Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

The final few: Week 2

on April 23, 2012

Not a great start to the week. Rama cancelled our session due to a knee injury and although I planned to work out on my own, I ended up going back to sleep and not quite making it to the gym. I could give myself a hard time about it, but I did work out six times the week before and I feel good about that.

On Monday I had my usual yoga class at home. For some reason I’ve been thinking a lot about Bikram yoga and I wonder how much of the class I’d be able to do – now that I’m fitter than I used to be. And then I think about how hot it is in the studio, and that the only thing I want to be doing in heat like that is lie by a pool… I think I might find a sauna/steam instead.

On Tuesday I went to the gym and did 5k in 48 minutes and 41 seconds. Until now I’d been walking for 40-45 minutes, varying the speed and incline depending on my mood, but I think from now on I’m going to aim for at least 5k each time and see how I get on. 

I had a tough session with Rama on Wednesday morning – I did the usual 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then he put me through a short series of fitness tests: wall squat, plank and 500m on the cross-trainer at resistance 10. I had to hold the wall squat and plank for as long as I could. I held the wall squat for 1 minute and 1 second (the last time I held it for 43 seconds). I held the plank for 1 minute and 34 seconds (the last time was 1 minute, I think?). I did 500m on the cross-trainer in 3 minutes and 41 seconds (last week it was 3 minutes and 58 seconds but that was after a tough circuit).

I then had a choice: I could do the 100s workout from a few weeks ago or the 30-second on, 20-second rest workout from last week. I went for the latter. I just couldn’t face 100 push-ups, crunches, bunny hops, etc. so I suggested we ‘save’ that for the next session!

Some of the exercises I did were:

  • Push-ups
  • Squats (standing on a balance trainer)
  • Tricep exercise – in a push-up position with my hands on the edge of the treadmill, putting one hand on the floor and then the other, and then putting the first hand back on the treadmill and then the other
  • Hamstring curls and pelvic lifts with a Swiss ball
  • Tricep extensions
  • Abs

There were probably more but I’ve blocked them out of my memory. Thankfully there were no bear crawls or burpees! 

I woke up with sore abs on Thursday. When I got to the gym (which was empty), I stood on the treadmill and pressed play on my iPod and… nothing happened. I pressed it again. Still nothing. Dammit – I’d forgotten to charge it! It was going to be a painful session. I thought about humming something but the only thing in my mind was ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’ (no, I don’t know why) so I scrapped that idea. I did 3k on the treadmill in 29 minutes and 14 seconds and decided I’d had enough. I did two sets of tricep dips (I have no idea what came over me) and then went home. I suppose something is better than nothing!

On Friday I called the Shangri-La to find out what time their spinning class was that day. I reserved a space on the 6pm class. I had lunch with Dad at Lemongrass, came home and relaxed, and then walked over to the hotel next door. I went to the gym on the fourth floor, paid my AED60 and was taken to the studio. There were eight spinning stations in a semi-circle, each facing the instructor’s bike, with bottles of water and towels on the handlebars. I was the first one there but we ended up being five in total (not including the instructor). I’m glad I went early because I hadn’t done a spinning class in about 9 years – she showed me how to adjust the height of the seat and handlebars, and how to use the resistance dial. Not much has changed since 2003.

And then the class began. I wasn’t sure what to expect, whether I’d be able to do it all, and I imagined it to be a complete nightmare. The music varied from ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and ‘Footloose’ to LMFAO and other contemporary dance tracks. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be – I could do most of it, apart from when we were spinning and doing push-ups across the handlebars simultaneously. It wasn’t because I couldn’t do the push-ups, though – I couldn’t quite coordinate myself to be able to do both at the same time and thought that if I even tried the one-armed push-ups I’d end up on the floor with my feet still stuck on the pedals. By the last song, when we were spinning as fast as we possibly could, sweat was dripping off my nose and eyelashes. I didn’t feel completely out of breath at any time during the class – maybe I wasn’t working hard enough – but I was drenched by the end of it, just like the others… There was some stretching at the end, and then it was over. 

It was hard work, but I’m definitely going back next week.

I took Saturday off and sat by the pool – working out five days in a row is enough, isn’t it?

And my weight? I’ve now lost 14 kg (just over 30 lbs), 6 kg left!


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