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……



So how broken…

custom_figure_pain_spot_15571Well the answer was very.

The right hand side seems to have taken a beating during this whole exercise malarky – shall we go bottom up….

Quads and thighs tight and need work along with IT Bands

Bottom is better but hips slightly out of alignment.

Lower back sore and reduced flexibility

Upper back tight – very tight

Neck stiff and compressed.

You may have noticed knees were missed out as they were working, but in fairness some rest has eased those off a bit.

For the rest of me, many sets of exercises to work it all out and repeat visits. With regards to the program, keep going was the verdict but avoid anything overhead which is duely noted, and amendments made. Eg todays floor to overhead was a switch to kettlebell pull ups, and all is well.

As an aside, tyre flipping is fun.

Enough from me, work to do…..

Fitness Academy – Cycle 2 and work…


bsWell the calm before the storm, the night before, its that time again…… Fitness academy starts again tomorrow. It feels a little strange as to some extent I already know what is about to happen, and what to look forward to, and then again what not to look forward too…. But on balance, I must have liked it enough to do it all again.

Incidentally, I did some tidying today and went through one of the wardrobes in prep for my summer holiday, and it was great to find shirts that now fit and can be worn on holiday, so perhaps a new wardrobe wont be needed – being a hoarder has helped! 😉

Tofitnesstestmorrow morning (615-700) will be gym time and that means starting off with the fitness test. Been through it before, and it was an eye opener. If you can remember from last time, there were some big improvements, but I do wonder what it will look like this time. I still maintain it doesn’t tell the full story either, as the push up for example has a much better technique now and it is way harder. What is better – more of them? or less better ones? Answers on a post card please. I need to do something about burpee for example as I do struggle with that and in most sessions bump it to a full extension jump.

Another change of course, is that I am more organised this time around, with soup in the slow cooker as we speak. Tomorrow will be a nice (I hope!) Carrot and Butternut Squash curried soup. Hmm, typing that in and now it doesnt sound quite as appealing.

As ever, before these sessions I am to set a goal, measure up and take photos. I will measure up in the morning that is an easy one. The weigh in shall be interesting to see what the 2 weeks off have done to me… I don’t know.

Enough from me, but I leave you with a goal…..

My Goal : To be fitter and healthier for my holiday in July

And I am back….

So then, what you been doing? I’ve been offline for a bit. Not so much a concious decision, it’s just been busy. Work, (little) rest and play has some what got in the way. Since we last talked what has occurred? Well there was a wedding last week and the first time of drinking – don’t worry dear readers, I did behave and the drink didn’t kill me off! Easter club at the gym fills the gap in the program with a restart coming on Monday – this means measuring up this week. It will be interesting to see what not being on it has done to me – but in fairness continued 3 sessions and rugby so the exercise effort was there, even with the odd lapse in food discipline.

During the week I experienced my first gym trauma…..I arrived at the normal time and no one was there, as it got closer to the start time, just one other person turned up.  No place to hid then. It went down hill when the other person pulled up injured at the start leaving me on my own. All by my self. No support. Probably the hardest 40 minutes of gym work ever. Fact.

I’ve struggled since in all fairness, with a knot in my bottom which needs to work out, and am awaiting foam roller arriving. Quads are sore too and fully extending legs hurt. I plan to go visit physio during the week if I can find somewhere to get checked over to make sure its all ok.

Reet, enough from me, the house is a tip top to bottom so todays job is tidy up and not watch TV.