Arctic Spireite: Up to Day 70 and feeling the benefits

Tony Lormor who is doing an arctic dog sled ride to raise money for the Lymphoma Association
Tony Lormor who is doing an arctic dog sled ride to raise money for the Lymphoma Association
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Former Chesterfield striker and kit man Tony Lormor, who was diagnosed with cancer 12 months ago, is set to embark on an Arctic journey to raise funds for Lymphoma Association.

Here he details his efforts inside and outside the gym as he prepares for a once in a lifetime experience tackling one of Europe’s Last Wilderness in a sled led by a pack of dogs.

To make a donation visit Tony Lormor’s Just Giving page by clicking here or text NODE90 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

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Day 68

I slept solidly for nine hours last night which is very unlike me so I must’ve needed it.

I walked to the gym with my 20kg back pack for the first time in a few days and when I got to the gym I decided to get weighed. Lost half a stone in less than a week with this bug!!

Today was my legs day and I started with my jump squats and because this is more technical exercise than just lifting weights, I decided to do a set of press ups using a swiss ball in between sets. I’ve read where jump squats can make you ‘violently powerful’ so here’s hoping!! Doing press ups, I place my feet on the medicine ball and this works my core as well, which means I almost get a full body workout in a quick hit.

Next, is my deadlifts and I’m getting used to this so I’ve upped the weights to 60kg and do 3 sets of 12 reps and I can really feel it working my back and hamstrings.

I use the same 60kg bar to do my squats with and I see them off as I do my lunges, box steps and calf raises.

Day 69

The obligatory walk to the gym with the back pack on this morning gets me well warmed up for my arm session. I crack on with my barbell bench presses which I’m doing 25kg on each barbell (3 sets of 10). I then move onto my new exercise, the push press. I’m using a 30 kg bar for this and doing 3 sets of 12. There’s an illustration of how it’s done at the bottom of the page.

From this I then go into my weight assisted pull ups. I try miserably to try and do 1 unaided!! I am making progress but don’t think I’ll crack it before I go to the Arctic.

I finish off with my reverse bicep curls, dips and bent over dumbbell row.

This afternoon I went and got the last of my thing for my trip. Got my thermal leggings and jacket, a couple of pairs of thermal socks and a snood. That’s about as enthusiastic as I get about shopping as well!!

This evening I went to the gym and did 1 hours cardio so I’ve done a double session.......gold star for me haha!! I started on the rowing machine and did 15 mins and then moved onto the X-Trainer for 20 minutes. I then finished off with sit ups and press ups for 25 mins and ended up with a really good sweat on, so today has been a very good day.

Day 70

Well, what a day!! Got home from dropping the kids at school and when I arrived home there was half a dozen Page 3 girls and a photographer wanting to take some snaps of me and the girls draped over my dining room table. Obviously, I obliged and off we went and got oiled up!!

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and I walked to the gym with my back pack on, did a few weights on my legs and then walked home again. Ate really well and going to bed early......haha!!

In all seriousness, I did do my legs session today and upped my squats to 80 kg which I was very happy with, nice to see I’m making progress and ‘gains’ as they say in the trade.

In my jump squats, I held 10 kg dumbbell in each hand to make it a little harder so I’m hoping I see the benefit to it. My deadlifts are coming on strong and still lifting 60 kg so it’ll be nice to up that in the coming days.

All round another solid day at the gym so no complaints!

To make a donation visit Tony Lormor’s Just Giving page by clicking here or text NODE90 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.