Week 12, and I am still working from home…and planning to spend a few days in Snowdonia…
Monday 26 August 2013
The children woke up too late for me to get to training in the morning and the Bank Holiday meant there was no training in the evening, so we just went for a walk down to the park during the day instead.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
I had to hurry the children along but we got to the morning session in St Albans with Regiment Fitness in time. I could not miss another opportunity this week before we went away. The session was taken by Liam again and we started with a shuttle warm up. The circuit was in a straight line going from one pole to the next and doing 5 repetitions, then 10, then 15, and finally 20 of press ups before running back to the beginning. The numbers were then increased to 7, 14, 21, and 28 for squats, sit ups, squat thrusts, and lunges. It was a tough circuit. We moved on to the boxing and as I had no partner I ended up with Liam, and he pushed me again. We did straight punching from sit ups for 20 second bursts before moving on to the one I really hate, shuttle runs out to three poles with 20 straight arm punches each time we came back, which we did twice. We finished things with the tyre relay, getting the tyres back to our starting point by leapfrogging them back over each other, which means we get to do short, sharp sprints. We had an entertaining warm down to bring a great session to a close.
- Training – 1 hour
Wednesday 28 August 2013
Thursday 29 August 2013
We climbed Snowdon by the Rhyd-Ddu Path and came down by the Snowdon Ranger Path, and then walked back to the car, and I did it all with a 35lb bergen on my back. You can read all about it here.
You can see more photographs from the day here.
- Walk – 8 miles (up and down Snowdon, so including 920 metres of ascent)
Friday 30 August 2013
I packed up the tent and we drove home.
Saturday 31 August 2013
I had another session with Christianne this morning and after the warm up on the bike and the cross-trainer, we used a number of different bits of equipment to work on my core, including kettlebells this time. One very interesting thing she introduced this week was to have me balancing on a Swiss Ball while doing shoulder presses, without any weights. It still left me sweating ! We did not measure my body fat this week.
- Training – 1 hour
Sunday 01 September 2013
I woke up feeling good and walked down to the morning session with Regiment Fitness. There was a big crowd here this morning, which was nice because it was the last session from Liam, as he is heading back to the REME. We also had Steve (the mad one) with us, and he took the warm up, which was done on the spot before he had us falling to the ground. We finished with a run over to the park bench. The circuit was a circular one going around 8 poles and doing 15 repetitions of each exercise at every pole. We did press ups, sit ups, squats, squat thrusts, and finished with 5 repetitions at each pole of bastard burpees (a burpee with a press up added into it). It felt hard and good, although I am glad I did not sit on a bumble bee like . We moved on to boxing and once again I was the odd one out without a partner, and ended up with Liam. And once again he pushed me to my limits and beyond. We started standing with straight punches in full-on bursts of 20 seconds, doing that four times, and then we moved into the sit up position and did singles before holding in the upright position for somewhere between 30 seconds and 1 minute, and then repeating that. It was very tough and very effective, and my thanks go to Liam for pushing me like he did with the constant constructive motivation. I will look forward to him coming back. We swapped groups and did a tyre relay, running two lots of shuttles while the others in our teams of three did press ups, then running three lots of shuttles while the others did sit ups, and finishing off with one sprint shuttle each. The warm down was very stretchy, and then we gave a card to Liam, which seemed to come as a very pleasant surprise to him, which was nice. It had been another excellent session, and I felt good walking home from it.
We went for a walk in Chorleywood in the afternoon, which did not quite go to plan, and you can read about that here.
- Training – 1 hour
Positives from this week – I climbed Snowdon with my children and did it while carrying a 35lb bergen.