My Fitness Journey

Part 7: Mid-December Weightloss Update

Chris Brophy Focus T25 Beta

There’s only two weeks to go before the fat guy with the white beard comes down your chimney. No, I’m not talking about me, I am of course referring to the old fella from up in North Pole Land, or wherever he lives nowadays. I’ve been keeping fit this past week (as always) by walking around toy shops, and my eyelids have had plenty exercise by staring at the ridiculously high toy prices I’ve been seeing.  Whatever happened to the Etch a Sketch, Speak & Spell or Major Morgan? Ah, that’s right, it’s not 1974 anymore. It’s all about iPads, Trolls and Pie-ing your grandfather in the face nowadays. Whilst prices have been shooting up, my weight, on the other hand, has been dropping off. Here’s a quick mid-December weight loss update for you.

A Cabbage Patch Kid, not Chris Brophy

A Cabbage Patch Kid from the 80s, not me!

I’ve been using my Body Fat Scales to monitor a number of things these past few months. I’ve seen my body fat drop and muscle mass increase, however; my BMI is around 27.8 when it really needs to be a maximum of 25. So I’ve clearly got some more work ahead in order to reach my ideal BMI and overall body weight.

But I’ve known all along that this is going to be a long fitness journey, and I’m staying focused and motivated every single day until I see the results I’m after. My mission after that is to stay fit, healthy and toned.Chris Brophy's Weightloss December 13th 2016

I started a new workout last week which consisted of:

  • Upper body weight training on Monday.
  • Lower body weight training on Wednesday.
  • A full body workout on Friday.
  • A cardio session on Sunday.

Boy did I sweat, and I think some of that was down to the fact I was using my new Everlast Slimmer Belt which helps shed excess water and burn more calories. The workout was provided by Men’s Fitness magazine which I subscribe to each month. It was enjoyable yet tough! I really stretched the hell out of my muscles, mostly the biceps. I could feel them burning, but that’s how you know your weight training is really working! This workout plan lasts for six weeks, and I am now into week two.

I almost got sidetracked this week when I was introduced to a new DVD workout from Beachbody, the folk behind Focus T25 which as you know has been responsible for my massive weight loss these past few months. Core De Force is the name of the workout, but I didn’t like it if I’m honest. Although it’s quite intense once you get going, there’s far too much explanation and chit-chat going on between the two instructors. This is no good for impatient people like me. I need to know what I’m doing and just get on with it. The first lesson was very MMA focused with plenty of boxing and self-defence moves, so I was jumping around like a clueless Hong Kong Phooey for a good 30 minutes.

So, three-quarters of the way through yesterday’s Core De Force, I gave up and moved back to Day 1 Week 2 of Men’s Fitness Weights Workout. I’m going to cover the workouts in greater detail in my next blog and include images so you can see what these exercises look like, but to summarise…

The upper body workout involved:

  • Dumbell bench press
  • Dumbell shoulder press
  • Dumbell flye
  • Dumbell biceps curl
  • Dumbell bent over row
  • Dumbell bent over flye
  • Underhand lat pull down
  • Seated row

The lower body workout involved:

  • Dumbell squat
  • Dumbell lunge
  • Dumbell side step up
  • Dumbell step up
  • Bodyweight squat
  • Bodyweight lunge
  • Box jump
  • Tuck jump

The total body workout involved:

  • Deadlift
  • Barbell bent-over row
  • Shoulder press
  • Squat
  • Dumbell squat to curl
  • Dumbell lunge to press
  • Press-up
  • Crunch

and the Cardio session was basically 25 minutes of running but at various speeds for short periods of time, aimed at getting the heart rate up.

I’ll give you a full rundown of exercises with photo explanations and progress images this time next week. In the meantime, if you’re on a fitness journey like me, stay FOCUSED and MOTIVATED all of the time if you want to see the results. If you feel like quitting, then just remember why you started this in the first place.


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