The post-holiday workout that just might work (this time)
It’s a brand new year! It’s finally time to get serious about your fitness goals… again. Start with this fat-loss workout (Photo by Vyn Radovan)
Have you seen that meme showing a hilarious comparison between what the gym looks like in December (empty, almost pristine gym like a brochure photo) and what it is come January (a full-on rampage of WWE personalities in one ring)? It’s comically relatable at best, especially when you’re one gym-goer who—year by year—chooses to party out in the holidays and then attempt getting back in shape to follow through your “new year, new me” mantra.
Apparently, post-holidays always poses a challenge in keeping fit. The holidays call for parties anyway, and you tend to eat and drink in excess.
“People feel like the holidays are a time of eating and relaxing. This means that, yes, they tend to forget to control what they eat or at least limit the consumption of food,” says Kit Guerra, an ISSA personal trainer and all-around fitness enthusiast, who’s also a member of the national rugby team.
You don’t just neglect the kind of discipline you’ve been trained to have in the past year of working out. When we speak of your biochemistry, you also lose control of your metabolism.
“It's hard to lose weight because you lose your metabolism. By stopping your workout before the holidays, you in fact slow down your metabolism to the point where your body will store fat,” notes Guerra.
“When you work out in the new year, you start almost from ground zero again.”
If losing unnecessary fat is your number one goal to start the year right, Guerra suggests a shocker workout—including lots of cardio! Here’s a devised workout plan to help you with your desired results. (The fitness expert devised a complete year-round workout plan, as an insert in the recent issue of UAAP Magazine! It also features your favorite UAAP athletes!)
Do the following as your cardio instead of just sweating off at the treadmill!
1. Push press – 4 sets of 10 reps
2. Power clean –5 sets of 5 reps
3. DB front squat - 4 sets of 12 reps
4. Burpees – 4 sets of 20 reps
*After every set, complete a 200-meter run/ 50 jump ropes