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Juneathon Day 4 – well and truly inducted

June 4, 2013

Tonight has been a busy night. Firstly I had my weigh in at Slimming World, then I had part 2 of my gym induction.

Slimming world was a bit meh. I’ve been a bit flaky in my commitment and as a result haven’t lost anything this week. I’m hoping that Juneathon will help me accelerate weight loss for the rest of the month by doing loads more activity. Fingers crossed.

The gym induction was all about weights and resistance machines, which after last nights Pilates was never going to be the most impressive effort :-).  With my knee problem the lovely Sally mostly skipped leg exercises in favour of core, back, chest and arms.  For me these are all traditionally weaker areas so it was good to change focus.

a modern-day torture machine. I was certainly close to screaming by the time I got off it!

My fave exercise in my new programme and one I specifically requested because the machine looked cool was the assisted chin up. For those who haven’t tried it there are a set of weights that counterbalance your body weight, taking some of the strain.  You then stand on the plate and do a chin up or pull up as normal.  The idea is that over time you don’t need as much assistance.  I’m starting at around 50% of body weight and could only do 9 chin ups! Talk about feeling like a wuss. I’m going to start with progressing to a set of 12 and then decrease the amount of support in 5kg intervals.

The other exercise I really liked was the ‘Good Morning’ as I’ve never used free weights and I liked the idea of something that would help strengthen back and core, but wasn’t a standard dorsal raise.

So, I’m pleasantly tired after the induction, but if anything I do feel like I’ve ironed out some kinks after Pilates.  I’m working at home tomorrow and I think I’ll try to work in some Body Jam or similar to try to shake up my week a little.

Juneathon totals;

  • Scuba diving – 166 mins
  • Pilates – 60 mins
  • Gym – 45 mins
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2013 10:33 pm

    Never thought of doing Juenathon totals on my daily posts. I completely get your non commitment to the diet end. So hard to get into the zone. And yet it makes all the difference. Hang on in there!

    • June 4, 2013 10:46 pm

      Thanks for the support, its always helpful when progress slows and morale dips.
      I did totals last time as I did quite a lot of different activities and it was a boost to see it all at a glance. I like to keep track of the variety so I don’t get bored 🙂

  2. June 5, 2013 3:18 am

    I’ve seen those chin up machines before, but I’ve never mustered up the courage to try it out. Maybe I will now!

    • June 5, 2013 6:06 am

      They are a bit scary, because they are huge and very high up and everyone in the gym can see you.
      That aside, the exercise itself is great, but by golly it works you hard. My arms seriously ache this morning 🙂

  3. June 6, 2013 11:25 am

    I haven’t tried the assisted chin-up machine before (or done a chin-up in about 20 years for that matter…) – it looks tough! Good on you for focusing on core work – they say it’s awesome for runners, so it’ll really pay off once your knee is better. 🙂

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