Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

I’d finished the batch of 20 sessions with Trevor the week before and wasn’t sure whether to buy a batch of 10 sessions or go for the cheaper option of 30 sessions. I was hesitating about the 30 sessions because I’d only be able to have about 12 before I left for the summer. I considered buying 10 now and then 30 when I got back but then I figured summer would be expensive so it would be better to just buy 30 now and not worry about it when I got back! I’d still have almost 20 sessions to use when I returned.

I had a tough session on Sunday morning. Trevor asked me how my back was and whether he thought we could intensify the workout. I told him I was fine and I was up for it. I did my 5 minutes on the cross-trainer and then moved onto some cardio on the treadmill. I did 10 minutes alternating each minute between 5 km/h (no incline) and 7 km/h (5% incline). He does like his inclines (I don’t).

Trevor told me I’d be working out my legs – and he wasn’t kidding. I put the weighted bar on my shoulder and began:

  • Squats x 15
  • Walking lunges x 2 lengths of the gym
  • Good mornings x 15 (I don’t know why these are called ‘good mornings’!)
  • Walking lunges x 2 lengths of the gym
  • Good mornings x 15
  • Reverse lunge with knee drive (no bar) x 10 on each side
  • Reverse lunge with knee drive (with the bar) x 10 on each side

I got back on the treadmill for 3 minutes to loosen up my legs. I then did:

  • Curtsey lunges (no bar) x 10 on each side
  • Curtsey lunges (with the bar) x 10 on each side
  • Deep squats x 15
  • Deadlifts x 15
  • Combined deadlift/row x 15
  • Combined deadlift/row/lateral raise x 15

I finished with 3 minutes on the bike followed by a balancing exercise using a 3-kg dumbbell (10 on each side) and some stretching.

On Monday I woke up and my hamstrings were on fire. And not in a good way. I put off going to the gym until about 5pm and then decided I’d better just go – I really had no excuse not to. I got there and there were three kids in there – I’d say they were between 13 and 15 years old – which I didn’t mind. But they were SO LOUD. Trevor had told me to go back to the 20/20/20 workout which I did when I first started training with him. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill – and I had my headphones on. But when it got to the abs/mountain climbers/etc circuit, I took my headphones off so I could hear the timer on my phone. The kids were so noisy that at one point I actually shouted at them, telling them that this wasn’t their living room. And then I thought, ‘Jesus, I sound like my mother.’ But it worked and they were (mostly) quiet after that.

On Tuesday I was in pain. My hamstrings ached and my abs had joined them. But I went to the gym. I didn’t think my abs could take another circuit like Mondays so I decided to do just cardio. I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill, alternating between walking and running. I got to 3.10 km. I started doing some lateral pulldowns but the cable was in such bad condition I thought it might snap.

I decided to take the day off on Wednesday. My abs only ached when I moved or breathed!

On Thursday I had a full-on cardio session with Trevor. I did my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then moved on to the treadmill. The circuit went like this:

  • Treadmill x 4 minutes (1 min at 5 km/h, 3 min at 7 or 7.5 km/h)
  • Bike x 3 minutes (resistance 8)
  • Cross-trainer x 3 minutes (resistance 10)
  • Boxing x 5 rounds (30 seconds boxing, 20 seconds ‘active rest’)
  • Rest

It was tough and I was sweating like anything after the first round (I did three rounds in total). In the 20 second active rest periods between boxing I did walking lunges, squats, jogging on the spot and a couple of other things – the word ‘rest’ is deceiving! After the three rounds I did some stretches and was done.

I thought I’d get another workout in over the weekend but that didn’t happen…

Low point of the week? I can’t think of anything!

High point of the week? Working out a lot, not eating too badly, and I’ve managed to still stay off bread.

Weight loss? None.


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