I hadn’t really looked forward to Max Recovery on Day 53 as much as I thought I would the day before. Plus, I hadn’t eaten close enough to workout out so I was starving with 23 minutes left. After the leg pulses, Shaun T says “That’s a workout for ya right there.” It doesn’t seem like it would be much at the start but my legs always shake by the end as do the girl’s he focuses on in the video. I did better in this Max Recovery’s one arm balance holders than I had before but I struggled to get in all the low plank high planks at the end. I didn’t feel too bad though because the guy he focuses on doesn’t make it through all of them either. Much as I kind of hadn’t wanted to do the workout when I started, I was glad I did it by the end.
In Max Cardio Conditioning, Shaun T says, “What’s about to happen to your body is completely insane.” And he’s right. In ways I think this is one of the hardest workouts because it doesn’t have many scheduled breaks, but I think it’s also my favorite because I like the variety of the. If you dislike something, you only have to do it for that minute and go on. There’s no dreading coming back to doing it another two times.
My quads were a little more sore than normal before doing Day 51’s Max Interval Plyo, but I got through the workout without a problem. Well, I should say without the quads being a problem. My right knee did hurt a little during the first and third set of squat jumps. I just tried to make sure my knees were not over my toes and that I was landing softly. I still could not do the side push ups, so I just held myself in the up position. Even doing that, I was only able to make it about halfway through that exercise.
Day 50 was Fit Test Four followed by Max Interval Circuit. Because I had been so tired during the workout after the last test, I planned to leave much more time in between this time. I left a couple hours longer in between, but it was still exhausting going through both. Fortunately, the last test will be on it’s own day so I won’t have to worry about that again. The only thing I have to say about the Max Interval Circuit after the test can be covered in something Shaun T says during the High Knees with Twist: “This is where it hurts.” That said, here are my results from Fit Test Four:
Switch Kicks-45 reps (90 kicks)
Globe Jumps-8 (32 jumps)
Push Up Jacks-28
Low Plank Obliques-65
Last time, I threw myself off on Switch Kicks by counting individual kicks instead of reps, so I went back to counting reps and improved by 3 (6 kicks). Last time I had ended up with 6 kicks less than the time before so I basically just brought myself back to my previous high count. Unfortunately I got 2 less on the Power Jacks this time, but I improved by 2 on the Power Knees. I remained the same on the Power Jumps, Globe Jumps, and Suicide Jumps. I improved by 4 Push Up Jacks and by 5 Low Plank Obliques.
Overall, I was sort of disappointed that I didn’t improve in more areas (and slid back in one) but as Tony Horton says in his bookBring It!, “Do your best and forget the rest.” I did the best I could at the time I did each test, and that’s the important part. I didn’t backslide for much of it and I did have improvement in some areas, so I’ll be satisfied with that and I’ll be interested to see how far I’ve come from this time and from the beginning next time.
I admit I was not exactly thrilled when I looked on the calendar for Day 48 and saw Core Cardio & Balance. After doing it six days straight in Recovery Week, I was tired of it and had been looking forward to not having to do it again. However, it ended up being kind of a nice change change of pace and cap to the Week Plus it gave me a chance to see if I had improved on the hip flexor and shoulder burners. I managed to do the hip flexor burners without using a wall this time, although I still had to shake out a few times. Before I had to use the wall for the kicks so this was an improvement. The shoulder burners were just as hard as before and I couldn’t do more than the first couple exercises without dropping my arms.
Day 47 was the first time Max Cardio Conditioning was paired with Cardio Abs. I was so sweaty during Max Cardio Conditioning that I was slipping on the floor trying to do the moves (although I’m sure the already-somewhat-slippery parquet floors didn’t help). If sweat is fat crying, my fat was in a deep depression by the end.
I don’t know if the high plank/low plank pulses in Cardio Abs would be as hard if they were at the beginning instead of the end, but toward the end of them my abs were even quivering. I’ve heard it said that if you still look good after a work out, you didn’t train hard enough. While I don’t ordinarily like to post pics I don’t think I look good in I’ll make an exception for one of the hardest workouts I’ve had in awhile that left my face nearly matching my towel.
On Day 46, I did the Bring It! Fitness Test, waited a little while, then did Max Recovery. I did not eat enough at lunch or waited too long between eating and exercising because I was very hungry during the workout. By Workout 2 with the one arm side holds, I had to stop after the second set because it was getting too hard to hold myself up.
Even with that, I still mostly agreed with Shaun T saying “I’m smiling because I’m lovin’ this recovery”. I was glad not to be cardio work on too little food, but I still got a workout and worked up a good sweat. The pulses in plei and high plank low plank were really hard by the end of each and I’m sure must have been working.
During Max Interval Plyo, Shaun T says, “This is where, if you push yourself, you’re gonna see the results.” While I was seeing results before, I have started to see more. My love handles are *almost* gone and my abs are starting to come back. When I took the Bring It! fit test I found out I’ve lost 3 inches on my waist. I’m pretty sure I’ve lost an inch or so on my thighs as well, so I look forward to seeing the final results.
I’ve also improved a little in the work outs. In the Power Push Ups, Shaun says that if you can’t fully do them to stay in the regular push up until you’re strong enough. That’s what I had to do before. This time I was able to do the Power Push Ups the first time. The next sets I did every other as a Power Push Up and the others as regular ones. During the Level 3 drills which are 16 pushups and 16 floor sprints I managed to do the whole first set of push ups and half of the second ones. The only problem I still had was the side push ups but that’s just another thing to work on improving.
Shaun T said “And I’m dripping in sweat” at one point in Max Interval Circuit, I think during the stretch. I was doing the same during most of the workout. I ended up throwing up a little during the second circuit with the ski abs and push up jacks. I was kind of surprised because I hadn’t eaten recently and in fact had left too much time between eating and working out. I was getting hungry before the warmup was even done. I kept pushing through though. I did take a brief break due to my dogs causing trouble. On the way back to the spare bedroom I use to work out I did a couple pull ups. My husband saw me and told me to get one more and helped me get up there. Then I went back to finish.
I slept off and on the night before Day 43. After only a few hours of sleep we went to a Fasching parade in Mainz. I decided not to drink at the parade so I could work out when we got home. I don’t know if it was the lack of sleep or germs all over public transportation or both but when we got home I had a sore thoart, chills, and stuffy nose. I decided to do Max Cardio Conditioning anyhow. It was a little hard to keep pace but I chugged a lot of water throughout and made sure I did at least did a few more of each exercise beyond when I wanted to take a break. The downside is that there aren’t many breaks and some “breaks” are just slower movements. During the Over the River Hops, Shaun T says to enjoy them because in thirty seconds, “We’re going crazy. We’re gonna get insane again.” The upside to this workout is that it’s only about 45 minutes and once an exercise is done it’s on the the next with no repeating. Even though it can be a harder workout, it makes the time seem to go a little faster. Overall I think I made a good choice in doing the workout. Alcohol could have helped weaken my immune system so what was coming on would stick; exercising helped give me a boost and make me feel better.