Thursday, April 8, 2010

How Many Bicep Curls Did You Do Today?

I did a bazillion.

And you?

Today was interval training with Chalene.

Now, I've done intervals, and do hold the belief that intervals are the most perfect way to get results quickly.

I do interval training when I run. Opting for running 3 minutes, and then walking 1 minute. Repeat. I hold to the Galloway method of running and know that anyone, yes, anyone could actually complete a mile, or 2 or 3 by adopting his method. There's no shame in it. I've tackled several 5K's, 10K's, and half-marathons using this method. And have always had faster personal best times due to this method. It works. I no longer have chronic shin splits or foot pain (and I have an odd bone deformity in both my feet - so don't complain to me).

So, already liking intervals as much as I do, I knew I would dig today's workout with Chalene. Day 3: Burn Intervals and Ab Burner. What is it?

Short spurts of intense cardio work followed by high reps of lifting using low weights to build muscle endurance.

Sound easy?

Get a life.

I am also a fan of Jillian Michaels who has a much shorter interval workout program of 20 minutes in length from warm-up to cool-down.

I now realize that this will not cut it for me. ChaLEAN Extreme's Burn Interval with the Ab Burner was a whopping 63 minutes today. Non-stop.

Twenty minutes may be great for some, but I am CONVINCED unless you are at the point in a workout where you just don't think you can take another step, or jump higher, or lift one more rep, you just aren't taxing yourself hard enough to make a difference. At least not if you are trying to lose weight. Upon maintaining? Ok, get in that 3 miles walk and enjoy yourself, but for me? I'm trying to make some serious changes. Changes that can only occur if the pain sucks for a bit.

Ladies, and especially those in the late 30's and 40's, a cardio-only exercise program will not cut it. We must build muscle NOW, for we lose it as we age. You must figure out a way to get in some serious strength/resistance training.

Let me say one more thing. If you are still trying to "figure out a plan", or decide on a program, or get started on something new, JUST PICK SOMETHING AND DO IT ALREADY! Tell your family to get on board. Explain that Mom will be better for it. I know I am.

I did a bazillion bicep curls today.

How about you?


Oh, ok. I guess that's a plan too.


  1. Way to go! I loaded and carried filing cabinets this morning. Is that a plan? Not so much.

    Keep up the great work Chaline, I mean Joline.


  2. Awesome Jo! If you are ever short on time split the 2 workouts and do the abs in the's a mental thing! haha!