All posts tagged: workout

New workout plan ahead

Tomorrow, I’m starting the new Nike Training Club (N+TC) programme, which will run for another month, as the one I was doing up until now is over. This time around, I decided to up the stakes a bit more. I chose an intermediate level, and hope for the best. My goal is to get strong, and I also added some runs to it, to mix it up even more. This is what the app came with for the first week: At first glance, all workouts seem easy enough, or at least short, but when we check them individually, they are actually quite hardcore. On the first day, they ask to use 4-6kg dumbbells, which is heavier than I’ve ever used. I did use one 4kg dumbbell at some point, instead of a kettle ball, and it was exhausting, so we’ll see how it all works out. I’ve been watching Arrow lately. I’m on season two at the moment, and it always amazes me the way the guy trains. Exhibit #1 below. Now, a few points. …

And it’s gone

It is undeniable that your body knows better than you do. I’m not trying to be metaphysical or anything, it’s just that our body knows its limits. When you try to push it, you can only do so until you reach your limit and before you damage yourself, your body stops you. It will faint or it will give you a minor injury so that you stop whatever it is you’re doing and rest. I haven’t been anywhere near my limits, and that’s not it, but it’s true that I’ve been very tired lately. Yesterday, I tried out the local gym with my friend Oummou, and since I wasn’t sure what to try, I went on the treadmill for a cheeky 10-minute run (which made me sweat a lot!), and then tried out different machines. I stepped on the step machine (ha!) and I hated every second of the 30 seconds I lasted, so I went on to the cross trainer, which was still tough, but much more enjoyable. The one machine I really wanted …

Another week passes by

The weekend is almost here again… It’s unbelievable how fast this week has gone, and how busy I’ve been. The most interesting thing happening at the moment is a desk move we’re having in our offices this weekend. I know it sounds silly to be excited about sitting somewhere else, but it’s a break from the usual office-related monotony. I’m quite happy with the change because I will be leaving one of the most transited areas, and will be going back to where I used to sit a few months ago. At the moment, I sit by a door and by the printer. This results in constant traffic of people behind me, hitting my chair when walking past, calling my name (if we’re friends, and yes, randomly, without wanting anything, just say my name and keep walking…), rapping the desk next to me with their knuckles… Something quite annoying is that it seems to be a point where people part ways, so I get all the last minute conversations when people are leaving meetings, you …

Over 600 muscles in the human body

Today it was a rest day from my training programme, and I couldn’t be happier about it. When the alarm went off this morning (the first alarm, that is), my first instinct, as usual, was to turn over and slide the app button to stop it. I don’t snooze my alarms, I set a few at different times. This morning, as any other morning, I turned around and when I swung my arm to pick the phone from the floor, a piercing pain shot through my chest and arm. I was sore from Monday’s workout. Very sore. Struggling, I managed to stop the alarm and carefully rolled back on my back again, facing the ceiling, what I could only muster what sounded like uuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrhhhhhh or something like that. Mentally, I went over every single muscle in my body to check the damage and let me tell you, it was brutal. As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m following a Nike Training Club program (NTC), and on Monday the workout was called body flexor. It had …