Day 137: I should think before I speak sometimes…

Well..more than sometimes actually, but that is not the point.
The point is…if you enthusiastically tell your trainer that one of yourΒ new long term goals is to do a hand stand press up you shouldn’t be too surprised if you start getting given exercises that work towards said handstand press up!

Actually I think this is pretty awesome…and I would be practising attempting handstands already if I didn’t have a fear of falling on my head in a gym full of people!

In case you hadn’t realised, I had PT yesterday, it was Tuesday, that is (often) what info on a Tuesday…and it is the thing that makes Tuesdays into put-up-with-able days! Would you be surprised to hear that it was awesome? No I didn’t think so! πŸ˜€

Well…it *was* awesome! And It was hard work…

I actually managed to arrive early for once so did a short warm up on the cross trainer before Matt arrived, then some mobility warm up exercises which I think I am improving at πŸ™‚
After that came the crazy circuit that consisted of 2 rounds of:


5x kettlebell press up
5x squat and press with a 12kg kettlebell
10x 1armed rows with each arm with a 12 kg kettlebell
30s plank with hands on kettlebells.
On the second time through…I had to do 1 armed planks… armed planks! I never thought I would see the day πŸ˜€


Then came the step towards handstand press ups…I had to do pike press ups!


Although mine didn’t look quite as graceful as that…but…in my defence I did have my hands on kettlebells! Just in case I was not unstable enough already πŸ™‚

And just in case we hadn’t done enough kettlebells I then had to do:
5x double clean and press
5x double bottoms up clean
5x double high pull
5x windmills!

Next came the power clean and presses…first with a core bag, which was tricky because those things are unwieldy then with a ViPR with was also fairly unwieldy but better than core bags! I should point out that we were going to go into the free weights area to do this with a bar…but it was crazy busy! So I am apparently getting quite good at these, I eve managed some clean and jerks without wobbling too much πŸ˜€

Have I mentioned I am loving this strength/power training… Well I am πŸ˜€

After all of this it was time for some hitting stuff πŸ™‚

We worked on one giant combination this time, which Matt kept adding stuff to the end of to the point that it was amazing that both of us remembered it!
But we did…and it went something like this:
5 punches, 2 kicks (r leg), Switch stance kick (l leg), Switch stance knee (r leg), 4 punches, Roll and counter (3 punches), Kick (r leg), 2 punches, pull defence and counter (2 punches), kick (r leg)

Yes…it was as tiring as it sounds…but it was excellent and so much fun and it was really fast once we got going πŸ˜€ and we did get going, and we did it enough times that we finally remembered it!

There was then core work…with a cable machine…and holding steady while the machine was trying to pull me sideways…it is surprisingly effective!

Then I collapsed in a heap…

Well…ok…no I didn’t I did some stretching and went home but collapsing was definitely on the cards!

Day 137 awesome and complete πŸ˜€


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About Sam Catchpole

Exercisaholic, Photographer, Artist, Writer, Engineer, Morris Dancer, General Obsessive...

4 responses to “Day 137: I should think before I speak sometimes…”

  1. nancytex2013 says :

    One-armed planks??? I am giving you a standing ovation for that one! BRAVO!

    • Ice_Badger says :

      One armed planks…with my hand on a kettle bell no less :-S

      Thank you πŸ˜€

      • nancytex2013 says :

        You are a beast!! I’m still wincing from my second BodyPump in 3 days. I did the 45 min class again today. My chest and upper back are still screaming! Eventually my body will remember what it’s supposed to do. Til then…PAIN!

      • Ice_Badger says :

        I am sure you will be back into it by next week πŸ˜€
        I think I keep my muscles guessing so much by swapping what I do that they forget to ache much before they are hit with the next thing…apart from dead lifts, they got me!

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