Saturday 11th January – Back to business!

So first week back at work done! But more importantly I’ve started my new training programme at the gym!

Wednesday’s training session

Leg Press with feet high and wide 
4 sets of 20 reps at 80kg x 2, 90kg and 100kg

Walking Lunges
3 sets of 20 reps

Cascade chest press high to low
10 reps with 6kg dumbbells 
Each set of reps completed then the seat was lowered one place until I was lying flat

Boxing madness! 
As usual there was lots of crazy punching at ridiculously fast speeds going on!

All in all a good session!

I was a little bit apprehensive for today’s training session for 2 reasons:
1. I was having my measurements taken
2. I was apparently going to try and do a ‘deadlift’

I haven’t had measurements since early December. Since then I have had a horrible virus, which resulted in me missing about 4 training sessions, then there was Christmas and all that dangerously delicious food….
As you will know if you have read older posts, I have PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). There are numerous symptoms, but my main problems are irregular periods, hormonal acne and insulin resistance. I am currently rather bloated as my period is late (no surprise there!) and I have water retention. Nice! So I knew this would impact measurements today. I explained this to Chris, my personal trainer, who as ever was extremely understanding about the whole situation. He explained that my measurements could be affected by my lack of period but also my insulin resistance, which can make me gain weight/inches without eating too much ‘crappy food’. Lucky me!! Anyway overall I have gained 12cm but 8 of those were on my waist and belly, so I am hoping they disappear by the next set of measurements in 4 weeks.  Actually, no hoping. They WILL disappear!!

Back to the other apprehension for today – deadlifting! 

I have seen other women in the gym doing deadlifts and I have to admit I have been very curious to try it. So today I did! As it was my first attempt we used the frame below (without the weights) so I could learn the technique correctly. 

I struggled at first as my hamstrings were tight, so Chris gave me some stretched to do, which I have to do every day from now one. They definitely helped loosen things up so I was able to try the deadlifts! The frame felt a little bit heavy at first, but after a few reps I actually enjoyed it! Apparently this will help to strengthen my back, which I’m really glad about as it’s definitely a weak spot! I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do next! 


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