ChaLEAN Extreme: I’m Done!

'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.

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  • elcamino

    Heyyyy! Congratulations on a great finish! It has been a pleasure and very informative to read about your progress with ChaLEAN Extreme. You won’t get rid of me that easily now that you’re done, though; I’m still going to be a visitor to your blog.

  • elcamino

    Heyyyy! Congratulations on a great finish! It has been a pleasure and very informative to read about your progress with ChaLEAN Extreme. You won’t get rid of me that easily now that you’re done, though; I’m still going to be a visitor to your blog.

  • Rhys

    Congrats!

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    Can completely relate to this. I had been working out for years too and have gotten results from it, but compare to this program, not much.

    I have noticed a difference too with the push ups. I think I could only do two or three on my toes in the beginning and at the end of last month/phase I was able to do 6. Each week I try to do one more than before. Not only last week was able to do 6 on my toes, but also the 3 in the challenge on my toes. Which I never thought for some reason to even try to do until last week. The tricep push ups in this last phase, I know I am going to have to work on to do more.

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    I like 30 – 45 minutes workouts too, at least strength training wise. I do not mind in someways doing 60 minutes strength and cardio workouts, but 60 minutes of just strength I probably would not do.

  • Rhys

    Congrats!

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    Can completely relate to this. I had been working out for years too and have gotten results from it, but compare to this program, not much.

    I have noticed a difference too with the push ups. I think I could only do two or three on my toes in the beginning and at the end of last month/phase I was able to do 6. Each week I try to do one more than before. Not only last week was able to do 6 on my toes, but also the 3 in the challenge on my toes. Which I never thought for some reason to even try to do until last week. The tricep push ups in this last phase, I know I am going to have to work on to do more.

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    I like 30 – 45 minutes workouts too, at least strength training wise. I do not mind in someways doing 60 minutes strength and cardio workouts, but 60 minutes of just strength I probably would not do.

  • http://www.kissmyblackass.org Suz

    Thanks, guys! Yes, the progress with the push-ups was super encouraging and I’m interested in seeing how I progress further with the Lean For Life Phase, and then repeating the entire program!

    I really think I am ready for P90x, but I read that all the workouts are longer than 60 minutes, and one is like 90. I just can’t swing that. I’m not in the place where I can do that every single day. I can do a 60 minute workout every now and then, but not on a regular basis. I think I’d either burn out or just start flaking, and I don’t want that to happen!

    I’m off to do my second workout in the Lean For Life phase. I’ve seen so many different rotations for it, other than the one I have. I’m going to try to mix it up a little more. The more muscle confusion, the better!

  • http://www.kissmyblackass.org Suz

    Thanks, guys! Yes, the progress with the push-ups was super encouraging and I’m interested in seeing how I progress further with the Lean For Life Phase, and then repeating the entire program!

    I really think I am ready for P90x, but I read that all the workouts are longer than 60 minutes, and one is like 90. I just can’t swing that. I’m not in the place where I can do that every single day. I can do a 60 minute workout every now and then, but not on a regular basis. I think I’d either burn out or just start flaking, and I don’t want that to happen!

    I’m off to do my second workout in the Lean For Life phase. I’ve seen so many different rotations for it, other than the one I have. I’m going to try to mix it up a little more. The more muscle confusion, the better!

  • Rhys

    Your Welcome!

    90 minutes long, do not think I could do that. If I did I couldn’t do it all the time.

    I was thinking about maybe doing the P90x too, but with long workouts like that, not so sure.

  • Rhys

    Your Welcome!

    90 minutes long, do not think I could do that. If I did I couldn’t do it all the time.

    I was thinking about maybe doing the P90x too, but with long workouts like that, not so sure.

  • http://www.kissmyblackass.org Suz

    I read that the Yoga workout was the 90 minute one, but the rest are about 60. I just don’t think I’m there yet, mentally.

  • http://www.kissmyblackass.org Suz

    I read that the Yoga workout was the 90 minute one, but the rest are about 60. I just don’t think I’m there yet, mentally.

  • christafinney

    what is the full calendar of the Lean for Life Phase? I was able to find the basic Chalean Extreme calendar, but not past the 12th week.. I ordered the main package from amazon and it didnt come with everything like it said.. but i ordered the deluxe series from beachbody.. im still in the burn phase right now. week 4 starts tomorrow. it would really help to know the calendar for the Lean For Life tho!! :)

  • Leanandlovingit

    Suz,

    I just started the Lean phase yesterday and have found your blog to be inspiring. I believe it’s going to be a tough month, but reading inspirational blogs, such as yours is keeping me going.

    I’m curious to know if you have tried Chalene Fire? Or if you having any intention too?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! I was just trying to be honest with my experiences. Glad it’s helping!

    I’ve found, even after completing a second round of CLX, that the Lean Phase is still really challenging; especially Lean Circuit #3. All those push-ups (for reasons I already went into) are soooo tough! But I feel so strong!

    Do you mean, Turbo Fire? I am actually doing it right now. I started at the beginning of the month, so I’m on Week 3. I was planning on blogging a little about it this weekend, but after only 2.5 weeks, it’s already drastically improved my aerobic fitness. I’ve lost a couple of lbs too; which is hard as I am 5’8″ and my body usually stays at a very comfortable 130 lbs.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, here’s my post on TurboFire, 3 weeks in:

    http://www.kissmyblackass.org/?p=1729

    HTH!

  • Amy

    I am finishing Lean for Life next week and trying to figure out what to do next. Should I do the LfL phase again, for another month? Or should I start over at the beginning and do the burn phase first. I have enjoyed it! I tried P90X and to long and boring for me. I loved insanity- but I am at a weight the I like and just want to work on muscle definition. Chalean cardo is perfect for me combined with my tennis that I do 3 times a week. Any advice- start all over or do Lean for Life month again?

  • suzdawg

    You sound a lot like my situation for the past year or so. I’m at a weight that’s comfortable and all I want to do is tone and have fun. I started doing P90x once, and it just wasn’t my style. While, I think I’ll try it again someday, I gravitated to ChaLEAN Extreme and TurboFire. TF is my soul mate workout. I will do it forever. But I just discovered Beachbody’s Les Mills Pump and it’s fantastic. (I’m going to blog about it soon!) I think it’s great for toning. Even moreso than ChaLEAN Extreme, in my experience. I think lower weight/high rep programs work better for building long lean muscles on my body type. Give it a look and see if it might work for you!

  • Loveriot

    I have a question as I’m starting it. I’m doing the first phase, Burn 3 and she says she’s using 30 pounds to do a leg lift/calf raise combo. I’m not sure if that’s 30 lbs each dumbbell or a total of 30 lbs. If it’s each, I have a long way to go, lol! But I can imagine it would take several rounds to grow more muscle to get to that point.

  • suzdawg

    It’s 30 lbs combined between the 2 dumbbells. Although, if you do get strong enough, you can continue to add weight! Keep challenging yourself!