Early start, low intensity

We started today with a 6am session at the gym, even though we’re not back in the office until next week we thought it would be good to get into the habit of getting up and heading to the gym at the same time as a work day just so that it’s not a huge system shock on Monday morning. Admittedly we did head back to bed for another hours kip when we got home, but surely that’s what holidays are for!

Today I focused on a low intensity work out, not wanting to cripple my knees just yet I thought it would be a good idea to take things a bit easier today and do a bit of fat burning rather than an aerobic work out. First up was a 25 minute session on the cross trainer. The aim was to keep my heart rate in Zone 1 (fat burning), with a max heart rate of 131 bpm, but as this means only doing about 33 revs per minute on the cross trainer it has a fit and keeps pausing, so I actually had to keep it at about 135. I followed this with 20 minutes on the Treadclimber, this is a weird, split treadmill which you walk on rather than run on, with each leg on a separate treadle which moves up and down as you put pressure on it. It takes a bit of getting used to but it means you get a work out similar to hiking, putting extra pressure on your leg muscles and it will hopefully help me if I end up hiking the park when I go away.

So I worked out for just under an hour and hopefully burnt off a bit of fat. I haven’t quite decided if tomorrow’s session will be the 3rd of my Couch to 5km runs or a gym session, it all depends on how I’m feeling. Either way I’ll have to get my 3rd run in tomorrow or Sunday to complete my first full week of training.

Today’s workout proof:

#gym 2-1-09 - Low Intensity

#gym 2-1-09 Treadclimber Time

#gym 2-1-09 Treadclimber Vert Climbed

#gym 2-1-09 Treadclimber Distance

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