This post will be updated daily for days 8 – 14 of this challenge.
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It’s week two already! Wow, it feels like last week passed so quickly and yet so slowly at the same time, and now we’re 1/3 of the way through the challenge already. I still think 3 weeks is my sweet spot – I remain excited to exercise although with the understanding that I’ll make whatever adjustments I need to suit my schedule and fitness level, but at the same time I’ll still be able to push myself to keep going because the end is near.
I really enjoyed the new videos from last week and I’m enjoying this challenge so far. I think this is the first challenge I’ve ever done that does not include HIIT workouts so it feels a little foreign, but I’m not complaining. I’m still getting a good workout and I am most likely working muscles that I haven’t worked before since I was sore for almost the entirety of last week.
There are some new moves that I’ve loved doing – they’re incredibly challenging and I’ve appreciated the challenge. I feel especially accomplished when I’m able to do a move that I wasn’t previously able to, or do it with better form than before. Onwards, we go!
Since I didn’t get a rest day yesterday and I was anticipating being really busy today, I wasn’t expecting to do the workout. Buuut, Chloe released her new video and it just looked so fun! (It really does look fun, don’t come for me.)
So, I just really wanted to do it. And since I was surprisingly productive in the morning I decided to just go ahead and exercise, but omitting the final abs video. I was time conscious so didn’t want to extend my workout for too long, plus I just did the 11 line abs video yesterday.
I had great fun with the new booty video and especially liked the wide-leg glute bridges that targeted new muscles yet again. My initial verdict of the video when I pre-watched it was that it looked really fun. And it was really fun to do as well. Fun… but killer haha.
I used a light band and my butt was shaking and I had to pause multiple times to take a breather. I also wasn’t expecting my heart rate to hit 172bpm from a strength video but my heart rate just steadily kept climbing. I didn’t sweat a lot but dang it was tough and I am impressed.
I actually considered skipping the small waist round butt video because I felt like I didn’t have much time today and my butt was hurting like mad, but when I finished the new booty video I just felt like I wanted more. Am I a sadist now? Haha.
Then, after I completed that video I felt like that was enough for me, as well as being the perfect workout duration for today so moved on to end with a cool down. I still felt like I needed a comprehensive full body stretch, so did MadFit’s cool down again today. All in all, great first day of week two.
2/23 – Day 14: Rest.
Well, looks like I’ve already taken my rest day for the week haha. I was surprisingly tired and it took a lot of effort to get out of bed in the morning, and I felt mildly groggy all day.
I woke up late and also felt somewhat overwhelmed by my personal to-do list (of which, I am sad to admit I didn’t much of it done), then I got distracted by discord. I will probably still need another rest day this week so we’ll see which other day I end up skipping, or maybe I’ll just finish later than everyone else, which is fine too.
I woke up earlier than expected this morning. I was still tired, still groggy, still pretty exhausted, but I really liked the fact that I woke up early and that gave me motivation to do my workout in the morning. I am so pleased I did it and finished by 10am.
I wanted to get it done quite quickly this morning though, so I just followed Chloe’s shorter warm up (replacing some of the moves like inchworms with wrist stretches, and adding a head roll/neck stretch at the end of the video), which worked out well for today.
I really like the Flat Stomach Challenge videos so didn’t want to skip today. Doing the FSC abs video today, I can see my form has improved marginally again, and my abs look more engaged. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but it is encouraging to see.
This is my second time doing the new back & arms video and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it haha. It’s challenging, but perhaps I’m just not used to the music – it doesn’t hype me up as much as previous challenges did.
I still stuck with knee pushups but I’m still seeing improvement in my knee pushup form. It’s been a while since I’ve done pushups so my arms were already shaking enough, and as such I didn’t want to try proper pushups. I’ve been feeling a little weaker the past couple of days so I’m taking it easier on myself :)
Natacha’s video I usually use as a warm up, but it’s actually the ideal length for a cool down and it typically lowers my heart rate towards the end, so I used it as a cool down today. I replaced a couple of moves with some other stretches that I felt like I needed, but otherwise it was pretty good.
I really liked that my entire workout took less than 40min this morning. It felt approachable and doable for a day where I’m not at my best, so I appreciated that. Tomorrow is glutes again… gotta mentally prepare myself and my butt haha.
This update was written on 3/1. Looks like I completely forgot to update this post when I actually did my workout last week. Last week was a weird week and I was feeling mentally and physically tired the entire week. I was thinking it was probably PMS but technically I should be PMSing this week. Ah well whatever.
I am happy that I managed to get 3 days’ worth of exercise completed. From what I remember, I wasn’t even planning to get day 10 done because I’d woken up with yet another headache. But as the day progressed, my headache subsided so in the end I decided I should just do it anyway and just not do the video repeat.
In the end, it was a good workout. I used a light band the entire time and actually found myself being able to do the 10min booty workout video moves with better form and less pain, which was a huge win. I had to take an extra break during the first video though; my booty was buuurning.
I finished the set with MadFit’s 15min cool down because I just needed the longer stretch; my body certainly appreciated it.