What a week! Thank goodness it’s Thursday. The last four days have gone by in a somewhat stressful blurr. Australia’s financial year goes from 01 July to 30 June. With this has come the usual avalanche of paper work.
A total highlight of the week was our Tuesday Outside Fit class. 45 minutes of raw, gutsy exercise with our PT in the little town of Westbury, 30 minutes from the farm.
This week’s session consisted of a warm up walk. Yes, a walk! A few of us looked at each other thinking this can’t be true?
Did you say ‘walk’, Liza? we asked? Yes, she said, Walk! We walked with a great sense of dread and foreboding. This walk thing wasn’t lulling us into any false sense of security for a lighter session.
Before we knew it we were sprinting up and down the street. Sprint from power pole to power pole, walk to the next to recover and sprint again. Over and over and over again. It was a freezing night but we were all soon throwing off our outer layers and getting down to our tee shirts. Steam was oozing off us!
The lovely Liza, our PT then started to punctuate the runs with exercises.
First came 10 step-up with hops off a knee-high bench – 10 for each leg. Then back to the repeated sprinting.
Then we repeated the step-ups with hops and added 20 tripcep dips with straight legs. Then back to the sprinting.
Just for fun the next time we got back to our beloved benches it was 10 step-ups with hops, 20 tripcep dips with straight legs. Oi! I’m watching you, get your bum down and dip! Liza would say, to anyone who wasn’t observing good form. Followed by 30 pushups from the bench.
Sprinting again. Sweating. Puffing. Aching. The sprinting was fast becoming the restful period of the session.
Liza got us into pairs. Fortunately for me I paired up with the lovely Victoria. She is a sweet girl and while she is super fit and muscly there isn’t too much of her. So after the step-ups with hops, tricep dips with straight legs and the 30 pushups we then had to piggy-back our partner and do 40 squats each.
With. Our. Partner. On. Our. Back!
Yep. Poor Victoria!!!! She had to squat with me on her back 40 times! And then it was my turn to piggy-back Victoria, but like this Mummy Polar Bear, I hardly knew she was there because Victoria is so little!
Sprinting again and we go through all our exercises right up to the squats. The next exercise added to this pyramid was bench hops: we had to hold onto the bench and leap over and back 50 times!
Oh my word sprinting was definitely the rest period. We repeat all the exercises again and finally we had to hover over the bench with our bottoms just above and lift one foot, then the other with our arms out in front. Lift, lift, lift, grunt, lift, lift, lift, scrunch up the face, look like we are about to cry but don’t stop lifting those legs!
Liza is the sort of trainer where even if she has her back to us and we decide to have a little sit on that bench, all of a sudden from nowhere comes ANNE-MARIE! Don’t you sit on that bench!!! So I don’t.
We were so right to be wary of that walking warm up. If a PT gets us to warm-up walk again I will be mentally preparing myself to be absolutely put through my paces AND totally love doing it!
When we first started with Liza we asked her to correct our form. She does! And we love it! Perhaps not at the time but we do love it. Honest we do. Am I convincing you?
What made this Outside Fit class awesome was the realisation that I was doing straight leg tricep dips, cranking out 20 at a very rapid rate with pretty good form (well Liza didn’t pull me up so I’m thinking it must’ve been ok). I’m still not quite there with pushups (Anne-Marie! Get that chest down lower!) but even those are getting a little bit more doable (I can’t use the word easy because I don’t think pushups will ever be easy). A goal of mine for 2014 is to be able to crank out 20 pushups rapidly with good form. I’m well on the way to achieving this goal. I really do love going to Liza’s sessions. She is fun, enthusiastic and dedicated. She does put us through our paces but that’s why we go! She is totally awesome! We are so fortunate to have such a great PT so close to the farm.
After the week of stress and farm issues, being able to look back and see an improvement in my strength and fitness has been balm to my worn-our mind. It honestly is the little things that make me happy.
Getting to grips with tricep dips? I sure am!
Happy running 🙂
PS tomorrow is 18km day – Louise and I will do our last long run before Run Melbourne.