Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Cystic Fibrosis & Fitness: Part 3

I decided to quit my gyms.

Yes you read right...gyms (as in plural).

I was a member of Nuffield gym in Manchester at the Printworks as well as my local gym, LiveWire.

Though fear not, I am now a member of Pure gym.

The difference?

Per year I am saving £502.92 on gym membership.

The main difference between Pure and the other gyms is no pool, which I rarely used at Nuffield and never used at all at LiveWire.

What Pure lacks pool wise certainly makes up for in gym equipment by the quality, quantity and variety. Considering it costs considerably less than the other gyms combined, you certainly get your money's worth.

Part of the money saved has gone towards a Personal Trainer. His name is Samson, whose profile is on the Altrincham page of the Pure Gym website.

One thing I like about Samson is he specialises in biomechanics and learning I have CF has sparked an interest with him. He certainly researched what CF is and what makes it tick, which he took into consideration when making my workout program.

He has given me a really good program to work on, which is more vigorous than what I had.

So what is the difference between my previous program and the one I have now?

My previous program saw me doing 4 sets of 8-12 reps of each exercise with 2 minutes rest between sets as shown in my previous fitness blog.

In this program I warm up with cardio, do 3 super sets and finish with core exercises and stretches.

For those who don't know what a super set is, I do 4 sets of 12 reps of exercises of 2 different muscle groups one after the other with a 45 seconds rest.

Example of a super set:
  • 12 reps chest press machine
  • 12 reps over head extension
  • 45 second rest
  • repeat another 3 times
Sounds easy? Compare this to the previous technique, you'll realise this is more vigorous and works the muscles more. Especially with the 45 seconds rest rather than the 2 minutes as previous.

After each workout I've worked up a sweat whereby I have to shower before I leave.

If anything I've surprised myself as I didn't realise how strong I was until I started training with my Personal Trainer.

Even he is impressed with my form.

It's great to have once more a Personal Trainer there to encourage and motivate.