As you may have noticed, Tuesday this week did not involve any personal training, this is because someone (not me for once) had an unexplained injury…
All was well by Thursday though so I had an awesome before work training session! Somehow, getting up early on a Thursday didn’t seem quite as bad as getting up early on a Tuesday 😀
I arrived at the gym, in reasonably good time (for once) raring to get started..well raring-ish…it was still early even though I was more awake than normal!
after the customary warm up and arm waving / mobility / warm up press ups and squats and suchlike we went straight into a kettlebell work out.
It is always good to do kettlebells first think n the morning, because there is nothing like the threat of dropping a kettlebell on your head to wake you up!
Ok…the possibility of dropping a kettlebell on your head is minimal, and I actually secretly love kettlebells (I may have mentioned it). We were working with double kettlebells for the first part of the work out where I had to do:
5 x swings with a jump forward
5 x snatches
5 x high pulls
5 x clean and press
5 x bottoms up cleans
I then switched to one kettle bell ( after nearly smacking myself in the knees with both of them when I tried to stop the swing) and did:
Some things where I step into a backwards lunge and at the same time swing the kettlebell up and sideways, catch it with my other hand and push it back into a swing…
and some things that involved, stepping, swinging the kettlebell into a clean position and jumping in some way… I have actually completely forgotten how all these elements fitted together…but they did!
We then invaded a mat and did something Mat referred to as MMA fitness…
it was interval training, and it was crazy
It was 15 seconds work 15 seconds rest for the following exercises:
Sprint and Sprawl
1 armed planks
That was the first cycle through, the second cycle through, Matt made it harder ans I did:
Squat jumps with plyo foot clap
Sprint and Sprawl
2 armed plank
Mountain climber thingies where you jump 1 leg forward to near the outside of your hands then back…
That lot really did wake me up!!
I feel I might need to explain sprint and sprawls… you sprint on the spot, then when told to sprawl, get right down face down on the floor, then “spring” back up on to your feet and carry on sprinting!
Boxing today (and it was mostly boxing for reasons that will be come apparent) was slightly different.
The main different was that Matt had brought his own boxing gloves rather than focus pads or Thai pads 🙂
It was still generally pad work, but with a lot more counters and defence mice which were much more realistic! Defending against punches thrown with gloves is much more realistic (and fun) that defending against pads 🙂
It was very much fun, and generally faster than even the pad work we had been doing with the focus pads 🙂
At least it was when Matt stopped being worried about hitting me in the face!
I understand why he was worried, in reality you are not actually supposed to attempt to hit your PT clients 😀 but I pointed out that I wouldn’t actually shop him if he did and I would mostly be able to defend myself 😉
Apparently this is not something he would do with other PT clients 😀
All in all, it was pretty awesome 😀
And later, there were squats…
Day 15 of the squat challenge, and it hurt!
Day 328 complete 😀