I’ve made it through week 3!
I’m rounding third base and running for home plate! I am almost there and I can see the end of the Strongest SELF Ever Challenge on the horizon. While I feel a sense of great accomplishment, I also feel quite sad. I’ve loved this challenge and I don’t want it to end! I’ve loved that I feel physically better and stronger. This is what this challenge is all about; feeling stronger! This week consisted of a mix of advanced cardio and strength training. I’ve outlined it below:
Monday, May 15th: Total-Body Strength Routine – balancing squats, crawl-outs, forearm plank, lunge-to-hip kicks
Tuesday, May 16th: Heart Pumping Cardio Workout – jump squats, mountain climbers, burpees
Wednesday, May 17th: Rest Day
Thursday, May 18th: Advanced Total Body Strength Workout – high knees, knee drives, woodchoppers with dumbbell, side plank with hip dip, knee tucks
Friday, May 19th: Total-Body Cardio Blast – jumping jacks, skips in place, crawl-outs
Saturday, May 20th: Rest Day
Sunday, May 21st: Arms All Day Strength Workout – arms circles with arms at side, arm circles with arms overhead, bird-dogs, mountain climbers, forearm plank
I had so much energy on Monday that I put in all the effort I had to complete that routine. I started implementing dumbbells in a lot of the workouts to strengthen my arms. The plank on Monday was struggling a bit but I was able to keep it together.
Tuesday was a bit of a struggle. I was fairly tired that day so I did not put in a whole lot of effort. I was just trying to get through it, however, this workout was a high intensity cardio workout meant to boost your metabolism. I don’t know about you but if I try to workout when I haven’t slept that well, I am like a slug trying to inch my way through it. Imagine me trying to do burpees when I feel like a slug. I’d have to say it was a pretty funny sight.
I was really happy for the rest day on Wednesday as I was able to relax and hang out with a friend after work. This challenge has taught me that it’s not all about fitness. It’s about challenging your mind, connecting with people and eating healthier. I’ve learned that throughout this process.
Thursday was all about legs and abs with the knee drives and the side planks. I had a lot of energy that day but that workout kicked my booty. I was sweating so much after that routine but I felt that my legs were a lot stronger after that workout!
Friday was by far the most fun workout. I really enjoy doing jumping jacks and skipping in place. I don’t know if my inner child is trying to come out but I just laugh when I skip in place. Sometimes, I’ll just skip around my apartment and my cats will look at me with pure judgement! I don’t care because I am having fun.
Saturday could not have come soon enough as I really needed that rest day. I took Saturday as more of an active rest day as I took my friend’s dog on a walk and walked through our local farmer’s market. I also did some stretching at home.
After a good 9 hours of sleep, I woke up this morning with a ton of energy. I added some weight to the arm circles and I tried harder with the mountain climbers and the planks. The planks are getting so much easier and I am so excited to have that kind of progress. I’d say, this week was a success and I am so excited for next week. So, what’s to come?
The final week of the Strongest SELF Ever Challenge is all about pushing ourselves to the limit. These workouts have been done before in the earlier weeks so the final week is all about challenging ourselves and ending the Strongest SELF Ever Challenge with a bang. Be sure to check in next week for my final thoughts on the Strongest SELF Ever Challenge. See you soon!
Be bold to live free, xo Aimée
“Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.” – Christa McAuliffe