So I went back to Gleason’s Gym yesterday and had a fabulous if slow, training session with Lennox Blackmore. I managed to get through it all without needing to call for an ambulance and acquitted myself reasonably well, except for the sit-ups.
Talk about embarrassing…
Back in the day (all of three years ago), sit-ups became my favorite province. I’d do my 100 with Lennox, and then start crunches, reverse bench sit-ups, or sitting on the sit-up bench doing 15-minute sit-up sets. Not that I ever developed a six-pack or any thing resembling even the slightest ripple, I did know that somewhere under my ample padding I was solid as a rock! Plus, I knew that the core strength was there and even if I didn’t see the actual evidence of my work in the form of the aforementioned six-pack, my improved back strength, tighter stance, crisper jabs, hooks and upper-cuts proved it.
Well I’m here to tell the cautionary tale of use it or lose it!
I mean doing those sit-ups yesterday was painful, pitiful and beyond awful. Suffice to say it’s one of the parts to a work-out that can come back quickly, and doesn’t need any sort of fancy gym apparatus to do.
So … this morning, I hauled myself up nice and early, pulled out the pad and started doing crunches. I took it nice and slow and while watching my favorite British police procedural on Netflix, did about 15 minutes worth. I still ache – but, something did click, ‘cause while I may not be able to find the time I need to get to the gym, I can carve the time to do some sit-ups. Well, at any rate, I’m going to try – so that next time I see Lennox I can at least get through the third set without stopping in the middle!