Sara Malm Lean Gains Review - Week 3
“Mate, you look like you’ve been bummed by James Haskell, not trained by him!”
That’s what my friend said when he saw me after my first Week 3 legs session. And judging by the pain I suffered with every step I took last Tuesday, he was probably right.
Moving up from 4x10 to 10x10 took somewhat of a toll on my muscles, but I found that once I got over the mental hurdle of “can I actually do this many sets without dying?”, the big struggle in Week 3 was keeping focused for all ten sets.
I am a bit ADHD even on a good day, so after six-seven sets my mind starts to wander and I have to slap myself back into focus.
Other than that I have been positively surprised to find LeanGains so easy to manage.
When I first looked at the programme I felt slightly overwhelmed by it all. I do love training, but it all has to fit in with my work schedule and what little free time I have I was not looking forward to spending it ‘meal prepping’ and planning food. But. As much as I’m a stubborn cow, I don’t have a problem with putting my hand up and admitting I’ve been wrong.
“I don’t have time to commit to LeanGains” is genuinely not an excuse. You just don’t want to.
Does that sound harsh? Well, that’s probably because truths are uncomfortable. And because I myself thought I couldn’t.
Before I accepted the LeanGains challenge I looked at my work schedule and went “yeah, no, not gonna happen. I can do four days, but five, it’ll just not be viable”.
As I put Week 3 behind me I can (with a fair amount of bragging rights) say that I’ve managed working five days from 8am until 5-6pm, fit in all five high-intensity sessions (still can’t to chin-ups but I’m gonna get there) and having two nights out(one almost sober and one…. not so sober – sorry James!).
It is literally just a question of priorities. Instead of spending half-a-day food prepping for the rest of the week, I cook extra for dinner and put it in Tupperwares for the following day. Each night before I go to bed I put oats in a tub and a scoop of Whey in my shaker so all I need to do in the morning is put all the boxes and tubs and shakers in a bag and go to work.
It’s as hard as you make it.
P.S. I can think of one viable excuse not to be able to do this and that’s if you have children. Because while not having any sprogs of my own, I firmly believe that once you pop one out, you are no longer the number one person in your life, so yes, if you tell me you spent an hour reading to your bubba rather than train I won’t challenge you.