Seconds app

This app is a great way of doing HIIT when short of time and resources. All I need is my phone and little weights.

I used it all summer whilst away in various places. The best thing is that I don’t have to keep looking at my phone to see how much time is left or what exercise is coming up next. Having recently done the 30 day core challenge, I appreciate the app more as I had to keep flicking between exercise page and timer. This app allows for hands free exercise due to its text to speech function. This means he/she reads exercise and counts down from 3. I added emojis for my own entertainment and he reads those too!

I spent twenty minutes programming in my Body Coach DVD and can now do his HIIT sessions wherever I happen to be so long as I have my phone!

It’s steep at £3.99, but well worth it to fit in with me and my day!

Early Morning Brutalities

I started with the 6:30am bootcamp a couple of years back. That ex-army bloke with the shining blue eyes and evil soul used to make us do lots of carrying, jumping, throwing, crying etc. Since then, the equally cruel soul (in a more feminine and smiley figure) has carefully planned sessions each morning.

Some things Natalie at OTT Training makes me do in the name of fitness:

// Run. On grass, down the pebbles to the sea, far, far in the distance. She doesn’t mind. I do. Although, I am getting a tad better at breathing.

// Use all the facilities around. By facilities, I mean bollards, benches, cafes, paths, railings – she really has taught me to think out of the box when it comes to using what’s around.

// Punch and be punched (to be fair, this is my favourite. Especially ahead of a tough day)

// Get dirty: she has us jumping/rolling and lying in the mud, leaning on ice, splashing in puddles/sea (if you mis-time it!)

// Look after myself! Since putting my back out, she has constantly differentiated the exercises for me, which is sad to think I’m in *that* group of the class while I heal!

// Pet dogs while planking. There’s something about the plank that all dogs are curious about. It makes the minute (3 in real life) go quickly.

// Skip. End of. I can do it now!

// Adore the sky. Nothing makes 7am seem glorious more than getting to see the sun rise over the previous 40 minutes. A cloudy day is much more miserable. Fact.

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*Disclaimer: this picture is from a 9:45am class over Christmas, thus the lack of early morning sunrise look!