As you have already seen in this post, I started my Personal Body Plan journey last month. A bit scared, a bit sceptical, but most of all: very excited. I received quite some questions about how I experienced this first month, so I’m trying to give some answers to the questions that were asked most frequently. If there’s anything else you’d like to know or feel like hasn’t been answered properly, feel free to drop your question in the comment section below and I’ll do my very best to answer them. Small disclaimer: please keep in mind I’m by no means an expert nor do I pretend to be one. I just like to share my experiences with you and don’t expect you to feel the same as I do about certain topics. Here we go:
How do you like PBP so far?
Even though I feel like I just started, I can say that I got in the flow pretty easily. Might have had something to do with the fact that I always loved sports, I’m used to pushing myself to limits and further and I’m not afraid of some sweat (honestly, I look horrible during my work-outs and I couldn’t care less). I work out 3-4 times a week (mainly weight training) and make sure the days in between I do some sort of active recovery (think: running, walking, biking, yoga, you name it). One day of the week I don’t do anyhting, so that six active days versus one not-so-active day. Sounds like a treat, doesn’t necessarily feel like it (I don’t really do full days of couch-potatoeing to be honest). I already had this routine before I started doing PBP, so doesn’t feel very new.
What does a typical training look like?
Well, what is very new to me is the way we started out training. A lot of the exercises we’re doing now are based on balance (and I suck at keeping my balance, so you can imagine: that’s interesting) and building up strength, whereas I used to do a lot of cardio combined with strength, but in a complete different way. In The Hub, PBP’s very own super awesome gym, they taught me to do less reps, but with heavier weights instead of doing as much reps as you can, with less weight. May sounds super logical to some, wasn’t like that for me at that time.
I don’t think I can really speak of one typical training, but the composition of each training looks quite the same so far: I start out with some foam rolling, tabatha (what that means is that I basically race/run/cross train my ass off for a couple of minutes: 20sec. average pace, 20sec. so-fast-I-can’t-even-think-pace) followed by some super sets of 3 or 4 exercises per set, 8 or 10 reps per exercise. The exercises vary from lat pull downs, squats, and pulleys to hip thrusters (my fave!), bench presses and chin-ups. One of my short team goals? I want to be able to do a chin up without help. Or multiple, ofcourse. But hey: baby steps ;)
What about the food?
I can be very short about the food part: when I started Personal Body Plan I made it very clear to myself that 1. I wanted to learn more about food and what works for me and what doesn’t but 2. I didn’t want to become obsessed by weighing every single calorie I put in my mouth. Not because I’m that rebellious, but because I don’t enjoy thinking about food the entire day. Before I started Personal Body Plan I kind of expected the PBP coaches to tell me what I should or shouldn’t eat, but that’s really not the case. Of course, I’ve had some great tips on how to be able to eat the right things for let’s say after a heavy work-out – and I have to admit I eat pretty healthy stuff already – but no one ever tried to force an opinion on me in a pedantic way. My coach understands I’m not doing this because I want to become a body builder, but I’m doing it because it makes me feel good. Period.
Are you allowed to eat anything at all?
Yes. A lot of training means your body also needs quite a lot of food. The only tip for improvement I got so far is toe at a little bit more. Especially because the intensity of the trainings are going up next week (yay!) it would be useful to eat a little bit more than I do now. Sounds pretty easy for some, but apparently I don’t feel the urge to eat a lot more than a do now.
Did you notice any results already?
Yes. Even though I’m pretty sure most of the progress I booked so far happened in my head, I noticed some changes in my body as well: visible lines and loose jeans say it all. I don’t like to weigh myself, so I haven’t done that in a while. I’m a firm believer of that fact that the number on the scale doesn’t really have to mean anything.
Are you going to show you before and after photo’s?
No. Just no.
You can still join me, and start your own PBP journey if you register before June 29th here.