Please tell me that there are other people out there who sometimes forget to take a towel to the gym?!! That was Day 3; I went to the gym in the morning and then had to get ready for work. Soooo disorganised! Anyway, before the towel fiasco, I thought I’d experiment with some cardio to try and figure out where I’m at fitness-wise. The answer is my fitness is slightly higher than I thought but nowhere near what I would like it to be. I did 5 minutes each of:
Treadmill – mostly walking but I did have a little go at jogging, but I’m not sure I’m quite there yet…
Cycling – this actually went better than I thought, I tried to get some high and low speed intervals in which was pretty good, and I definitely worked up a sweat!
Rowing – I used to do this as a warmup when I was doing boxing training and it was a really good all over workout. I had the resistance quite low for now, but I picked the speed up more than I thought I could. Next time, I’m going to try to row further in the time before I look at moving the resistance any higher
Cross Trainer (elliptical) – I’m a fan of the cross trainer, although that might just be because I’m not used to feeling tall! I did some higher and lower paced intervals on there as well, but I think I need to push myself harder next time, I was starting to flag towards the end.
For Day 4, I ventured into the weights section of the main gym. It’s been a long time since I used barbells, but I was inspired by reading some articles on bodybuilding.com, which reminded me how much I used to love it. I grabbed a gym bod to advise me since it’s been so long and he set me up for squats (hurray!) and dead lifts – even though I’ve done those recently I don’t think my form is very good, so I went for some advice. I would always recommend getting help from the trainers at any gym – that’s what they are there for! – especially with weights, as doing it wrong can cause pretty bad injuries. I did 3 sets of 8 of squats and deadlifts, both with 2x 5kg weights on the bar. Then I took myself off to the weight machines (after I put my weights away – it really bugs me when people don’t!), and did 5 sets of 8 leg presses (120, 140, 160, 180 & 200lb) – that was supposed to be 3 sets but I got carried away!, 3 sets of 8 leg extensions (argh I can’t remember what the weight was!) and 3 sets of 10 lat pull-downs (62.5lb). The last one really disappointed me; the last time I did it I was regularly doing 87.5, and working my way up to 100 so that’s a big step down. But hey, onwards and upwards!
And now I’m over halfway through week 1 – I’m going to be so proud of myself when I get through it!