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Chalean extreme - Day 1

Monday, November 14, 2011

I feel like it should say "Take 2" in the title. 'Cause that is essentially what this is. This will be my second attempt at Chalean Extreme and for a few different reasons I expect it to go better this time around.

I tried the program in April 2010. This was a few weeks after I had finished my first round of Insanity. Now, everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE Insanity. And Shaun T.

And Chalean just didn't measure up. I was in really good shape after Insanity and I was a serious endorphin junkie to boot (how can you be anything else if you want to get through Insanity), so for me Chalean was s-l-o-w, wussy and kind of cheerleader-like perky. Ugh. I missed the gritty determination of Shaun T (not to mention that sexy voice, beautiful body and face and, well, GROWL .... emoticon ) and I missed being pushed, challenged, brought to the brink of exhaustion.

However, life has been an obstacle course in the past 5 months, starting with a foot fracture in June. 2.5 months of no exercise, bad diet (I am a recovering bulimic and exercise addict - so not a good combination with an injury), resulting in complete loss of stamina, strength and a 5 kilo weight gain. Jesus.

Getting back on track has been so very difficult. I started running again, but immediately the blasted bursitis (my nemesis from the winter of 2010) resurfaced and I had to revise my plans. I have been power walking a lot, bike riding and doing some strength training, but it's been too little to have any significant effect on either my fitness level or my weight.

Enter Chalean.

I figured that since my fitness level is deplorable compared to the last time I tried the program, that it would prove to be more of a challenge this time around. I have also purchased some heavier weights. I now have 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 kg dumbbells. (4.4/8.8/11/13.2/17.6 lbs) and will look into getting 10 kg (22 lbs) weights.

It's been some time since I did Insanity, so maybe I won't be comparing Chalene to Shaun T as much either. I will work on not letting her annoy me.

Today was Day 1. And it was okay. I worked up a bit of a sweat, the set of weights I have seem to work for now and I didn't cuss at Chalene to shut up and get on with things every few minutes... emoticon I still don't think that she pushes enough. I still get annoyed when she says it's okay to stop anywhere between 10-12 reps, instead of encouraging to do more, to try harder.

This is definitely a program suitable for beginners, which I am NOT, regardless of my current level of fitness. I was a gym rat for years and years and feel very comfortable around weights, machines and testing my limits.

Still, what I need right now is a program I will follow, not get bored with and which will allow me to build up my fitness level at a safe pace. Hopefully this program will help me with all that.

Tomorrow is a rest day according to the Chalean program (no big surprise there - told ya; wussy... emoticon) so I will ride my bike. I got one of these recently, so now I can ride year round.
I am very happy with this product, it's silent, and very light weight so it's easy to move the bike and I like the display.

Updates will follow, so stay tuned!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AMBERLEIGHM1 1/21/2012 9:36PM

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on Chalean Extreme. I have insanity but haven't been able to try it since I got it while injured but hopefully soon I can. You have done great recovering after your foot fracture, I hope you get to be where you want to be.

Thanks for your support and your comments on my blog. I'll be around more now that I'm starting to get healthy. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Peace & Blessings.

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FLYCHRISTI 1/14/2012 9:43AM

Good luck !

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MOSTMOM1 11/16/2011 7:44AM

    You make me laugh. I can hear you yelling at the screen now. Go get 'em!

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DDOORN 11/15/2011 9:39AM

    Kudos to pushing yourself, wussy or no! Great looking trainer there too!


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BILL60 11/15/2011 8:14AM

    Hope that it all works for you.

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NUOVAELLE 11/15/2011 1:38AM

    I hope it works out well for you and gets you closer to something that matches your fitness level more. I was thinking about you the other day when I came across a new Insanity program called "The asylum"!!! - I wonder why! - Check it out. It could be your next attempt after Chalean extreme is over. Knowing how hard you train and having seen clips from the Insanity, I understand how you feel about Chalean. Try to see it as a transition period. I'm sure you'll do great!
Good luck!
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ZEESPARROW 11/14/2011 9:54PM

    I'll be following along to see how it goes for you. Still debating, here. But I'm not in the same place as you, so maybe it would be worthwhile...

Debating. lol

I hope you enjoy it this time around!!!

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    Nice to see your opinion on Chalean. I just finished P90X Lean program and was looking for more of a challenge. I'm also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do so I'm no stranger to hard workouts. I found the Bob Harper Inside Out Method videos that blew P90X away. So when you get back up to speed check those out. They rock! I was also thinking about doing Insanity but need to focus on black belt testing in a little over 3 weeks so I'll do something else after that. Good luck!

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 11/14/2011 6:53PM

    I'm glad to hear your review on Chalene because I was interested in getting it. I hope it gets better or you find something that you enjoy.

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ELISOS 11/14/2011 4:28PM

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APIRLRAIN888 11/14/2011 4:16PM

    U can do it

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