Welcome to the boring bit! Well, not too boring, I hope ;-)
My English name’s Angeline, but I’m actually from Burma. Also known as Myanmar (which no-one seems to be able to pronounce). It’s a country in South East Asia. I came to the UK to do a Master’s degree back in 2007.
When I got here, I was a skinny size 8, but it didn’t take long for things to change. I soon discovered packaged food, fast food and sugary drinks – and soon ballooned to a size 12. Not that size 12 is overweight, but when you’re as short as I am it doesn’t look good, believe me.
What was even worse, I seemed to have developed a chubby face. OMG! What would all those guys that I used to fancy think of me now???
Anyway, that was enough to send me off searching for ways to get back to a size 8. I very quickly found out that the best way to do that was to take up exercise. Particularly exercises that put a bit of pressure on my muscles – so-called resistance training. So, that’s what I started doing.
Oh dear, I ran into so many obstacles. Like a lot of other women, I was very busy. I didn’t have the time to go to the gym. I suppose I could have hired a personal trainer to come and train me at home. But that costs money, and I didn't have any to spare.
But I didn't want to give up. I was convinced that I should be able to do some effective training at home with very little money and even less spare time.
I started studying furiously about weight training – and also about diet. All my spare time was taken up with that. I know – I'm as mad as that! ;) I chose the exercises I needed to do, and learned all the moves. I read books. I watched exercise videos. I asked people who train with weights. (And they got sick of me eventually.)
Of course my main “library” was the web. I was mainly looking for ways to weight train at home with not much in the way of equipment or space.
At first I was a bit disappointed – most of the information I found was for people who want to get muscular and bulky. But I did find a lot of good information that would be useful for my own situation.
But that’s part of the problem. There’s just too much information. And none of it seems to tell the same story! I was totally baffled about the best course of action. The more I researched, the more confused I became. What was I to do?!
Serious weight training should involve things like barbell racks. But they were too expensive and bulky for me. All I had in the way of equipment was a few dumbbells.
Eventually I managed to sort out all the things I’d learnt. After a lot of frustrating trial and error, I began to discover my own personal style of training. I didn’t have the luxury of a large space at home for doing my exercises. In fact, the only room I could exercise in was so small that, if I took more than two strides, I’d run into the wall. (Actually, I still workout in that small room today.)
This is the room I workout in. It is so small that I can’t even get the video camera in to show you the exercises. That’s why quite a lot of my videos are shot either outdoors or in the kitchen or in my Grandma’s back garden.
Here you can see all my exercise equipment piled up somewhat neatly (you call that neat?! I hear you say) in the corner of this small room.
Anyway, I’ve already mentioned that this all started because of me gaining a bit of weight a few years back, right?
Well ... with a regular dose of weight training and proper diet, I managed to trim back down to a size 8 (Yippee!) But I don’t look the same size 8 as I was before. My muscles have more definition. And they’re stronger than before.
Just a couple of years back I was a slim but unfit weakling. I couldn’t even do a single push up. I used to think that there was nothing wrong with a female being a weakling. But I now believe that it’s actually much better if your body’s slim, strong and fit rather than just slim. I do believe that there is something very attractive about strong and fit women. Being strong and being fit go hand in hand. You bet it skyrockets your self-confidence too.
Now, you do know that I’m not talking about those huge bulky bodies you’ve probably seen in bodybuilding competitions, don’t you? Those people are obviously after a different goal.
My own struggle has really got me interested in this subject. So, I’ve continued researching and experimenting with my own body. I even managed to acquire Certified Personal Trainer status. I’ve learnt a lot from respectable experts in the industry. The information I’ve got from them is very useful, but very often conflicting. After extensive research and experiment, I’ve used all their different advice – together with my own imagination – to work things out to suit myself.
I’ve built this site to help women just like me who are starting to exercise in similar situations (not much equipment, limited space, hardly any time). I want to share with you all the things I've learnt along the way.
It's worth it for me to build this website if you get some benefit from what I've learnt and am still learning.
Just in case you were wondering, I’m not an athlete. I don’t even have a sporty background (apart from climbing trees, running around and playing tag as a child.) But I believe I do know how to get trimmer, stronger and fitter even with the most limited space and time.
I hope my site is helping you get into shape without spending too much time or money. Have fun shaping up at home!