Fitness test – round 2…

Hi everyone,

So when I started the bootcamp/fitness academy it started with a fitness test. An unexpected test, but I made it. Some of them simple enough, others I had no idea about.


Above you can see the before and after as it were… and you will see improvements across the board. Some more than others, but improvements. Those with smaller upgrades the lack of core still is the issue, and I may need to look to further help for this.

It doesnt really tell the whole story mind you, as for example, the press up 21 to 34 0 good. But the bigger part is the increase in quality. A press up now,can be planked on toes, or knees and bent. But again, the arm and core press goes down to nose to floor, so the quality is way better.

The mountain climber needs a check, as I’ve no idea what was going on. The less of a gut helps and indeed, we did climbers during the week, so the data does stack up.

The burpee needs work, but most sessions I opt for the full extension jump but for this test, I did down one leg other leg and back up. Not great but better. Thats my target for next time.


Fairly intense start to the week, 2 down, 2 to go

ab_crunch_elbow_switch_500_clr_7109Two big sets of exercise this week, and I’ve really felt it. The good news though I am also seeing a change. From the initial week of doing just one or two sit ups we really have moved on! Phew. Monday was a true killer, the beast. 60,50,40,30,20,10 of each different exercise and the rest. Repeat in reverse. Rest, and back again for 3 full cycles.

Tonight, was a team effort, minute on no rest 6 exercises then 2 minutes rest. Slam those balls, box jumps, rowing, walk outs and pressup, snatch, and sit ups. All things designed to hurt me!

But is there a difference overall, well yes, the early weight loss was there, and certainly a loss of inches. I’ve ordered some new shirts, and the neck size is down! By a margin!

Enough from me, its time for porridge.

night all



Another early start, but a little later @8

custom_clock_hands_16007Another early start then with the weekend gym session kicking off at 8. During the week @jinkstevens shared the secret of no equipment means a harder work out, and that we got during the week working against own body weight.

Today was different, with a number of exercises laid out including some bars and weights which was a new addition to the rotation. Boxes Jumps, Add Roles, Press ups, some of the usual and then there is skipping. Well, fake skipping as a I cant skip, but I swear its harder as you end up jumping more and faster. The bottoms of my feet are really feeling it today.

During the week, there was an experiment in recovery pants (tights) and they will be needed later on today.


Moving on, rest of the day is the end of the 6 nations, so out I go, but driving so no booze is needed.

I’ve changed.

I may like it.


More Data? Endomondo style this time…

So I’ve posted about data before, and certainly about exercise and walking… but there is more data behind that. The walks are tracked on a fitbit which measures steps and exercise in general. Food is logged into my fitness pal and lastly Endomondo tracks via gps mileage, speed, elevation etc.

During lunches, there is time to walk, and what started of as a 20 minute amble has been trimmed down to 15 minutes with the goal of going back up to 20 but adding more distance.

He his how today looked and you can click to go full screen.  If nothing else, an interesting space invader building.



Early start today, up at 545 in the gym for 615 feeling dead by 630

stick_figure_walk_low_battery_150_clr_4543So an early start this morning saw me make up for the missed gym session caused by the tooth issues of the week. I don’t recall being up this early before, but you know what I survived. I suspected I would need an early afternoon nap, but powered on through and made it to the other side.

Saturday morning is always an early start so up and out for 8 tomorrow…

Wish me luck

My head didn’t fall off, so that’s a success…

SDSo then first time run around since the tooth work, or extraction. Managed a walk at lunch which was great as that then meant feeling my heart in the mouth was gone and didnt want to be sick! All good.

Night time managed the touch rugby 45 minutes, but felt a little flat, but the diet has been iffy with changes being made to suit my ability to eat stuff. I am behind on the gym so will be there first thing tomorrow, for the 615am slot.  Wish me luck.

I may well be needing it.