I ventured into the 'Pain Cave' on my quest to get fit and like Arnold Schwarzenegger 'I'll be back' – Hayley Matthews

I said previously about how I was finally joining the gym and had got my bum into gear – with a bang.

Saturday, 29th May 2021, 12:30 pm
The real Arnold Schwarzenegger poses next to a waxwork of his robotic character in the movie Terminator 2 (Picture: Jacques Demarthon/AFP via Getty Images)

It all started when I was in David Lloyd up at Corstorphine, sitting on a sofa with the boys outside one of the studios. The music was pumping, the lights were flashing and I was intrigued. My vision of joining the gym was to use the treadmill/weights and go at my own pace (which to be honest is quite similar to that of a snail).

However, I knew deep down I needed a kick up the bum to get started and into "beast mode"! So I enquired about this mesmerising class that was going on in the background, asking could I book.

It was called "Blaze" and, liking the sound of it, I gave it a go. I have to give Kenny the instructor credit for making me feel really welcome and not scared out of my wits!

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He really made me feel at ease as he explained it all, telling me just to ask if I needed help. He mentioned how that day's routine was called "the Pain Cave" and after 45 minutes of pounding a punch bag (yes I had someone in mind, if you know, you know), throwing myself on the floor doing burpees, weights and squats, I was close to spewing my ringer but it was great!

Thanks to Kenny, the class was a real boost to get my fitness going. I may still not be able to bend to put my shoes on (four days after) but as big muscly Arnie says “I'll be back!”

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