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Travel Fitness Log: Workout #6 (Bangkok)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #6 (Bangkok)

This workout feels like a very long time ago! I’ve had it saved on my phone for a good couple of weeks now but wifi issues, and generally being busy travelling around has meant that it joined the backlog of workouts to be uploaded.

The ‘gym’ that we had in our Bangkok apartment complex didn’t have a vast amount of equipment, but neither Tom or I really minded. With stunning views of the Bangkok skyline from the 53rd floor, we were perfectly content with the yoga mats, Swiss balls and TRX provided. It was more than enough to start our couple of days in the city with a satisfying workout. (more…)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #3 (Adam’s Peak)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #3 (Adam’s Peak)

So it didn’t really cross my mind to log our hike up Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in Sri Lanka as a workout. I thought it’d be more of a friendly walk, something I’d write about in my postcards section.

But trudging back to our guest house, soaking wet and very tired after no less than six hours of steady, high intensity cardio… Well if that’s not a workout then I don’t know what is!

Adams Peak, or Sri Pada, is a hike up the mountains in the tea plantations in central Sri Lanka. It’s a Buddhist pilgrimage. The idea is that you set off something like 3am in the morning and get to the top in time to watch the sun rise at around 6am.

So that’s what we did.

Donned in our waterproof jackets and hiking boots and thankfully with the torches that we had packed ‘just in case’ (it was pitch black outside) we set out to climb the 5000 odd steps that led up to the Sacred Footprint of the Buddha.

Travel Fitness Workout Log, #3 Adam's Peak

When I say 6 hours of steady cardio I’m not lying. It’s three hours ish to the top. Never-ending stone steps that were so steep I genuinely had to use my hands for some of them. They were as tall as I am!

I mean if you fancy recreating this workout for yourself, all you need to do is set the stair master in the gym for three hours or so- whilst wearing a blindfold and heavy hiking boots. And that doesn’t even account for coming back down!

Half an hour from the top we stopped at a solitary little hut/shop. The owner invited us in for coconut roti and some strong sweet coffee. It was heaven, and gave us the energy we needed to push through that last stretch.Travel Fitness Workout Log, #3 Adam's Peak

I’d like to say that we got there in time for a spectacular sunrise. Unfortunately, the weather was so wet that it was literally like stepping into a cloud. Grey mist everywhere with strong winds that made frost form on our eyelashes.

It was the views on the way back that made it all worth it. Legs shaking and glutes burning, we made the trip down, seeing what we had missed in the darkness on the way up. Luscious green vegetation, waterfalls and little temples everywhere. It was gorgeous. There’s nothing like a spectacular view to make you forget fatigue and doms.

It may not have been the best workout for muscle building, but the constant cardio certainly made us look and feel a lot leaner! And much more fun than three hours on the stair master.

Travel Fitness Workout Log, #3 Adam's Peak

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A Bit of a Belated July Update & My final month in London

A Bit of a Belated July Update & My final month in London

July wasn’t particularly eventful, as such, but it was crazy busy purely because it was my last full month in London– for a little while anyway!

For that reason it passed in a not-so-memorable blur of work-gym-sleep-work-gym-sleep-work-gym… well you get the picture.

My last post details a bit more about my exciting upcoming events– it’ll also help to explain why my July update is coming to you over halfway through August! (Yup you read that right. It’ll be Christmas before we know it!)

Anyway here’s just a few things that happened in the PT/Fitness Blogging world.

Work

I decided back when Tom and I first booked our flights that July would be the month I’d officially tell my clients I was leaving. Just enough time to give reasonable notice- but also not so far in advance that I’d have no work and no money for the weeks before we left!

When it came to it I was actually pretty nervous about telling them! As a PT You become really close with your clients but it’s also still a work-based relationship. So I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

Luckily they were all great. Sad that I was leaving but excited for me at the same time… which is exactly what I could have asked for! Every single person made sure that they could fit in sessions with me right up until my final week in the UK. Many of them even upped how many sessions they were having per week so that they could fit more in- which was both flattering and reassuring!

I’ve built up a lovely client-base since qualifying as a PT and losing this was the one thing that really scared me about going off travelling. But the reactions of my clients gave me confidence in the knowledge that I’ll be able to recreate this elsewhere!

Anyway, that explains a bit more why July was even more work focused than ever…although I did manage to have a bit of a social life as well!

Life/Blog

So amongst the clients and the travel planning (and of course my own training) A huge part of last month consisted of sessions with the lovely Staci from Lattes & Lipsticks. The month before her wedding and the last in our Fit Bride Bootcamp series, it really was crunch time! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our workout and Staci’s commentaries in the last of the FBB saga. We even got the groom involved!

A Few Belated July Updates

I also made time for a trip back up north. A bit of a reunion with some school friends, as well as just a very welcome chance to get out of the city. I come from Harrogate, a small spa town in the north of England. It was the last time I’ll be there before moving abroad so I made the most of the peace and quiet in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside!

I guess that was it for July really- although August has already been a lot more eventful what with the impending LnL wedding next week!

For the Future…

I’m not planning goals as such for this/next month. I have a sneaky feeling that I will be preoccupied with travel planning and my friend’s wedding! I do have a few exciting things planned for my trip to the USA next week so I’ll be keeping you updated with my tourist activities, holiday-fitness-regime and travel to-do lists! If you have any good tips for packing a backpack neatly PLEASE let me know in the comments!

A Few Belated July Updates

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