Day 83 (part 2): personal training, benchmarking and boxing

Hello again 🙂

Yesterday evening I had my personal training session that was postponed on Tuesday. I found out the reason it was postponed too, apparently the chief executive of the company was coming to visit Matt’s Gym the following day (he is fitness manager at Steyning Leisure centre as well as my trainer) so…I think, on this occasion, I will let him off 😀

Today Matt decided that we would spend some time setting some goals and some benchmarks against which we could measure my progress. This seems like a good thing to do, it will be interesting to see how much I have improved by the next time I do it. We started with a blood pressure test which was apparently ok, which is good.

we then went through a warm-up / mobilisation series of exercises including walking lunges and odd things where you roll down, put your hands on the floor then walk through to press up position. it was a little bit like the start of a Pilates class…


Rowing machine

the similarity ended there as the next thing we did was rowing, after  2 minute warm up that lasted for 4 minutes due to us getting chatting, I was challenged to row 500 m as fast as I could. It turns out that as fast as I could was 2 mins 19 seconds which Matt said was ok…but i think there is probably room for improvement…I’ll have to practice! We then moved on to Chest Press / Bench press where after a warm up, we did as many as possible “to failure” at 30 kg which it turns out was 10 reps… again…not too bad, but room for improvement. Then plank…at which I lasted 28s which I fully admit is complete rubbish…but I was on my toes and elbows…I normally cop-out and go on my knees so I guess that is tiny way to save face!

MAtts Focus pads

Matt’s Focus pads

After all this we got on with some boxing, and it was mainly boxing today as Matt had his small focus pads rather than the larger Thai pads, which meant that they are not great to kick as they are small and he ran a much greater risk of actually getting kicked. So to save  damage we stuck to punch combos and defences. I like the little focus pads, they are much faster, which means I have to work faster which is fun…tiring…but fun 🙂 I like Thai pads too as I like kicking…both are good for different reasons 🙂

once we had done (a lot) of boxing, we moved on to core, I had to do the thread the needle move with the ViPR but super slow and only bringing the ViPR up to horizontal not over my head…this was incredibly tricky… then bridges and one legged bridges with my feet on a wall!

Awesome training…not quite as hard going as last week, but still really good 🙂

Day 83 Complete 😀


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About Sam Catchpole

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4 responses to “Day 83 (part 2): personal training, benchmarking and boxing”

  1. nancytex2013 says :

    I had to google ViPR as I had never heard of it. Wow! That beast looks hard to handle. Go you!
    p.s. Planks suck so hard! I can finally hold them for 60 seconds – but I’m literally shaking by the end of the minute.
    p.p.s. I love bridges. Guess my ass muscles are more fit than my stomach muscles. (As if I didn’t know that already! Bloody abs will be the death of me.)


    • Ice_Badger says :

      ViPR is a good thing! It really makes you engage your core and arms…I was doing the thread the needle with a 6kg one which for me is really light… but because it was so slow it killed!
      and plank really does suck! my rubbish 28s is probably the longest I have ever done it for!


      • nancytex2013 says :

        Just keep at it. Eventually your body will just give in and do as it’s told. It fully sucks though. Total rubbish. Gawd I love British terms. Rubbish is one of my favourites. 🙂


      • Ice_Badger says :

        My body is gradually getting the idea that it will have to comply with me wishes 🙂
        It never occurred to me that rubbish was not a universal term…but come to think of it you never here it anywhere else 🙂


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