This evening was far too lovely to spend at the gym. Instead, I donned my white cotton trousers and took to the back garden, for some old-school exercises.

Armed only with an 18kg dumbbell and a broom handle, I had a most enjoyable time. It involved pressups, dumbbell curls, shoulder presses, windmill bends (or whatever the hell you call them) – even a plank, for a bit. I also practised my hand speed, by snatching leaves from bushes and playing with Ajax, the cat.

I finished with handstands and a long game of catch the stick, which involved through the broom handle high in the air. Then catching it. Over and over again. I had a championship…against myself. I represented every country and – amazingly – I won!

I’m hoping that a few sessions like this will build on my endurance, to help me push myself through longer sets and sessions in the gym.

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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