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Back On The Workout Train!

Man, it feels so good to be back in the swing of things!

Anyone who knows me that 2014 wasn’t a good year for me, in terms of personal development. My father passed away just days before his 65th birthday and I remained in a fog for the rest of that calendar year. I tried, a couple of times, to get back to working out, but it only lasted a couple of weeks or so. I thought I’d found something with P90X3, but even that couldn’t hook me like I expected it to.

And, come May, I usually run 3x per week until late October. Want to know how many times I ran last year? SEVEN TIMES, TOTAL! I told y’all I was in a funk, y’all!

I didn’t even hit the workouts hard before going to Hawaii. I was just stuck.

This year, after returning from Hawaii, I decided to finally shake off this stank, and get back after it. I started with shorter workouts for 2-3 times per week. From there, I upped the cardio to 5 times a week for about a month. And then I dove back into ChaLean Extreme. That’s been a workout I’ve relied on for many years now. The length of workouts, combined with my love of all things Chalene Johnson, was the winning combo I needed!

I just finished the 90-day program and I feel great! Not only do my clothes all fit wonderfully again, my self esteem has normalized. I’m a few weeks into my Couch to 5k podcasts and am back to looking forward to my post-workout high too.

The biggest decisions I have these days is which program to do next. I might do another round of ChaLEAN Extreme, or I might reunite with Les Mills Pump again.

Ahh, it’s good to be back!

Have you ever fallen into a huge workout funk? How did you shake off the dust? Would love to hear from y’all!

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Smoothly Transitioning Into Les Mills Pump

Les Mills Pump

A few days ago, I noted that I was going to start Les Mills Pump since I had just finished ChaLEAN Extreme. While both are strength/weight-lifting programs, they have very different approaches.

ChaLEAN Extreme focuses on a small number of reps, but with heavy weights. By contrast, Les Mills Pump uses lighter weights, and a ton of reps, using different counts. I’ve blogged before that my body seems to respond a little better to the high-rep programs, but both make we feel strong.

Five days into another round of Les Mills Pump, I can already feel the difference! For example, I was doing squats before (they’re a staple), but the switch in approach (using the barbell, and varied rep counts), really works the muscle in a different way. I can feel other muscles being worked down there, too! The same goes for some other exercises. I’m sore all over again!

But that’s what the body needs. Once it gets used to something, you need to shake things up! I like that I can switch to something else in my collection and start to feel immediate change. It’s also kicked my metabolism up another gear! I’ll take it!

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Finished ChaLEAN Extreme; Ready For Another Round of Les Mills Pump!

Les Mills Pump

I’ve made a strong effort to not have an end of summer fitness slump. In years past, I’ve seriously slacked off when the calendar turned to August. But since my first post on that issue, it’s not been a problem! And again, my key, is committing to a long program, with the workouts planned out for me. I tend to stick with those a lot more consistently than I do on an a la carte workout plan.

I feel really good about finishing yet another round of ChaLEAN Extreme. So much so that I decided to keep going with a strength training program to start the fall. I really liked Les Mills Pump after I finished it last year, so I’m going back for more! I still haven’t been able to talk myself into doing P90x. Maybe it’ll happen some day, but that day is not today.

On the program’s “walking” days, I’ll run (weather permitting) or do a TurboFire workout. And, of course, I’ll alter my schedule so that I don’t necessarily need to do a workout on the weekends. Because my weekends are for football, and it’ll be extremely hard to get me away from a TV, or parking lot, and get me to push play on any DVD. You gotta know your lifestyle and plan your workouts around it!

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Knocked The Dust Off My ChaLEAN Extreme DVDs

ChaLEAN Extreme

It’s been a couple of years, but I thought it was high time I busted out my ChaLEAN Extreme DVDs. I typically do the program once per year, beginning in late Spring, but last year, I decided to do Les Mills Pump instead. I loved LMP, but missed my annual 3-4 month run with CLX. So, this Spring, I decided to do it again. And man, oh man, how I’ve missed it!

ChaLEAN Extreme, and my workout-by-workout review of the first time I did the program, remains some of the most popular posts on my site (behind the running podcasts).

In the 2+ weeks I’ve been back at it, I can tell I’ve already gotten stronger! My improvement with push-ups is how I typically measure strength in the Burn Phase. I increase the amount of unmodified reps I do with each workout. Score!

But I’m also doing things a little differently. I usually do some type of TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme Hybrid, and that’s not change, to a point. For the Burn Phase, I’m adding 20-30 minutes of some TurboFire workout onto the end of my ChaLEAN Extreme strength workout. And in between those days, I’m doing my Couch to 5k running program. In the past I’ve noticed that CLX sometimes bulks my thighs up, and the only way to stop that, is to add more cardio! So, I’m doing a bit of cardio every day.

When I move on to the Push Phase, I’ll switch things up by doing the c25k running plan on the lifting days, and a full TurboFire cardio workout on the non-lifting days. I think I’ll need more intense cardio during that month because there aren’t any compound, cardio-inducing moves in ChaLEAN Extreme during that phase.

I haven’t thought about what I’m going to do during the Lean Phase. I’ll probably go back to doing Couch to 5k on cardio days, and just CLX on designated strength training days. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get there!

I just wanted to post an accountability updated on what I’m up to these days with my fitness routine. It feels really good to be settled into a schedule, and I’ll definitely stick with it!

Hope everyone else’s Spring fitness plans are working out well! If you need any help or suggestions, just let me know!

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Fighting the Late Summer Slump: 2011 Edition

HAPPY AUGUST!

This time, last year, I was talking about my plans to fight my annual “Late Summer Slump”, which is generally the time of year where I finish a big workout rotation, then slack off almost completely until my New Year’s commitment starts.

The LSS usually makes me incredibly lazy, since I’m basically idle, and along with that comes a little weight gain. It’s never that big an issue, because my body frame/bone structure allows me to carry up to 30 extra pounds without others noticing. Thing is, though, I know I’ve gained weight, and my clothes don’t fit as well. I also don’t feel nearly as good as when I’m working out. Lethargic. Working out regulates my mood and makes me feel good!

So, last year, I successfully fought the LSS with the help of TurboFire. I lost the weight I infamously put on during college; which no other program had ever chipped away at! And I’ve since completed another round of TurboFire (combined with ChaLEAN Extreme), with just as good results!

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