GYM DIARIES: Proof is in the pudding as Herald reporter gets fitter

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:07 19 March 2018

Herald reporter Callum at B! Health and Fitness in Honiton.

Herald reporter Callum at B! Health and Fitness in Honiton.


I am two weeks into my personal training programme at B! Health and Fitness in Honiton – and the results are already showing!

I am feeling much fitter and healthier, and enjoy setting myself new weight challenges and seeing how much my body can accomplish.

This week, I met up with personal trainer Duncan to focus on strengthening sole sections of my body.

First up was back and biceps. I’ve never bragged about my upper body strength, but the continued workouts and classes showed their worth as I took on a range of testing exercises.

These include assisted pull-ups, barbell standing, bicep curls and the seated low row.

Each exercise started with a lower weight at higher reps, which were gradually increased and reduced respectively.

Duncan’s advice and support helped me push through the last reps of each exercise which were the most challenging.

By the end of the workout, I could hardly hold my arms up to grip my steering wheel for the drive home!

Next – chest and triceps. I had never worked on strengthening just these areas of my body, and found myself enjoying some apparatus, and loathing others!

Included in this workout was the immensely enjoyable yet challenging seated chest press and the punishing seated chest fly.

I found the chest exercises much harder than I had imagined, but struggled through the session with gritted teeth.

A new day came with a new session – the dreaded leg day!

I’ve always been a quick runner, so felt confident going into this session, but by the end of eighth exercise – walking lunges – my legs were screaming.

Exercises included the leg press at increasing weights – similarly enjoyable as the chest press, testing leg extensions and curls, and ‘sissy squats.

With more strength in my legs than my arms, I enjoyed the challenges – though was exhausted and wobbly on my feet by the end.

Lastly, I exercised my shoulders and abs.

Exercises included the belly-busting mountain climbers, ab-tightening clam crunches and Russian twists, and difficult DeFranco presses on the dumbbells.

While I felt okay (ish!) on the shoulder exercises, the abdominal exercises were truly punishing.

In total, I laboured through nine ab exercises, each with varying degrees of difficulty.

I am determined to overcome more ab exercises ahead of my fitness test, being held in a few weeks’ time!

Stay tuned to see how I get on!

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