As part of my fitness training I have decided to follow the programme set out in the book 8 Weeks To SEALFIT by Mark Divine, a Navy SEAL’s guide to unconventional training for physical and mental toughness. I know this is going to be very hard work, and believe the rewards will be well worth the effort I put into it.
As time allows, I also intend to keep going with the other parts of my current fitness training – Metafit, boxing, kettlebells, rowing and swimming – so I will make it clear which parts of these blogs are specifically SEALFIT.
Monday 28 March 2016
I started the day with Metafit, and as it turned out I was very glad that I did because once I had done that work got in the way of everything else. I had planned to do the next SEALFIT session and go to boxing training, but that was not possible. Anyway, Metafit. Created by a former Royal Marine Commando, Metafit is a 30 minute class which combines the latest High Intensity Interval Training techniques with traditional bodyweight exercises to set the metabolism on fire. I have been to a few sessions at the gym now and I am enjoying them. They definitely hit a full range of motion and I like the early morning start (0630), although it was cold running down this morning. I should be thankful it was dry. The session this morning was a new one, called 8 Shapes, and it was tough, and left me sweaty – perfect. I come away from the classes mostly unable to remember all of the exercises which made up the session, or certainly their given names – I know there was crucifix plank, bouncing squat jumps, side lunges, and that we finished off with a series of sprints. I think Metafit has been a good addition to my fitness programme and I only hope I can continue getting booked into the very popular class. I run down to the class and walk back up (because I am incapable of running after the class at the moment), but my Garmin is pretty useless at locating satellites at the moment, so it rarely records the full run.
- Metafit (St Albans) – 30 minutes
Wednesday 30 March 2016
After missing the session yesterday, I needed to catch up so I decided to do an early morning SEALFIT session and then try to do another one in the evening. However, I did not leave the house quite as early as I had planned and by the time I got to the running track it was light enough for me to be spotted and asked if I had a ticket. I honestly had no idea that a ticket was required to use the running track, though it does not come as a surprise, so I moved on to the path by the football pitches, so that I could use them to measure my 200 metre runs. This is Training Day 1 and I began with a practice of 25 air squats before continuing with the session, 5 rounds for quality of 20 x air squats, 20 x burpees, and 200 metre runs. I did my first round at the beginning of the path by the football pitches, my second in the Adizone the other side of the football pitches, my third at the other end of the path by the museum car park, my fourth back at the Adizone, and my fifth again at the Adizone after running 100 metres away and 100 metres back. The session felt tough, and my legs certainly felt like they had been worked. My hands were less than pleased with having to do burpees on a path. I had run down to do the session, I covered 1.1 miles during the session and I walked home. I was staying at a hotel in Northampton overnight, but I did not get there in time to use the gym to catch up with my missing SEALFIT session, so instead I did a Bear Grylls Primal Power Stretch session in my room.
I did the Bear Grylls Primal Power Stretch Workout Two with the emphasis on spinal mobility. I began with with the warm-up, 4 breaths in Mountain Pose, 6 Standing Side Stretches, 6 Sweep the Floor and Rises, 6 Extended Mountain Pose to Standing Chair, 6 Extended Mountain Pose to Standing Chair on toes, and 6 Forward Fold to High Plank to Down Dog to High Plank to Forward Fold. Workout Two is in one block and I repeated it three times for a 30 minute workout (actually 36 minutes), holding each pose for 20 seconds and transitioning between poses for 10 seconds. I did Extended Mountain Pose; Forward Fold (deep); Forward Fold (eye gaze); High Plank; Up Dog (which I definitely prefer to call Cobra !); Down Dog; Forward Fold (deep); Warrior One (right); Warrior Two (right); Standing Chair; Warrior One (left); Warrior Two (left); Standing Chair; Advanced Standing Chair (on toes); Extended Mountain Pose; Forward Fold (deep); Forward Fold (eye gaze); High Plank; Up Dog (Cobra !!!); Down Dog; Forward Fold (deep); Standing Chair; Advanced Standing Chair (on toes); and Extended Mountain Pose to Mountain Pose.
- Run (St Albans) – 1.1 miles – 12 minutes 19 seconds
- SEALFIT (St Albans – Adizone) – Day 1 – 1.1 miles – 28 minutes 07 seconds
- Bear Grylls Primal Power Stretch – Workout Two
Thursday 31 March 2016
I got up early and hit the hotel gym for the next SEALFIT session. The gym is actually very good and although it does not have any kettlebells, I was able to use a 10kg dumbbell for the kettlebell swings instead, and I did my runs on the treadmill, which I have not really used before, so that was an interesting experience and I am not entirely convinced that I pressed all the right buttons correctly. Having said that, I expect I ran a longer rather than a shorter distance each rep through my ignorance. I warmed up with 10 reps of each exercise in work capacity and then completed 21-15-9 reps as fast as possible of butterfly sit-ups, dumbbell swings, push-ups and a 400 metre run after each set of repetitions. I did not get home in time to catch up on that elusive missing session…
- SEALFIT (Northampton – gym) – Day 2 – 0.7 miles – 19 minutes 31 seconds
Friday 01 April 2016
Saturday 02 April 2016
Sunday 03 April 2016