How I coped in my first week of fitness and tried to dodge the dreaded DOMS
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Brent, like many boroughs in London, has an obesity problem so the Times’ digital news editor Lorraine King has teamed up with Fit4less Gym in Kilburn to encourage more residents to become fitter and healthier.
How long does a week last I ask.
Yes I know its seven days but I need some sort of reassurance because, and I am brutally honest here, the first week of my fitness campaign has seemed a hell of a lot longer.
Anyone who thinks embracing a fitter lifestyle is a walk in the park needs to go for a walk in the park – at 5am when it’s pitch black with six inches of snow oh and you must wear stilettos with six inch heels.
See not so easy is it?
My very first session with Adam Frenec at Fit4less in Kilburn seemed ok. I realised I had pushed myself harder than I can recall doing in years but isn’t that the reason why people have a personal trainer.
I started off doing 10 minutes on the cross trainer – no problem although by the time I had finished you’d have thought I’d gone for a swim.
BUT that was just my warm-up!
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- 3 Brent tenant 'distressed' at housing waiting list change
- 4 Man shot in his heart outside Queen's Park flats named
- 5 Dramatic Dieng equaliser sums up 'crazy game' for QPR boss Beale
- 6 New Kilburn mural to highlight borough's cultural heritage
- 7 Harlesden bar's licence suspended following fights and noise
- 8 Man due in court over Wembley murder
- 9 London among areas where drought is declared
- 10 'Dangerous' uni student jailed for 38 years for 'random' knife attacks
In my world a warm-up is walking around the block with barely losing a bead of perspiration so this was a pleasant surprise.
I then did five separate circuit training exercises using weights, a medicine ball and a very heavy rope.
It was interesting and intriguing.
By the end of the session, which culminated with a 10 minute warm down on a treadmill and mandatory stretches, I felt smug – I did it. I did my first session and didn’t meet my maker.
However the next day the dreaded DOMS arrived.
What are DOMS you ask?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness which in a nutshell occurs when you finally do some form of exercise that takes your body out of its ‘comfort zone’.
Walking wasn’t too bad but when I walked down any form of stairs the pain was akin to being bare-foot and landing on a bed of glass with every step.
Some of the pain was greatly eased thanks to Harlesden aromatherapist Claudette Esprit who is the brainchild of Doms Ease Oil.
There are two varieties: Massage Muscle Ease Oil or Sports Ease Oil which can be massaged into your skin immediately after bathing or showering.
It made a difference but as there is no out and out cure for DOMS just make sure you warm up before exercising and stretch when you have finished.
I was dreading my second session but to my relief my body seemed to cope with it and I actually made it up the stairs (They are pretty steep) at Kilburn train station without stopping half-way.
I did gasp for air once I got to the top though.
Oh well maybe I’ll be able to fly up those stairs like Usain Bolt by the end of week two.
It looks like fitness is truly beginning to become my friend but for how long….