Cormac’s Hotel Workout Explained

I had a three hour nap this afternoon. Eddy was busy sorting out some personal business and we had scheduled all my appointments for tomorrow so today lacked anything resembling an interesting event, anecdote or insight. For that reason I’m using this entry to give some details about my workout regime, that regime having attracted the most comments of all my activities in Africa (so much for the interesting work being done by Camara).

Press-ups: Start on ½ press-ups (i.e. Similar to regular press-ups but with knees on the floor and legs extended). This allows the upper body to warm up without putting too much stress on it (this is my theory anyway). Work from 10 to 9 to 8 all the way down to 1 and then work back up from 1 to 10. Take a break in between as required! Then a set of full press-up following the same pattern, and finally another set of ½ press-ups. Complete all of the above in 20-22 minutes. Sounds easy? Try it for yourself, without cheating on quality, and let me know how you get on.

Sit-ups: Lie on your back with your legs stretched out and about two feet of the ground.  Then carry out a cycling motion – extend one leg and bring your elbow up to touch the knee of the other leg as you bring it into your chest. Then alternate legs and speed up.
Do 100 of these (50 each side), then 4 sets of 50 (25 each side) and one last set of 30. Not sure of the technical name for these but think of cycling lying on your back.

Bicep Curls: Take a chair – desk chair not an arm chair. Try and pack it with some pillows/cushions to add some extra weight and then do 3 sets of 50 curls having both hands on the chair.

Has my exercise regime worked? From a physical point of view lets say the jury is out. I’m not sure my waist line is any thinner but there seems to be a definite improvement on the Pecs (wishful thinking maybe). Where it has worked is keeping me sane throughout all the ups and downs of the trip. Not sure what the cause and effect is here but the low points of my travels have definitely occurred when I have missed my training sessions.

Press-ups 330, Situps 330, Bicep curls 150 (So now you know)