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Calisthenics – The Pike

Alternative title: Because I had the genius idea of doing weightlifting and calisthenics right before a core yoga session … Well done Ruebi love, well done … 3 days later my abs are still crying. 

My feet are in supports, my hands are firmly planted on the mat and I’ve managed to haul my ass from plank into a move that is affectionately called “Pike” … Personally I would have called it “Holy shit I’m gonna hurk my kidneys out of my nose!” but hey ho, I wasn’t the creator of such a monster.  So as you can imagine when my Personal Trainer said “you’re looking strong Ruebi, how you finding it?” I could only answer with “oh yeah, I’m fan-freaking-tastic” while drowning in a sea of sweat…

He believed me … Or maybe he just doesn’t appreciate sarcasm at it’s finest.

Either way, I had to do another bloody set of reps!

As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been working on improving my inversions in Yoga class which means improving my core, back and shoulder muscles … How much fun does that sound?! Yeah, there’s that sarcasm again. So I decided to enlist the help of a Personal Trainer as, quite frankly, I know more about particle physics than I do about weightlifting … And my knowledge of particle physics relates to all of probably two episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” … Plus I’m pretty sure the last time I tried weightlifting I was nearly sick all over my feet.

Last week was our meet and greet session whereby my body basically told me I was being a bit of a turd bag by putting it through the horror of chin ups, dumbbell bicep curls and all manner of things that I don’t remember the names of … It was also the time for my PT to critique my form (eh, needs work), my posture (definitely needs work) and the fact my left arm is weaker than my right (damn thing is double jointed! I don’t trust it with a pint of milk!).

Which all in all has lead to the realisation that bitching about it won’t make the session move any faster and will likely result in more reps as a result … Oh wait no, that isn’t what I meant to say … What I meant to say was that it lead to the realisation that in the next few weeks (nay months) I’m going to be pushed completely out of my comfort zone.

So this is your official “if you follow me on Twitter beware of Thursdays” warning as I’m likely to cry on there should I drop weights on my toes, or fall face first out of a Pike Push-up, or if I fart too loudly doing back squats (don’t judge me! It’s totally natural!).



“Don’t let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace” – Dalai Lama ❤️ … This pic is from my Instagram, pop by and say hi lovelies!


Do more of what makes you happy folks … Even if that something is Weightlifting and Calisthenics and results in your abs whinging at you for days after!

R x



Niralamba Sarvangasana


Down the Rabbit Hole


  1. Good in you! I wish I had the energy these days to even think about training. I used to gym 6 days a week. Nice memory!

    • Ruebi

      I have my personal trainer to thank for it … I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with exercise. Initially it was to build up strength for the inversions in yoga but now I actually have a liking for calisthenics and weights. Which is a pleasant surprise!

  2. Well bloody done you. I’d just moan about being not good enough to do the yoga poses, not get off my arse and do something about it! Keep going Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare

    • Ruebi

      When I first started yoga I would look around the group and think “I am so bad at this” … What I failed to realise is that yoga is about personal growth, personal development. Now when I see someone who is advanced in their training I see someone who is on their own journey, someone I can actually look at as inspiration and motivation because ultimately I will reach a stage in my journey where asanas flow more easily.

      The Calisthenics/Weights are an aid on that path … But they are also a way of seeing how strong I can become.

      We are all in different stages on different paths is all 🙂

  3. ha ha – I love your sarcasm, and I’m glad you’re trying all this out… so I don’t have to!! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

  4. Oh goodness that does sound like fun… or not. Hope you enjoy your Thursdays. 😉
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    • Ruebi

      Thursdays are … Interesting. Calisthenics/Weights are so intense but the yoga class that follows is so mellow. It’s allowing me a healthier mindset, how I view my body is now linked with how strong it feels, rather than how it looks.

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