Just last week, I was contacted by Virgin Active to see if I would take part in their #beyourpersonalbest campaign. The idea is to highlight the facilities they have and the personalised support and training they have available at their fitness clubs and put it to the test. My challenge was an indoor triathalon – 2.5km run, 10k Bike ride and a 400m swim.
The idea couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I had already felt my enthusiasm for the British Military Fitness classes that I usually attend waning, as the nights drew in and more significantly the rain continued to fall. Although I started the classes in January and went through bitter frosts in the dark, somehow it only got easier as the weather improved. In reverse it’s not as appealing. Cold I can manage, wet I don’t love. So with my holiday at the end of the month (and bikini) in mind I decided to take them up on their offer, and to see if I could improve my fitness. I know many of you will be facing the same challenges I am right now so thought by sharing some of my activities it might help you guys stay motivated as the long dark nights approach, when the urge to get off the sofa and away from the ice cream tub hits an all time low.
I headed down to my local Virgin Active club last week for my induction with Terry and stated my intentions, so we started off on the machines with a half duathalon to measure my success against at the end of the training period. With Terry spurring me on, I managed 1.25k in 7.08minutes and did 5km on the bike in 9.08. The time I did for the run wasn’t spectacular for me but an improvement on the first fitness test I did at BMF earlier in the year so I’m hoping to shave a bit off that. The bike though? That was hard! I hate cycling and I haven’t dipped my toe into a pool (aside from the holiday variety,) in over a year, so that’s going to be a shock.
It can only be a good thing though right? One of my reasons for taking them up on the challenge was having a specific measurable way of recording my progress but I also wanted to mix up my exercise routine a bit and improve my overall tone. BMF is great but I certainly haven’t lost any weight doing it and whilst I feel a lot more ‘solid’ all over and strong, I’d like to be a leaner more feminine version of that fitness level. I’m a firm believer that shocking your body by trying new things is a great way of doing that. As a result of my request, after tackling some training techniques to improve my fitness, like gradient training on the treadmill, we headed over to the mats for some resistance work.
I tried the Vipr technique, kettle bells and resistance bands and really rated the Vipr technique – it’s unbelievable how many muscles you can feel working and I think it would produce quite a difference if done regularly.
On that note, I’ll keep you posted. Each week I’ll be trying to get you guys involved a little bit so today I’d like to hear what your current exercise regime is, have you winter proofed it and if you want to take the challenge with me, how about doing a preliminary time like the one I recorded above and testing yourself again at the end of the month with me?
Disclaimer: Rebecca has been provided with Virgin Active membership whilst completing the challenge but all subsequent posts are an honest appraisal of the service provided and the benefits she gained.