I have been going to the original gym for two years solid. I started originaly by paying £35 a month, did this for two months and then joined by signing a direct debt for a one year contract, paying £25 a month via my bank. There was nothing wrong with the gym as such and it was close at the time plus on my way home from work. A couple of times in that two years I got parking fines, one at Wicks (across the road from the gym) which costs me £85 and another one on a Sunday when I failed to check the sign saying that Sunday was not free (even though I was the only one in the car park). I have since moved house and it made no sense for me to continue this gym as it meant taking stuff into work to get changed plus the times were restrictive on a Sunday. I finally did what I was saying for ages – join a gym around the corner.
It has been roughly 3 months since the last update and some may be wondering how the fitness is going. In this post will be discussing Weight lifting, Karate, general fitness, goals and also why I do what I do and what drives me forward. The short version is I am still going to the gym 4 days a week training various parts and generally getting stronger and bigger plus I am going to Karate 2 days a week (though sometimes more) and moving up the ranks while fine tuning my skills on the way.
I had to attend a course based in Leeds and of the hotel choices on offer, the Marriott in Leeds seemed to fit the bill as the choice of hotel. I was not paying for the weeks lodgings and needed certain things to make my stay comfortable. The website painted a rather good picture in that it had a fully featured gym, swimming pool, sauna & whirlpool. The price that was paid was £84 per day and this was to include breakfast, I was booked into a standard double room, arriving Monday and leaving Friday morning.
As we approach the end of the year in terms of training due to xmas rolling in and everything closing down, what better to reflect on the year gone by in terms of training and fitness. A very quick reminder, I started going to the gym for weigh training in March 2011 and started Karate in March 2012. I found I could not really fit any more fitness type training into my schedule due to work and family and had considered boxing and running as something else to do as well as my current stuff. What days do I train? Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun was the gym days along with Tue & Thu for Karate days. Sunday was the main issue for training as this was both the legs day and the fact I had a short window when the gym actually opens.
If I recall – I started training at a proper gym (instead of my garage) in March 2011, since that time I have been going to the gym at least 4 days a week with minimal rest days. I come across too many people who let it slip and soon take months off, giving it up as a bad job. For me it is very easy, I finish work, go home, get changed and get to the gym for 1.5 hours and do what I need to do. Sometime the gym is full and I don’t get a proper workout or the heat is so much (of late) that I do not perform to my full potential – but no matter what, I still go and I still work out.