Return To The Circuit

Post By @IPAOfficer

It has been a while since I last published a blog but I am back. I wrote in my last post how I had started my journey and managed to bin off a shed load of weight in my first week. Some of that weight was excess water which is usual when you first start and I have had a really naughty two weeks however I am still 6 pounds lighter than I was when I started so I am happy.

I write this blog sat in my armchair as yesterday I made an aggressive return to circuit training and this morning my body has that aching feeling you get after a heavy workout so today I am taking it easy. I do like this feeling as I feel as if I have worked for it and know that my body will be better for it.

Last Friday I was sat at my desk in the office losing my mind over my workload. I had an outburst of bad language and I heard laughing coming from behind me. It was a colleague who works on the response team. “Stop moaning. I haven’t seen you in the gym for two weeks. Get your arse in there on Monday as you are circuit training with me” he says. I laughed at him and told him that I will be there but I am sticking to my usual weights and cardio.

So Monday arrives and I walk into the gym to find my mate and three colleagues waiting. They had already done 9.7 on the bleep test as a warm up so I was pleased I was late. I still maintained that I was sticking to my usual workout as I had not been training for a while but no! I gave in to four colleagues insisting I get on the mat and do the circuit.

Then it is explained what the workout involved and I nearly died. On the board there was a list of ten exercises. We started by running two lengths of the bleep test route then did thirty seconds of exercise one. Then it was run another two lengths of the bleep test route before going straight back into exercise one immediately followed by exercise two. After that it was running again followed by exercise one, two and three and so on.

The last time I did any training like this was when I was in the T.A and given that length of time and the fact I hadn’t been in a gym for two weeks it didn’t take long before I started to struggle. At exercise five I was pouring with sweat and starting to feel tired, very tired. As a group we took a one minute break as two others who were also new to this were flagging too. Having got back into it I finally crashed out at exercise seven.

The circuit had beaten me but I was not ready to give up yet. I got on the bike and struggled through a twenty minute fat burn cycle. Now my face was like a river and my T shirt absolutely wringing wet. It was time to stop and get ready for work. Although absolutely battered I felt good.

If you want a good solid workout this style of training is very good as it works all of your body muscles. I won’t lie it is HARD work but very rewarding! I have committed to this style of training at least once a week as I still like lifting weights.

Another decision that I have made this week is to get back on the rugby field. Watch this space.



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