Its hard to believe that I’ve committed myself to working out for over half a year already. Lets see how the last two weeks was!
Early September, I decided to challenge myself and joined the 30 day Fitness Challenge. That means to complete 11 different 30 day challenges to complete that one challenge. Afterwards, I wanted to get a full body workout so I matched up the 30 day Arm challenge and the 30 day Squat challenge. To see the post and update, you can check it out HERE and HERE.
Both the challenges ended yesterday! Lets take a look again at what it was 🙂
1) 30 DAY SQUAT CHALLENGE
Squats were supposed to be the easy part in all this. Some other Tribesports member had written that they lost inches off their hips and whatnot. I didn’t do a before after but I can tell you that my leg muscles are definitely more defined and less fat, in general. Still quite far from slender but I think we’re on the right path. For the workout, its really straightforward. I do not own legs of steel or anything so by the time we got into the 200+ reps (maybe even 180) I had to start splitting up into certain reps and giving myself 20 seconds of rest in between. I have to say that I’m proud to complete this, to start from the rather easy 50 reps to a crazy hard 250 is definitely an accomplishment in my book. The fact that I even keeped at it during my weekend away and even if it meant coming home at 11pm and doing it at the crazy hours of midnight, it showed discipline. Something I felt that I might have lost as I started feeling like I’d lost motivation.
2) 30 DAY ARM CHALLENGE
As proud as I am of finishing the squats, I felt even better about completing this one. I seriously thought I’d give up on this but I never did. Despite doing dragonboat, I have a much stronger core than I have arms. Especially since I had been training on the right side, my left side is totally weak and has very little muscular endurance. When I first started this challenge, the tricep dips started getting challenging by Day 6 and the push-ups (normal full body, not modified/girl ones) were difficult from the start. Pulling into Day 30, its been amazing how my upper body has gotten really muscular. I can actually see the contours of muscles when I move my arm and even muscles that I never thought existed are showing up. Plus, not to mention that I can now do 3 sets of 20 pushups and 3 sets of 30 tricep dips. I have to say, this is quite impressive.
For all of you wondering whats up after this? I’m taking a day or two of break to rest up my body. As I have been working on upper and lower body during these challenges, its hard to just jump into another 30 day commitment. I’m going to go back on my random workout routines from Tone it Up, Pumps and Iron and a few other sites I follow and some individual workout challenges in Tribesports for a week or two before I go back into it.
I did learn something about myself during this month. As much as music is extremely motivating to have when working out, many hours of it was spent watching (and listening to, when doing push ups) TV series.
During the next two weeks, its going to be deciding what 30 day routine to do next 🙂 I’m thinking abs but maybe I’ll change my mind! Who knows, right? For now, I’ll stay proud of myself and just enjoy some spontaneity and more intense workouts!