A flyer whooshed through the door this week for the local Fitness & Friendship Club. Check out the bicep on this smiley face!
Alas there were no refreshments at Squad Training this morning. "Squad training" is what our coach calls convincing all us kickboxing dames to get up early on a Sunday* for three hours of torturous activity:
- One hour of running
- One hour of old-school exercises (cardio/strength mixed up in painful ways, stuff like squats to burpees to jack jumps, punches, evil push up variations, evil ab moves, etc etc etc)
- One hour of sparring… pow!
Followed by collapsing into a pile of whine for as many hours as you please.
(It feels rather nice to be part of a squad, I have to say. We are getting team hoodies and everything. With our name printed on them!)
* UPDATE: Just to clarify in response to some emails, this is not something we do every Sunday! It's 3-4 times a year, tops! Most Sundays I am lounging around watching the MotoGP.
Instead of running outside, today we did an hour-long cardio machine circuit in the gym. I hate running, but cardio machines rank even higher on my CardioSucksOMeter. But this session was actually quite cool! We only had to do five minutes on each machine, so just when you were starting to foam at the mouth with rage, you could disembark and move to the next machine.
I need to do more cardio, so this might be something to adopt for the winter. Maybe a 30-45 minute circuit, some groovy tunes on the iPod… it would be over before you can say how the hell do you work this fecking stair machine. Of course I'd have to do it when the gym was quietish so my machine-hopping wouldn't be too annoying.
I can feel my body seizing up from today's efforts. Ow ow ow. But it was goooood… exercise has been helpful this week. Last week it was a messy, weeping my way through every class sort of affair. So onward and upward, dear pals.
Any cardio nerds out there curious about the circuit we did, I'll post it in the extended entry 🙂
Cardio circuit: 5 minutes on each machine, upping the intensity for the last two minutes of each one. In no particular order – we all just had to jump on a machine and go!
- Recumbent bike – with high resistance
- Treadmill 1 – walk or run with 7.5% incline
- Treadmill 2 – walk with 15% incline (or run if you are insanely fit like some of my friends. dang!)
- Treadmill 3 – no incline, run like hell (i walked like hell; crappy knee)
- Treadmill 4 – fast walk (alleged recovery)
- Cross trainer – 2.5 mins forwards, 2.5 mins backwards
- Stair machine (never saw this machine before! like an escalator – steps keep coming at you!)
- Some other weird stepping machine – where you had to do tiny wee toddler-tantrum stomps
- Yet another bloody breed of stepping machine – trudging up a mountain kind of steps
- Stationery bike – pedal like mad
- Rowing machine – set to highest level, speedy as possible for last two minutes
- Arc trainer – holding dumbbells instead of the handles!