Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

The final few

on September 8, 2014

On Saturday night Trevor texted me to ask if we could have our session at 8:30 instead of 10:30. Wow, that’s early – but I thought it would be good to get it out of the way. I was up at 7:30 and was at the gym by 8:30. Trevor asked me how I was getting on with the new work-out he’d given me. I told him it was OK but asked if I could swap the lunges for something else as they were starting to aggravate my left knee. He told me to swap the alternating lunges for deadlifts. I did my warm-up on the bike and then got on the treadmill.

Trevor told me I’d be doing the metabolic work-out I’d done a couple of weeks before.

  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Combined squat/twist x 1 minute (not on the treadmill, obviously)
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Squats with one foot on the treadmill x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Burpees x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Tricep dips x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Mountain-climbers x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Combined bench squats/shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 1 minute

I took a short water break and then put on some boxing gloves. We did a few punch, jab, hook combinations for about 10 minutes and then I spent 5 minutes on the cross-trainer. After that I did the following abs circuit:

  • Russian twists (3-kg weight) x 20
  • Sit-ups (3-kg weight) x 20
  • In and out x 20
  • Plank x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 30 seconds
  • Repeat

It was tough. And I was glad when it was all over! I did some stretching after that and then was done. I went home, had an omelette and some tea and had the whole day ahead of me. It was quite nice!

On Monday I did the new circuit that Trevor showed me the week before. I did 18 minutes on the treadmill (I cheated a bit and reduced the incline for the last 6 minutes) and then did two rounds of the circuit: step-ups, dumbbell punches, squats, dead lifts, mountain climbers and abdominal in and outs. It was exhausting.

I had a yoga class on Tuesday morning – it’s only been three weeks but I can already feel the difference when I’m in various poses.

I took the day off on Wednesday and went back to the gym on Thursday. I decided I’d do the full 20 minutes on the treadmill before starting the circuit. As I entered the 20th minute, my hand hit the stop button by mistake and I thought ‘Oh FFS.’ It didn’t make sense to wait for the machine to reset itself just for 1 minute so I started the circuit. I did three rounds of the circuit, reducing the number of reps by 2 each time. It was tough but I got through it.

And that was my week as I didn’t work out over the weekend at all.

Low point of the week? My left knee has been aching slightly.

High point of the week? Working out four times this week. I also decided to wear dresses over the weekend instead of jeans/trousers – and everyone told me I looked great.

Weight loss? None.

This is exactly how I feel!

This is exactly how I feel!

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