Let’s talk about my workout routine, or rather the one I had. So, let’s talk about the ‘good old days’ when I was training for my black belt and was the fittest I’ve ever been.
I was so fit
I graded for my black belt at the end of 2019 and I trained six days a week.
At that time, I was training karate three times a week. Mondays and Wednesdays, we all had karate classes, but then on Saturdays, only the elite athletes and black belts had a special two-hour training session.
On the in-between days, I usually exercised on my own at home. My boyfriend suggested ‘Insanity’ and I must say that it’s great for karate, especially because it’s a high-intensity interval training program.
During that time, I lost so much fat and gained lean muscle mass. Those were the good old days.
And then 2020 happened.
Well, my fitness level (or rather the lack thereof) started going south at the start of lockdown in March of last year.
In other words, I got fat. I also got COVID-19 in April, which meant that I couldn’t exercise for six weeks. If I’m honest, I haven’t fully recovered since.
Lately, I’ve been trying to attend karate classes every Monday and Wednesday. But since I had COVID-19, and I’ve been sick a lot because my nerves about moving to Australia has gotten the best of me and my health, I haven’t been able to go a lot. I also go to fitness classes with my sensei on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
However, I recently had my last karate and fitness classes because we want to stay away from people (and possibly COVID-19 infections) for the last two weeks that we’re here.
When I couldn’t go to fitness class because I have to work during that time, then I would jump on the big trampoline outside. It doesn’t sound like much, but it burns a lot of calories. Almost 100 calories per 10 minutes—it’s great cardio. I think I should look for a whole workout I can do on the massive trampoline.
In the future
Once we’re in Australia, I want to walk a lot more. Walking is the best exercise because, as humans, we were made for walking. I want to walk to work and the shops etc. It’s crazy how the weight drops once you walk a lot more—I noticed this when I first started at the university. But I also got fat again at university because I ate a huge scone with jelly jam every morning. I got so fat from just that. Carbs are the enemy, people!
We’re thinking of joining a kickboxing class once we’re settled in Australia, but we’ll see. I actually want to continue with karate, but once again, we’ll see how it goes when we get there.
What is your workout routine? Do you have any tips for me?