Wow, week 4 already…that’s a whole month of training that has just flown by. And the best thing about it is that I’ve actually enjoyed it. I’m one of those people who would go to the gym for a 2 week period and give up too quickly, either due to other committments (just another poor excuse) or simply because my routine in the gym had become so routine that it became mundane. Variety truly is the spice of life, and this time it has come in the form of personal training.

So week 4 was getting ready for the next stage, muscle building. My food intake has to increase to sustain the level of training to follow, so I’ve really started to concentrate on my protein intake, lots of good nutritional food such as nuts, chicken, green veg, salmon. Fortunately these are all foods I love so making tasty meals out of them was never a problem.

This week I was also introduced to the trusty kettlebell for my warm up and a couple of squat exercises in my session. I did wonder if Jo was intending for me to wear it around my neck whilst training but no, it was to swing in a graceful manor to get my muscles warmed up for the session. I have a sneaky feeling the kettlebell may feature again later down the line!

In week 4 we moved away from the dumbbells and onto the bar to do my bench press. You know when you’re in a car sales forecourt buying your nice little 3 door run around hatchback and your eye quickly glances over at the glistening sports convertible on its own podium towering over all other cars…well that’s what the bar has been to me. I’ve used dumbbells before, I’ve certainly used them lots over the past 3 weeks, but in the room there’s been ‘the bar’ watching over me all the time. I’ve never had a clue what to do with it other than just stare back. Well, it’s time to stop staring and take on the convertible sports car!