I finally decided to rejoin Pure Gym, the gym I signed up with about 3 years ago when it was just opening.
When I first signed up, I made an effort to go to the gym regularly – probably 3 or 4 times a week. I would do some cardio, mostly on the elliptical trainer, and then do a circuit of the weight resistance machines. Since I wasn’t really changing my duet at the time, I wasn’t losing any weight and I didn’t feel I was getting any fitter. When I moved house, I couldn’t get to the gym for a couple of weeks. That broke the habit and I didn’t go back.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that in the last 6 months I have lost a heap of weight by dieting. That’s let me do more exercise and I’m noticing that my fitness is improving steadily. I had read about El Diabolo’s 666 Bodyweight Course online and decided to give it a try.
One of the progressions requires a pull-up bar which I don’t have at home, and its too cold at this time of year to use an outdoor one, so I decided to join the gun again.
Pure Gym has changed quite as lot since I was last there. There are a few new machines, but the biggest change is the number of free classes which they are running now. On my first day back, I signed up for the ‘Pure Bodyweight’ class which I thought might be similar to El Diabolo’s. There were supposed to be another 7 people booked on, but none of them turned up so I got a free one-on- one session with Stuart MacEwan, one of the personal trainers.
The class was excellent. I found it very hard work and, if I had been doing it on my own, would have probably stopped half way through. Stuart pushed me just enough to get through it. The class consisted of a mix of cardio exercises and some bodyweight exercises – sit ups, pushups, squats etc. We had a bit of a chat afterwards and he gave me some good tips. He is also putting together a duet plan for me to improve my nutrition. At some point, I’ll ask him to put together a tailored exercise plan and maybe have a few personal training sessions.
Today, I can feel all the muscles was exercising, but I definitely feel better for having done it and am looking forward to booking another class soon! There are lots to chose from – I think I’ll try the Pure Spin, Pure Kettle Bells and Pure Core classes over the next couple of weeks.
If you fancy trying Pure Gym, you can find out more and sign up using my referral code D92C2C at www.puregym.com – let me know what you think and which classes you find most interesting.