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Caribbean Cruising – Haiti & Jamaica | Royal Caribbean

It’s not often that you can claim to have woken up in a different country four days in a row but that’s exactly what happened when Adam and I took to the seas and embarked on our first full length cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. A quick plane ride (please note the sarcasm as this plane […]

The Workout – Virgin Active | #BeYourPersonalBest

posted by on 29/09/2012

Well well well, here I am posting about another self-improvement scheme that I’ve registered up for. The last one, the British 10k didn’t workout due to illness, lack of time and excuses. To see a vision through, you need to make sacrifices and that I wasn’t willing to do so with the 10k so that was just a daydream. Why? I placed the site, spending time with family/other half and photography above training. That’s where my passion lies. Fitness? Nah, never enjoyed it. So when someone from Virgin Active hit me up about stepping up to train for an indoor triathlon challenge….continues after the cut.

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I said yes. On one condition, that one of my colleagues from work would also be able to join me on this blogger challenge which they were happy to oblige to as Ricky also runs TechMog – a geek haven. I knew for sure if I did end up doing this alone, I’d come up with every excuse under the sun to work out ‘tomorrow’. Then that excuse turns into a recurring thing and training doesn’t actually take place.

The gym we’re training at is INCREDIBLE. What kind of gym has iMacs and a relaxation area? It’s perfect for us Apple geeks. This is Virgin Active’s flagship Classic Health Club in the heart of the city, just by St. Pauls and Barbican. You name it – they’ve got it:

- Swimming Pool
- Spa
- Sauna Anti-gravity Yoga
- V-Cycle Studio
- Personal Space
- Gym Floor
- Personal Training
- Group Classes

After my 3 week trip to USA, the first thing on my mind was getting in shape. The trips to the beach and not having LL Cool J abs to show off has probably destroyed my ego haha. Yang and I have spoken about going gym since we first met, back in 2008 but due to our oversized egos (don’t need to be a gym junkie to get ladies haha) and lack of free time – that never happened.

If my arms are still looking as skinny as they are in the photograph above in 3 months time, slap Ricky. The first workout session with Luke, personal trainer at the gym killed me – it was basically a duathlon to see how we do now and set a target to beat in a month’s time. Let’s just say my initial time was appalling and my clothes were drenched with sweat after about 30 minutes. That’ll change in a month, I swear on it.

Oh we’re doing the duathlon instead of the triathlon, have you ever seen an Caribbean or an Indian folks compete in swimming at the Olympics? Exactly.

About 5 years overdue.

The personal space area. LOOK.

PT Luke!

Yes, complimentary Molton Brown products for the shower.  They’ve even got a pair of man GHD’s in the changing rooms – perfect for the modern man like myself. Saying that, I do not like seeing men BLOW DRY their balls!? Allow it. Why!?

Want to #beyourpersonalbest? Join us! £110 a month, it’s definitely worth it if you make use of the group classes and attend a few times a week.

200 Aldersgate, Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD Tel: 0845 270 9119

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