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My trainer’s evil laughter

Going to bed soon so this is to record my workout. I knew I was in trouble when Gordon started laughing while setting up my second circuit. @_@. 

First circuit

  • 37 squats with a 10kg dumb bell. (Last set, Gordon told me to do 16-16? Then a rapid 40 squats without dumb bell without a break. I still took a small break or two to catch my breath.)
  • 2m10s plank. (Really proud of myself for completing two! Dropped during the last set.) 
  • 10 inclined push ups. (Gordon lowered the pull up bar rack. Sooner or later I shall be doing normal push ups on the floor @_@.)
  • 10 inclined pull ups. (Again bar was lowered.) 

Do 3 times entirely. 

Second circuit – Gordon changed the circuit entirely!

  • 10 Sumo squats deadlift kinda style with 12 kg kettlebell
  • 10 “go into bridges when my feet are balancing on fitness ball and then pull in before extending again?” IDK what they are called but I think I described it well enough. This one burned my glutes, thighs, and back. I shd ask Gordon for the official name. 
  • 10 burpees. With the freaking Bosu ball. Rip. 

Do 3 times. I got faster subsequently. And managed to hold my bridges higher 🙂

Third circuit

  • 10 single rope swings
  • 10 ball slams
  • 10 reverse lunges per leg
  • 10 chair dips. Ahhahahahaha I can’t feel my arms 🙂

I think my ball slams scared away some guys who looked like they started working out recently? Tbh my arms are bigger than theirs. They remind me of my ex, who was scrawny. 

But I needed to vent out my anger at the shitty time I had in Indonesia last week. And Gordon wanted me to slam the fitness ball so hard that 1) the entire gym heard it, and 2) he doesnt hear the music cause one of the EDM tracks was shitty hahaha. 

Then I said to him, “Thanks to you, I won’t get a boyfriend here.”

He said, “Let them be scared of you.”

😂

But that’s the good thing about Gordon, he constantly encourages and pushes you to the limits, and he obviously as a fitness alpha male bodybuilder, he doesn’t care if your muscles are big, or if you, as a girl, are using your full force. He wants you to push through and give your ultimate best, and show the power you have. 

So I’m lucky to have him as a trainer ^_^. 

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Going deeper into the rabbit hole. Or hell. Whichever is closer. 

Like when Alice thought “Underland” was “Wonderland”.

Either this, or Bohemian Rhapsody is a good way to describe my feeling now. 😂

I’m waiting for the bus as I type this, and my wet pony tail continues to drop beads of sweat onto my shirt.

Japanese was really tough ytd. We started learning on 敬語, after the hell that was 使役動詞. Who am I kidding though, it’ll be tougher as we continue. Even my sensei had his head on the table after the lesson.

2 more lessons and we are done with intermediate level! Ha, I really started from あいうえお until now, the looming chapter 50 of 皆んなの日本語, with Ikoma school.

So gotta finish my overdue homework for a few chapters, complete my listening exercises, get sensei to mark, and go into full on revision battle mode for JLPT N4.

So I’m blogging now cause I just completed gym, and the bus isn’t here yet.

Exhausted, and can’t be bothered to format nicely on my phone.

Same exercises:

First — nevermind, bus is here. Will continue when I’m home.

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I’m home, fresh from a rewarding shower. Thank you LUSH for making me feel so clean and refreshed now. Also doing a nose mask to get rid of my blackheads D:

So as usual the summary of exercises, we increased some of the reps, while others we made slight differences.

First circuit 

  • 35 squats with a 9kg dumbbell, cause some kid was using the 10kg ones. HAHAHAH. THANK YOU RANDOM KID. Still the increased reps killed me.
    • For the last round though, I did 15 with the dumbbell. Then Gordon told me to do 35 planks without any weight as quickly as I can.
  • 2 min plank. I can’t believe this. I actually survived the first two times? What sorcery is this. I dropped twice on my 3rd time btw.
  • 20 inclined push ups
  • 20 inclined pull ups. I managed 7-8 proper inclined pulls up per round, and the rest was modified ones as usual.

Do 3 rounds.

Second circuit

  • 20 rounds of the halo log exercise. I tried to do it faster.
  • 20 rounds of side lunges while holding a squat position on the Bosu ball
  • 20 superman lifts on the Bosu ball
  • 20 sumo squats-deadlift with the 8kg kettlebell

Do 3 rounds.

Third circuit

  • 15 Single rope swings. How many I forgot.
  • 15 reverse lunges on each leg
  • 15 ball slams
  • Last round, Gordon reduced to 10 each, but he wanted to speed through all 3 rounds like a HIIT circuit with no breaks.

Do 3 rounds, no breaks in between.

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Gym session iforgotthenumber

So it’s been a while since I updated my gym session but here’s a summary:

First circuit

  1. 33 squats, with a 10kg dumb-bell
  2. 1m50s plank!!! (I dropped during the 3rd plank at 1m30s.)
  3. 18 inclined push ups
  4. 18 inclined pull ups at the 3rd rack (I managed 6-8 proper inclined during the three times, and the rest were modified (legs in table top/squat position) inclined.)

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Second circuit (we did 16 or was it 18 reps per exercise? I forgot)

  1. 16 or was it 18? rounds of hollow log ‘halos’
  2. 16/18 rounds of squat-side lunges on the Bosu ball. I’ve been jumping on this, and Gordon wants me to squat lower.
  3. 16/18 superman lifts on the Bosu ball.
  4. 16/18 sumo squats-deadlifts (kinda) with a 8kg kettlebell

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Third circuit

  1. 30 single rope swings
  2. 15 reverse lunges on each leg
  3. 25 ball slams with exercise ball.

