Get in Shape Challenge Day 67 – Friday 21st October

Today I was so unenthused about going to the gym and doing my cardio session, this might have been as a result of not getting up in the morning and therefore having to do it at the end of a long day teaching or maybe just because I was feeling tired and demotivated, either way it was the last thing on my mind. As I was sharing yesterday, I have learnt that at times these can be the very best sessions so it is important to push through that “feeling” and just commit fully to the task, which I did manage to do.

I arrived at the gym just after 4:30pm and started my usual run on the treadmill, the previous cardio session had seen me not complete the full distance due to soreness in my legs and not wanting to pull any muscles at this stage of the challenge. My aim today was to hopefully runout the full distance up to the speeds that I had previously been doing which I did manage to do running at speeds of 7.5, 10, 12.5 and 14.5km/h in 5 minute intervals increasing the speed each time.

I headed onto the ergo machine next for my row, for today’s row I wanted to row for the full 10 minutes and just see how far I could get in this time. I started out at a stroke rate of 32 per minute and my average split for 500m was sitting just above the 2 minure mark, I maintained this intensity for the first 8 minutes of the row and realised that if I pushed really hard I might make the 2.5km mark by the 10 mintes. Unfortunately I just fell short of the rowing 2.4km in 10 minutes, I guess that the 2.5km is going to be a target for me to start aiming for in future sessions.

My cycle was next and I started with the intention of trying to ride 5.5km in the 10 minutes, however at the 2.5 minute mark I started to feel my left hamstring down near my knee started to pull, it felt like there was a massive knot starting to build in it so rather than push it I decided to stop my ride at this point.

To finish with I headed over to the stretching area and grabbed myself a mat and medium sized fit ball. I had not done my abs workout for the day so decided to do this before stretching. I completed the usual abs routine of 30 sit ups followed by a 30 second bridges in the horizontal and alternate side positions. This was followed by my usual stretching.

Tomorrow I start adding to my supplements the Nitro-tech Hyrdroxy Cut I bought yesterday to try and help me burn that last little bit of flab I have. I have no idea how that is going to or what effect it will have on me but I figure that for the next two weeks I can give it a shot and see what the results are.

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