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 ....
) 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.
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...
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...
) so I will ride my bike. I got one of these recently, so now I can ride year round. www.tacx.com/producten/e
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!