Training five days a week? Seriously??
Yep, seriously. If you’d said last winter that I would now be managing five gym sessions per week, on top of any paddling, skiing, cycling or work-related paddling I might do, I’d have laughed. So what has changed?
In the autumn I finally threw my toys out of the pram with my nearest gym – the council-owned leisure centre – and it’s queues of blokes showing off to each other, and the 30-minute drive each way to get there. I invested in some basic gym kit and fitted out my tiny office-shed as a wee gym.
It’s been transformational, and one of the best things I could have done in my fitness journey so far. Instead of wasting over an hour driving, queuing and getting frustrated for every session, I now have a gym in the back garden. It’s tiny, and it has plenty of challenges associated with it, but it’s a 5 second walk away, and I love it. Instead of an uncomfortable gym bike I have my own bike mounted on a turbo trainer a friend gave me for free (thanks Alice!); I have a short Olympic bar, a box my partner made for me, and a bench press I picked up on Gumtree for £25. But I also have my goals written up on the wall, and a massive picture of a wave, to remind me why I’m doing all this…
And how are the goals coming on? I’ve had a mixed few weeks, but generally it’s all going pretty well. I’ve lost about 5kg so far since the start of the year, and my body fat percentage has reduced; I’m getting stronger all the time, and I’m managing to eat well. There’s a hiccup too though: I’ve strained a calf muscle, so the running is on hold- but I’m making up for that with turbo training sessions instead.
This coming week, Tim has set me some tests. I set myself goals relating to back squats & deadlifts, so I’ll have the chance to see how they’re coming on… and then I’m off for a flying visit, to check out the Peak Performance Sussex base in the deep sarf. A chance to check my form and help to ensure that I stay injury free (mostly), and really see whether the hard work I’ve put in so far is paying off.
So yes… five days a week. Seriously!