Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

The final few

on February 5, 2013

I had my usual session with Randy on Sunday morning. I was actually at the gym before him for a change and was halfway through my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer when he came in.

My first circuit was a TRX circuit outdoors. It consisted of:

  • Side lunges x 10 on each side
  • Pull-ups x 15
  • Stepping on/off a step x 30 seconds on each side
  • Bicep curls x 15

I did that circuit three times.

We went back indoors and I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

The second circuit consisted of:

  • Chest press with two 10-lb weights combined with leg raises x 15
  • Tricep extensions with two 3-kg weights x 15
  • Single-leg lunges (back leg on a bench) x 12
  • Jumping jacks x 30 seconds

It was a horrible circuit. I knew that my triceps and thighs would kill me the next day (and probably the day after that).

I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and then Randy stretched my legs.

I was so sore on Monday. I had yoga on Monday – as usual. I was thinking back to my first Bikram yoga class back in the summer of 2008 when I couldn’t reach my ankles to get into bow pose (dhanurasana). The teacher had to walk over to me and push my feet further down so I could reach them. And today I have no trouble at all getting into that pose! I know I complain about yoga and sometimes find it dull but it really does have its benefits. I’m proof of that! I thought the stretching would help with the soreness in my arms and legs but by the end of Monday I felt even worse. I felt like I’d been trekking in Komodo National Park all over again.

I was still sore on Tuesday, especially my quads (it was those damn single-leg lunges), and didn’t do any exercise.

I had my second session with Randy on Wednesday (and I was still a little sore from Sunday’s session!). I got on the cross-trainer for a 5-minute warm-up and then began the first circuit:

  • Kettlebell swings (6 kg) x 50 seconds
  • Burpees x 10

After three rounds of that I had a short break and began the second circuit:

  • Deadlifts with two 15-lb weights x 15
  • Full push-ups x 10 (full range of motion!)
  • Full sit-ups x 15

I did 3 more minutes on the cross-trainer after three rounds of that circuit.

And there was a third circuit:

  • Side plank combined with leg raises x 10 on each side
  • Ab cycles x 20
  • Boat pose x 30 seconds

After three rounds of that, Randy stretched out my legs and I was done!

I didn’t work out again – I left for London on Friday and had loads to do on Thursday before I left!

Low point of the week? I’m still eating chocolate. I can’t seem to stop.

High point of the week? I’m not sure there was one!

Weight loss? None. Hardly surprising!


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