Wednesday, June 8, 2011

20 Second Fitness The Real Story: Week 3 - Day 3

Today is day three of the first "real" week of workouts on our 20 Second Fitness journey. Not that the first two warm-up weeks weren't real workouts. Week one varied between 4 and 5 minutes of FULL intensity and easily conditioned us to get us up to the second warm-up week which were six days of 7 minute workouts.

This week is varying between 8-10 minutes and focuses more on specific muscle groups, then goes through a set of cardio. Each set is four exercises at two 20 second intervals which takes 4 minutes each. Then every other day, Spencer sneaks an extra 2 minute set in on us (with a big smile of course!). Today was calf raises for two minutes so my family room looked like this:

Now I'm not gonna lie because I'm giving you the REAL story here - I don't exactly love these workouts and some 20 seconds are much longer than others depending on what exercise you are doing. I could probably do a few more seconds of planks where with fast feet, I'm already looking for the time to be up after about the first 8 seconds. 

The cardio sets make us all breathe hard and sweat and I moan and groan - probably more than I should but sometimes I think it helps me get through it. I think the real reason for this not loving thing is because it is FULL intensity where I am used to doing things half-assed.  I never did things to my full extent when I was working out at the gym - I'll admit that I'm a lazy exerciser but I will tell you this:  this program pretty much prohibits you from being lazy!  The whole theory is to work out at your hardest at your own level but for those 20 seconds to give it everything you have so there's no room for stopping.
Monday we did diamond push-ups which I have never even thought about attempting before and I only did 9 in 20 seconds...I did what I could do and I know that I will be able to do more next time.  I started out only doing 13 regular push-ups in 20 seconds and have worked my way up to 18 and once even 20!

I will also tell you this: after 15 days of this workout program, I am feeling a difference in the way I stand and the way I look. I feel stronger and am able to do more reps each time we do an exercise, so there's the proof in the pudding.  Plus it's over so quick even though those 20 seconds can seem long, it's not been more than 10 minutes so far which beats an hour at the gym any old day! My husband has lost 3 pounds already - in 15 workouts.  I will be measuring and weighing in on Friday and I have a feeling I will be pleased with the results so far.

So there you have it - the real story so far...
I hope you will stay tuned for Friday's results.

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Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

I love that the family is doing this with you! I mostly do mine before they get up but if i do it in the afternoon, Abby usually works out with me. She is so cute trying to do the exercises.

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Mrs. T said...

My daughter tries to copy my yoga moves... she's almost better than me. They are so flexible at the age of 2! ha ha
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Carrie said...

You are all doing so good! It's awesome that you are doing it as a family! So cool! Keep up the good work!

spence said...

"you don't exactly love the workouts?" What is there not to love about pushing yourself to complete exhaustion in just a few minutes! Muwhahaha