So its a Sunday and that means one of two things, either 1) open gym – go and do something or 2) Kickboxercise which is more fun! I’ve even got the bruises to show for it today.
As ever, Chris and I are not meant to hit each other, but due to mistimings and in some case, a lack of remembering what the hell we were meant to be doing didnt help. I should also apologise to him, for higher, and then raising the wrong arm!
As part of this weeks holiday I thought I would make an effort to get out and walk more which is great but….. As part of ongoing issues with the knees and feet my word is it hurting this morning. I do also wonder if its something to do with footwear so will try something different today. Not setting out with a route in mind, (well yesterday had to go to bank) and its just where I end up.
As part of yesterdays work I ended up in the park at Jarrow whichs sadly isnt looking its best as cutbacks to budgets are more apparent. Don’t get me wrong, in the whole it was ok, but just not as good as I’ve seen our parks before. I like the idea of medow land and random planting, but this still needs some kind of order.
As part of walking around I must admin to being a little on the antisocial side as I’ve been playing music to my self. The joy of spotify is that you are never quite sure where you are going to end up next. Searching on the word “walking” provided a couple of different playlists to keep me going. A Sont bluetooth gadget means wirefree to head phones so phone is in my bag and its an easy walk.
Yesteday, this was a chunk of my playlist, some of it, for example track 4 I am guessing probably pressed the fast forward button!
(Hmm formatting of this post has just gone a little mad, hope it publishes ok….
So then onto today…..
Another late start! and washing is in the machine. Bacon and spinach for lunch (crispy bacon as I left it in the optigrill too long). Getting ready to walk, and the plan is to head out towards Hebburn park.
Todays music choice is undecided, as again will let spotify guide me. Setting off soon but a small delay whilst camera gets a quick charge.
Well wouldn’t you know it, time for a holiday and I fall apart. A tough gym session during the week targeting the legs, then add in a pinch of rugby and the inevitable result? Pain, lots of it.
My right knee has started to go pop when I walk, and last night that meant little sleep and a cocktail of pain killers to get through the night. The ice pack certainly did help. The upset of this? One grumpy stephen and missed saturday morning session.
Additionally, it doesn’t look great for Sunday’s kickboxercise either. Bugger. I shall see what support I can give it for the day along with some rest.
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.
That 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.
So then 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……
Cycle 2 completed and straight in to cycle 3. I went into this mornings weigh in with a certain amount of dread as the last couple of weeks was somewhat lacking motivation. However, a little bit more off, and now we into the next cycle. Additionally physio work is paying off and can lift and swing again which is great. Fitness test this morning and a short tabata of 30-10 x 6 for slams, skipping and swinging.
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.