At my first training session last week, Kathryn really put me through my paces….and that was just the start!
The idea was to find out what level my fitness was at, set my weights, get the technique sorted and generally, see what I could do. The cardio side wasn’t too much of a problem, helped by the recent swimming and spin classes, but the weights were a different story.
My arms have never been particularly strong but coupled with 7 months with no weight training thanks to my shoulder injury, my arms have turned to mush. I was also pretty nervous about the weights as I didn’t want to set the shoulder off again but the good thing about working with someone who knows what they are doing, is that they know what not to do to risk re-injury.
I had never done any of the kind of weight training that Kathryn has devised for me. It felt so much better doing free weights rather than relying on machines (my arms hurt like hell the next day!). I’ve heard its way more effective so I’m hoping I will see a more noticeable difference over time. My routine looks a bit like this:
- Lunge/bicep curls – 10 reps x 3 (hurts like hell!)
- Squat drops – 10 reps x 3 (evil!)
- Arnold arms – 15 reps x 2 (killer!)
- Tricep pulldown – 10 reps x 3
- Chest ceiling push (bench press) – 10 reps x 3
- Jumping squats – 10 reps x 3 (leg burners!)
Not so balanced
Relieved after that lot that we were running short of time, and didn’t have chance to go through the core programme, I thought I was onto a winner when Kathryn announced that she was going to test my balance. This has always been my stronger point having done ballet when I was younger. It’s also one of the best bits about my surfing.
But when she pointed to a swiss ball and told me to get on it and balance, I just couldn’t do it. Hanging onto the wall to hoist myself onto the ball, I lasted about 2 seconds before I fell off sideways. I was gutted, I thought balance was my strong point and I was determined to prove that I didn’t totally suck.
So that’s been my homework for the past week, and initially I thought it was impossible. But then I saw Steph Gilmore doing it in her film ‘Stephanie in the Water.’ Steph and pro skateboarder (and legend) Tony Hawk have been my inspiration for the past week. Whenever Tony was trying to learn a new trick on his skateboard, he said:
“If something’s been done it’s so much easier to learn it than if its never been done before. If someone else has made it, its possible that you can do it.”
Thanks to Steph and Tony, and some perseverance from me, I steadily managed 10 seconds, then 20, then 30. And on Wednesday, I got to 1 minute 10 seconds!!
Steph can do this for 2 hours at a time, so I have still got a fair way to go. But with Kathryn getting me onto the bosu ball and doing a lot of balance work over the next few weeks, I will be a seasoned pro before you know it 😉