The final few

I went to the gym on Sunday – thankfully two of the treadmills were working, my favourite one is still broken though. I did the Fitness22.com workout for Week 2, Day 1 which consisted of:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 1.5 min
  • Walk x  2 min
  • Run x 1.5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 1.5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 1.5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 1 min
  • Walk x 1.5 min
  • Run x 1 min
  • Walk x 1.5 min
  • Cooldown x 5 min

I alternated between 5.5 km/h and 7.5 km/h and it wasn’t too bad. I did feel, however, that the speed of the treadmill would slow down for a second or two at random times. At first I thought I was losing my balance while I was running, but when it happened again the next time I ran I realised it was a problem with the running belt. I carried on to finish the 28 minutes but when I ran I held on to the front of the machine, just in case.

I mentioned that when I started using the app, I noticed that the timer on the treadmill and the timer on the app were different. The treadmill got to the finish time about 10 seconds before the app did, but I followed the timer on the app. I thought it was the treadmill’s timer that was wrong. But this time when I used the other treadmill, the same thing happened! I carried on following the timer on the app.

I then did Week 2, Day 1 of the squats app. At least, I thought I did. I got totally confused as to what day it was as I’d worked out the day before (I haven’t worked out on Saturday in ages) and thought Sunday was already Monday. Anyway, I did the wrong workout. I ended up repeating Week 1, Day 3. What I should have done was:

  • Squats x 10
  • Rest
  • Squats x 10
  • Rest
  • Squats x 6
  • Rest
  • Squats x 6
  • Rest

Crap. Anyway, I marked it as done!

I got my shit together for the situps app and did Week 2, Day 1:

  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 6
  • Rest
  • Situps x 7
  • Rest
  • Situps x 6
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest

I did some stretches after that and I was done.

On Sunday afternoon I went to the Shangri-La Spa and enquired about membership there. A full-time membership is AED 7350 (£1290 approximately). That includes access to the pool, gym and spa from 6am onwards. They have an off-peak membership for AED 5250 (£925) which is only valid Sunday to Thursday. Then they have a restricted membership for AED 2800 (£495) which is valid from 9am to 5pm on Sunday to Thursday. I thought that might be a good option for me. Let’s face it, I’d never be at the gym before 9am – and I never work out in the evening. If I suddenly feel the urge to work out on a weekend I can use our gym in the building (hardly ever happens). I did ask them that if I travelled for a month or two would I be able to freeze the membership and they said that wasn’t possible (why not??) – but I might ask someone else.

I took Monday off as I’d worked out on Saturday and Sunday and thought I needed a rest.

I had yoga on Tuesday. My teacher wasn’t as chatty as she was the week before, thank goodness. I felt like I’d had a good session with her.

I went back to the gym on Wednesday – to do Day 2 of Week 2 of each of the apps. The 5k Runner app was the same as Day 1. As I mentioned earlier, I noticed that the running belt of my second favourite wasn’t working properly on Sunday. I decided to try again on Wednesday but got to the 12th minute and decided I would have to switch treadmills. I only noticed it when I was running but I was sure that the running belt was either slowing down or moving backwards while I was on it. It was just for a second at a time, but it made me stumble a couple of times and I decided to switch.

I continued on the third treadmill – my least favourite. It’s my least favourite because the speed never stays constant! If I take the speed up to 7.5 km/h the number on the display will range from 7.3 km/h to 7.8 km/h. It’s ridiculous and it’s distracting. Anyway, I did the whole 28 minutes and then moved on to the squats and situps.

The squats routine for Week 2, Day 2 was:

  • Squats x 10
  • Rest
  • Squats x 10
  • Rest
  • Squats x 8
  • Rest
  • Squats x 8

The situps routine was:

  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 7
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 3

I did some stretching after that and was done. I went home and sent an email to the building management company complaining about the treadmills and told them it was a health hazard. I don’t know what they’ll do about it but I’m pretty sure those treadmills have never been inspected since they were bought.

On Thursday morning I went back to the gym and did Day 3 of Week 2 for all three apps. The 5k Runner consisted of:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 1.5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Repeat the run/walk five more times
  • Cooldown x 5 min

Then I did the squats app. Day 3 consisted of four sets of 10 squats each.

And then came the situps app. Day 3 consisted of:

  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest
  • Situps x 5

And then I did some stretches and my weekend could begin. Yay!

I didn’t work out on Friday but Trevor came on Saturday for our very last session. I started with my usual 5 minutes on the bike. We then did some boxing intervals:

  • Squats x 30 s
  • Boxing x 30 s
  • Squats x 30 s
  • Boxing x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Manual treadmill push x 30 s
  • Boxing x 30 s
  • Manual treadmill push x 30 s
  • Boxing x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Bench squats x 30 s
  • Boxing x 30 s
  • Bench squats x 30 s
  • Boxing x 30 s
  • Rest

I had a rest and some water and then did three sets of the following:

  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • Tricep extensions x 30 s (machine)
  • Rest x 30 s

I had another short rest and some water. The next circuit was a killer:

  • Combined squat/press x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Lateral raises x 10 (3-kg weights)
  • Bent-over row x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Tricep kickbacks x 10 (3-kg weights)
  • Abductor machine x 10
  • Leg press x 10
  • Hamstring curls x 10
  • Deadlifts x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Stepping machine x 2 min
  • Rest

My legs felt like jelly after the hamstring curls. I had to do a second set, but this time with 15 reps of each exercise. I was so happy when it was over. My arms were tired, my legs were tired. I just wanted to go home and nap. I did some stretches and that was it. I said goodbye to Trevor and told him I’d be in touch when I got back from India in a couple of weeks.

Low point of the week? None of the treadmills working properly; and having to go to India just as I was getting back into a routine…

High point of the week? Five workouts this week – pretty good!

Weight loss? None – but I’d eaten out for Sunday dinner, Tuesday dinner, Thursday lunch and dinner, and Friday dinner! It’s a miracle I didn’t put on weight this week.

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One thought on “The final few

  1. […] two weeks of doing nothing in Bombay but eating, I went back to the gym on Sunday. I’d complained about the treadmills before I went away and was disappointed to see all three still there and still […]

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