Day 342: The return of the elastic bands…

Almost three hundred days ago I was introduced to weird elastic bands that you can (if you so wish) put around your legs to push out against while you do squats…

It was day 46 that these first appeared


like this…only I had 2 bands around my legs, and I did not do half assed squats

It was last Thursday that they reappeared, firstly Matt waved them at me as a vague threat before I warmed up…and later, I had to squat with them around my legs. I have no idea if they did what they were supposed to, which was increase glute activation, I have been doing so many squats recently that they all hurt elastic band torture or not!

Before all that, I started with the usual amt + flapping about warm-up followed by Β spiderman press-ups…which are a coordination nightmare!

Then came the aforementioned crazy elastic band squats…I have to say, I was slightly more graceful putting them on this time…


and unlike last time, noone made me get on a rowing machine with them on!

as I have mentioned before...I do not look like this!

as I have mentioned before…I do not look like this!

next came strength, starting with a mini circuit of two rounds of cable machine straight arm pulldowns and core holds.

1 armed bent over rows 10 x 20 kg per arm
8 x front squats 20 kg (olympic bar)
8 x high pullΒ 20 kg (olympic bar)
8 x snatch 20 kg (olympic bar)

then for the deadlifts:
1 @80kg

which means…



yes…that’s right

Another Paddington Bear πŸ˜€

(that is a personal best just in case you are new…)

my elation was short lived, as this triumph was followed up with some tabata!

one round of alternating:

Burpees with sideways tuck jumps
side to side lunge jump thingies

20s work 10s rest x 8!

I have to say those burpees make me feel like a complete beginner…I can’t even remember how bad I felt doing them before I got fitter!!

The last 25 mins of the session were dedicated to boxing. another session with Matt wearing gloves as well so it felt much more realistic. This time he had his body armour too and I could hit him πŸ˜€

It was awesome fun as always πŸ˜€ almost like not working out at all…apart from the hard work πŸ˜‰

Day 342 complete πŸ˜€


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About Sam Catchpole

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

16 responses to “Day 342: The return of the elastic bands…”

  1. nancytex2013 says :

    I would kill to see you “flapping about” during warm ups. Can you PLEASE arrange to have someone video that? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    CONGRATS on the new PB!!! Totally wicked awesome!


  2. Helen says :

    Woohoo!! Congrats on your new PB πŸ˜€
    When I try burpees (soon, maybe) I’ll remind you what it’s like to be a complete beginner at them!


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