Get Ripped: Week Five
By week five I think I now know every employee of my pool by name, leading me to believe that maybe I’m there too much?
On the other hand I feel great and the diet is still going strong - although I did have my first packet of crisps for over a month!
Central midfield involves a lot of running and I eased through the 90 minutes - maybe swimming is better than pre-season training.
Porridge was the flavour of the week (with a liberal sprinkling of sugar) and was a nice change to two scrambled eggs on toast every morning.
The swimming is also going well still. I was able to swim 10x25m lengths without stopping which I was pretty happy with (especially compared with the state I was in after the very first 25m in week one. A vast improvement).
I also played my first 11-a-side game of the season this week - just a friendly for my mate's team before uni football kicks off again.
I felt the fittest I had in a long time. Central midfield involves a lot of running and I eased through the 90 minutes. Considering I’d done no pre-season training, maybe swimming is better!
For the first time in my life I was enjoying leg sessions - never thought I'd enjoy throbbing in my glutes so much.
But in fairness if I wasn’t in better physical shape than the overweight, middle-aged striker who played the whole game with a pair of spectacles on then something must be wrong.
In the gym I'm still improving. I’ve increased my bench press from 85kg to 90kg comfortably and managed a solid three sets of five. I could just about full rack the leg press now and for the first time in my life I was enjoying leg sessions! Never thought I’d enjoy throbbing in my glutes so much.
For week five’s cheat day I cooked a bad-boy vindaloo with my dad. Poppadoms, chips, lime pickle, the whole shebang! Gotta go all out I reckon!
But aside from that I’d been on tuna, sweetcorn and pasta as the post-gym meal for most days, generally having protein shake as I left the gym then a meal around an hour after finishing.
I now had yet another reason to finish my programme strongly because everyone wants to have a beach body on holiday.
Also as a side note, I tried apple with peanut butter and it actually was pretty good. Honestly.
During the week I’d also managed another thing – to book a holiday. I now had yet another reason to finish the programme strongly as everyone wants to have a beach body. Plus lounging around the pool with an awesome six pack sounds good too.
Overall I'm really pleased with my progress over the first five weeks and in fairness even if I didn’t have one week left I’d be happy with the results.
I was ready for the last four sessions to complete the programme, just one week left!