the full 12 weeks.
- Hack Squat – I’d never used this machine before, but liked the quad burn!
- Hanging Bent Leg Raises – Couldn’t actually hang from a bar as my gym has no way for short people like me to be able to reach it! It does have a stand that you can use where you lean on your forearms so I did that instead.
By the end of December I’d actually gained 100 grams compared to the end of November, however, it was Christmas and the holidays so I’m putting it down to that. Physical progress has been slim, I can sort of see muscles but I haven’t managed to shed any fat so I actually look pretty much the same.
I am feeling stronger, but I also feel that the split working out (each day focusing on a different muscle group) isn’t the most efficient way to make progress. Last time I wrote down the percentage increase for the weights, however in the spirit of being honest I haven’t really made much progress in increasing the loading.
The major win is I can now chest press 20kg!
I still didn’t do any of the optional workouts, it just seems too much to me. I was always the client who wanted to work out 3-4 days a week, for less than an hour, so going to 5 days of lifting PLUS adding on cardio afterward seems like an impossible task for me. Despite in my last post saying I’d add on HITT to my strength days, I didn’t.
Weeks 9 – 12
I’m now actually in midway through week 10, it’s nice to have some variety again. I’m actually finding these weeks easier than 5-8, the work out lengths seem a tad shorter too. The arm day in weeks 5-8 seemed to last forever, and the first triset was so hard. I was exhausted just after that, and I’d only just started! Now in weeks 9 – 12 it’s a less time and less intense.
I’m starting to re-assess my recommendation of this guide, I actually don’t think the commitment required is sustainable for most people. Currently, I’m having to get up at 5:30am every day to make it through each workout, and that’s WITHOUT the extras. This also means in the evenings I have to be asleep by 10pm so I’m not absolutely shattered for the early morning get up time.
I do think that once I have finished the guide, I’ll go back to 3 full body works outs a week and walks in between. I’m much more of a less is more type of exerciser.
If you’d like to check out the Body By MG guide for yourself, then visit Madalin’s website.
Get inspired to work out with some new gym gear!