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Friday to Friday picture-y workout record!

This is just a quick work out update πŸ™‚ because letting you all think I had ceased to exist would not do at all!!

So this is what I have been up to for the past week…


Insanity Max 30 Friday fight round 2! yes…it was a fight but I made it through!!

Friday Fight Round 2!

Friday Fight Round 2!


Saturday was awesome…

really really awesome!!

It deserves a blog post all to its self, and it will get one as soon as I have more than 5 mins to dedicate to it!!

here is a sneak preview…

this is all you are getting for now!

this is all you are getting for now!


Sunday, I decided to have a rest day. a genuineΒ actual rest day, we all need them sometimes especially if we have had a very hectic workout-heavy week and not much sleep!


Normal service was resumed…no more of that resting stuff!!

purple and sunny and walking by the river :-)

purple and sunny and walking by the river πŸ™‚

And then of course there was Insanity…there is always Insanity… πŸ˜€

this is not getting any easier!

this is not getting any easier!


Tuesday morning consisted of that which tuesday morning always consists of..Personal training πŸ™‚ which was awesome and involved lots of circuits and jumping…it is beginning to seem like an extra insanity session only with weight, and boxing…

so light in the mornings :-D

so light in the mornings πŸ˜€

and then there was… yes you guessed it, insanity…max out power! It was hard to improve my max out time…plyo push up jacks are always a killer!!

I have the power!

I have the power!

Wednesday πŸ™‚

Wednesday gets a smiley because it is dancing day! albeit dancing day that has an insanity workout shoehorned in between work and practice!

yes…because I am stupid!

max out sweat...yep lots of that!!

max out sweat…yep lots of that!!


Thursday was single workout day…it was struggle through workout day…but strangely it was also improve my max out time by 3 mins work out day!! It felt so hard but I was better!

woohoo improvement!!

woohoo improvement!!


Due to poor organisation, I missed out on my insanity workout 😦 however I did go to the gym and do lots of things as well as getting some practice in teaching Rachel new and exciting things!

At least I did once I remembered to actually teach rather than just expect her to know stuff…

This adventure meant a trip to bracknell… into a “The Gym Group” gym…it was pretty fancy for a gym that is only Β£15 a month for membership! It is 24hrs which is a very good idea and it has these airlock, space pod things to let you in or out..which is not such a good idea :-S

gym group door

Space pod doors!!

Well…i guess it is a good idea what with the added security and suchlike but they are tiny and what if they shut you in and don’t let you out!

No I am not overreacting! shhh!



So that was last week… pretty good week on the whole…I need to do more running though…


Tremendous Tuesday, Wonderful Wednesday, Tired Thursday!

Well…it has been quite a week so far!

Tuesday was awesome…but utterly crazy!!
Morning started with PT, containing the usual mixture of Tabata, boxing, kicking, lifting stuff up and trying to get my arms to do a pull up!!

Lunchtime was so sunny and pleasant that I went out into the outside and went for a run…a short one into which I threw some fartlek training…which is basically a mixture of different speeds πŸ™‚ or to put it another way…i did some sprints πŸ™‚

Then…in the evening it was Tabata power!! In which I increased my max out time by over 3 minutes πŸ˜€

All in all…a tremendous Tuesday!!

Wednesday was almost as crazy!!
I didn’t make the morning workout…I decided I needed a little sleep after that Tuesday!
Lunchtime involved walking not running πŸ™‚ a nice break from work!
Then in the evening things got crazy!
Between work and spending 2 hours dancing, i shoehorned insanity max out sweat!
I had forgotten how crazy that workout was!! Not ideal as a precursor to dancing…but I am getting used to it!!

And then there was dancing…lots and lots of dancing πŸ˜€
There were standing stones and raggle taggle gypsies and kings of the faired, there were triskells and frail fannies and hunted witches and many more!

All of this lead me to a very tired Thursday…as we know, Thursday’s are tricky…and tiring and Thursday!
However I managed insanity max out strength…somehow! I made myself get through it!!


Who knows what Friday will hold…

Thursday to Sunday Febathon round up…

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days…it has been somewhat busy round here…
Also the “what I did today” posts can get a little dull!!

So on with the round up…


Thursday was fairly light in the exercise front for this week!
I only managed one work out, but at least it was insanity max 30 max out strength! Which was complete madness!! It involved a plethora of different press up type exercises and squat type things…but to be honest as it was 4 days ago…I can’t really remember what any of them were!


Then came:


Friday was madness!

Complete madness…

First came insanity max 30 Friday fight round 2….which was completely insane and even harder than the previous hardest work out! It was really a fight!!


That is not the full extent of the madness though. What makes the day truly crazy was 40mins after finishing this Friday fight craziness…I went to a circuit training class!
It was awesome!!!
I have really missed circuit training!!!


