Legs & Cardio
It is officially one month of BBG!!! For those of you just tuning in I did two weeks of Pre-training, and now I’m in week 2 of the regular exercises. If you’ve read my post about week one you will know that I highly recommend the pre-training. Resistance training is a very different style of exercising and it isn’t necessarily for everybody. The pre-training really helped me mentally prepare and get adjusted to what my workouts would be like. I’m also a big fan of the LISS (low intensity training). It helps build endurance and overall loosens your muscles for the next workout. I like doing mine on the weekend because it’s relaxing and I can usually bring the dogs with me.
I changed my schedule to mo-wed-friday. Initially, I was on a different workout schedule where I was doing the full body exercises on Saturday but I don’t like working out on the weekends. Work is work Mo-friday and my weekends will be reserved for fun. I hated having to incorporate a workout into my busy schedule on the weekends, most of which I spend blogging for you guys!.
Anyways let’s get into legs and cardio shall we!
As I’ve mentioned several times before I hate this day. The burpees are torture. I will say it used to be tough for me to do two (yes two) and now I can push myself to 6 before I tire out. It’s a small improvement but an improvement nonetheless.
Kayla also loves to jump. Jump squats, jump lunges, jump rope…..girlllll can’t get enough of her jumpin. It’s a great way to work your calves, but it’s also the quickest way to tire you out. If it wasn’t for water I wouldn’t make it. Ps: what do you guys think of my infused water picture up above? It’s my favorite way to drink water now!
As always I tell you guys some things that are changing and one of the biggest ones is my core is much stronger. When I was doing the full body exercises last Saturday I powered through my ab bikes, which are normally hard for me to do. I’m also getting stronger with those knee ups! If I can control my breathing I’m good to go! I also made some minor changes to BBG a little bit. Kayla instructs that you time yourself for 7 minutes and if you finish before then, then you repeat the exercises until time runs out. Instead of doing that I’ve been using that extra time for isolation exercises. Since I carry all my weight in my back, I make a conscious effort to work out my Lats and lower back muscles to help get rid of those rolls!. BBG inadvertently works out your back but nothing targets it specifically so I made my own circuit of back exercises and I do the full circuit with whatever time I have left over. I’m all for following the program but I also think no one knows your body the way you do. If you want to see faster results for some of your heavier areas then I would suggest incorporating your own exercises into the program. I also do this when I don’t have the materials or space I need to do the exercises. Sometimes I don’t always have the weights with me so I will swap that exercise for something back related.
Another note is I don’t eat before my workouts. It’s called a fasted workout as my boyfriend recently told me. I didn’t know I was doing (I just hate eating breakfast) but it turns out there are a lot of benefits to not eating before your workout. You build more lean mass and overall burn fat faster. Of course for every study that proves this a good idea there is another proving it wrong but personally it works for me. If you’re used to eating in the mornings then I wouldn’t suggest switching over, but if you’re like me and breakfast isn’t a necessity then I would highly recommend trying it.
For those of you who want to know what I’m eating: Post workout I usually eat two slices of whole wheat bread and 3 pieces of turkey bacon. For a snack I eat grapes, blueberries or cherries. Lunch is usually a free for all and same for dinner. I have been making an effort to eat more of the healthy stuff I already like. For example I like brown rice which is healthier than white rice, and I genuinely enjoy salad so I will load up a salad with a lot of vegetables that I normally wouldn’t eat on their own. Sometimes I don’t eat dinner because I get home so late (terrible I know) but I will usually whip up something quick in the microwave if we have left over food. I also drink 20 ounces of water a day, 40 on days I’m working out (20 during my workout, and 20 throughout the day). It’s not nearly as much as it should be but it’s an improvement for someone who used to live off Pepsi and orange juice (I still do but only on the weekends…A for effort right?)
Other than that the program is working great! I can really start to see some small physical changes and overall I feel better about myself.
Arms & Abs
I did things a little different today. I edited the workout to fit my needs and I didn’t time myself. Don’t get me wrong I kept the momentum going but I didn’t do the workouts exactly as she had suggested. I like the BB guide but it targets a lot of areas that to be quite frank I could care less about. I really don’t care about my shoulders nor working out my chest and I’m all for having toned arms but I don’t want to be buff. I want to start spending more time targeting my bad areas which is my stomach and back. So today I focused on abs/core/oblique’s and my back. I actually did more than what was in her workout and I used the weights more. My weakest point was the Commandoes and Jack Knives. I had to make adjustments to those but everything else was fine. Instead of taking a one minute break I used that time to do Russian twists with an 8lb weight to work out my oblique’s. My goal is to wear a crop top to Vegas so I’m on a mission to tighten my abs and get rid of that muffin top. I’m also realizing that I enjoy the full body exercises more than the other days. I like being able to switch workouts and giving my other muscles a rest.
I also didn’t warm up this morning. Normally I take a walk around the track before I start my workout and this time I decided to just jump right into it. Not sure how that affected my workout but I’m going to try it again with legs and cardio and then let you know!
Overall I walked away feeling great. I didn’t do everything exactly as instructed but I still pushed myself and my body so I’m not going to overanalyze it. I’m seeing results and for it only being week 2 (of the regular workout) I’m pretty happy with my progress!.