An overdue recap: New Degree, New Job & New Training Societies

I’m back! It’s been a good few months since I’ve been active on here – I don’t think I’d given up the blog, I think I just took a break from it with the intention of coming back to it once I felt ready to. A lot has happened since I last posted anything, so I feel like we have a lot of ground to cover in order to get you up to speed.

 

  • The highlights:

 

  • Unplanned gap year: If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that in January I left uni and a degree in Nutrition, leading to an 8-month gap ‘year’, knowing that I’d be returning in September to start a degree in Sport & Exercise Science. During this time off, I worked in several fitness studios in South-West London in order to gain experience as a personal trainer, including 9Round, Transition Zone, and Local Motion Studio. I learnt a lot and met some fantastic people through work, but the real highlight of my time off was discovering Crossfit.

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  • Crossfit: One of my friends had introduced me to Crossfit and I decided to get properly stuck into it. I joined a Crossfit box in May where I fell in love with it instantly. I loved how varied the sport was, and how it aimed to develop a well-rounded athlete. As someone who can get bored with doing just one thing, I loved that Crossfit included the technical and interesting sport of Olympic weightlifting, cardiovascular fitness, gymnastics and calisthenics.

Every session was intense, incredibly tough but somehow still fun. Sessions were always completed in groups which led to bonding over pain. I really enjoyed learning and practicing new skills, and especially loved the community element at Crossfit; everyone was friendly, encouraging, inspiring and helpful. I would spend so much time there that my family were convinced that the box became my ‘second home’.

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  • Weightlifting: After returning from injury, I prioritised gaining strength, and having re-started uni I joined the Weightlifting and Powerlifting Societies where I made a lot of progress and found that I really loved Olympic Weightlifting. At the moment I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made so far, but I’m far from satisfied with it. I have a long way to go in order to get to where I want to be and since I’ll be rejoining Crossfit in December, I really need to up my cardio as my current level is mildly shocking…

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  • NOCCO: Another highlight was being given a role as a Student Ambassador for my favourite energy drink company; NOCCO (whose wide range of delicious BCAA drinks you can view here!) I’m also hoping to get NOCCO involved with some of the sporting events here at Surrey uni very soon, so stay tuned for that.

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  • New Job: I started work at the Sweaty Betty store nearby uni in September along with a great group of girls and I’m really enjoying working there (with the exception being that you’re exposed to beautiful sportswear on a daily basis and tempted to spend more of your student loan…)

 

 

  • New Degree: In terms of the Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) course, I’m enjoying it so far. This semester I’ve been focusing on anatomy and on coaching skills, and the psychological processes involved in both coaching and learning a new skill, all of which I find really interesting. However I’m mainly looking forward to modules in Strength & Conditioning, and in Nutrition, as the area I’d perhaps eventually like to go into is Performance Nutrition.

 

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I do plan to be more active on here from this point as I’d like to start sharing more blog posts, ideally based on information that I’m learning throughout my degree.

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Lauren x

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