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As I write this post, I can feel the burn in my thighs. My hamstrings, quads and glutes are all very sore. All from a cross-training bootcamp session in the morning. It was high intensity for 45 minutes and even though I work out regularly, it was hard work! Each day as I attend bootcamp, I have exercises I love and those I loathe.
Exercises I love
Bicep curls: Strength day at the gym is my favourite day. I love my bicep curls because once upon a time, I had no muscles whatsoever. Now, when I curl 12-15 kilos dumbbells, I am even more motivated seeing my strong guns.
Plank: I never used to like planking when I first started but after a couple of years, I have become better at it. I can usually plank for 2 mins and once kicked a 4 minute mark and was impressed. Side planks are fun too though a lot harder! It burns but in a good way.
Crunches: Another one for the abs. I have wanted a ripped stomach for a while now but I doubt I’ll get there thanks to my love of food. In the mean time, I can have a relatively decent stomach doing crunches, leg raises and obliques. I sometimes wonder whether ab-training equipment would make stomach defined sooner but rumour has it you’ve gotta cut out sweets and junk ?
Deadlift: I have a confession: I love my butt. I think I have a decent backside and I need to thank squats and deadlifts for it. While I’m not the biggest fan of squats, I’ll do them anyway. But deadlifts? I love them! I can deadlift about 30 kilos and I love the burn I feel on my butt.
Bench press: My chest is the opposite of my butt. They’re tiny. I used to freak out about bench presses before because I thought they were the cause for the flat chest. Turns out, I was wrong. It’s surprising how strong you can feel pushing a 20 kilo barbell while lying flat on your back.
Exercises I loathe
Mountain Climbers: Have you ever done mountains? I used to think they were easy until I realised I was doing it wrong. Done the right way, they kill me. And not in a good way. My arms seem to give way soon after I start these and I always struggle.
Burpees: If you thought mountain climbers were bad, there’s more to come. Burpees. The first time I heard the name burpess, I laughed. It’s a funny name. Unfortunately, while doing the exercise itself, it’s way too hard to breathe, let alone laugh.
Squat press: This is an exercise for both the lower body and shoulders. While I don’t mind squats alone, adding the shoulder press to it really kills me. Add to that the high intensity rounds and it’s a miracle my arms and legs don’t fall off.
Turkish get-ups: I find this exercise to be one of the most awkward ones. Holding a kettle bell in one hand, you are meant to hold it up while you lie down and then get up in a smooth movement. Except, it’s never smooth and I’m always glad when it’s done.
Cardio in general: I’m not sure if you noticed but I didn’t have a single cardio exercise in the ones I love. That’s because cardio is my least favourite thing. In fact, back when I was at my old gym, I struggled to keep motivated running on the treadmill or riding the bike or the cross-trainer. Even now, I rarely go for the run when it’s offered. I say it’s my knees but the truth is, I’m just not a fan of cardio.
The rest of the exercises tend to fall somewhere in between. I don’t hate them or love them. Luckily for me, I go to a gym where they don’t yell at you for not doing a certain exercise and you can go at your own pace. It basically means, when it comes to mountains or cardio, I may go slower but I get my high from the ones I love.
What’s your favourite exercise? And the least favourite?
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Until next time,