I was reading an old issue of Fitness magazine (June 2009), you know, the magazine that uses super skinny models with no muscle definition for the photos of workouts.
Near the back, I found this little workout that seemed easy enough to do in a short time. NOT!
1.) Do 10 push-ups (count "one one-thousand, two one-thousand." etc., as you press up and down).
2.) Using heavy weights (12 - 15 pounds), hold dumbbells at your sides and perform 10 forward lunges and 10 backward lunges.
3.) Starting on elbows, hold the plank position for 1 minute. Straighten arms into full push-up position, hold for 1 minute. Lift right leg 6 inches off the floor for 30 seconds. Repeat with left leg. Rest 30 seconds.
4.) Repeat circuit 3 times.
My first attempt: Push-up have never been easy for me so I did the girlie push-ups, I don't have 12-15 pound weight so I used my 8 pound weights instead, and to do planks with variations for 3 minutes - are you kidding me? Do 3 times! I don't think so.
My second attempt was better. My third attempt was better yet, I graduated from the girlie push-ups and actually managed to do 10, yes, I said 10 push-ups!
10 was my max with good form. I did the lunges, then the plank with my stop watch in between my hands (didn't want to do a second more on the planks
Result: I managed to do 2 circuits. My goal is to complete this workout 3 times a week for 1 month.
So, for starters, I am cheering me on:
(...to be continued)
10/15/2011 -- still working on making it that 3rd time.