13 is an unlucky number right? I had a feeling this weekend was gonna be a bit of a wash out to be fair. Just energy was a bit sapped after finishing off the ten weeks course, however going into the week with that mindset can be quite unhealthy. I never previously prescribed to the whole positive mindset malarky, however a few months ago I tried to change that. Just catching myself in moments of negativity.
I did not properly realised how unhappy that was making me, and all the negative things I was festering in my head due to it. Complaining, giving out and just being a moany little bitch really. I started to say thank you and meaning it, instead of just being polite. It helps me to take stock every now and again and just be grateful for what I have in life. A work in progress.
So with that in mind I started my week with a run and have not looked back.
Session 1 :
Dumbbells! Oh how I missed you! Training in Davy’s it has been rare that I get to use dumbbells when doing chest. I almost exclusively used to train my chest with the free weights as opposed to using the bar on the bench, I just preferred the movement. Do not get me wrong, it’s been great to train in different ways, and I have seen much improvement in the structure of my chest since, but it was nice to get re-acquainted with my old friend. The weights were still relatively light, with the rep ranges a lot more then I used to do. Previously I would aim for atleast 8 reps, pushing 40kg at my max. I did not go higher then 28kg on Tuesday, however I was required to do 15. Vinnie loves his supersets, so and chest exercise was followed by a back row. We did it from a few different angles, which is a nice change. It is kind of adds to the fun, not knowing what to expect every time you go in. I can assure you I was not expecting the final exercise, because if I had of known I would of staying home! What happen was I slagged him off infront of Davy and he was just pure sour about it! Punishment was on the cards. We did cable crossovers, but it was not just the run of the mill cable crossover, no this was different. The machinery has different angles and levels to it, which in Vinnie’s twisted mind means we can do super-super-super-supersets! 100 reps, with 10 different variations. I was well and truly spent after it, every muscle screaming, but none the less it was another enjoyable session.
Session 2 :
Going for a run before leg day was a bad bad idea. I coupled this with some core workouts before I met Lee. The shackles were off today let me tell ya due to the back being fully healed and I was genuinely scared knowing the single leg press was on the horizon. We started with out free weight squat and immediately transition into power squats followed by hack squats. The hack of me after those. Then the time came, the single leg press. I had nearly passed out from it the week before, so I was sh!tting myself. The machine is even hard to get into it! Getting it done though is a different animal, my legs just gave in on the final set, there was just nothing left in the tank, I tried to push but I tasted sweet failure, and my stomach wretched as I tried to stop myself getting sick all over the floor. We finished the day with lunges straight into hamstring curls, and it was when I was on the hamstring curls that it hit me. Why I am so afraid and hate the single leg press. Why I fear it. It is because I am no good at it. I am no good at it, because I havent done it before. Practice will make perfect, and hopefully I can take that positivity with me next week.
Week 3 :
I finished up my running on Saturday, getting out 5 days in total, at varying pace doing 25k. It was such a trill to be out hitting the roads again. With my legs dead after Thursday’s session, I could feel the life literally flowing back into them. Vinnie was back before he goes off on his hollibobs for the shoulder and arms session. Never guess what he had on the menu for me today, SUPERSETS. Light weight, but it was all about those reps on the shoulder press. The mad lad gets me to do 15, then says 10 more and just adds to it until I can’t lift that 15kg over my head anymore. I love it though, on my own, my discipline is not strong enough yet to push myself like that I believe. It is getting better, but now I am motivated by spite. He likes to do a thing called 21’s, which are 3 sets of shoulder presses, with 7 reps each. However they quickly become 42’s. So out of pure spite I do 8 reps each for 48’s. It is a nice dynamic though, as it is with all of the PT’s there. Somewhere you enjoy going, makes a difference. I used to go because I felt I had to, I now go because I want to…..and I also have to or I’ll pack on the pounds again.
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