'Time to get extreme, baby!'

'Time to get extreme, baby!'

I finished my initial round of ChaLEAN Extreme over the weekend. It was actually pretty anti-climatic seeing as how Saturday was my final workout and it ended up being the first one I ever missed in 3 months! lol

I went to the Ohio State Spring Football Game, which involved getting up really early (something I do not do…ever!). By the time I finally got home, and finished watching the first 2 rounds of the NFL Draft, I was in no mood to take part in a Fat Burn Challenge. And my version of “Recharging” simply included a long session in bed.

I sleep a lot. Not because I have to or need to, but because I can. If I had to be awake and functioning like most people with normal jobs, I’d probably lose a ton of weight. I’ve found that whenever I go out of town to cover swim meets (that usually involves long days and half as much sleep as I’m used to), I come home 5-6 pounds lighter. So missing Saturday probably didn’t hurt because I probably burned a heckuva lot more calories being out and about than doing a workout with Chalene.

But that takes nothing away from what I’ve accomplished in the past 3 months. It’s been nothing short of amazing. I feel so much stronger! I’ve got nice definition in my arms and legs, and the stored fat in my stomach is finally starting to coming off.

I’ve been working out regularly for years now, and ChaLEAN Extreme is the first to give me results like this. I usually get a little bit of definition in my arms because they sculpt rather easily. And from my days doing ballet, it never has taken long to get some shape in my calves. But my thighs and hamstrings have completely tightened and toned up with CE. I can’t see my back well, but I see some definition there as well. I’ve been over my abs redefinition before. It continues and I’m super encouraged by it. I’ve tried so many workouts and nothing really hit the spot before.

So those are my thoughts from a “looks” standpoint. From a strength, I also made progress. Even though I’m “officially” done with ChaLEAN, I started the “Lean For Life” phase yesterday instead of just adding 2 more weeks of the Lean Phase. It’s described as more of maintenance after you finish. This phase mixes up all three phases. For instance, here’s the week 1 rotation: Day 1, Burn Circuit #1; Day 2, Push Circuit #2. After doing the Lean Intervals and I’ve Got Abs workout, you will do the Lean Phase #3 DVD. You round out the week with the usual Fat Burn Challenge and Recharge workouts.

I did Burn Circuit #1 yesterday for the first time since February. I was able to increase my weight loads on a lot of exercises. But that wasn’t the highlight of that workout. It was the push-ups with a leg lift. When I finished the Burn phase I was able to do 5ish before having to modify the rest. Yesterday, I did 10! I doubled my output! Push-ups have definitely gotten a little easier, though I’m no where near as proficient at them as Chalene and her gang. Maybe with time. But for now, I’m thrilled with my results!

On Friday, I mentioned my first Couch to 5k run of the season. I don’t really remember how I felt when I started last year. If I had to guess, I’d say that even though it was only a 1 minute run, that I was still probably a little winded. That really wasn’t the case on Friday. I felt that I recovered very well. My legs felt it a little, in the aftermath, but nothing too serious. Probably just getting used to pounding the pavement. So, from an aerobic standpoint, I think I’ve progressed there as well.

I really didn’t want this to end! I am still getting great results from ChaLEAN Extreme. I worry that I won’t be able to find another program that I enjoy that much and also get results from. I’ve been thinking about doing a round of P90x, but to be perfectly honest, I think those workouts are a little on the long side for me. I really enjoy the 30-45 minutes workouts. That’s perfect for me. Anything longer is really, really, really hard for me to get up for. 60+ minutes is probably out of the question. I could see myself missing a lot of those workouts and I would hate to start that program knowing that would be the likely outcome, ya know?

Maybe I’ll be able to change my outlook and push myself discipline-wise. I just know myself and my habits, so it’d be hard to combat. People rave about P90x. I know I could handle it, in terms of the physical demands, but the only thing holding me back is the workout length. I’ll take suggestions as to what program to conquer next. However, I know I will come back to ChaLEAN Extreme. So if you’re considering investing in this program, don’t wait! You won’t regret it!

Oh, screw it! After I finish my first round of ChaLEAN Extreme, I’m going to do another! I can’t wait to compare results. However, don’t expect weekly blog posts. I’ll chime in now and then, but nothing regular.