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Team MPS CTGF Week 1: Mission complete!



Well. Oonagh, Gemma, Sinead, Debbie, Sally and Sarah just did lunchtime Zumba and it was MENTAL. I can barely tell left from right so it was challenging to say the least coordination-wise, but very fun nonetheless. We just ended up hopping around to the music in some sort of fashion if we couldn't do the steps. Just as you were giving up a favourite song would come on (Gangnam style!) and reinvigorate you - it really kept you moving through to the end of the class. Our faces are still red an hour after finishing - we all look sunburned! We all agreed it was really hard and we made it through the class by the skin of our teeth, but we were all giggly and excitable afterwards and actually had a really good time. :)

I was going to the gym after work but I'm going to settle for walking home as I'm absolutely cream crackered now.

Another individual progress log for this week:

Debbie: "As I had been suffering from a bad back for the last 7 months. Activity has been at a minimum.  However I do walk my dog for 20 minutes a day and 2 or 3 times a week try and take a half hour walk around the campus. At the weekend we took the dog for a half hour walk on Saturday after walking around the town for 2 hours. On Sunday we met my daughter and had a walk around the Marina for half an hour.  Last Thursday (25 April) I took my three grandchildren for a swim over at Lewes for an hour and a half.  Wednesday  1 May I had a further walk around town for two hours.  Also took the dog for a walk with two of the grandchildren. Friday 3rd May - off to Zumba -we will see how that goes.  This week I have increased my walking and have lost 2 pounds in weight - a mere drop in the ocean."

Mr Twits Great Upside Down Monkey Circus - Get Fit Challenge - Week 3



Last week was a different kind of week to most. As part of the CTGF I thought I'd try some of the more gruelling sounding activities. I do Spin and Life Circuits most weeks so I'm used to putting some effort in. I chose Boxercise, H.I.T. (High Intensity Training) and Power Hoop and I thought I'd spread them over the month. Alas with availability of Power Hoop and a group Spin class and some fitness bartering "I'll do H.I.T. with you if you do group Spin?", I ended up deciding to do all 5 chosen activities over 4 days. I missed out Kung Fu because I used to do Shaolin Kung Fu here at Sussex over a decade ago.


I've done a little comparison:-


Intensity: High and low
Cardio: High I think
Sweat Factor: High
Out of breathe: Yes
Fun: Loads
Complicated to follow: No
Technique: It'll come
Recommend: Yes


Intensity: High and low
Cardio: Extreme
Sweat Factor: Extreme
Out of breathe: Yes
Fun: Sometimes (usually music dependent)
Complicated to follow: For new starters and the hard of hearing.
Technique: trainer should introduce the fundamentals. You need to learn your own limits though.
Recommend: Yes - its hard and noisy but rewarding.

At this point I should have been doing my headstand practice but after 2 dodgy night's sleep and 2 gruelling classes I decided sitting was a safer option....


Intensity: High and low
Cardio: Moderate
Sweat Factor: Moderate
Out of breathe: Yes
Fun: No! Ladies No! Squatting (it burns us precious). Aerobics and step, Gangnam Style and LMFAO songs, make your own opinion.
Complicated to follow: No, listen to trainer and watch person in front.
Technique: It hurts too much to care.
Recommend: Yes and no, a really good workout, Ria is an excellent class instructor but this class is not for me.

Slept like a babe on Tuesday night.*

Power Hoop

Intensity:Moderate and low
Cardio: Moderate
Sweat Factor: Moderate
Out of breathe: Yes (due to lack of technique).
Fun: Yes
Complicated to follow: No.
Technique: Critical, if you don't have it its hard work but once you start getting it it's good fun and the breathlessness goes.
Recommend: Yes

Life Circuits

Intensity:You choose
Cardio: Moderate
Sweat Factor: Moderate/You choose
Out of breathe: Sometimes
Fun: Yes, both Mark and Terry work really hard on making these classes different every week.
Complicated to follow: No comment - once you get going its normally fine.
Technique: For safety reasons you should know what you're doing with weights and apparatus. The instructors will show you.
Recommend: Yes

And it's over. I couldn't wait for Friday's Yin Yoga class. It was the reward for a very very hard week. It has to be said that I did over do it during week 3. I was running on empty at H.I.T. and Power Hoop. I had a few aches that I wouldn't normally get, like tight calves.

In reflection I have a balanced exercise regime but I think I'd like to include a bit of walking, a bit of swimming, alternate cycling with rowing [Indoor Rowing Classes Terry?] and I wish I was disciplined enough to use the gym regularly on my own. I will commit to trying out the next 6 week course for Metabolic Training.


Quick Monkey Circus Update

*On Weds I had a go at the headstand. Karen pointed out I was going up in an uncontrolled and rushed way. I think I've improved that. Still haven't got that balance point. But I'm working on getting used to being upside down. I spent two 5 min sessions upside down on Friday and I think I'll go for 10 mins tonight. Then I reckon it's time to leave the wall.


Finally, water consumption is rubbish still but I've only had 5 packets of crisps this month. Walker's are sending a rep round later this week.