IT IS THAT TIME AGAIN! A RECAP OF MY FAVORITE WORKOUT!
It seems that I have made Tabata a habit.. not just a habit.. it's kind of a love affair.
I keep going back to see what we're doing! And it makes me just.. SO STINKING EXCITED.
All levels of Fitness Geek go to this class, and I love how we all inspire each other to keep going!
Once again Tabta is a HIIT class (High Intensity Interval Training). Participants go through 7 different stations, 2 exercises per station. Each exercise is 20 seconds long, with 10 second breaks. Each station gets 4 repetitions of the 2 exercises. It's about 4 minutes for each station, and then you get a 2 minute break between stations.
STATION 1: ROPES
I was really in the zone today, I've been struggling with feeling good and not feeling good... almost at the drop of a hat.. I'm fighting soreness.. and I think I'm getting a cold.. which would really explain all the mixed emotional and physical turmoil my body has been going through.. I put this all into the ropes... ALL OF IT... The double waves, I kept me chin up, and I slammed them down... And I kept doing it.. I just need to get this.. FEELING out of me.. I need to just not get stuck in another RUT.. AGAIN.. It's just not going to happen.
And then the jumping jacks.. I am never really good at these... the ropes seem to get in my way.. but today, somehow.. my body got it.. it clicked.. and I was doing them continuously.. no girly one at a time nonsenses.. I was doing the jacks.. And I was doing them for most of each round without stopping.. Now, if I can do it again.. It's a habit ;)
STATION 2: TRX
Back Row Squat
Low Chest Press
We never really use the TRX for upper body work, so I was pleasantly surprised with todays exercises... If you've read the "Your Best You" post, you know that I love squats, and with the trx, I can get ALL the way down, and now worry about how I'm going to get up. And I noticed.. I wasn't really using the TRX to get up as much as I thought I was going to.. The back row aspect of this totally strengthened my back... It felt nice..
Low chest presses are hard.. Don't let the GIF fool you.. They are not easy.. and it was a challenge.. And I was refusing to do the girl modification.. and do this at basically a 45 degree tilt.. I wanted to be lower than that... Wasn't my best exercise of the day.. but I stuck it through.
STATION 3: Barbell
Front Squat Pulse
40lb barbell and go go go ... I definitely challenged myself with the over head press... My body was definitely not happy about it.. but, screw that.. we're going to be strong, I've decided it.. Now lift the damn barbell above your head. Don't you love how motivational I am to myself?
Since I had pushed myself to the limit with the overhead press, I lightened it up for the Pulsing Front Squat.. only 20lbs.. but, I got REAL low in that squat... Like Super SUMO squat. FEEL THE BURN LEGS AND THIGHS AND ASS.. FEEL THE BURN!
STATION 4: ABS
Plank twist.. was interesting... I could feel it in my hips the entire time. And I've been complaining all week about the soreness in my hips... But, there was a stretching element to it.. and that must have done some good.. They aren't as sore as they were this morning.
Side V-Up.. the last time we met.. I wasn't very good at you.. and I must have increased some core strength, because today, you didn't seem so hard! Ha! By the 4th station, I was sweating up a damn storm.. not going to lie... And laying on the mat while doing these meant I had the 10 second down time to just DIE on the mat. HEHEHE
STATION 5: DUMBBELLS
Chest Fly + Leg Lift
Chest Fly + Leg Lift
Chest Fly + Leg Lift: This was the best picture I could find.. but it's sort of backwards... you opened into the chest fly when you lowered your legs.. and raised your legs while closing/raising your arms. It was a dual exercise, and it messed with my coordination. I did this with a 10lb dumbbell.. and felt it the ENTIRE time...
Renegade Row: Push up.. Lift a dumbbell... push up lift with the other arm.. rinse and repeat. I did this with a 10lb dumbbell as well, and I was having issues with the push ups today.. I blame the TRX for sapping all my energy in that department. But... I did it slow.. and steady. I'm like the darn TORTOISE!
STATION 6: CONTINUOUS DEATH AGAIN
Burpee + Frog Jump
Another continuous death station.. so much fun.. TOTALLY not. Burpee.. Then a frog jump Burpee and the propelling myself forward with yet another Frog Jump.. Until you reached the end of the room... THEN!
You had to do fast feet with a rope as your guide... Two in front.. Two behind... Forward Forward + Back Back.. until you got to the other side of the room...
No break for you.
I hate you John.. but I really love you..
STATION 7: BENCH
T - Lunge Pulse
Up Up, Down Down
The picture is also not accurate, the T aspect of the Lunge Pulse is your dumbbelled hands in a T position while you did the pulse.. Not fun... I hate lunges.. I lose my balance too easily.. But, they are challenging so I pushed through..
And then, as if the last station wasn't bad enough with the fast feet over the rope.. Then we had to do it up and down the DARN bench... Yup... Just closed my eyes and did it.. and prayed I wouldn't miss the bench and fall...
With a warm up and a cool down.. this was the workout today.
I feel good right now..
Not as sore as I felt yesterday or the day before...
So that's a positive.. right?
What did you do today to get active?