Saturday, January 17, 2015

Journey to FIT—Week 5

Originally posted on October 18, 2014 on

Before I get into the results of my 5 week testing, there are a few items I’d like to get off my chest.

1) Super Sets
Who the heck invented these things?? I thought sports bras were the most tortuous thing on the planet. Turns out I was wrong. It’s super sets.

2) Burpees
They made me do burpees. I’m just glad there are no super set variations that involve burpees.

3) Hydrants
Imagine how a male dog lifts his leg to a hydrant. That’s what we have to do to the bag (minus the release of bodily fluids...) and then add in a kick. Pyramid them up, pyramid them down—then watch me face-plant on the mat.

4) Mountain Climbers
I was in the mountains a week ago on vacation. I climbed some of those mountains, and it was difficult. Mountain climbers in the gym? Much more difficult!

Okay, I feel better now.
Today was the halfway check-in. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this day, wondering about my progress. I’ve had days over the last five weeks where I thought my clothes fit looser, then I’ve had days where I felt as if I’d gone in the opposite direction of where I want to go. I’ve been ready for the five week testing!

First I had to decide if I would work out before the testing. I didn’t have to, but I signed up for one of the Saturday times. Although, I decided not to push it too hard since we were working out the lower body. A quick break after class and it was right into testing.

First up was the scale. My long lost friend, we meet again at last!

(I will admit that I stepped on my own scale at home before heading out to class/testing. I knew it was possible I could gain some weight, or not lose any, due to muscle growth. I needed to face that monster at home in the privacy of my bathroom. It would give me a chance to accept the result if it wasn’t want I wanted to see.)

After the scale it was on to the body fat gizmo, the stretch test, the body measurements, push-ups, sit-ups, and the mile.

You want to know how I did, don’t you? Have I delayed long enough? Okay, fine. Here you go...

In just 5 weeks, I:
- am down almost 6 lbs
- lost a total of 5.25 in (across arm, chest, waist, hip, thigh)
- increased my stretch by 0.5 in
- increased my push-ups by 9
- increased my sit-ups by 7
- decreased my mile time by 50 sec
- still couldn’t get the handheld gizmo to work :-p

Overall, I’d say I’m very pleased with these results! I can tell that I’m getting stronger. The classes are getting more and more difficult, yet I’m pushing myself harder and harder.

I will continue to attempt to do every super-set, burpee, hydrant, and mountain climber the instructors throw my way! I just hope they’re not offended if I don’t always join in the final count-down at the end of the workout—usually I’m too busy trying to breathe!

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