Week 2: Fitness Kickstart Challenge
I made it through another week! Woot woot! That means only 4 more weeks of this boot camp and hopefully I’ll end it in better shape than what I started in!
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Workout 4: Monday, 4/22
Everyone was feeling a heck of a lot after a nice weekend to recharge given how intense Week 1 was.
We started with an intro where we learned the following movements: The “Good Morning” and the Kettlebell Swing.
We had a WOD that encompassed a 10 minute AMRAP of the following:
- 250 m row
- 12 Kettlebell Swings (KBS)
- 7 Pull Ups
- Note: We did ring row pull-ups since pretty much all of us still need intense modification.
This time around, I didn’t go balls to the wall on the rows…since I made that mistake on Day 1 and burned myself out really quickly.
I truly struggled with the KBS because my body just is super rebellious I guess and doesn’t know how to maintain good form. I literally had to think about it SO hard and then for a split second would stop thinking about it and screw up. Keeping your back straight and doing all of the motions at once is TOUGH.
Each round was pretty tough and I only got in about 2.5-3 rounds.
But hey, I finished! That’s what counts.
Rest Day: Tuesday, 4/23
I felt pretty good on Tuesday. Work has been pretty busy lately, so I have been bouncing up and down between two of our floors fairly often. If you read last week’s post, you may recall that I could barely walk down a set of stairs last Tuesday and chuckling ensued. (But I was laughing, too…so it was all good.)
WELL. This Tuesday was MUCH better. I could successfully go up and down the stairs quickly…like a ninja.
Okay, maybe not like a ninja but in a way that did not cause searing pain. I call that a win.
As I am trying to get in more protein, I drank one of the most delicious protein drinks I have had yet:
Organic Valley’s Vanilla Shake “Organic Fuel” protein drink.
This protein shake is packed with 26g of protein and legit tastes like a McDonald’s milkshake.
Now the chocolate version of this did NOT taste like a real milkshake. It tasted kind of chalky to me. I would not recommend this flavor and would say go for the vanilla if you love you some ‘nilla milkshakes like me!
Workout 5: Wednesday, 4/23
Can you say CARDIO?!
I knew it was coming because Nick has the app since he is a member to the gym (he’s all fancy dancy and I’m slightly jealous) so I was all excited thinking…YEAH! Cardio. I got this.
I did not “have” it. Nope. No way, no how.
We started out by doing a 400 m run to prep. Followed by 200 m jogging BACKWARDS. This was pretty challenging and we were all feeling it.
Then, our trainer taught us how to use the ski machine and told us what our goals were for the row machine, ski machine, and the bike.
The Workout of the Day (WOD) was 4 rounds of the following:
- 30 second row
- 30 second ski
- 30 second bike
We had a 30 second “rest period” after each machine (so a 30 second row then 30 seconds to prep for the ski machine.)
This SOUNDS easy.
But I can assure you it isn’t. Going as hard as you can for 30 second spurts is 10x harder than I ever would have imagined.
I literally felt like throwing up afterward and was wheezing a bit. That was fun. I got home and plopped on the couch like a sad, tired Tiffany.
Rest Day: Thursday, 4/24
Thursday was much like Tuesday. I felt good! Recovery from the cardio was pretty easy.
My coworker gave me a new protein drink to try at work this day: a Cookies & Cream “Pure Protein” shake. I told her I would try it after Friday’s workout since I know it has been advised to get protein in right after you are done with your workout.
This little can packs in 35g of Protein…with only 1.5 grams of fat! And it only has 170 calories, if you are counting calories!
Spoiler – it was pretty darned good. Check it out here: Pure Protein shake
Workout 6: Friday, 4/26
We did everyone’s favorite move today: The burpee. Yayyyyy burpees.
That was a sarcastic yay.
The WOD was 4 rounds of the following:
- 5 Broad Jump Burpees (you do a broad jump directly after the burpee)
- 10 Wall Balls
- 35 Single Unders (Jump Roping)
We practiced the jump roping and I pretty much had zero coordination during the instruction portion. I sucked at the wall balls, too. Even though they were only 10 pounds. Oh well.
When we got into the actual workout, I did okay with the Broad Jump Burpees (surprisingly!) Who knew I was half way decent at jumping?!
The Wall Balls? The struggle was real here. I couldn’t throw the ball up very high at all. The trainer and assistant came near me a couple times telling me to focus more on the squat. When I did this, the ball was lower but I could actually do it!
Also surprisingly, I could magically jump rope during the WOD after failing miserably with coordination a bit earlier. I think it is just because I was so in the zone any maybe I wasn’t overthinking it anymore?
I finished in about 10 minutes and 42 seconds. I was second to finish out of the group…for the first time so far during the boot camp. WOOT!
I got home and chugged the Pure Protein – Cookies & Cream shake. It was actually pretty damn delicious! I still would vote for the Organic Valley Vanilla shake over this, though. Just because it tastes EXACTLY like a real milkshake. I’m a sucker for that.
I’m sore tonight. I’m tired. The scale is still a few pounds higher than when I started.
But I am keeping on keepin’ on. I really hope that I will begin to see some progress as the weeks go by.
Tomorrow, I am going to a cake tasting and Nick and I are doing a date night. I will still try to make healthy choices, nevertheless.
Sunday, I will be treating my body to a 90 minute massage to relax my muscles and bones and I think that will do wonders, too! Then, I’ll splurge and use one of my Lush bath bombs for a little extra something-something for me.
This goes back to how important self care is. I want to thank my body for all of the hard work it has been putting in and the massage/bath bomb combo is going to do just that!
And with that, ANOTHER WEEK DOWN!