I would say I have always lived a relatively ‘fit’ life style. I have always loved sport and running around. An increased interest fitness and nutrition as I grew up has led to my current lifestyle.
I am very competitive with myself. I want to be better than I was yesterday! However, one thing I miss about playing sport is working towards specific goals. I think I need to find myself a new sport!!
I do cardio when I want to do cardio. There are a lot of people in fitness who pride themselves on getting ‘shredded’ without doing any cardio. I would have to agree- I don’t think cardio is essential to get in great shape. However, I actually ENJOY cardio believe it or not haha. If I am not doing HIIT I will do something performance based like a time trial 5 or 10k on the bike. I am not a fan of slow steady state cardio purely because it bores me.
I love a big salad with lots of chicken, tuna or prawns.
Loads of fresh fruit and veg (blue berries, apples, pineapples, spinach, salad, cucumber, courgette and mushrooms are my favourites) Full fat Greek Yoghurt Nuts Quark Lean meats and fish/sea food, oats, sweet potato.
If there is something I really want I will fit it into my diet. This will always be in the evening after training. I tend to keep busy during the day and don’t crave much at all.
(Yes they are all upper body- I have lower back pain, which makes leg training a drag!
If I am training on my own I will listen to music. I like hip-hop and rap while training. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mac miller, Lupe Fiasco, J.Cole .
The aim of my current block of training is to build some strength while keeping lean. I train 6 days a week with 1 rest day. I do morning cardio 3-4 days a week. My strength sessions start with a main exercise or two at a 5x5 rep range with 3-5mins between sets and then assistance exercises at higher reps with shorter recovery. For example:
- 5x5 weighted pull-ups
- 5x5 bent over row
- 4x8-12 SA row
- 4x8-12 Lat pull down
- 4x8-12 chest supported row
- 4x8-12 straight arm pull down
Generally yes but at the moment I am a little lost as to what my next goal is. I would like to build up some strength especially in my legs, which are a weak point due to my lower back injury.
My friends and family. They are hugely supportive .
Yes, loads! I am sure everyone has but it is part of the journey and as they say ‘If it was easy everyone would do it’.
Mirror and performance.
I am fortunate enough to be part of team USN who have some of the most amazing, inspirational and down to earth athletes out there. The athletes whose physiques inspire me the most are Dana Linn Bailey, Mirella Clark, Andreia Brazier and Jamie Eason .
I currently use:
USN multiplex multivitamins USN Omegas Vitamin D USN Pure protein GF USN whey protein I occasionally use pre work out – anabolic nitro-x
Don’t be afraid to lift heavy and build muscle! Develop a plan you can stick to and enjoy #COMMIT!
Name: Emma Storey-Gordon
Height: 5ft 5.5
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