I’ve just been having an email exchange with my pal Marty in Belfast, he’s another Muay Thai fan and is getting pissed off at the lack of decent training over there. While in Edinburgh he attended the same classes as I’ve just started and apparently the Northern Irish aren’t quite as intense when it comes to their workouts or the regularity of classes. Still, he’s going to be in Thailand for six weeks at a proper training camp soon enough so he can’t really complain! Anyway the conversation came around to general training and fitness and I suddenly realised just how much I was actually doing. Keep in mind that not much longer than six months ago the only exercise I got was walking to the bus stop or the pub…
Monday – weights & cardio*
Tuesday – Muay Thai
Wednesday – weights & cardio*
Thursday – day off
Friday – weights & cardio*
Saturday – distance run, adding 10% to distance per week (and possibly Muay Thai)
Sunday – weights, cycling & Muay Thai
* Cardio work is mostly different running work-outs on the treadmill e.g. intervals, hill work or endurance but sometimes means cross-trainer or rowing machine, between 30 mins and 1 hour. Weights alternate between 2 different routines for different muscle groups, each taking about 40-odd minutes.
Add to that the fact that I cycle to work and Muay Thai (each being a 3-mile round trip) and I’m working on a stretching routine to do each morning to improve my flexibility for Muay Thai, particularly in the legs, and it comes to an insane amount of work. I’m not kidding when I say I probably did more exercise and burned more calories this month so far (3 weeks) than I did in the last year at my last job (May ’07 – May ’08 )
I guess that could go some way to explaining a few changes in my life, namely the disappearance of the beergut, the sudden appearance of muscle in all sorts of places and that fact that, despite my life having turned to shit in the past several months, I seem to be strangely happy, content and optimistic. Not only that but I actually have some measure of drive and ambition – none relating to work obviously but in other areas of life! It’s a strange feeling and I’m pretty certain all the exercise has been the key factor in turning everything around.
Now all I have to do is ensure I don’t become some god-awful fitness bore. That would be bad…