In the last two weeks, I have worked out with Emma – my new personal trainer – four times.

I can’t begin to describe how great this has been, having someone who tells you to do something means you just do it – rather than talking myself out of it, or taking it easy, or half assing it! I have been working up some serious sweats, and it feels great!

Workout number one was:

3min warmup on treadmill at 8.5

2mins treadmill at 10.5
20 x fast squats with 10kg strength bag
20 x squat press with 5kg dumbells
8 x jacknife crunches/pressups with my legs on a swiss ball

repeat 3 times.

Workout number two was:

10min warmup on treadmill at 8.5

2mins treadmill at 8.5
2 mins treadmill at 10.0
2mins treadmill at 5.0 increasing to 8.5
2mins treadmill back up at 10.0

(repeat this x 5  – 2minute runs at 10.0, 2minute breaks in between)

20 x bar squats with increasing weights
8 x medicine ball press ups on each arm

repeat x 3

Box step ups & press with 3kg dumbells
10 x on each leg

repeat x 3

Workout number three was (and I even have pictures!):

10min warmup on the treadmill at 8.5

1 min fast run on the treadmill at 10.5


1 lunge with 10kg strength bag – left leg
1 lunge with 10kg strength bag – right leg


1 Squat/Press with 10kg strength bag


1 bent over row with 15kg strength bag


1 set of mountain climbers (bring your knee up to each armpit) while in a plank position on a Bosu

Increase sets to 200 metres running, 2 lunges, 2 squats etc; 300 metres running, 3 lunges, 3 squats etc; 40 seconds running, 4 lunges, 4 squats etc; 50 seconds…and so on and so on until you get to 10 (1min 40 seconds running, 10 lunges on each leg, 10 squats etc) and then work back down.

In my 45 minute workout, I managed to get right up to 10 sets, and did an extra set of 9 at the end. And I was stuffed!

Workout number four was:

10 minute warmup on treadmill at 8.5

1km on treadmill at 10.5, every 200m increase 0.1 up to 10.9
15 x kettlebell swings at 15kgs
10 x pull ups on a bar using my bodyweight
15 x swiss ball crunch

repeat x 2

1km back on the treadmill at 9.5.

repeat kettlebell, pull ups and crunches x 2

1km back on the treadmill at 9.0

Phew! I am exhausted just reading these workouts – but so so glad to be doing them. Emma is awesome and I am finally making some progress with the weight loss – more on that soon!

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