I should say that I am not an avid "blogger." My true talent is found in spoken words, at which I excel. Anyhow, I was talked into participating in the PLS 12 week program - heard all kinds of fantastic things... I signed up and as the beginning was approaching, I was just too excited to begin. After all, I really do love working out. Sunday came and I showed up for the weigh-in and initial measurements. I don't know any numbers as I wanted it to be a surprise for myself at the 2 week weigh in.
Picture the Great Wall of China with a face and a voice...that's Paul. This man is giant...and someone I would NEVER want to go toe to toe with! Paul was very motivational in his presentation to the groups (5am and 6am groups). He really seemed like a guy who cares about helping people become healthy, whether it be weight loss or maybe just stepping up your game.
Monday, September 2, 2013 - Day 1...fitness test! I got up to get there at 5am on my first vacation day from school (Labor Day). I thought I was supposed to be OFF on labor day!
Ha...got there about 7 minutes early and that was too late...first sign of trouble. AHH! The fitness test included some sprinting, squatting with weights, pushups, situps, and a 1 mile run. My real failure, in my opinion, was the run. That sent me straight to the lowest group...dangit. Nonetheless, running has NEVER been my strength. Throughout the fitness test, I seemed to stay on his radar and managed to mess up 4 times total, one including asking a question to a girl that earned me a "you are getting on my nerves" from Paul. Oh man...I really dreaded going back for day 2. I have never been down about a workout...
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - Day 2...the workouts begin. Keep in mind; I am in the lowest group. The first rotation included the gauntlet...jogging around the track twice and burpees. Now...I have done burpees before...they are in no way new to me. However, it's a little different with a giant guy yelling at you to move your ass (not to me individually). Following this is treadmills...this is the station in the rotation that Paul monitors...all I knew is that I wasn't stopping on that treadmill, even in death.
Then we went to the "turf room" or what I know as the Parisi room. It was difficult because we had to do these drills where we dragged the plates with our feet while we were on the ground. It killed my knees. Next, was the weightroom. Now we're in business...my specialty! I got through 5 machines and they called time...the day had ended. Oh dang! One girl called me a beast because she followed me on the machines and had to lower the weights on the stacks from 50 and 60 lbs to 20 and 30 lbs. I also discovered that my knees were completely raw from the turf. I survived without getting yelled at...phew! Maybe this won't be so bad after all...
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - Day 3
Today, I was ready to go. I had some people to talk to as I warmed up on the track...finally!
I ran into a friend who was also coaching with the PLS team. She did the cyclefit portion of the day. When we were assigned to do the bikes first, I knew it was going to be a decent day! Thankfully, this is another place I am knowledgeable! Shortly after, I was doing free weights in the turf room...only biceps and triceps today. Then we did some tire flipping and several jumping jacks.
I bought stuff for my knees last night. They are bandaged up and I am really having a tough time walking because the skin in so raw. It won't stop me from being great though. Just stay off Paul's radar and I'm good. Btw, he genuinely does want to help people; his methods are a little SCARY, but all in all...he's a pretty good guy.