I definitely felt that!


After crazy Friday, I decided that the best way to combat aches was to attend an early morning body pump class!
I remembered that I really enjoy body pump! It is muscular endurance rather than pure strength but as an extra on top of all the rest it is great! I was totally put off it before, possibly because I had just been doing it for too long but going back on Saturday was excellent!



Sunday was a “rest day”
Sadly I managed to complete miss the point of resting…
I started with awesome
Pilates πŸ˜€ then followed that up with a 15km walk πŸ˜€


And that brings us right up to today:


Today was insanity max out cardio again πŸ™‚
I improved my max out time by 1min38!! This is huge in terms of this work out!! I very pleased πŸ˜€


So eased I thought I would post a pic of me looking knackered!!


Insanity Max 30, Month 2 Day 3…the day of the one armed burpee!

yes, you read that right…

One armed burpees…

yesterday I did the Insanity max 30 Max out sweat workout! yes…there was sweat…and a lot of maxing out!!

It even seemed to break Shaun T…yes I know they are on camera and filmed and could be lying…but he does seem entirely sincere in these workouts πŸ™‚ and he is definitely sweating!

hardest workout

this is the end…just as Shaun T declares this the hardest workout he has ever taught O_o

At the end of the workout, MR Sahun T said it was the hardest workout he had ever taught…

Which would explain why I felt like a complete beginner with no fitness to speak off who maxed out (for the first time) at just over 5 minutes!!

So back to the single armed burpee…it was called a burpee punch and th e idea was you go sown into a burpee holding yourself on one arm while punching the other arm forwards, jump back, jump forward (you know like in a burpee :-p) then stand up. There is no jump on the standing up phase of this burpee…but that doesn’t make it any easier…the key to this is to keep your feet reasonably far apart to aid balance..even the people on the dvd do this!

see one arm... I could do this...albeit slowly...

see one arm…I could do this…albeit slowly…

As I may have mentioned…I was just pleased not to face plant the living room carpet while trying this!

This was not the only crazy move involved in this workout, it was a high intensity sweat fest (as in fact it promised to be!)

The problem with this, is I have a habit of forgetting almost every move that I do during these workouts as soon as I have finished them…I think it is part of my brains protection mechanism…If I could remember how hard it was I wouldn’t do it again!

A quick google of the subject leads me to believe that this only happens to me…or other people cheat and go through the dvd slowly in order to write their detailed reviews…hmmm…

Anyway…it was awesome and I enjoyed it despite a) feleing like a complete novice and 2) doing it half an hour before going and doing 2 hours of dancing…yes…I did that again!!

max out sweat

Yes…I followed this with 2 hours of dancing…in which I danced a lot!

Including, Hunting Dance, foul mouthed cat, triskelle (twice), raggle taggle gypsy, our henry, fanny frail, company of shadows, enter the dragon…and possibly more…

it was a pretty good wednesday πŸ˜€

Month 2 Day 2: the day I did not take my own advice (again)!

This is becoming a recurring theme…I do silly things then completely fail to learn from my mistakes and repeat them πŸ˜€

A while ago (I can’t find the post I wrote about it but I know I did) I made a mental note not to tell Matt about awesome new crazy moves I learn in insanity as he generally makes me do them sometime in the near future!

Of course I forgot about this yesterday…and told him about burpee lunges and the move that is a plank jump into squat…which meant I spent the start of the day and the end of the day doing tabata burpee lunges and I really only have myself to blame…

no...technically the kitten didn't come with me to the gym...

no…technically the kitten did not come with me to the gym…

I did a lot of strange things, tabata things and circuity things, and core things on the trx.

I also did boxing…which hurt my arm…it turns out that boxing and tattoos on the onside of your elbow are not the best of friends…just in case you were wondering!

Still an awesome session mind you πŸ™‚ and noone got hit in the face πŸ˜€ so that is good!

Definitely a good way to start the morning! Although I admit getting up was a struggle!

When it came to the evening I had even more of a struggle staying awake! Possibly because if the early morning, possibly because i made the mistake of eating before doing insanity then having to wait until it had settled before commencing jumping!

When I finally convinced myself that I needed to be awake, it was nearly 10pm but that was no excuse…I was already annoyed that I had wasted an evening, I was not going to compound it by missing my Insanity workout!

IMG_5618[1]Max out power was the workout of the day…and it was all about getting to the point where you thought the whole thing should stop, they carrying on for about 20s longer!!

It wasΒ tabata style, but with the timings of 45s work 15s rest.

which is bonkers!

100% out of your tree, crazy, bonkers! I was not looking forward to it when I read that on the CD case!

