Bushy Park on a Saturday morning, you’re sure for a big surprise!!
This weeks “Saturday Session” was in Bushy Park, a place where I’ve often been to do my own conditioning work, but never on a Saturday morning. Boy was I missing out!
The park was heaving.
There were: Joggers A Running Club A Bootcamp
A Football Team
and a huge amount of Dog Walkers.
And I have to say, with the exception of the dog walkers, everyone was, well, jogging.
What’s wrong with that?, you may ask… And my answer would be, nothing at all. Unless, you’re training for fat loss or any sport other than distance running.
I could go into what each group was doing, or should have been doing, but that would be unfair. They were all out getting exercise and fresh air, and fair play to them. The running group would most likely be the only group to achieve their goals (better running times), the rest, well, keep trying.
I was there for my Saturday Session. This is for me a deload, no pressures of teaching and instructing, no heavy weights to lift, or bags to hit, just me, my body, the fresh air and maybe a bit of your company. Today I was joined by a long time client of mine, who also helps out with some of the boring paperwork jobs at Wild Geese, Nicola.
So after watching the “Bootcampers” scurry about like a herd of sheep, admired the work ethic of some of the runners and spoke to a few of the Dogs, we got to work.
We started at the bottom of the hill, looking up at the kids playground, a distance of maybe 25-30 meters, of wet grass and mud. Sweeet..
I set my countdown timer for 15 minutes, we then knocked out as many rounds as possible of the following workout:
1. Single Leg Deadlift (or Airborne Lunge) x 5 L/R
2. Sprint to the top of the hill
3. Press up, any variation x 10 (learn more about these exercises by clicking here) Jog down and repeat until the buzzer goes.
Short, brutal and effective. We both had shaky legs and were gasping for air at the finish.
Too warm down we wandered into the wooded area and practiced a little Chi Gung. Nicola is a keen student of Tai Chi and I believe that Chi gung is one of the fastest ways to recover after a hard session. My legs were feeling fresh again and I felt energised and ready for anything.
Till then, keep working hard