day 2 – The Shrinking Jeans of April


September 1, 2009 By april

When I started hearing the terrible rumors that Day 2 was all lunges, I’ll admit, my shoulders slumped.  Not a fan of lunges.  Yeah, yeah, I know that they’re good for ya.  But I’m just not a fan of working my legs.  I never have been.  (How I have nice muscular legs, I really don’t know.)

But I’m going to say it right here and right now.  They weren’t that bad!  In fact, I didn’t mind them at all!

And when I got to the tennis sections I.LOVED.IT!  I love tennis.  I may or may not play Wii Sports Tennis like I’m in a championship match in a Grand Slam tournament.  And I was pretty damn good at it if I do say so myself!

I MAY have liked this work out so much that I MAY have done an extra work out.  Okay, I did.  I did one of the Sports work outs because those are my favorite and I wanted to play more tennis.  The End.

PS.  Is anyone else’s ass muscles sore from all of that inline skating?  Yeah, mine either.

August 6, 2009 By april

I took yesterday as a Rest Day from Chalean Extreme.  I did do a little bit of exercise; wanna know what it is???  I can’t tell you what it is yet.  Stay tuned!!!   ;o)

Today, was back to Burn Circuit 2.  In case you’ve forgotten, this is the work out that focuses on biceps and triceps and I LOVE this work out.  I know I said it last week.  I don’t care.  I love it. ;o)

I can already tell that I’m getting stronger, and I totally need to get my ass out and get some heavier weights.  I’m using my 10′s for most of the exercises, and while I reach failure on some of them, I don’t on a lot of them.  My body isn’t going to make the changes that I want it to unless I’m using the right equipment.

Since, I’m getting the hang of the routine now, I find that I concentrate on the exercise and have good form, but I can also allow myself to listen more to Chalene.  I noticed today that she really wants to teach you about each exercise.   To me, this is important.  I like to know what the importance of an exercise is, what muscle groups I’m working (if I don’t already know), and the constant reminder of form.  I find that now that I can listen to her instead of just watching the exercise and trying not to fall over. And by listening to her, I can concetrate more on doing the exercise correctly with good form.

One question I do have though:  All of you exercise DVD people…why are you ALWAYS smiling during these work outs?  I see you smiling on the TV and I think, what the hell is wrong with them? I’m in full concentration mode, breathing hard, and grunting.  I look up and see you smiling like it’s a piece of cake.

Overall, I’m feeling really good.  Stronger.  And I THINK I can already see some changes in my arms!!  I would love to have some really toned arms!  *Fingers crossed!!*

July 29, 2009 By april

When I saw on the Chalean Extreme schedule that today was a rest day, I was a bit confused.  No program I have ever done has the second day as a rest day.  Usually the rest days are in the middle of the week and the end of the week.

So, I direct messaged Chalene Johnson on Twitter and asked.  One thing that really impresses me about Chalene is that if you ask her a question on Twitter, she answers you back.  Fairly quickly, I might add.  So, if you’re not following her, do it, k? ;o)

Her response to my questions was that having Day 2 as a rest day is just a suggestion and that based on your individual schedule is how you should determine which day is your rest days.  (And she said that all in 140, people.)

Typically, I would not rest on Day 2, but after catching up on some much needed sleep this morning and my afternoon became a little busy, I decided that for this week, I would make Day 2 my rest day.  And since Chalene suggested it, it’s okay. Right?

So, next, soreness factor from yesterday.  I am a little sore in my shoulders and chest, but not at all in my legs.  I wish I were more sore, but I know that I’m not using heavy enough weights.  I used all 8′s and 10′s yesterday and judging by how sore I’m not, I know I need to buy 12′s.

I wish I could afford the mondo weights that they use in the program.  Seriously, go here, scroll down a bit and check those puppies out, but until I can, buying 12′s should do the trick.

I guess that’s it for Day 2.  I’m actually excited for Day 3 to get here!!