Couch to 5K

30 Day Shred Level 2 - Day Five

Wow! Day Five already. I almost don't believe it but it's true! I started Level 2 last Monday and despite having read a lot about how tough and difficult it was, I was actually looking forward to it.

That first workout was both a killer and a pain in the bum. It was TOUGH but not in a "I'm gonna die" kind of way - it just felt like a new challenge. On the other hand, I don't think I actually did all of the moves for all of the required time as I had to get myself into position and watch what Jillian was doing. I think maybe I did 95% of it properly. Days Two and Three were much better (as in I knew what I had to do, so not as much time wasted) but, my God, the SWEAT was unbelievable!

However I do find Level 2 to be much more about strength and abs rather than cardio. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of cardio but there are many "plank" moves in this workout which really works your arms and abs. There is also a greater level of co-ordination required - you have to move both arms and legs in different ways at the same time (pendulum lunges with hammer curls and military presses with leg extensions). Not easy!

Day Three was on Friday and I really enjoyed it and I was supposed to do Day Four on Sunday. However the lazy fairy whispered in my ear "if you get up early on Saturday to do Day Four, you can have a lovely lie-in on Sunday........." Let's just say, I didn't need much convincing! It did feel strange doing two days in a row (I usually alternate with running) but the lie-in was lovely!

Today was Day Five and it was a real struggle to drag myself out of bed this morning. Even when I was doing the warm up, I was cursing at Jillian and was seriously thinking about going back to bed for an hour. BUT I gritted my teeth and got on with it. And surprisingly, the workout passed in no time. I did pause the DVD for 30 seconds, just to catch my breath before the very final exercise, which is an absolute killer (plank twists). That burns SO bad! But I am finding that once it's all over, I feel good and for now, that's all that matters.

Bye for now x

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I remember the sweat! And that was back in April when it was cold!

Well done for sticking at it, it is hard work.


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