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Get Ripped: Week Six

Get Ripped: Week Six

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WEEK SIX

The final week was here! Four more hours of exercise and I would have completed the programme.

I still felt great but I’d come across a couple of issues after moving in to my uni house.

Firstly, a hefty £147.63 outset in Tesco was needed to stock up on healthy food to keep me going.

My lung capacity has increased - I could now hit about 35 lengths of a 25m pool in about half-an-hour.

Secondly, the lack of space in a shared fridge meant it was difficult to fit such things as my pack of 20 salad tomatoes.

In the gym I felt as strong as ever. I’d got to the point now where I knew most people and couldn’t actually go without a cheeky few minutes conversation with the instructors (this did increase the whole time of my trip – I made sure I didn’t subtract it from my actual training time).

Also, due to the fact I would be on holiday in a week, I decided to finish my gym sessions with sit-ups.

Meanwhile, in the pool, I’d especially noticed how much my lung capacity had increased – something I hadn’t even thought about when I started the plan.

I could now hit around 35 lengths (of 25m) in about half-an-hour, depending on how tired I was from the gym sessions.

Granted, cooking for one is boring but it gives you the freedom to eat whenever you want.

My stomach was ripped, my whole body was defined and overall my cardiovascular fitness felt the best it ever had. This may have affected my awesome five-a-side form and could be the reason I’d started banging in so many goals!

Now I was back to the uni lifestyle it didn’t mean my diet or training had slumped. In fact, it helped.

Granted, cooking for one is boring, but it gives you the freedom to eat whenever you want. This meant my diet was near-perfect for the week – small meals, healthy snacks, huge amounts of protein and still no carbs after 6pm.

I thought I'd do the final week of the programme flat out. May as well go out with a bang, eh?

I decided not to have a cheat day in this final week due to the fact that two days after finishing the programme, I’d have a week of drinking in Zante ahead of me (which would also be slightly detrimental to training).

I thought I’d do the final week of the programme flat out and on the final day, I had a HUGE gym session followed by the most tiring swim I’ve ever done. May as well go out with a bang, eh?

Unsurprisingly, it totally knocked me out and I slept most of the flight out to Zante (probably a good thing seeing as it was at 4am!).

In a strange way, I really enjoyed the whole programme. I feel great and I’m really happy with the results. I will definitely keep going with ALL aspects of it – especially the healthy diet.

If it all sounds a bit too good to be true, try the program yourself and you’ll understand what I mean.

If you want to know anything about the program or any other questions, feel free to e-mail me at Gareth.ak@hotmail.co.uk

Hope you enjoyed reading – I may be back soon!

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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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