A Goal & Tyres

Hi All,

So at the weekend, I said I needed a goal, and by accident, I’ve gone and found one. Whilst at the gym, I thought they look good scales so I duely paid £1 to go on them. Out pops a receipt and it made for interesting reading. There was a new number of there I’ve not seen before.


No it doesnt take a genius to wokr out where I would be on that little picture and its off far to one side, in the margin of your screen. According to the receipt in front of me 39.2% The same receipt also says Poor => 32.1

So there is the target, for this time round that % has to come down! With no science or idea why I’ve guessed lets do 5%…. interesting and an update in 4 weeks then guys.

custom_clock_hands_16007That leads nicely onto tonight’s gym session, and something I always enjoy – Tyre flipping. In partners, 6 minutes AMRAP and record the number for slam balls 9kg, tyre flips, rowing (calories burned) then kettle bell swings. Total it up and off you go. As there was an odd number, we took a 3rd person and it meant some more down time, fear not we deployed the plank!

Tired now about covers it, so catch you all later.






Monday Monday

So then Monday it is. What I learned was a kick to the finger yesterday hurt more today, and kicks to the thigh still hurt even with padding.

A trip to the cinema to see Jurasic World was worth the trip and didn’t feel the need for my money back. A nice distraction. Work today was long and slow, but moves forward.

Tonight’s gym session was “The Energy” and during which I seemed to spring a leak. Hard work covers it.






And There Is Something I Need To Do Today…



And that is decide upon a goal……..


The  previous plan was to be fitter and healthier for my holiday and that now seems like a distant memory. So what is the goal to be for this 6 weeks…. (and we are already a week down!) I suspect being on holiday has slowed me down here, but I can live with that!


The main goal needs some thoughts but along the way:

  • Time to nail the burpee
  • Improve skipping efficiency
  • Continue with the 20kg kettle
  • Move up the press up difficulty

And that’s my starter……

Yesterday & Today……

So thstick_figure_crushed_by_weights_400_wht_13349en yesterdays session was both busy and tough. Swing when you are winning had a whole lot of kettle bells. When I think back to the start it was a different kettle (!) of fish with a light weight making no sense. As I’ve moved through the program its gotten easier (and sometimes harder) as there is a different action or perhaps even a greater weight being used.  Yesterday was also a partner work out so the need to share a kettle bell. What do you do? Settle of the lighter weight of the two or step up? Sometimes a gentle push is needed, and for this @jinkstevens suggested the need to man up a bit , so up to the 20 kg it was then.

So this was the largest weight ever, and for a longer period! its fair to say today is a sore day so a bit more warm up was needed for today’s session.





Today was kickboxercise (I am never sure if thats one whole word or not, but its not the most important thing to consider!) I do like this session as its a bit of fun. Its not so much the bouncing around you might imagine, there is more technique considered along with the rep’s involved. I did panic when the class was about to begin with just me there, as I really thought it was a bout to turn into personal training with Mark Beckham which wouldn’t be easy. At the last minute I was saved when Stu arrived. Well I say saved but its fair to say Stu is certainly an athlete with a kick to match! He also pushes me hard and motivates along as I tire.  Today’s finisher was a toughie too with battle ropes and slams.

You may recall I said I was sore from yesterday, I await tomorrow with interest!


So thanks for reading this far, as the the sun is shining, how about a summer song to end the post……



It has been a while, so a mixed post this one…. and a long one!

Hello All,

When I look back I’ve been quite good (well by my standards) at keeping the blog up-to-date. Of course, there are gaps but its not too bad. However, I got a question asking why I wasn’t blogging, and in fairness, I’d been busy, tired, and a bit meh. However, it is good to write things down from time to time. So in no particular order:

world_map_on_suitcase_400_clr_11211I am just back from a truly great holiday in Madeira. Quinta Do Lorde if you are interested a lovely recent resort built around a marina. All inclusive wasn’t cheap but it was worth every penny in all fairness. 3 meals a day, plus some snacks, and drink between 11 and midnight. Being on my own, the idea was rest and peace and quiet. Mission achieved. It was so good the main pool over three levels was often quiet so no one went up there so it was a bit like having my own pool.

I’ve posted some random pictures in the post below (if it works!)

I would go back at the drop of a hat, and indeed a sun hat was needed.


The return from holiday leads us nicely onto Fitness Academy (or boot camp if you prefer). The plan here was to stop for this cycle enjoy my holiday then come back. However, a change in the schedule meant I wasnt going to miss many sessions rather than the week and a half I had anticipated. As such I’ve re-signed up again for another cycle. Sadly I did miss the fitness test (yeeeee haaa) but I decided to give it my all this. Lets see what happens. [Note I missed Friday as I slept in!] This mornings session was really busy for a saturday with 29 people there I believe – partner workout – Swing when you are winning. One person kettle bell (20kg) whilst the other did get up, burpee, plan builder. 6 rounds each….

The finisher was a 5 minute AMRAP for 10 slams 20 pressup 30 slams. Ouch



Next up is the new gym – xercise4less which is newly opened in North shields. Having joined up in April (!) and it finally opens now…. A big former warehouse as it were converted to 400 stations of gym work. I tweeted the picture on the left, as I was about to go in to battle with the ropes. My god do they hurt. Its not a replacement for the fitness academy, but when I am stuck at work, it allows an alternative location to maintain stuff.

I did my induction which also had no hard sell which was greart and then did a quick round of exercise trying out some bits and pieces.



Not HAL no its the Tefal Optigril. Having replaced George Foreman the new grill is working out well. I’ve been adventurous with marinated chicken, then burger, then pork loin…. its been a great purchase. To help out care of amazon, a new sponge and spatula arrived today as I dont want to ruin the surface.

Well worth a look if you need a grill or are thinking about upgrading from a GF Grill.




Tomorrow is return to the Gym for Kickboxercise which is a technique based class rather than jump around. Cross between boxing, thai boxing and MMA. Its good fun. I do however keep skinning my knuckles so I need some extra padding there.





I don’t think we will comment on work other than back to it, recruitment in flow and changes are coming.






Hey well done if you’ve made it this far! and i wonder how bad the formatting will look, but I am too tired to fix it.

If you did make it this far, lets end on a song…..

My Holiday In Photos…

Just in case you are interested some random photos from my holiday…. Enjoy

If you want a story version care of google try this one: https://goo.gl/photos/aVUVUPq99LZ8amkc8