“Let’s Get It!” (Day 62: Max Cardio Conditioning & Cardio Abs)

max cardio conditioning and cardio absDuring the Diamond Jumps in Max Cardio, Shaun T says, “Let’s get it!” That was my intention for the workout It would be my final time doing and Cardio Abs and the last workout day before the final fit test. It was a relief to finally be at the end, but I like that workout so I will kind of miss it. I will probably do it again on occasion. My favorite part was probably that I managed 80 power knees on the left side (which is the side used in the fit test) in 30 seconds, which is more than I had been making in the fit test in a minute. Ideally I wanted to keep up that pace so I would have 160 kicks in the test, but even as much as I got done during the workout would be an improvement.

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“What’s About to Happen to Your Body is Completely Insane” (Day 52: Max Cardio Conditioning & Cardio Abs)

max cardio conditioning and cardio absIn 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.

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“You Don’t Have to Do a Sit Up or a Crunch to Work Those Abs” (Day 47: Max Cardio Conditioning & Cardio Abs)

max cardio conditioning and cardio absDay 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.

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“We’re Going Crazy. We’re Gonna Get Insane Again” (Day 43: Max Cardio Conditioning)

max cardio conditioning and cardio absI 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.

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“45 Minutes of Pure Endurance Training” (Day 38: Max Cardio Conditioning)

I planned on doing the Day 38 workout in the evening but I let my husband convince me to watch a movie with him. By the time it was over, it was later than I had planned to be up. I had a job interview the following morning so I decided to skip the workout in favor of sleep which put me another day behind. Even with missing I figured I could double up in the next couple days and do a workout on Sunday to bring me back up to date.

I did Day 38 the following day. The warm up for Max Cardio Conditioning started off the same as the other Month 2 workouts before it. However, during the third set Shaun T changed it up a bit going back to one similar to the Month 1 workouts: Sprint, Jumping Jacks, Heisman, 1-2-3 1-2-3, and High Knees. Then we stretched.

Similar to Pure Cardio, Max Cardio Conditioning is one long circuit rather than repetitions of a few different circuits. The workout was as follows: High-Low Jab with a Squat, 30 Second Right Left, Football Runs, Low Plank, Basketball Jump with Squat, Right and Left Kick, Diamond Jumps, Suicide Jumps, In and Out Push Up Jacks, Suicide Jumps, High Knee, High-Low/Floor Sprint, Ski Abs, Kick Step Back, Squat  Twist, Over the River Hops, Attack, Power Knees, Ski Down Hooks, Belt Kicks, Forward/Back Suicides, Push Up Abs, Plank Punches, 8 Jump Rope/8 Hop Squats, and Squat Speed Bag. Then we stretched.

Overall I liked Max Cardio Conditioning better than the Max Interval Circuit. I did not manage to get in another workout that day despite having done it earlier but at least I got one in. Unfortunately I ended up having a couple different health issues over the weekend and beginning of the week that kept me from exercising. On top of not feeling well I was exhausted even when I got a lot of sleep. Since Max Recovery was the next workout and originally scheduled for Thursday, I decided to give myself a few days of rest and pick up the following Thursday where I had left off.

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