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Park it like you stole it

4 Aug

Day 4 of training for Judgement Day was the first session I’ve done that wasn’t solo. It helped! Doing it with a partner (especially one who knows how to actually do stuff for training) really helped. I was also absolutely awful at 90% of the activities we tried, but I suppose it’s better to realise that now when I can get better at them, rather than on the day, right?

Here’s the evidence:

My workout partner today is Nick. Nick is one of six of us who’ll be doing Judgement Day in October. Hopefully over the course of training you’ll get to meet the other folk who’re doing it too, via this blog.

Today involved:

Pull ups (or dangling, if you’re me)
Hurdles (I climbed over them instead)
Dips (or not, zero done)
Shuffling along two bars using my arms (I did it once)
Kind of press ups on two bars (I could do 4 and a half)
Jumping onto a log and balancing, Karate Kid-style (I surprised myself by actually being able to do this!)

All whilst completing a running circuit of Bedfont Lakes Country Park, which is about 3km I think. My Nike+ doesn’t record this kind of training, of course, which is something I’m going to have to get used to – this blog and the videos should help me to track my progress.

All in all, apart from the running, I think I’d rate myself 2/10 in terms of readiness for the race. So it’s a good thing I have 3 months to train! Doing this has been really good as I’ve learnt that running, whilst giving me decent levels of fitness, is not enough for this race. I need to start pushing myself out of my comfort zone!

I also like the fact that we just had a go and despite different levels of fitness, we did it together – that’s what I’m looking forward to about the race itself, doing it as a team.

Some things I want to work on this week in readiness for next Tuesday’s session are:

Sprints (tomorrow!)
Lat pulldowns
Bar hanging (try and get to one handed hangs)
Planks
Burpees

I also want to get a big bit of rubber and a bag of sand to help me to train, but I’m unsure how to procure said items without looking like I have a very strange fetish.

Onwards and sideways!

Dozen it feel good

2 Aug

Yesterday’s training for Judgement Day (every time I type that I keep wondering am I preparing for an obstacle course race or for actual Judgement Day?) involved lots and lots of running. And planking, of course.

I wanted to know I could cover the 12km race distance at my normal 10km run pace, so that’s what I set out to do.

Did I make it? Take a look at the video to find out…

All going swimmingly

31 Jul

Day two of training for Judgement Day… Got in from work and was absolutely shattered so opted for a swim and my planking routine. This is designed to build core and upper body strength to build up to push-ups, even if you can’t do them right now. The routine is:

Plank for 60 secs

Rest for 30 secs

Plank with arms straight for 60 secs

Rest for 30 secs

Dip down with your arms like a press-up as far as you can and hold for as long as you can.

I’m lucky enough to have a pool in my building so I’ll be making good use of it in the run up to the event, as well as giving the gym a bash or two! This was tonight:

Tomorrow I’m doing a 12km run to feel the distance as well as keepin’ on plankin’! I WILL get to that perfect push-up soon!

Laughing all the way to the plank

30 Jul

I signed up for the Judgement Day 12km obstacle course race on 24th October in Hampshire… Here’s day one of training.

Put the kettle (bells) on

19 Jul

Today I went to a kettle bells workout class at my gym.

Now, in the past, I have not been known for being good bedfellows with my gym. We were barely on nodding terms for a long time. But in the last seven or eight months, since joining Fitness First, in Leeds, I’ve really started to enjoy working out.

Now, after a few months of hard work, running 5k is not really a big deal. Spending a good couple of hours in the gym on a weekend is a pleasure, rather than a chore. I don’t have to drag myself there anymore. I’ve even reached that zenith of exercise where you realise it’s actually a stress-buster that makes you feel amazing (I’d always suspected this was a cruel myth, and was proved happily wrong).

So thanks to the above, I started to feel like my workout wasn’t pushing me hard enough, and that I needed to try some new regimes to help me to get more out of the gym. So, with gusto, I sprang to the gym after work today, ready to GO HARD OR GO HOME.

go hard or go home nike word art phrase art workout motivational

However, I do not think I was quite ready for kettle bells. Especially after having done boxercise yesterday, and being encumbered with a significant dose of man flu today. I went along to the lovely, welcoming class and I worked a lot harder than I have in a long time. My muscles ached so much it was actually an effort lifting my arms to take my top off after the class… I’m sure it’ll get easier with time, and the class was actually a lot of fun (especially as we did it outside, like P.E.). I liked it more than Zumba and spinning, don’t think I’ll do the former again but the latter I will. But yes, kettlebells was hard but fun and I feel like I really got to push myself again.

vintage strong man 1920s workout weights kettle bells kettlebells

I’ll definitely be going to the class again. If I survive tomorrow.

#oneaday 51: spin spin sugar

20 Feb

Today I went to spin class. For those of you not familiar with the concept, what it involves is sitting on a racing bike in the dark with 10 strangers and getting the most knackered you’ve been in a long time whilst the trainer barks at you to GO HARDER.

spin class

I make it sound a lot worse than it was, I actually really enjoyed it. My legs are bloody killing now and I’ve no idea how I’m going to stand up and watch Mogwai tonight for a couple of hours. I’m going to have to find a seat and be like someone’s mum at a gig. For shame.

#oneaday 40: Weightloss Wednesday

9 Feb

It was without trepidation that I mounted the scales ce soir at Tub Club, knowing that I had gone hard instead of going home at the gym and had eaten brilliant, healthy food all week. I was hoping for the best but even if the worst had happened, I wouldn’t have been disappointed as I felt good about how the week had gone.

So, this week, the scales said…
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#oneaday 19 – what a loser

19 Jan

Today I’ve taken a proactive step in terms of being healthy, inspired by Faye’s Weightloss Wednesday posts. I aim to lose a stone and four pounds in the next twelve weeks with a combination of gym, gym, gym and healthy eating. Now I have a goal, and some good support (I don’t mean a sports bra, although incidentally that will come in handy), I know it will happen. I’ve oddly been motivated by another blog that I follow, which charts the progress of a man battling with all kinds of demons and yet he keeps going, despite various setbacks. Quite inspirational.

thinspiration nicole richie before and after

I’ll hopefully be posting success stories every Wednesday from now on, but for now, some thinspiration… (and before anyone says it, no, I don’t mean the ridiculous pro-anorexia/bulemia kind)
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#oneaday 2 – To move forward, we must first look back

2 Jan

I just got this summary emailed to me by wordpress, so I thought it’d be good to share it with anyone reading and then do a comparison this time next year when I’ve got stats that are much more juicy. I’m now off on a new-year cleaning session followed by a massive workout. Then tonight I’m going to curl up with Will Self and Simon Pegg and geek-out in bed with their books. Lush.

Right, here comes the science, concentrate…

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

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