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40th birthday 40 by 40 epic exercise Marathon

With the year 2014 comes my 40th birthday. And what better way to celebrate than with a 40-themed challenge.

In 40 weeks’ time, on Thursday 27 November 2014, I will be doing 40 repetitions of 40 exercises to raise $40,000 for charity.

That’s an epic 1600 rep Marathon!!

Madness? Dirk Venter thinks so and he’s my trainer!

I will be able to tell you more about the charity I have chosen shortly, but for now … read on to find out which exercises I am planning to do and to let me know what you think.

We did it! Team Almost Fit completes all of Tough Mudder Sydney – 12 October 2013

After 4 hours and 19 minutes of hay bales, iced water, mud walls, underground trenches, electric shock therapy, monkey bars, a half pipe, rocky trails, 10km of major leg cramps and the ingestion of more mud than a childhood worth of mud pies, we completed Tough Mudder Sydney!

A massive thanks to the Almost Fit team of (in no particular order) Dirk Venter, Michael Meredith, Paul McGee and Glen Wellham for being part of the team that helped me become the first blind person in the world to finish Tough Mudder. And I can also report that we completed every single obstacle!

Thanks to you, too, for your encouragement and support. It really means a lot to me and certainly helped me push on when the going got … well … tough!

I will report more in the coming days.

I will also be putting up some more photos shortly, but in the meantime you can head on over to the Blind Power Facebook page to view a small sample of photos over there.

Four outta five ain’t bad

I was aiming for five out of five training sessions this week.

I even got so far as getting changed into my workout gear but that is as far as I got!

I foolishly went back to my office to grab my forgotten water bottle and answered the ringing phone while I was there. Stupid stupid

One hour later it was lunch time, not a good time to find a free treadmill, so waited until after the lunch rush at which point a flood of work washed over me.

So, back into my work clothes and no running for me today. Doh!

Perpetually sore

I am not going to even tell you about what I didn’t do over the weekend. Instead, it’s all about today.

Today, after doing a few hours of work on an apparent day off, I got down to my local gym with my wife for a Body Pump class. I haven’t done a Pump Class for a good while, and, oh my, the high rep mode really does hurt! Or maybe I just used too heavy weight or maybe …

I am just being soft!

Whichever way, I know tomorrow will involve a good deal of soreness. Though I am starting to wonder which days don’t. Perpetually sore!

Tomorrow is another apparent day off and I plan on getting to the gym for a run this time. Thinking of seeing if I can actually place one foot after the other for a half hour or so, even if only at a slow pace. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Today Travel Trumps Training

I travelled to Melbourne for work today and did zero exercise, unless walking from the check-in desk to gate 40 of Sydney domestic airport counts, Which of course it doesn’t, though after the leg session yesterday, any movement at all hurts. Even the movement to prepare for a movement! If you know what I mean.

I travelled with a work colleague who didn’t seem to notice my ‘sore leg walk’ or, if she did, she was polite enough not to say anything.

I actually thought about doing some sneaky push-ups or something at some stage, just so I would have something to write in this blog. Sorry, didn’t happen! Hey, but there’s an idea – some good workouts that you can do when travelling. I’ll add that to the list and keep you posted.

Dirk Venter according to Darren Fittler

I first met Dirk Venter about 5 years ago when I decided it was time to stop my slide into a ‘desk-job-slob’. He’s built like a tank and obviously loves his health and fitness career.

He is a very good personal trainer and wouldn’t dream of putting you through a workout that he hasn’t already done and probably done heavier and faster!

I am sure you know that getting fit is more than just lifting weights. This is why Dirk also integrates diet, nutrition and stretching and release into his thinking, planning and advice. Doesn’t mean I always do as I am told though!

read more about Dirk

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