All posts tagged: workout

Back to square two

I still remember my snowboard instructor, when he said to us Can you see how difficult it is to get back up again? Yeah? So don’t fall!, and oh, it is so true. This can also be applied to getting back into fitness. Can’t you see how much it hurts to start again? Yeah? So don’t stop! As you know, it’s been months since my last incursion into a gym, or even the last time I laced up my running shoes. I’ve put on weight (being ill and low on energy results in sleeping a lot, and feeling a bit crappy overall results in over-eating, so you do the maths) and I’ve lost all strength and sense of achievement. When I told my friend Oummou about doing a professional photo shoot together, and she challenged me to be beach body ready for it, my first reaction was to think it was never really going to happen. I decided to get going, and then I got sick again. Ha! OK, let’s try this again… A very …

London skyline

Over 44600 steps in three days

Remind me to not do a weekend like this one ever again… At least not if I want to rest and be able to feel my legs. This weekend has been mental. I have the feeling Friday was years ago, not just a couple of days earlier. My shifts at the charity house were very quiet, which I’m thankful for. No fires, no burglaries, and no hospital emergencies of any kind. On Friday, I did my workout (I brought my dumbbells to the house, which sounds a bit stupid, but hey, I needed them), and it was brutal. It was, simply put, hardcore. There was one circuit, to be done four times (if I remember well) and it included burpees, and wall sits, and plank rows, and many other painful exercises… for 45 minutes. On Saturday morning, I left the house at 10.30am or so, and went to have a walk. I was meeting Sean for lunch at 1pm, so I had plenty of time. I walked by the river to London Bridge, and then …

Day off

This is no way to enjoy a day off… I’ve been moving around more than on a normal day! Today I have been off work, because I wanted to run some errands, but I think it might have been a bad idea. I’m happy it was a rest day yesterday, because I’m struggling today. After work, I went to Oummou’s flat to have dinner and watch The Great British Sewing Bee. She hadn’t watched the first episode, so we did a catch up and watched it first. It was difficult to hide my excitement and to try to not give away any details of what was about to happen. After, we watched the second episode. It was like a Sewing Bee marathon! Last year, I got obsessed with the neckties. This year so far, I’m in love with the waistcoats. The contestants had to make one for children, and they were all super cute. I was very happy to see my favourite contestants were getting ahead, and that the one I didn’t really like left …

Day one of round two

Day one of the new workout is now gone, and I’m not sure whether it worked or not. Spoiler, it probably did and I’ll probably feel it tomorrow! Let me explain… As I mentioned yesterday, today I was doing a workout called Perfect Score, from the N+TC app. At first it looked complicated, but while doing it, I realised it was just the same exercises over an over again, for 30 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t boring at all! The workout asked for 4kg dumbbells, which as you know, are heavier than I normally use (double the weight, actually). Here are the exercises (note that all the photos below are screenshots from the N+TC app, I didn’t take them, I’m just sharing them for illustration purposes!): Deadlift with alternating rows. For this one, I had to stand with my legs a bit wide and a bit bent, bend down with my back straight, and then lift the weights sort of perpendicular to my back. Right, left, and up again. Walk out press up …