Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

So Rama left. I don’t think I’ve ever been more gutted to see a man walk out of my life (and there have been many)!

On Sunday morning I got a text from a trainer called Randy – Rama had passed on my details to his colleague. He wanted to know when I was free to start training. Easy, tiger! I wrote back suggesting we meet first to have a chat before heading straight to training: Would he come to my gym? How much did he charge? And so on…

By Monday my knee was much better – I think staying off it for the last half of the previous week had done it some good.

I met Randy on Monday afternoon – we met in the lobby of the building and I took him up to see the gym. I told him I’d lost 19 kg in the last 15 months and that I thought I needed to lose another 5 to 6 kg. He told me Rama had said I was determined and motivated – he asked me whether there were any things I didn’t like doing? There are many things I don’t like doing, but I still do them, I told him. We talked about my training outside of my sessions with Rama and about my diet. I think (hope) this new guy will be OK. We scheduled our first session for Wednesday morning.

I didn’t work out on Monday or Tuesday and by Tuesday night I felt my knee was back to normal.

I had my first session with Randy on Wednesday morning. The first 10 minutes were spent filling in a questionnaire – name, address, who to call in case of an emergency (I had no idea who to put down for this), my goals, whether I drank and/or smoked, whether I had any ailments, how much time I had to spend at the gym on my own – just your usual fitness questionnaire, I suppose!

And then we began. I did a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer followed by three sets of the following circuit:

  • Push-ups x 15
  • Sit-ups x 20
  • Plank x 45 seconds
  • Squats x 15

It doesn’t sound bad – but my push-ups weren’t deep enough, my squats weren’t low enough, and the sit-ups were done with my hands stretched out over my head. After three sets I began to wonder what I’d signed up for.

I then did 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and started the next circuit:

  • Chest press with 3-kg weights x 20
  • Reverse crunches on the bench x 20
  • Tricep dips x 12
  • Lunges x 12 on each side

I did three sets of that. By the third set of lunges, my legs were trembling and felt like jelly.

I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

While I was on the cross-trainer Randy set up the TRX equipment but couldn’t do what he wanted to with me because the weights machine he’d attached it to wasn’t bolted to the ground. Instead he asked me to get on my hands and knees and put my ankles in the straps so my feet were suspended off the ground. He then asked me to move my knees into my chest and out again – I think I managed to (almost) do this five times but my back was starting to ache so he made me stop. Instead I did a side plank twice on each side, raising and lowering my hips 6-10 times.

And then I was done. I asked Randy what he thought of my level of fitness. I’ve always believed that I have no upper body strength and that my legs are pretty strong. He told me my upper body strength was OK and that my legs needed some work. Interesting. I paid for 10 sessions and I’m interested to see whether/how my body changes over the next 5 weeks.

Well, Randy was right – my thighs were on fire on Thursday and Friday – and not in a good way! Compared to that my upper body was absolutely fine, not sore at all.

I was lazy the rest of the week and didn’t work out at all.

Low point of the week? Not working out as much as I should have.

High point of the week? Meeting a friend for lunch in Abu Dhabi and him telling me I was ‘skinny’.

Weight loss? I’ve broken the 19-kg barrier – I’ve lost almost 20 kg!


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