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Get Ripped: Week Three

Get Ripped: Week Three

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WEEK THREE

The third week of my training was a difficult one. After a rough five-a-side game, I realised the next morning I was unable to lift my right arm without a searing pain in my shoulder.

This, needless to say, halted progress somewhat.

Back in the pool there was immediate controversy as we were asked to move into the smaller section of the pool due to a scuba diving class.

Nevertheless, just a few days later it was back to normal and after a ‘lighter than usual’ gym session then a ‘take it easy’ swim (phrases courtesy of the physio) I felt ready to go again.

During the few days I had off, I did come across a website called livestrong.com. I’d been searching to find something that would calculate how many calories I’d consumed in a day and this was perfect to help me attain my target of 3000 a day (as I wanted to gain a few pounds).

Anyway, back to the pool and there was immediate controversy in my second (non-light hearted) session of week three.

Half-way through our swim, we (my mate Jamie is still taking up the six-week challenge with me) were annoying asked to move into the smaller section of the pool due to a scuba diving class being taken!

Fair enough - we moved over to the new section but for the first time in three weeks we were then faced with the dilemma of 'different speed lanes'.

I've clearly come a long way since I started less than three weeks ago because I actually overtook someone!

Swimming at midday meant we usually had a lane to ourselves but I had never really considered whether we would be quick enough for the fast lane.

After a minute or so of awkwardly staring at other swimmers, frantically trying to work out how fast they were going, we decided to try out luck and get in the fast lane.

I like the fast lane.

I've clearly come a long way since I started less than three weeks ago as I actually OVERTOOK someone.

The problem with swimming during the school holidays is children. The Leisure Centre I use has two pools - one 50m and one leisure (with slides and all).

We took an extra seven minutes clambering over eight-year olds in a mad race to the slide at the end.

So why do kids feel the need to come and hold their breath at the end of the lane I'm swimming in?!

Although I will admit they do bring one advantage (or a disadvantage if you're easily distracted). Three quarters of the way through my swim, I saw the inflatable being pumped up.

At the age of 20, Jamie and I felt we were quite eligible to join in, so we did. After our 30 minutes in the pool, we took an extra seven or eight minute which consisted of clambering over eight-year olds in a mad race to the slide at the end.

Other than the gymming and swimming, the diet side of my plan is going really well. Having done it for nearly three weeks,  I'm definitely in the routine and bar a few cheat days now and again I stuck to it pretty solidly again this week.

Admittedly 3000 calories is a lot but after doing all the exercise it was easily done and I've put around 2 pounds on so far. I also like the fact that I’m now eating at least five fruit and veg each day (pears being my most recent indulgence).

Half-way through the Get Ripped challenge - roll on the next three weeks!

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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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