Do the entire circuit 2 times, but speed through with no breaks. We are now training my cardio, kinda feels like doing a HIIT.

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Gym session #7

For yesterday’s gym session, we increased the number of reps for some exercises.

So here’s the summary:

First circuit

  1. 25 squats, dropped to 10kg dumb-bell
  2. 1m20s-1m30s plank
  3. 14 inclined push ups
  4. 14 inclined pull ups at the 3rd rack (I managed 4 proper inclined, and 10 modified (legs in table top/squat position) inclined.)

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Second circuit

  1. 12(?) rounds of hollow log ‘halos’
  2. 12 rounds of squat-side lunges on the Bosu ball. I’ve been jumping on this, and Gordon wants me to squat lower.
  3. 12 superman lifts on the Bosu ball.
  4. 12 sumo squats-deadlifts (kinda) with a 8kg kettlebell

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Third circuit

  1. 30 single rope swings
  2. 15 reverse lunges on each leg
  3. 25 ball slams with exercise ball.

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

I think while I’m happy Gordon has constantly challenged me to try my best, I’m a bit disappointed my strength for  inclined pull ups seem to be declining. =/ I don’t know why but last week, I managed 7, 6, 5 proper inclined pull ups. Now it’s just 4 per round of the first circuit. Maybe I was too tired from the 25kg dumb-bell in gym session #6? Or the planks are killing me. Either way, I had my rather painful deep tissue massage today, and I hope when next Tuesday comes, I will be stronger.

My family returned from overseas today. Both mum and dad said I looked slimmer. Tbh, I don’t see myself as fat anymore because I really feel and look more toned than I was when I first started this gym training. It’s just my belly, and even that is starting to trim down.

Because my deep tissue massage is using chinese techniques (something like Tui Na), I have to strip down to my underwear. (I am covered with towels wherever she is currently not trying to kill me massaging on.) As such, my masseur is very familiar with my body shape. XD She has been commenting that my muscles definitely feel more toned and I am a bit slimmer than before. =)

As a side treat to myself today, I did the following beauty treatments:

  1. Lush’s H’sien Wen Hua for my hair
  2. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty
  3. Showered both off
  4. April Skin’s Pinkyclay Nose Pack (probably should have applied a thicker layer of the nose mask… and use after a hot shower to open up the pores more.)
  5. Tony Moly’s Honey Face Mask

Well here’s to a healthier me! 😀

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Gym session #6?

I’ve been going to the gym more frequently now, because I’ve signed a package of 20 sessions with a personal trainer, at Anytime Fitness Bukit Timah, which is next to Beauty World. My trainer is Gordon.

At first the whole idea was to lose weight right? But then we had to take into consideration my whole list of past injuries that has hindered my fitness progress.

I wished I started blogging my gym progress from the start, but better late than never.

So I think this is my 6th official session under the package, but actually my 7th because ATFT was very nice to offer me a free trial session when I couldn’t decide whether I wanted a gym membership, or a PT.

Today Gordon instructed me to do:

First circuit

  1. Squats x 20, with a 12 kg dumb-bell
  2. 1m20s planks
  3. 12 inclined push ups at the 3rd rack of the erm … idk what you call that thing but the bar could be adjusted up and down.
  4. 12 inclined pull ups at the 4th? rack of the same idkname thing.
    1. I have been trying to do more full/proper inclined pulls up with my legs stretched out, but sometimes I don’t feel strong enough and I do a modified version Gordon first showed me: legs in like a squat/table top position, so that my arms don’t die lifting me up.

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Second circuit

  1. 10 rounds (from left to right, right to left) carrying this hollow 4kg log over and around my head; Gordon said this would train my upper body strength, and also improve the flexibility of my shoulders.
  2. 10 rounds (from left to right, right to left) squat side lunges on the Bosu ball. I’m starting to actually be jumping, so I hope this means I’m getting better at it. I need to lower my squat position, and remember to pull back my shoulders from slouching though.
  3. 10 superman (upper body) lifts on the Bosu ball.
  4. 10 sumo squats, kinda deadlift style with a 8kg kettlebell

Do the entire circuit 3 times

Third circuit 

  1. 30 single rope swings
  2. 20 exercise ball slams: take an exercise ball, and slam as hard as you can onto the floor, so it’s going to be like you having to squat to bend down. However, do not let the exercise ball bounce away. Due to the momentum, I tend to let go of it for a split second when I’m coming back up and catch it to reposition myself.
  3. 15 reverse lunges on each leg. Apparently I cannot coordinate my arms and legs. XD

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

I’m quite amazed at my progress, thanks to Gordon. When I first started with him, I could only do 30-40 seconds plank, and 4-6kg squats.

What’s more remarkable is that when I started the inclined pull ups, Gordon had to adjust the bar to the 9th rack, and even with the modified leg-in-squat/tabletop position, I was still struggling to do 10 pull ups. Now I am trying to push myself and do as many proper inclined pull ups I can at the 4th rack.

My body temperature has been getting warmer, which I hope it’s a sign of increased metabolism rate. With the crazy weather we have been having lately, this is a bit of a struggle to deal with. It can hot enough outside, yet I’m burning inside. This was a bigger problem when we went to Indonesia last week for 3 days, and because I didn’t drink enough water on the first night, I was so hot I couldn’t sleep. Cue the coconut water, water bottles, and whatever that could cool me down.

I’ve never been so happy to drink so much water. Such a change from when I was younger, I would feel nauseous when I drank water.

Exhausted, so I’ll just take the night off and relax. Let’s see what Gordon will push me to do on Friday’s gym session. (9 ^_^)9