Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shred-mill, more like dead-mill

So yesterday I posted about doing this as my workout:

It is the Tone It Up shred-mill challenge and it was hard.

I laced up and got the yoga room at the gym while it was still empty (the next class wasn't until 7). I had no issues with squat jacks or tummy tucks, but the burpees? Those things are no joke. I had to do them in incriments of 10 and then take a breather. I couldn't believe how out of breath they made me. 
I thought I was in shape!

I am in the gym  5 times a week, and 90% of my workouts are cardio...why were these so challenging? 

I completed the first torture round and instead of sprints I jumped rope for 2 minutes, which kept my HR up but allowed me to regain my strength for round two.

Again I had no issues with jacks or tucks but the burpees seemed to take me even longer this time around and there were ten less, go figure. As I was doing my 1 minute jump rope sprint, people started coming into the room to "prep" themselves for their yoga class...15 minutes early.

So I had to use a different room to complete the workout, which of course was packed and gave me stage fright to perform burpees. So I  chickened out and did push-ups for the remaining two rounds. I felt slightly disappointed in myself BUT 50 burpees is better than 0, and that was my first time ever doing them so I can only get better!

By the time I left the gym I looked like this:

Sweaty & intimidated by burpees, yet thrilled it was over. My muscles were shaking (in a good way) and I was happy I was the one who made myself sweaty & shaky, I didn't need a class to do it for me :). Today I am so sore from the tummy tucks, I LOVE IT!

I am enjoying trying these new workouts at the gym and sharing them with all of you, so if you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to share!

Just Keep Sweating


  1. I'm guessing you found burpees harder than other exercises because well, they are hard: they measure strength and aerobic together, ie power. If you are always doing aerobic at the same level without power pushes, intervals, or at close to threshold you might want to think about incorporating more interval/lactate threshold training. I know it goes against the whole "do cardio at x of your heart rate for weight loss" theory but you will truly get fitter faster. Take a hard inteval Spin class (Carmella)...keep taking Elevated with Kelly but try adding more weight every couple of weeks as you get fitter. More free weights. When you do cardio on a machine do hills or intervals. All hard stuff but you will improve your power!

    1. Thing is I miss both elevated and carmella because of my work schedule( which I am trying to find something new?) Which is also why I am trying new workouts on my own to push myself..but will be at elevated this Monday and will def increase my weights. Thank you!!

  2. I did the deadmill yesterday too and I also hate the burpies! I couldn't believe how hard they were and how slow I was! And they made me so puffed and sweaty! I felt so unfit! Running hardly ever gets me like that anymore (unless I do the shredMILL sprints for the toned in 12 challenge! I might have another go at them today!

  3. What's a Tummy tuck? I youtubed it but got a bunch of various videos. Nothing consistent. Thanks

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