Strangely however it was not as bad as I anticipated. I maxed out at 7:51 but after that I improved a little. Of course there were parts where I wanted to sit down in a heap and never move again, but after a while the constant reminders to dig deep and find your power and tell yourself that you can do this pay off. There is definitely something about Mr Shaun T that makes you want to push that little bit harder! πŸ˜€

Welcome to month two!!

Month two of insanity max 30, not month two of the year as that is February and that started!

Oh my goodness!! I have said it before and I will no doubt say it again…

Shaun T is trying to kill me!!

In a crazy awesome way! πŸ˜€ that was hard!! I maxed out at 5mins!!

I am determined to do better next time! It was not called Max Out Cardio for nothing!!

I tried to find a way to make myself look less knackered in that photo…I failed!! πŸ˜‰

The other good thing that happened today was running πŸ™‚
I went out in my lunch break and as it was only a short time I decided to make the most of it and throw in some sprint intervals…
I started with a steady run as a warm up it was about 12 mins which pleased me in its self as my legs felt awesome and I actually felt like I could carry on!!
I then mixed slow runs, sprints and walks between lampposts in a fartlek style for the 12-13 mins on the way back πŸ˜€ it felt like a very worthwhile use of the short time I had available πŸ˜€


It was lovely and sunny too πŸ™‚

Febathon catch up and tattoo progress :-)

Yesterday morning I got up bright and early and enthusiastic (or something) and took the opportunity to catchup with Thursday’s Tabata strength workout that I missed due being poorly sick!

I really like the this workout…despite it having a whole section dedicated to diamond jumps in combination with burpees!! I increased my max out time again πŸ˜€ I added a whole 1min 20s on πŸ˜€


And then my arm hurt, but this is not an excuse, so in sunday I went to Pilates and learned a new move called the boomerang…

The rest of saturday was taken up by a man drawing on my arm with needles…
This is what it looks like now…it will make more sense when it all joins up I promise!


I am 99% sure I did not look this graceful!

Febathon back on track!

After a glitch yesterday cause by being sick (literally) today I am back on track!

I got my arse outside into the cold cold windy world and went for a run…
(I learned during this that I am not aerodynamically suited to running in the wind!!)

And what a run…ok it was hard and not the most fun run I have ever had but I went for 10km! This is the longest voluntary run I have ever done! By voluntary I mean outside of a race I have signed up for! My previous longest training / non race run was 8km so I am very pleased with today!!

I am especially pleased as I wanted to stop after 3km…I was attempting to come up with reasons to stop that sounded plausible…I couldn’t.
I had no reason to stop, everything I thought if sounded like an excuse so I carried on πŸ˜€

It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t the best run I have ever done, I attempted 4-5 min run intervals and I made them in the first half but they fell apart in the second half but I still managed more running than walking and no giving up so Yeay!!


I do have insanity catch up to do, but that is ok…I have a weekend for that πŸ˜€

Doomed to repeat the same mistakes forever!!

Ok…remember last summer when I ended up doing insanity after work and before dancing…
And then the next week I did the same thing…
Well today…I ended up doing it again!

My morning workout was abandoned in favour of sleeping…which does still happen sometimes… So between work and dancing I did Insanity max 30 day 24 sweat intervals πŸ˜€

And it was awesome!!
I increased my max out time from 8 minutes to 11minutes!!!

Yes I improved by 3 whole minutes and I was so excited!!! The system works! πŸ˜€


And then there was dancing πŸ™‚
Lots of awesome dancing πŸ™‚
I danced: our Henry, standing stones (twice), hunting dance, company of shadows, poison pie, fanny frail, witch hunt.
I also played my recorder…badly πŸ˜€


Febathon day 3 (insanity max 30 day 23) done

I think I might have to think of some more interesting titles soon…

Certainly by March…Janathon is a good thing and Febathon is amusing…but Marathon would just be misleading!!

It’ll do for now though!!


I started this morning in a similar way to nearly every Tuesday for the past year or so…with PT awesome craziness!! And today was no exception!
There was 2 rounds of plyometric Tabata galore, there was kickboxing in which Matt “accidentally” hit me in the face, there was powerlifting including my awesome favourite deadlifts (still at 90kg max) and there was a medicine ball circuit which proved that my hands are too small to hold a medicine ball!!
It is a strange day when you can say that one of the easier things you had to do is a press up jack :-S


After a lunchtime walk which was more for relaxation, it came round to the time for today’s Insanity!
It was Tabata strength (it has been a Tabata sort of day today!) and somehow I managed to increase my max out time to 8:20 πŸ™‚ even though the first Tabata round is based on burpees!!


As I am coming to the end of month 1 of this insanity, I promise a proper review is soon to be forthcoming πŸ™‚

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