A new approach to the gym

Went to the gym again today. Aren’t I good? Are you impressed? I sure am. Anyway, did the whole thing, except the 10 lengths of the pool. I only did 6 lengths, but I have an excuse as I wanted to get back to work. I’m reaching the conclusion that long sessions at the gym during the day don’t fit easily with working life (although it’s great when the gym’s so quiet).

I actually went to the gym

On Monday I got going on my gym routine. I started by modifying the plan given to me by the personal trainer, to make it into something I could actually achieve. The only real change was the insane Cross Trainer thing. Anyway, it worked! Went to the gym, did a full workout, and it took ages (about an hour and a half). I think this will probably be fine for now, so I plan to do it again tomorrow. Success! Even if my arms and stomach do ache ;-)

Sarah’s gone!

Sob, whimper, Sarah has gone on tour for almost 3 months. I’m home alone, with the DIY and not much else. Getting a job and getting out of the house has never seen like such a good idea.

Going to the gym

I hate to admit it but I’ve joined a gym. I felt forced to this extreme by days spent in front of a computer, drinking coffee and putting on weight. My life, in the normal run of things, just isn’t active enough.

Having joined, to kick start the affair, I had a personal training session in which I was taken through a series of exercises they suggest I do 3 to 4 times a week, and take about an hour in total. The plan they gave me involves a warm up of walking up hill for 5 minutes, then I row for 10 minutes, then the real killer. Have you ever been on a Cross Trainer? They’re insane. The idea is to move your arms and your legs and the machine adds resistance. The legs move in a sort of cycling motion and the arms just go back and forth. Depending on the resistance level this either hurts, or makes you wish you were dead. Suffice to say, there’s NO WAY I’m going to manage the 10 minutes on Level 8 suggested by the Personal Trainer. Oh no. Let’s try 4 minutes at level 5, shall we? Then it’ll just hurt but I’ll retain the will to live.

Then there’s the weights and resistance training. In my case, this seems to involve an inflatable plastic ball, reminiscent of a very large beach ball, and various exercises with the potential to really humiliate. My personal favourite for embarrassing possibilities is lying on my back, with the ball between my legs, just kinda moving it about. V. glam. Then there’s sitting on the ball and lifting small weights up and down. Easy until you have to do it 12 times. And again…

And then, as an optional extra, there’s the swimming. Not just any swimming mind. Do front crawl for 10 laps, just with your arms, 10 laps just with your legs, then 10 laps normally. Oh, if you must you can pause for 30 seconds between each set of 10 laps. Then repeat with breast stroke and back stroke. Would now be a good time to mention that until this training session my main aim when going to the gym was to do 10 lengths of the pool at all? I think we’ll work up to this exercise.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.

Phew, a new web host

Well, it took a while but the site seems to work again. I moved hosts and some of the configuration took a while to sort out (PHP Safe Mode and Movable Type’s permissioning do not make happy bedfellows). Now, back to work :-)

I finally got to see City Hall

Having spent all week trying to get to the top of City Hall, the newest of London’s public buildings, I finally got there today. It was almost worth the wait. The view from the 9th floor is fantastic, especially as you can see my flat :-) The chamber looks like a boring European parliament, but the architechture is interesting. Comparisons with the Guggenheim museums are not unreasonable. I took pictures and the film is being developed as I type. I also had lunch in the cafe on the Lower Ground floor, where the food is very reasonably priced but nothing to shout about.

If you missed the saga about me trying to get to see the darn thing, read more…
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Welcome to the new site

Inspired by the Guardian, I thought I’d try "blogging". I’ve also gone for a full redesign of the site, just for kicks. I hope you like it; I’m still getting used to it :-)

Sarah should be contributing to this site too, now. And I’m hoping some friends and family will be convinced they want to spend some time in front of a computer sharing thoughts and links with the rest of us.