My first ever pair of boxing gloves arrived at the gym last night (er, a Birthday present to myself?)! They’re pink and quite possibly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve even got matching pink gloves to wear inside (though on reflection, perhaps that’s a bit silly as I won’t be able to see them?) I can’t wait to wear them with my pink VFF’s!
In the five weeks since I moved from a big commercial gym to a small, independent gym (my PT moved – and I followed), my fitness and strength have increased significantly. I notice it every day, whether I feel the need to run up a flight of stairs two at a time (which I’d previously have walked up) – or even just lifting previously heavy things at home.
Since the move, my gym sessions have got harder and much more challenging. My two weekly sessions are based on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and typically involve a lot of strength work and short bursts of cardio. Every session is completely different; the only constant is that it’s never easy! I used to hate exercise, but now I love it and am always looking forward to my next session. I think it takes a while for people new to exercising (as I was two years ago) to go from hating it – to loving it; but trust me, if I love exercise – anyone can grow to love it!
Last night’s session involved the bike and the rower, kettle bell swings, kettle bell cleans, medicine ball, sprints, squats, core work, and stretching. I moved up to a 16kg kettle bell last night for the first time, which I’m very excited about. Hopefully that will start feeling less heavy soon! I recently started doing a circuits class once a week – and adding more sprints into my commute. I’m sure these factors alongside my fairly strict Paleo nutrition plan have all had a part to play in this sudden increase in fitness!
Future sessions will feature my new boxing gloves – and some heavy ropes which will be arriving at the gym very soon – I’m intrigued to see exactly what we’ll be doing with those?!
I'm excited to see how much fitter and stronger I'm capable of becoming!
Is your style of exercise completely different to mine? Are you the fittest you’ve ever been?