Starting weight: 132 lbs
Breakfast: Banana with peanut butter
Morning snack: orange juice
Lunch: Spinach salad with craisin/walnuts/balsamic, apple, 2 mini cucumbers
Afternoon snack: small avocado, ham wrapped around cheese stick, dried kiwi
Post-workout: 3 scoops of protein powder in a shake
Dinner: pasta with olive oil, steamed broccoli, dried kiwi
Today was my first day of trying out a new workout plan and style. Instead of resting in between sets, you do cardio. It’s supposed to accelerate your results and make your workouts much more efficient. It’s also a way to get out of ever doing 40 minutes of straight cardio, but since I like to run I probably won’t eliminate it completely.
You can see the plan under the “Plans” page and look under Monday to see what I was supposed to do today. Things don’t always workout perfectly according to plan, so I did end up making some modifications.
Deadlift: Instead of 5 sets of 5 reps, I did as much as I was able to with 135 pounds, which ended up being less.
Calf raises: We kept using the jumprope in between sets rather than doing mountain climbers. I think this was a good change.
HIIT: We only did 10 minutes instead of 20. Considering this method of working out is supposed to eliminate the need for cardio, I think it’s just good that we did any at all.
My first impression of this workout style is that I absolutely love it. I love the feeling of being out of breath, which doesn’t happen very often while lifting weights. This way, I can get the best of both worlds where I feel like I’m working hard and am also building muscle. After the workout was over, I was drenched in sweat, but I felt great. There’s nothing like leaving the gym and feeling like your workout was worth it. This is how it should feel every time, but when I go to the gym without a plan it often doesn’t.