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A week ago today, I made the decision to start the full 20 week program that is TurboFire. It is a workout program that is heavy in cardio and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts.
Before this last week, however, I did spend about a month, slowly introducing the Fire workouts into my routine. They are the cardio workouts, with bursts of HIIT introduced throughout.
But that being said, this first week has kicked my ass.
The schedule, linked here, only has one rest day a week. Throughout the full 20 week schedule, ever single week is different, which I appreciate on an athletic level, because there is always change and that disrupts your muscles from remembering and plateauing.
Because Thursdays are usually my busiest day of the week, I began the program on a Tuesday, so that Thursdays are always my rest days. I am sort of regretting this decision.
Normally in my day to day life, I skip a workout on the days when I go grocery shopping and meal prepping, because that is an all day affair. It also includes hours spent in the kitchen and that, for me anyways, is physical. I always feel physically exhausted after meal prepping.
So today when I had to fit in two (yes, you read that right, TWO MOTHER FUCKIN’ WORKOUTS) workouts into an already busy day, I actually dreaded working out today. All of the other days thus far had me eager to get the workout done. Last night, I even found myself practicing a move while my food was in the microwave.
I really hope that this improves as my cardiac endurance improves.
And speaking of cardiac endurance, I feel that every day I am doing a cardio workout, even if that workout isn’t specifically a cardio workout. With the exception of the stretches, the rest (of that I’ve done) increase my heart rate in some fashion. I really thought I would hate that, but so far it hasn’t been bad.
Not yet. While I increased my workouts from 3 to 6 times per week, my diet was horrible this last week. It would be easier to tell you which days I didn’t binge. That said, I normally feel pretty awful physically after a binge and it wasn’t as bad this time. I don’t know if it’s because of my increase in cardio or the fact that I didn’t binge as much this time. For the whole week, I still managed to be about 1,000 calories under budget (my norm is between 2,000 and 3,500).
Edit: I weighed myself at the start of week 2, and found that I did lose 2 pounds. My husband has reported that my ass is getting firmer and tighter. I’ll take it!
I didn’t take measurements the first day, but I did around day 5 or so, and compared them to measurements from a couple months ago. They are steady.
I immediately had disdain for the HIIT workouts. The first week introduced HIIT 15 only once, and I was only able to do a third of it. I do it again this Friday, so I’m hoping to be able to do a little more.
I wasn’t able to finish the Fire 55 EZ, mainly because I thought the EZ was, ya know, EASY. Instead, I should have done the Fire 55 Breakdown instead, and that’s what I’ll be doing when it comes up next Saturday.
I hope I don’t have to do the breakdown more than once, because I previewed it (something I do to all of my workouts) and Chalene just kept repeating herself, like we are children. It isn’t a difficult concept to imagine a clock. You don’t have to keep mentioning it!
The most common workout is Stretch 10 and I honestly don’t care for it. When you’re tacking on the same 10 minute workout to the end of four out of seven workouts, it gets old fast.
I was supposed to do Stretch 40 today after Core 20, but my back was bothering me and I didn’t get all the way through Core.
I do like most of the music that is played during the Fire workouts. They are remixes of popular songs. I really like that, because moving to the same eight bars makes me want to punch my TV. (No joke, I recently gave away a dance cardio DVD because of that very reason.)
So far, I felt like week 1 was a success. I didn’t do everything, but I did more than I was before. And every time I at least attempt a workout, I will be getting better and better than before. Which will bring me closer to my goals. So all in due time.
Edited for updated information.