I spent most of today preparing excuses for why I wouldn’t do two workouts today. My final agreement with myself was that if, after Dynamic Core, my partner hadn’t set off from work (according to the Find My Friends app!) then I’d do Speed 2.0. And as luck would have it, he was still at work so I ended up doing both workouts.
Like yesterday, I found them decidedly more exhausting than normal. Maybe I’m a bit run down, I don’t know… I’m going for a job interview tomorrow so maybe that’s been preying on my mind. But anyway, I struggled through… I really find that Speed 2.0 is tougher than I remember. In particular the “hop hop squat” seems to go at such a ridiculously fast pace and I can’t keep up! The other move I really struggle with is in Dynamic Core and that’s the pike ups – my hamstrings are so tight I just can’t really get very high.
Overall, exhausting and sweaty. But there are only 2 more weeks to go. Job interview tomorrow, birthday next week, and then another interview the week after. Busy times!
Not sure what was going on today but I found today’s workout really exhausting. I’m going to blame a general malaise which I’ve been experiencing due to some unexpected sensitivity on one of my teeth. Yes, another random ailment. It came on all of a sudden, and even a sharp intake of cold air can make me wince right now. I’ve done a sudden switch to sensitive toothpaste so thing should get better, but I’ve spent a lot of today in a low level state of discomfort.
Whinge? Me? Never!
I did a daring thing today – I tried Speed 2.0 with my new measures of ankle strap and high top shoes… and just about managed it too! I’m still a little wary, but overall it went much better than I expected. It’s been a big shock to me how avoiding cardio workouts for a few weeks – even though I was still working out – has reduced my cardio capacity: Speed 2.0 was much tougher than I remembered, and as a consequence not as much fun. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did and I feel better for getting some cardio done.
And that back injury from yesterday? Seems to have vanished now, thankfully!
After yesterday’s return to Core Cardio, I’ve got that aching muscle feeling today… especially in my glutes! So it was a few days since I last did Upper Focus and it was nice to do it without already being exhausted from upper body work.
Overall I’d be tempted to say that I nailed it today, were it not for a couple of moments when I took a micro-break to recover and then threw myself back into it.
One downside… I may have hurt my back. I’m so bloody fragile it isn’t funny!
But on the plus side, someone mistook me for a 21 year old student today. I’m 34 next week. Admittedly it was a pensioner with very thick glasses, but I’ll take what I can.
Against common sense, I decided to risk doing Cardio today. I put on an ankle support and wore some shoes which were definitely not designed for working out but which came up above the ankle in the hope they would offer some kind of support.
And I’m glad I did! There were a couple of moves I had to avoid but by and large I made it through without any problems. It’s a shock to the system coming back to Core Cardio after such a long break though. I feel better for it though – the cardio workouts are very different from the intense muscle work of what I’ve spent the last few weeks focussing on. It was weird to be covered in so much sweat again, but weirdly reassuring.
End of week 7… although annoyingly if I’d not had my ankle injury this would be the end of week 9 and I’d be entering the final stretch (pun intended).
Because of my break, it’s quite a while since I actually did the stretch workout and I was surprised how much some of the earlier moves hurt my ankle – I’ll have to watch out for that next week. Also, I’d been intending to try returning to Cardio and Speed 2.0 next week but I think that plan may have to go on hold in light of this.
But as ever, the stretch workout was enjoyable and it does feel really good to stretch out some of those muscles. My long standing back problem has been playing up a bit last week – the movement in Cardio and Speed 2.0 really helps it, so skipping those workouts has had a detrimental effect in that sense, but stretching through this workout has improved matters. Stretch is really, really important. Follow Mr Thompson’s advice – never skip the stretch!
I went wrong with my day numbering. If you look back through my previous posts, I had “Day 44” twice. Not trying to skip a day, honest.
The following are my current measurements, and the numbers in brackets detail the change since I started the programme, not since last Staturday.
As ever, nothing dramatic or even significant. I’d hoped the focus on upper body would have seen some arm and chest improvements, but no – I’m destined to be a stick insect forever more it would seem. Mind you, I did eat terribly on Friday… to celebrate my employer rising 69 places up the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (something I contributed to by running the LGBT staff network), I was treated to a three course lunch by the Diversity & Equality Office. And then, after work, I went out for dinner too! Don’t judge me!
Today was supposed to be a double day but I sussed out. I was scared of doing another upper body workout because my muscles feel so tired, and I was scared of doing a cardio workout because of my ankle. But Rip’t Circuit is fun and I felt good afterwards. It’s been a crappy few days at work, so I’m looking forward to the weekend and a couple of days off from working out.
Doing so many upper body workouts is really beginning to take its toll. I guess that skipping the Cardio and Speed workouts is just giving my arms and shoulders less time to recover between workouts. So on the one hand, I’m finding things really tough. But on the other, it really feels like it’s working! Not sure how I’ll handle double day tomorrow though – it’s supposed to be Rip’t Circuit and Speed 2.0… well I can do the Rip’T Circuit but I guess I’ll swap Speed 2.0 with Dynamic Core. I sooo wish I could do Speed 2.0 though… I loved that routine.
The increasing emphasis on my upper body is beginning to take its toll. After workouts I’m feeling more strain in my shoulders and chest – but in a good way, that “sore is the new sexy” kinda pain.
Of the three workouts I’ve cut back to, Rip’t Circuit is probably the worst for my injury, but it’s still only about a minute in the whole 25 minutes where I have to modify so it’s not too bad.
My Staturday measurements haven’t really shown a lot of variation since I started T25 but – and I may be imagining this – I swear I’m starting to see some changes in the mirror. Maybe it’s the focus on upper body work but I think I can see my core becoming more defined. It’s easy to watch the workouts and think that Shaun, Scott and Andy all have the most amazing physiques (they do) and feel inferior next to them. But at the same time, those amazing physiques are sweating just as much as me… and I’m pretty sure they got to that size using weights. I’m not ripped. I’m not huge. But I’m also not in bad shape. As an ectomorph I’ll never be huge without massively changing my diet. I’d rather bake cakes at the weekend and be in decent shape than be in amazing shape but have to sacrifice the food I love.