I am about to start week 10 of Les Mills Pump. I also started C25K and Fitterbetterstronger’s squat challenge, so this post will update all three.
Les Mills Pump:
I have never gotten in-depth on what the Les Mills Pump program is. Here is the best way I can explain it. It is a hybrid of cardio, strength training using low weights and high reps and a side of yoga. They call it The Rep Effect. Does it work? YES! I am consistently challenged by it, and when certain areas get easier to do it is easy to up the weight a bit or just dig in a little deeper (as they say in the DVD’s “Dig In!) yesterday I struggled a bit with triceps, my elbows hurt. Wondering if it was due to bad form or what? Maybe it was just an off day. I always struggle with the lunges, but I am getting better and making it through lunge tracks, it took weeks for me to complete and entire lunge track, they are tough! Now squats, I love squats, and I also really enjoy the Clean and Press. Would I recommend it to my friends and loved ones? In a second. Honestly if i hadn’t found this I would more than likely be in the position I was before I started Pump. Today is a cardio day with Pump, I already did c25K, but I really want to keep each program separate so I don’t slack on one or get confused as to what I should be doing what day. So I am thinking some low impact aerobics this afternoon. far more interesting than walking for 45 minutes. I’d like to go to Zumba, but I can’t go to group classes alone, I am a chicken and don’t like to make a fool of myself unless I am in company of friends.
Today was my third day doing C25K, I really thought I would hate it but I don’t. Couch to 5k or C25k is an interval training program that is designed to get you from the couch to running a 5k in nine weeks. I put in my 30 today and was feeling pretty good so I did another half hour making a total of 4.5 miles. I tried it in the morning for the first time also. I am a workout in the afternoon and evening kind of person. Never have I been a morning person so morning exercise is not something I would normally consider. My mind was changed today and I will start putting in my time on the treadmill in the am and do Pump in the afternoons. I am glad that I gave the mornings a shot.
Fitness Challenge: 210 Full squats:
Fitterstrongerbetter posted a blog challenging others to do 30 full squats for seven days in a row. Why not join in I thought so here I am at day two. yesterdays 30 were a bit harder because I had already done a billion squats with 35lbs of weight during my Pump session. I did them in one go with a 10lb plate. Today I did them after C25K with 20 on the bar in one setting. Easy peezy. I have to do some many squats with Pump I am turning into a pro squatter 🙂
In a nutshell those are my thoughts. Now onto some food prep, I’ll post about that later.