The final few

I had a good training session with Randy on Sunday morning. I have to admit that when I got to the gym it was the last thing I felt like doing but I felt great after the session.

Randy came in with a 6-kg kettlebell and I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer. I then did three rounds of the following circuit:

  • Kettlebell swings x 12
  • Kettlebell squat press x 10
  • Reverse crunches x 12
  • Knee to opposite elbow using a bench x 15
  • Rest x 1 minute

After that I spent 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

The second circuit consisted of:

  • Chest press with 10-lb weights x 10
  • Reverse lunges x 10 on each side
  • Tricep extensions using a weighted bar x 20
  • Star jumps x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 1 minute

My wrist started aching again while using the 10-lb weights but not until the third set. After that circuit I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

I then did a core exercise – alternating arm and leg extensions – three sets of 12. It looks easy but by the third set I was tired.

I lay on my mat while Randy performed some stretches on my lower body and then I was done! After a whole week of having done nothing at all it was good to be back at the gym.

I had a yoga class on Monday after a very long time – I think it had been 4 or 5 weeks since our last class. It was a good class and for the first time that I can remember I was able to get into child’s pose properly – for years I could never get my bum on my heels and my forehead on the floor at the same time but I did it on Monday! It may sound pathetic to you because it’s such a basic pose but I can finally do it!

I didn’t work out on Tuesday.

I had another session with Randy on Wednesday. As I was warming up on the cross-trainer, Randy went out to the pool and set up the TRX suspension equipment by attaching it to the bars by the pool. It was my first outdoor workout in Dubai and it was quite nice! We were in the shade until the third set so it wasn’t too hot for most of the time. The circuit consisted of:

  • Chest press x 15
  • Row x 15
  • Squats x 15
  • Star jumps x 30 seconds

After that we went back inside and I did 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

The next circuit was longer:

  • Deadlifts with the kettlebell x 15
  • Chest fly with resistance bands x 15
  • Chest press with resistance bands x 15
  • One-arm kettlebell swings x 12 on each side
  • Crunches x 20

I did that three times followed by another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer. Randy then stretched out my lower body and I was done for the day!

I didn’t work out again that week. Once I realised why I wasn’t going to the gym I decided I was going to enjoy my alone time and not be so hard on myself. My parents would be back over the weekend so I knew I’d need to escape the flat again!

High points? Having two sessions with Randy.

Low points? None that I can think of.

Weight loss? None – but that’s OK.

2012

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