So, holy hell… this is a rough workout for me! I don’t know if it is hard because I’m just majorly not in the shape I should be, or if I’m making it harder on myself by doing it AFTER I’ve gone running. So I might experiment with the workout’s placement in my schedule next week.
For now, I feel like the best way to track my progress is to show what I was able to do, day by day. I figured this was a good idea since I’m not sure WHEN I’ll be able to think to myself while doing it ‘this is easy’. Other workouts make you write down how many of each exercise you can do in an interval, and I think that’s a great idea.
High Knees: 80
Box Jump 1: 10
Butt Kick: 68
Box Jump 2: 10
Jump Tap: 29
Mountain Climbers: 19
I only made it through one round on day 1, because I absolutely HAD to be in the shower by 3pm in order to make it to my 4:30 class on time. I was totally ok with that, since this is a hard workout to keep pushing all the way through, but still: I’m going to make sure to NOT procrastinate on it in the following days, because although it’s only 20 minutes if you do it all the way through, I shouldn’t wait until I HAVE to do it!
High Knees: 84 – 83
Box Jump 1: 13 – 13
Butt Kick: 69 – 73
Box Jump 2: 11 – 10
Burpees: 8 – 9
Jump Tap: 35 – 40
Mountain Climbers: 28 – 38
Today I had a goal: to do this workout at least twice through. I also wanted to see if I’d do better doing this BEFORE my run. So I did the push ups and crunches first (as a kind of warm-up, I guess) and then the JoJ routine. After that, I cooled down to write my progress, then went for my run.
As you can see, the results were much better today. taking a cue from Bodyrock, I gave myself 10 seconds between each part to write stuff down and prepare for the next part of the workout. I think that was a good idea, too, and I’m going to keep doing that from now on.
The mountain climbers are still the most dreaded part of this routine for me. I think it’s because they’re at the end and I can clearly remember being AWESOME at these and totally loving them as a kid. That’s a great slap in the face and ‘welcome to your 30’s’… although I think I’m doing better now than I would have done at 25:)
One thing I noticed: because I am prone to overheating, it was better for my today when I wore my cropped pants and just a sports bra to do the workout. I’m still dripping sweat, so I still got hot… but not as hot and ready to die as last time!! We’ll see how day 3 goes…
High Knees: 76 – 70
Box Jump 1: 10 – 11
Butt Kick: 70 – 77
Box Jump 2: 10 – 12
Burpees: 9 – 10
Jump Tap: 36 – 37
Mountain Climbers: 30 – 21
For today I tried something different: I tried part of the routine outside. Since I do better in the cold, I did my first set indoors, just to see how I felt. It was far too warm for me, so I went outside for the second set. I think the results were good. They would have been better if my balcony wasn’t wet, I might not have gone so slow on the box jumps… but I can dry it off beforehand next time! I definitely felt better and stronger, and like I could go for longer outside in the cold.
Overall the routine is starting to feel less killer, although I still only get through it twice. Once twice becomes too easy, I’ll add on more, but I don’t expect that to happen so soon!
I got my interval timer in the mail yesterday, so today was my first trial with it… I have to say, it was nice to NOT watch my clock and just do the routine! I only took more than a 10-second pause between the list items between the second box jump and the burpees, in order to set the timer to 1:00 from :30. But that didn’t take too long! I’m happy to have it and I think it’s going to make all of the interval workouts I want to do much easier.