GYM DIARIES: Pushing through the pain barrier!

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 02 March 2018

Herald reporter takes on the battle ropes at B! Health and Fitness in Honiton.

Herald reporter takes on the battle ropes at B! Health and Fitness in Honiton.


I arrived at B! Health and Fitness in Honiton on Thursday for a session of functional exercises – fresh after taking on two high-octane classes in the previous 48 hours.

Therefore, it was no surprise that not even halfway through another testing workout with personal trainer Duncan, my body – and legs in particular - started to struggle with fatigue.

Luckily, Duncan spotted I was labouring and made sure to alter the exercises to reduce strain on my most-affected muscles.

Duncan explained to me that the soreness in my muscles was because I was taking on a lot more exercise in a condensed space of time than an ordinary new starter would.

The functional exercises consisted of ‘wall ball shots’ – throwing exercise balls at a high-up board and catching them, 30-second sprints on the Skiierg, battle ropes, over the rope burpees (which I have coined ‘side-to-side frog jumps’ for anyone trying to imagine what they look like) and a TRX Row – a body weight exercise that primarily targets muscles in the upper back, shoulders and biceps.

I also took on walking lunges, the deceptively hard infinity rope, farmers walk holding two 15kg bars and a weighted sled push and pull.

The two previous classes – Vibe Cycle and Power Burn – I attended the days before Thursday’s session had undoubtedly played their part in the fatigue my body faced throughout.

I managed to power on thanks to Duncan’s constant encouragement and tinkering with the exercises to make sure I didn’t overdo it.

Next up was a new class – Studio Pump. This class, run by B! fitness instructor Charlotte Skelding, focuses on working the body using barbells, free weights and resistance bands.

Each musical number sees members carry out major compound movements to strengthen individual muscle groups.

In the hour-long class, which was the first to be held at B!, I focused on strengthening my legs (squats), chest, biceps, triceps, legs again (lunges), core, shoulders and back.

There were times where my arms ached a bit through the pressure put on them, but I felt pretty good throughout the class.

At the end, I asked Charlotte if I should have upped the weight I was lifting because I found it fairly easy.

However, it turns out the class is held over several weeks, and members are encouraged to up the weight when they are confident that they can manage it.

Then, in the last week of the class, they can evaluate how much they have progressed from the first time doing it.

This is a great example of being able to see the benefit of regular exercise, and I am aiming to attend the class as regularly as I can to see how I have improved.

In the next column, I will share my experiences of taking on a range of muscle-isolating workouts for my legs, back and biceps, chest and triceps and shoulders and abs.

Stay tuned!

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