GYM DIARIES: Results day at B! Health and Fitness
PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 24 April 2018
My personal training journey at Honiton's B! Health and Fitness gym has now come to an end - but one more challenge stood in the way.
To round off the gruelling month of exercise, I was tasked with taking on the same fitness test which brought me to my knees with fatigue just a month prior.
After a week mixed with exercise and rest days, I was feeling pumped as I arrived to team up with personal trainer Duncan for a final time.
Before getting stuck in, I underwent a body composition test to see how I had progressed throughout my time at B! - I’ll admit, I was amazed at the results.
I had lost nearly two kilos of body fat and put on exactly two kilos of muscles - a pretty welcoming swap.
My hydration levels had risen by one per cent, and my visceral fat (the fat in the internal abdominal cavity surrounding the vital organs) went down by one per cent, which helps reduce the risk of heart disease, the onset of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Most noticeable for me was my metabolic age, which before starting the fitness regime was 28.
Now, aged 25, it had shot down to 23.
I was delighted with the findings and it shows how you can grab results in a short space of time if you exercise regularly, eat well and remain focused on your goal.
I had no expectations starting the fitness schedule, but I found myself wanting to improve every session - I itched for the next rush of doing a demanding workout.
Carrying this enthusiasm into the fitness test, I managed 16 press-ups in one minute - no mean feat for a man with skinny arms!
I went hell-for-leather on the leg press, managing 42 presses at 50kg in one minute.
Compared to the 160kg personal best weight I had set the previous week, 50kg was much easier, though my legs felt like jelly when I stood up afterwards.
I was also pleased to eclipse the minute mark for a plank - though I was so exhausted by the time I got on the exercise bike, I could only equal the distance completed in the fitness test a month prior.
B! Health and Fitness is a fantastic gym to train at, and I have decided to continue my fitness journey there for the next year.
The staff are so welcoming and bursting with advice and tips, and I genuinely think it breaks the mold for most gyms.
Before I walked into B!, I was quietly nervous that it would be full of huge muscular people lifting ridiculously heavy weights and I would feel completely out of place.
In actuality, I have met people of all ages and shapes who are in different stages of their fitness journeys, and it has been really refreshing to share our stories with one another without judgement.
One small thing I’ve picked up on too, which may not seem too important for some, is how the staff remember your face and name.
It adds a real personal touch that you might not get with other gyms - it feels like we are all in this together, with the intention to better ourselves and get fit!
I am really excited to see how I get on in the next 12 months, and maybe I’ll publish another piece one year on.
In next week’s column, I’ll share my final thoughts on B! Health and Fitness and explain why you should consider exploring if it is the right choice for you.