Archive for January, 2009

Day 20 In The Gym – Body Combat and Body Pump

Day 20 and another Body Combat session with Dan. I took my regular spot up the back of the class, away from the people who are a) uber fit and b) know what they are doing. There was plenty of kicking, punching and more kicking to be done and Dan pushes us by making us scream words, in a Panto style:- now the ones at the back, all the girls scream etc etc. He also calls us ‘team’… I must point out that I had positioned myself, through no fault of my own in view of Dan, I like to see what the instuctors are doing, it helps me copy. However, I shant be doing that again. Everytime Dan did a front leg kick thing I could see right up his shorts. Note to Dan, buy cycling shorts… I couldn’t help but giggle at the back and try desperately not too  look!

After a quick water stop and chat to some American Basketball dude, it was then onto Body Pump. I decided to up my weights again and so felt the burn. I have already upped my weights from 2kg to 7kg on the bar for warm ups so my bingo wings shall flap no more! I used the new techniques Di taught me to make sure I wasn’t getting the major neck pains and they are HARD… My legs were burning! Ouch…

I also noticed that after my mention of Di’s catch phrase – See ya!  She only used it twice, once quietly and then once to give us all a boost. As soon as she did it we both laughed… Please keep saying it Di, it really does spurn me on for more hard work…

Why Are We Fat???

Lot’s of TV programmes about being fat at the mo, fat gene’s eh??? FTO Variants basically mean you will probably get fat, well, more that you can’t stop eating. Apparently there are 8 main obesity gene’s but the FTO variant is the strongest. It’s interesting to see the reasons behind people’s eating behaviours.

I studied human evolution at Uni, in fact I did a major project on the fundmental flaws of the human body, and where predators were once our biggest threat, it seems we are now eating ourselves to death.

We don’t have to hunt our food – because we are no longer out there hunting our own food, and suffering through patches of food scarcity, we don’t value food anymore. Instead we over indulge and eat eat eat.

We don’t work outside – Most of us are stuck in office jobs with a plentiful supply of tea, coffee and biscuits. You don’t see farm labourers supping on a brew all day now do you?

Parenting – When I was a kid (Note to self, still ‘technically’ young at 23) I had no choice but to sit at the table and eat properly. We no longer sit round the table to eat. When round the table you sit and talk, slowing down the rate at which you eat. Your stomach gets fuller, the more slowly you eat.

So bring on the fresh food, eat slowly and get down the gym!!!

I always swore blind I would never go to a gym, but actually, despite putting on some weight (and no, it cant all be muscle!!!!) I am noticing a difference, am seeing regular people so have some other mental stimulation in the day other than the cat (sorry monkey but politics isn’t your strongest point). It gets the adrenaline pumping and I always leave ready to face the world!

I SHALL BE SKINNY ONCE MORE (oh and fit and healthy – yadda yadda)

Day 19 In The Gym – Aqua and Jam!

Day 19… It feels like 119 not 19! Straight into the pool for 45 minutes with Miranda and Aqua! 10 lengths of various swimming with the stupid bloody floats, have you seen my boobs? I have in built floats woman! Some leg kicking and press ups and some crazy sit up type things. Then onto the running. We did about 12-15 laps of the pool running in various ways with weights. This makes my cankles sore!! ouchy! Luckily the regular youth club didn’t arrive until almost the end of the class! PHEW! Into the jacuzzi for a quick relax and then onto the changing rooms ready for Jam!

When changing I noticed a sore rash on my inner bingo wing – more on this later. Up to Jam and armed with a few cups of cold water and I was ready to rock and roll. The class before us is something to do with bikes and the people get really sweaty, which in turn lands on the floor in puddles. The buggers leave the sweat on the floor and sod of after their class. EWWWWWWWWW. Not only is it a health and safety hazard, its also bloody disgusting and unhygienic, and we have to clear it up!

So into Jam and the rash on my arm started to really bug me, its sore!!! Apparently it’s caused by the blasted floats that you have under your arm. I’m ditching the floats next week… Nothing gets in the way of Jam! I’m slowly picking up the combinations now and am really enjoying the latest one – hip hop, salsa and some more funky moves! There was some personal space infringement tonight, but my flaily arms and legs soon gave her reason to run and hide!

My fave part of Jam is when Di says ” See Ya!” which basically means, – COME ON!!!!!!!!! I always find myself smiling and giving it an extra push when hearing those words!

Day 18 In The Gym, Body Pump and Body Combat! Ouch!

Day 18 and a mad dash to gym to be there for Claire’s 6pm Body Pump! Luckily Di had given me some top tips as to making Pump a little more ‘bearable’. I get really violent pains in my neck when resting the weight bar on it and doing any sit ups, not sure why, but a quick chat with Di, and she gave me some tips that although harder on the old leggies, i don’t get any pain in my neck.
Claire is ok as an instructor, and we did a different routine than usual, although she wasn’t great at counting the routine out like other instructors do, it certainly makes is more interesting totry and lift the weights.

Then I hung around to see  if I could sneak into Di’s body combat class, which as it turns out was a big mistake. She really went for it and even though I was at the back so could take it easy, Di kept wandering round pushing every last ounce of energy out of you. Which is actually when you think about it, quite handy, when you lose your own motivation, there is Di ready to give you a little nudge!

When I finally finished, i limped off to the car, got home and was quite pumped, so made a proper meal, then went to bed to watch possibly the worst film ever, it was so bad I won’t even mention it!!!

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