Workout blows cobwebs away
AFTER celebrating my womanhood all day and night long on International Women's Day, I was a bit worse for wear by the time I met with Shawn Power from PT Power for my personal training session the next day.
Well, the function started with a healthy lunch and provocative conversation at the Harmony Working Groups gathering and finished with pork crackling, cigarettes and never ending glasses of wine at the Capricorn Coast International Women's Day committee dinner at Keppel Bay Sailing Club.
I warned Shawn of my delicate constitution that morning and he claimed he would take it easy on me and that I would feel better afterward.
Starting off with a walk through the park and a warm up on the punching pads, Shawn then subjected my weak body to a series of pyramid sets.
Popular with body builders and weight lifters pyramid sets are a great way to warm up targeted muscle groups and joints and have the added advantage of focusing the attention on proper form. Starting off with a high repetition set of 50 punches and then kicks I worked in a descending scale through the pyramid until I reached 10 reps. The hardest challenge was the front kick with the toe only tapping the ground before kicking the pad again. Still a little lofty from the night before, I felt like a Can Can dancer.
A sweating mess by the end of the workout I felt reenergized and ready for the day which, without the workout, would have been a drag. I hit the surf three times that day.