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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