I’m a big fan of training with a plan, mostly because otherwise I tend to go hard out on Monday, then feel so proud of doing such a good workout that I merrily meander through the rest of the week, getting to Sunday before the man-I’m-good glow wears off and I realise that I’ve done sweet FA throughout the rest of the week. So if you’re as disorganised as me, a plan’s a vital part of any training programme.
I find it best to write my plan on my kitchen calendar, planning each week out in pencil then writing it in ink over top once I’ve actually managed to do it. That way I have an instantaneous overview of how well I’ve done throughout the month (which is obviously better for my self-esteem in some months, and worse in others … Let’s not talk about January shall we?!).
I have to say, once I’d pencilled in this coming week’s plan, it did give me a bit of pause for thought, as I’m starting another BeachBody programme this week. I can’t get out of it, having promised a friend who has just started P90X that I’d do a programme with her and I’m already a week behind (’cause of injury … man that was useful while it lasted …). However I hadn’t really appreciated how much it would add into my timetable, which now looks like this:
the plan stan
monday: RevAbs (Total Strength & Mercy Abs) + pt workout
tuesday: RevAbs (Fire Up) + cycle 16k + pole class
wednesday: RevAbs (Power Intervals) + pt workout
thursday: RevAbs (Total Strength + Mercy Abs) + personal training + cycle 16k
friday: RevAbs (Fire Up)
saturday: RevAbs (Power Intervals) + cycle 32k
Oh, and I’m out socially every night except for Monday.
Someone pass me the tylenol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here we are again folks, back at Sunday. As I posted last week, it was intended to be a serious junkie week this week, with personal training, cycling, RevAbs, pole and gymnastics all jostling for my time. On the whole I didn’t do too badly although I had some lucky escapes from certain workouts!
RevAbs: Monday was the big start to RevAbs, kicking off with Total Strength & Mercy Abs. Brett is glossy. Very glossy. And his back-ups peeps only slightly less so. Other than that, the work-out wasn’t so bad – it felt pretty easy for a total of a 1-hour work-out. Maybe I was just distracted by my desire to know The Moderator’s name. It doesn’t feel right just to know her as The Moderator when everyone else gets a name.
pt work-out: developed unfortunate tummy bug at lunchtime, so gave myself a hospital pass (almost literally actually) and curled up on the sofa instead with the remote. Gorgeous.
RevAbs: dragged myself kicking, screaming, moaning, groaning and grumbling out of bed and inserted DVD. Didn’t work. Tried it in three different players. Didn’t work. I will not be Firing Up My Abs any time soon. Congratulated myself on a lucky escape and returned to bed. Luckily though, had cycling at lunchtime to look forward to. Goody.
cycling: trundled down to the gym to do my 16k cycle on the turbo trainer, since I’m still in turbo-trainer rather than proper-bike mode. Completed it in 28:09 but projectile sweated on the man next to me. He didn’t seem to mind.
pole: HURRAH! Finally – after 5 weeks – managed an extended butterfly! Together with a vampire-into-handstand and flatliner.
extended butterfly! woop woop
RevAbs: Today was Power Intervals 1. Lovely and short – only 30 minutes – but repetitive. Very very repetitive. I was obviously too sweaty to count the rounds because it felt like every second exercise was squat thrusts, alternated with cross-jacks. I think I did a million squat thrusts today. I probably only did two. But it felt like a million.
pt workout: hmm … strangely easy. It’s the first time I’ve ever actually managed to do a PT workout on my own (don’t tell my trainer) because either the gym has been full of scary people or I haven’t been able to work out how to use the machines. Or both. This time I managed it with the exception of subbing out bicep curls, super-setted with overhead tricep pulls, in place of face balls because I couldn’t find the face ball machine. Maybe my Virgin doesn’t have one, or maybe I’m a little bit blind. Either way, the bicep/tricep superset worked for me.
RevAbs: how am I going to fit it in? Can’t do before work as have personal training. Can’t do lunchtime as don’t have a DVD player and besides have to do 16k cycle. Can’t do after work as going to a four-course taster meal (nom nom nom). Can’t do after that as will be drunk. Worried.
personal training: awesome times this morning, doing a cardio/strength circuit mix, mixing it up with the swiss ball, chin up machine and bench press. So knackered I could only stagger up the stairs on the bus. Got a few weird looks.
ARGH – have just received plan from trainer and the weight I was using for the overhead pulls was only 8kg! Felt like 80kg … #nowfeelinghorriblyweak
cycling: so physically exhausted from this morning I nearly didn’t make it, but forced myself there in the end. Did a nice slow one so as not to burn out completely (doing 16k in 33:09, about 5 minutes slower than average). Managed not to projectile sweat on anyone today. Awesome.
RevAbs: As my Fire Up Your Abs DVD doesn’t work I chose to do Full Throttle Intervals instead. Much more hardcore, which was satisfying, but with more squat-thrusts, which was not even a little bit satisfying. I will be a squat-thrust machine by the time 90 days have gone by. Albeit probably an ancient, no longer useful and in need of a lot of oil type of machine.
cycling: almost didn’t make it due to chronically painful quads, but forced myself to try. Had to stop at 16k but in a relatively respectable-ish-given-how-I-was-feeling time of 29:01. Then lay on the powerplates massaging out my quads and calves for 20 minutes … ahhh bliss. Still can’t walk normally though – I look like I’m locked into Tony’s horsestance.
RevAbs: power intervals again, so another day, another six billion squat thrusts. I’ve worked out that there are only three exercises in this work out – lunges (a third less of these than the others), cross jacks and squat thrusts. It’s going to be a long 45 days of squat thrusts.
gymnastics: Hurrah! Finished the week on a high note, cracking out handstands at gymnastics. Yeah baby!
Although I missed out a few sessions this week I think I can safely say it qualifies as a junkie week this week. Probably just as well given the full English I had for breakfast this morning … NOM NOM NOM!