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Day 17 of 21 Day Challenge: Training Styles

April 09, 2014 3 min read

I’m fairly new to BodyRock, and this is my very first challenge. I’ve probably mentioned in passing what I like about each workout and maybe you can glean how I feel about the trainers from that – but, especially because today seems to be a pretty big change-up from the regular videos, I thought it would be nice to do a bit of a more detailed break down on how I feel about Lisa and Sean as my trainers for this challenge. Lisa is a maniac. A maniac who is giving me abs. I honestly find her incredibly intimidating, and sometimes hard to relate to, at least for my current level of fitness. That said, her intensity is what pushes me to go harder A LOT of the time. So although she sometimes scares me, when she shouts “I can see you!!!” – I go HARD. I realize that she isn’t actually in the room with me and can’t actually see me, but you know, WHAT IF SHE MAGICALLY CAN? Sean seems to be the complete opposite of Lisa intensity-wise, he has such a chill judgment-free surfer dude type vibe. While I don’t find him quite as motivating as Lisa at times, I really like that he not only tells you about ways to modify the exercises for your level, but he also shows you how to do those modifications. I actually think that anything I don’t get from Lisa’s training style I get from Sean, and vice versa. They kind of complement each other perfectly, so it was nice to have them both as the trainers for this challenge. WORKOUT: Video used: Equipment needed: equalizer_fb Click here to get your equalizer hiitbar Click here to get your Hiit bar Timer_FB Click here to get your Hiit timer Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 1.41.44 PM And check out the Challenge Guide and Burnout Workouts here

Workout breakdown:

8 exercises, 8 reps, 8 times through

1)   Bicep curls

2)   Flys

3)   Squat & press

4)   Around the world

5)   Tricep dips

6)   V knee tucks

7)   Elevated push-ups

8)   Bent over row

Modifications:
  • Used the backs of two chairs as my equalizer, but because it does kind of wear on your hands I decided to do my tricep dips off of a bench, as well as the tricep exercise with the weight behind your head, which she demonstrates.
  • I actually did elevated push-ups! I usually just do them on the ground, but I thought that today I’d go big, and since I had the chairs out anyway, I used one of those to elevate my feet.
  • I used the same weight the whole way through, but this was from necessity rather than choice, because I only have one set of weights, but I would definitely switch it up if I had more.
FOOD: For breakfast I had a fried egg on a slice of multigrain bread, and coffee. For lunch I had the half Mediteranean veggie sandwich from Panera, but without the feta, as well as the Asian sesame salad. I actually meant to get the Thai salad which is chock full of veggies, unlike what I got which (since I got it without chicken) was mainly just lettuce and sliced almonds. Oh well, live and learn. For dinner my mom took me to Burrito Boyz – BEST MOM EVER. I opted for the veggie quesadilla, lots of black beans and veggies, bit of avocado, some cheese, some soy meat, and a whole lot of flavour. THOUGHTS:
  • I feel like today was a very gluten heavy day, like, everything I ate today would be fine on it’s own, especially if the rest of the meals for my day had been wheat-free, but every meal had some sort of wheat. Definitely felt the difference, and I think the next couple of days are going to be entirely gluten and wheat free for me.

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