Beastmode for Hotness

nosweatnofun

In my quest to be “hot” I had to step up my game.  So after work I went right to the beach for a run.  I am in week 6 of C25K (Couch to 5K) and did the intervals.  On top of the walking intervals I also did 5 burpees for a total of 20 and completed 2.5 miles.

It was brutally hot but as my shirt says “no sweat, no fun”!  #beastmode

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Don’t Let The Fear Break You

Fear

Fear:  (noun) a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain,etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.

Last week my Aunt Kathy (mother of a Navy SEAL) shared a speech with me that Adm. Eric T. Olson of the Navy SEALs had given at a college graduation. (Click Here to read)  The overall message, in my opinion, is not letting the fear break you.

It really stuck with me because I fear something almost every day.  I’m not talking about big life fears like why I’m still single or maybe I’ll die a single cat lady all alone, but just little ones that seem to add up like going out of my way to meet people at my new job or fearing my workout.  If I allow my fears to take hold of me then I wouldn’t get to my end goal.

Tonight, I conquered a fear.  I recently joined a new gym because of convenience.  I was afraid of leaving where my journey started because I grew familiar with the trainers and my fellow sweaters!  But tonight I took my first class at the new place.   EVERYONE was in such good shape!  I thought for sure I was screwed!  To my surprise I actually did really well.  I felt like I was prepared and actually beat some muscle dudes at sprinting and bear crawls!  Suckas!

But I digress….I want you to know that letting the fear break you only leads you to quit.  Don’t quit!  Yes, you will sweat and it may be painful but keep going because each time you fight the fear, you will be so proud of yourself.

 

One Size Down!!

never give up

Today’s workout was pretty rough but I feel amazing!!  We had a round of movements to do like 10 renegade rows, 15 ball slams, 20 air squats and 10 dumbbell pushes for 3 minutes.  We took 1 minute rest then another round until we did it 6 times.

I was sweating buckets but afterward I felt like I could go again!  I never thought I’d feel that way.  I focused on what I was doing and mentally pushed myself to go at it harder.

I’m also down 1 size which didn’t hurt the motivation either!!

Happy weekend all!

# of workouts this week: 4

Total weight loss: 10 lbs

Mood:  Amazing

Perk Me Up!

5 Hour Energy

On Monday night I had my Zone 360 class at Ultimate Fit Zone.  On my way I popped into 7-11 and bought a 5 Hour Energy drink to help me push through the class.  I’ve heard of people doing a shot of espresso before working out but thought that would irritate my stomach and figured the 5 Hour Energy would perk me up even longer.

Class started out really great and I was busting through the warm up of jumping jacks, squats, mountain climbers and burpees.  Feelin’ good!

Then I took a look at the board which details out what our circuit is for the night and boy was I scared!  30 hollow rocks followed by 5 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards, 10 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards, 15 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards and then 20 push ups.  Then we followed up with 40 arm things with weights (lateral raises and something else where you raise the weights above your head) and then you started over again with 30 hollow rocks and so forth.

I can confirm with confidence that I have zero upper body strength.  My face was mostly planted on the turf during push ups and I recall considering running into traffic on Route 35.  Needless to say, I was dead last in the group.

Then “dessert” came and we had to do 1 wall ball and 1 burpee.  Then wait until it hits the minute and do 2 wall balls and 2 burpees until we got to 5 minutes and we did 5 wall balls and 10 burpees!  That part wasn’t so bad because wall balls mostly focuses on your legs unless your arms give out and then the medicine ball pummels you in the head which is awesome!

I definitely think the 5 Hour Energy helped me get my energy going strong throughout the workout and beyond.  Usually I hit a wall 2 hours after class but I was cooking, cleaning and up late.  I would do it again!  Have you tried something prior to working out to keep you moving?

 

 

I AM A Rockstar

strength

Today was Week 4 Day 1 and I can’t believe I got through it all.  I completed 2 rounds of about 7 stations varying in pushing the sled then 5 burpees, squats with bicep curls, skaters on the TRX, slamming the medicine ball, rowing, pushups on the bosu, and another medicine ball workout.

