Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Pump up the...DAMN

Today I am very, very sore. I can barely move. No position is comfortable for any more than five minutes. I am a victim of Body Pump.

It's hard to describe Body Pump. There's no jumping around and there's weights involved. The wiki page leaves me no clearer. Something about repetitions and endurance. You basically work every muscle group with varying degrees of weights until you want to cry/die/go home. I nearly did all of those things yesterday.

I managed about half the class yesterday, being generous, though I am proud I did none of the crying/dying/running home things mentioned above.

So, with this, I have my first goal. I will complete one of these classes. I will do everything that I am supposed to do, I will not cheat and I will keep up with all the repetitions.

I will let you know how I get on with that one. Eeep!

As goes the healthier eating, it's still going well. What has really helped is having a healthy cafe called Lovegrub that's just opened round the corner from my office. It's lunchtimes on the days I'm there that are dangerous. They very kindly deliver to me which means that I don't have to walk past a fried chicken emporium to get there, which is helpful. Their salads look like this, so it's hard to refuse them. That's mackerel on there, by the way. I know it looks like a giant fried thing.


  1. Well done!
    Re: the pain, some guy on teh twittah told me that the best way to stop it is to get used to the exercise: given that on day one I couldn't walk and now (day 4)I only want to cry when I sit down too fast, this would seem to be true. Keep at it!

    I also have SaladJealousy. Nom.

  2. I heart Body Pump, but it is pretty hardcore. The current release in particular has a really hard lunges + squats track, so don't be ashamed if you need to do that without any weights.

    Regarding the post-exercise-ache-of-death (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS, if you want to be technical) - the only thing I can say is *it gets better*. After the first 3-4 sessions, your body gets more used to the idea, and while you'll still ache a bit, you will at least be able to crouch down to get stuff out of the fridge without weeping.

  3. Phil is correct! After doing day 5 of 30dayshred (of DOOOOOM), my legs are not sore when walking AT ALL. win!

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  5. Whoops, typo!

    Thanks Phil. You have given me faith, although at this very second, even two days later, the thought of non essential movement is bringing me out in a cold sweat.