Short and Sweet Amazing Arms

Amazing Arms Thursday Workout:

calendar 10-2Holy biceps, today’s workout was insane.  My arms feel like jelly right now… I have no strength left.  I was going strong all the way through Push Plank Challenge.  Then, Bodacious Back was getting a little more heavy and harder to keep up (especially after that crazy warm-up!).  But by the end of Awesomesauce Arms, it was all I could do to keep pushing through.

My abs are really sore today from yesterday’s workout, too.  Especially my upper abs from that Extreme Abs video with the million crunches in different variations there at the beginning.

So I did go ahead and order the shirt and booty shorts I posted about yesterday.  I’m looking forward to seeing those arrive in the next week.  I also need to get a couple more new pairs of pants I can wear to work.  I had to get a couple of new pairs of pants last month since I’m down to a size 8 now, but I need a couple more pairs so that I have enough to wear each day of the work-week.

Is it crazy that I hate going shopping?

My Last Thoughts On the July Workout Calendar, and This Week’s Workouts

Blogilates July Workout Calendar

Blogilates July Workout Calendar

My Last Thoughts on the July Workout Calendar:

Can you believe we are already down to the last week of the July workout calendar?  I feel like it was just last week I was talking about my first thoughts on it.  So what do I think about the calendar now that we’re almost done with it?

Let’s just say, I hope next month is not too different from this one!  I feel like the way each day’s workouts were set up this month really maximized the results.  I can definitely see results from the beginning to the end of this month.  Not to mention I’m down to 148.4 lbs as of today!  That is nearly 3 lbs down in just one week.

I was telling some people the other day that I can’t believe how easy it has been so far to lose weight and see the results I want to see in such a short amount of time.  Especially after trying so hard for years and years without seeing any results at all.

Booty Blast Sunday Workout:

I have to say, I’m really excited about this workout, because this is my very first time ever to do the Beyonce Bootylicious Bum Butt Badonkadonk Bonanza (try saying that 3 times fast)!  I always like the Booty Blast days, because this is one of those areas I think most of us like toning up.

Legs & Thighs Monday Workout:

Now that our butts are thoroughly worked, it’s time to work out those legs and thighs.  You can’t have one without the other, right?  And of course, the video I’m most looking forward to in Monday’s workout is the Thigh Trimmer & Butt Lifter.  I always like the workouts with the Pilates equipment (resistance bands, power ring, etc.) just a little bit more than the regular workouts.

Hard Core Tuesday Workout:

I hope we have a Hard Core day in the August calendar next month…  Or at least something like it.  These were probably my favorite workout days, and this last one probably takes the proverbial cake.  Look at all these muffin-top targeting workouts!  Yep, that’s what I need to work on the most, in my own opinion.  I really can’t even pick one that I look forward to doing the most, because they’re all really goods ones for this day.

Upper Bod Wednesday Workout:

Ahhh, the arms.  My arms are always crying at the end of these hour-long workouts!  But these are so good, my favorites for this day are between Victoria Secret Angel Arm Slimming Workout , which really gets you working and pushing yourself, and the Push Plank Challenge that starts out feeling so simple and then by the end of it you’re wondering when they’re ever going to stop.

Cardio Core Thursday Workout:

I just can’t even believe it’s the LAST workout of our #ForceofJuly calendar.  But we’re sending it out in style with these fat-burning and ab-toning workouts.  Hands down, my favorite video in today’s workout is The 5 Best & Most Effective Ab Exercises.  How about that Saturn Ring exercise?

 

So if you’re doing these Blogilates workout calendar workouts, what were your thoughts on the July Calendar?  How many of the workouts did you do each week?  What results have you seen?  I’m just more and more amazed at how much I love these workouts and how much I truly want to keep sticking with them.  Even when things come up in life that would normally derail me and all my progress, I’ve still been able to stick with it and keep seeing the results.

Upper Body Workout, Back Troubles, and Running

Upper Body Workout

What a workout today!  We had a full hour of upper body workout, and my arms are really feeling it now.  Upper body is one of my weakest areas that I really need to work on.  Not only do I have a lot of toning to do in my tricep area, but my back needs a lot of strengthening as well, both of which we hit really well on today.

Since we’re on the topic of upper body today, I thought I’d talk a little about my lower back, which has been very prone to injury for the past few years.  When I started getting up to these higher numbers on the scale, I started having pain in my back when I slept at night, and sometimes I’d throw my lower back out doing the simplest things.  Of course it doesn’t take a medical doctor to tell me this could be attributed to those extra pounds my body was carrying around and my back was having to support day in and day out.  One of the biggest accomplishments I’ve noticed so far since starting these  Blogilates calendar workouts is that I no longer wake up with back pain during the night now, and haven’t in weeks.

Back Troubles

I did actually think I had thrown my back out again recently after trying to do the  100 Burpee Burnout one day.  According to one of my very good personal-training professional friends, Jimmy Hart (more about him later), this was because of a possible strength gap, meaning that my back wasn’t strong enough to balance out the strength I had gained in other areas.  He recommended that I do more back exercises to strengthen it up and fill in that strength gap, so I have been incorporating some extra back exercises he recommended every day or two now.  Luckily, my back only bothered me for the rest of that day, and the following day was a rest day, so I was able to jump back into the workouts without missing any days.

Running

So speaking of my good friend Jimmy, I give him credit for inspiring me to develop a love for fitness a few years ago.  Growing up, I was never into sports or fitness of any kind.  I was (and still am, really) pretty clumsy and trip over my own two feet regularly.  I remember on several different occasions, some years apart from each other, my friends actually laughing at me and making fun of me for how I looked when I would try to run.  Oh, how I hated running.  I would always say that I was not put together to run, literally, because I have what you call “knock-knees” where the knees sort of invert, opposite of “bow-legged.”  It was not only embarrassing to have to run, but it was also really kind of painful.  Come to find out, I just wasn’t doing it right!

Jimmy Hart was in town on some business a few years back and I offered him my guest bedroom so he wouldn’t have to spend money on a hotel.  I mean, that’s what friends are good for, right?  Anyway, Jimmy the awesome personal trainer and, by the way, world-renowned running coach, had me go out and run in the street in front of my house while he observed how I was running and what all I was doing wrong.  He showed me how to correct my form so that I was running correctly.

Proper Running Form

Running Form

After that, I was running almost every day!  I’ll never forget the first time I ever ran one full mile without stopping to walk.  I stopped the treadmill at the gym, grabbed my phone, and texted Jimmy so excited at my accomplishment.  I’m sure he thought I was crazy… he probably runs at least 10 miles a day.

And so began my love for running.

I still have a long way to go to be a marathon runner or even an outdoor runner.  I prefer the treadmill, much as I realize and understand how backwards that seems.  But Jimmy Hart went on to become the founder and owner of an exclusive, high-performance training facility for runners, formerly called PACE Labs, now called theGait Lab, located in Plano, Texas (right outside of Dallas).  It is the first of its kind, and has gained a lot of interest in the running world.  The Gait Lab uses “high speed digital recording with advanced motion capture software to spot areas in your gait that need improvement.”  They use what they find to develop a corrective plan for improved performance.

Here’s an example of what they do:

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed today’s workout as much as I did.  I can already tell I’m going to be sore tomorrow!  Has anyone else noticed any benefits from the workouts other than the toning and weight loss?