Then we got into teams of 2 and had to do 20 sit ups while our teammate holds our feet down and we touch their shoulders.  Then my teammate, Jackie, had to run 20 meters with a medicine ball above her head and we switched for 5 rounds.  It was hard as hell but we completed it…2nd to last but dammit we did it!

At the end of class my coach, Melissa, gave me a t-shirt because I was near completion of a month being there.  I was pretty shocked and proud at the same time.  One of my classmaters who I haven’t met yet asked if I was the girl with the blog.  Wow!!  That means so much to me!

I need to give a HUGE shout out to my friend Stacey for getting me into the gym and my awesome coaches Melissa and Eddie at Ultimate Fit Zone.  They push me every time and cheer me on to do better.  Special mention to Nikki who is a big inspiration as well as my classmates who cheer me on!

Thanks for all my friends and family that read my blog and encourage me as well.  Thanks to Chelsea M. for reminding me that I AM a rockstar!

What Is My Workout?

I Love Burpees!

I realized recently that i haven’t been very informative about what my workout regiment is and let you know!  I’ve been talking a lot about Zone 360 in but what is it!?  The best description is like a boot camp.  Zone 360 has been designed to target every muscle in your body through interval training, strength training, speed, agility, flexibility, endurance and balance (atleast that’s what the website says!).

What does that mean exactly?  Each night we focus on a different part of the body.  For instance, Monday night was more of a core workout but it also incorporated legs.  We did stations for 30 seconds and you can go at your own pace.  First I had to do squats while moving a thick rope up and down like waves.  Next I had to pick up a 10lb medicine ball up in the air and throw on the floor then squat and pick up 3 times.  Then I had to put the ball on the ground and tap it with my toes 5 times.  Next were bear crawls (imagine walking on your hands and toes with you ass up in the air) for 50 meters then frog jumps back 50 meters.

Next station was a step with weights; the step was approximately 1.5 feet in height.  Then burpees with a bosu and lastly taking a 30lb bar, pressing it against your chest then clearing it over your head, resting on your shoulders and squat.  We completed three rounds of this in 30 second increments.  It was great!

The best part of these classes is they are different every time.  It keeps me interested and definitely the heart rate up.  If you are tired of your usual workouts on a treadmill or are looking to mix it up, I highly recommend classes at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County or a gym that offers boot camp near you!

Day 3: Giving Up

Last night was day 3 of Zone 360 and it was so hard.  If you recall, I texted Melissa to find out what to expect in class because my legs were killing me.  The “surprise” definitely was NOT ice cream sundaes but an evening of legs.  I put forth 100% and got through the brutal work out which consisted of 120 squats, 100 meters of lunges, 120 twists with a medicine ball,  60 jumping jacks with a medicine ball up and down, plus many more stations.

I left class feeling accomplished but so exhausted that it was difficult to drive home.  When I got in, I had to climb a flight of stairs which were almost impossible to get up.  All I could do was take Tylenol and lay down because anything else was too painful.  Then I remembered I still had a lot to do before I could relax.  Cooking and preparing food!

I’m so sick and tired of preparing my meals and I don’t think I can look at grilled chicken for the rest of my life.  (…and it’s only been 5 days!)  I want to be able to leave my home w/ a granola bar or something quick instead of making eggs, turkey sausage and toast while my dog gives me the death stare because I’m not sharing.

It is very important to me that I am honest with you.  I do have my good days and my bad days.  Last night and this morning were definitely bad.  I cried for the first time because I wanted to give up.  I am physically drained and so over preparing all these meals!  I want to walk like a normal person and be able to walk down stairs without considering sitting on my butt and sliding down like when I was 5.

I have another class tonight and saw burpees on the schedule.  I don’t know if you’ve ever attempted burpees but the thought of doing one right now makes me want to vomit.  I’m having an “i want to give up” day and hoping just to get through one more class this week and take a break.