So I’ve previously written about the Thousands work out on this blog – many a time actually – I was introduced to it in America and then again at No 1 Boot Camp in Norfolk. Basically – it’s 10 resistance exercises done 100 times each until you make up a thousand repetitions.

I go; Press-ups, Burpies, Squats, Lunges, Oblique crunches, Full sit-ups, Step-ups, Tricep dips, Bag throws and V-sits for example.  You can do it in bunches of ten or 100 of each straight up until finished.  I do the Thousands occasionally although I do need to be in a pretty robust frame of mind to push through it sometimes.

So, that’s the Thousands Resistance Stylie – now here’s a new concept.

Workout 2 – The Thousands Calorie burner!   Calorie counters on cardio machines aren’t ideal indicators of how many calories you are actually burning – we all burn at different rates and according to most of the trainers I have had, they’re kind of set up to represent a mid 20′s male who’ll burn a lot more then I will!  A good target is to aim for 100 calories every 10 minutes which is what you can conceivably do if you work hard. The new Thousands work out involves working my way around all the cardio machines until I have burned my way to a thousand calories.  Conceivably, I’m probably burning nearer 800 in that time but it’s a good round number to aim at.  The harder you go, the faster you get there – and I tend to involve interval training to get my heart rate up and down to help increase the burn and speed up reaching my target.  I like this workout once every few weeks for two reasons; firstly because it’s completely mindless and I can zone out and go to another place while on the cross-trainer/elliptical/rower/treadmill but also because it’s target setting.  I like the number 1000 – it feels satisfying when you work your way to it.

So having formulated a Thousands work out on the cardio machines to go with the Thousands Resistence Stylie I have since created a hybrid workout that involves both.  It’s about getting to 1000 in whatever way you like.  I go 5 circuits on the cardio machines (to make a count of 500 calories in all)  with 100 repetitions of 5 exercises inbetween… so I burn 100 calories on a treadmill, then get off and do 20 press ups, 20 sit ups, 20 squats, 20 lunges and 20 burpees. That’s a combined 150 reps/calories.  Then it’s onto the cross trainer to burn off another 100 calories on the counter before another 20 of the 5 circuit exercises and onto the rower and so on and so on.  Until I reach 1000.

Mad yes – but if you like targets, this is the workout for you!  There’s possibly a bit of OCD going on here with my current obsession with nice round numbers that add up to 1000, but it’s great exercise and a good way to see off time in the gym if you don’t want to have to think about what to do next.

Try it I say!!

8/1/14 Addition – today’s work out – ten minutes hard on each of the following Ellipitcal/crosstrainer/step machine/treadmill/skater/static bike until they totalled 600 calories then 400 sit ups.  Ha ha!! I am getting worse!!

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Here’s an idea for anyone who’s decided to hit the gym this January. DO IT.  I grumble a lot on twitter at the hoards that join in January, hog the cross-trainers and take up valuable space on the training mats BUT of course I am all in favour of life changing decisions.  By the 3rd of January, 1 in 3 men have have already forgotten their New Year Resolutions, but 1 in 10 women have already given up too.

Here’s a little tip. Get competitive.  Set yourself just one target and make it this;  Make sure that you are still in the gym at the end of January when 95% of the New Year Resolution peeps have long since gone back to their sedentary ways.  Make sure you go to the gym regularly enough to see how fast the drop-out rate is in January and make THAT your reason not to give up. Forget losing a stone, shedding the inches – just get through January.  Make that the target.  It’s the longest, darkest and drabbest month of the year and conquering it is a huge bonus. Plus, Christmas is expensive and waiting for that January pay day can be a long stretch, but once you’ve taken that low-cost-high-incentive membership, it’s basically free.

IF you make it to February then hey congrats!! Only one more shitty month to go before spring! Then set yourself the target of a new dress for Spring or summer, maybe then set the pounds/kilos/inches/cm targets that you want to.  I think that’s more realistic.

One more thing, make sure you get a good deal at your gym if you are joining in January.  Make sure you join a gym that is near enough to home or work that you will actually go as well. But don’t be afraid to barter a bit to get the membership deal that suits you.  You can but ask I always think.

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WARNING!! This is not for the faint hearted!! If you are not keen on hot, then I recommend you reduce the amount of chillies to one. Or use a fresh chilli and remove the seeds. It is a really delicious, simple dish. I have been eating it all week on a bed of spinach. That’s [...]

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