Monday was class #10 and it was actually pretty easy. We did 1 exercise with progressive weight. Back squats; basically the bar is held across your shoulders while you do squats. Sounds easy, the move was easy, the weight however, was intense. We did 5 sets of 3 reps, each set we increased the weight by 10 except for the last set, which increased by 20. My final weight was 85 lbs and I am sure I could have done more had I started out with a higher weight. I am pretty sure that my legs are a lot stronger than my upper body because of riding. I use my legs and seat to direct my horse so anything that only involves legs, like squats, are a bit easier for me.
Wednesday was a killer class. Class #11 looked like this: 3 rounds, first round 21 each, 2nd round 15 each, 3rd round 9 each. There was a 15 minute cap, so if you don't finish your final time is 15 minutes. Three exercises to get through. Hand stand push ups, power snatch and thrusters. We did not do full on hand stand push ups. We had to kneel on a 20" box with our hands on the floor in front of it and do push ups. A push up was not considered completed unless the crown of our head touched the floor. I hate push ups...period. This almost killed me. Power snatch is basically a lift from floor to overhead in proper position. Thrusters are bar in front rack position, squat and then lift overhead. My first round I managed to do the modified push-ups and 35 lbs for snatch and thrusters. The second round I had to modify the push ups even more by just doing a straight overhead lift with 15#. I also used 15# for the snatch and thrusters the next round. I only got through the "push up" portion of round 3 before I got a pain in my back and stopped, therefore my finishing time was 15 minutes. I did not want to chance a serious injury and my coaches agreed. I spent the rest of the day and the next day resting up for the big finale!
Friday! Workout #12! I knew what my workout would be going in but I was super nervous. I wasn't sure if I would see much improvement and I was a little worried that I would find myself on day 1 all over again. We had a little quiz after a nice warm up. Basically we went over all of the lifts and squats and the differences in them all. We were allowed to answer as a group and as a group we had to do burpees if we were wrong or couldn't answer. I am pretty sure my brain was refusing to work since it was focused on my final workout. We ended up getting 4 answers wrong in all. Once we were done testing we went over our final workout. As a reminder, the workout would look like this. Run 200 meters. Three rounds of air squats, kettle bell swings, and sit-ups. Round 1, 15 reps each; round 2, 12 reps each; round 3, 9 reps each. Finally, 200 meter run. On day 1 I struggled. I finished with a time of 14:35. I was last. I wanted to give up so bad and go home and not look back. Boy, am I glad I didn't do that. My final workout was a testament to what 4 weeks of hard work can do. I finished my workout in 7:09! I was the first one done! I smashed my day 1 time by more than half. On the first day I cried. I cried because I was so upset with how far I had let myself go. I cried because I didn't want to feel the way I did. I cried because I was ashamed. Friday, I cried again as I crossed the line and heard my final time. This time, they were tears of happiness as I realized I am much stronger than I gave myself credit for. I let those tears come just for a moment as I let it sink in how far I had come in these 4 short weeks. If I can do this in 4 weeks, how far will I be in 12 months? I am excited to see where the next year will take me.
I had a meeting Thursday with another fitness instructor/local business owner and we talked about my goals, how she helps her clients and what I am doing and committing to. I am going to be sticking to my Iron Tribe workouts 3 days a week and adding PiYo 3 days a week. I love Pilates and I am looking forward to adding it back into my workout routine. I think this will be a nice complement to the lifting. I am sticking with my Paleo eating, and I am excited about my journey. I also realized that being healthy and talking about my journey is another passion that I forgot about. Excuses are easy to make, commitment is not. If you are not 100% committed to a lifestyle change for the better you will have a difficult time losing no matter how much you want to.
I am going to continue to post about this journey that I am on. Maybe not every week, then again, maybe it is another way I will keep myself accountable for this commitment that I have made. I hope you continue to follow along and I hope I have inspired at least one person to go outside their comfort zone, make a commitment to a lifestyle change and start their own fitness journey. Until next time!