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100 Day Hybrid Workout & Thank You Sparkville!

Monday, May 20, 2013

I am going to get to what my 100 Day Hybrid workout is in a minute, but first, I wanted to touch on something else real quick.

When I posted my vlog last week about losing 142 lbs. in one year, I had no idea that it would get the kind of response it got! Holy Toledo, you all here in Sparkville are AWESOME! I mean, I knew that you were already, but I think you all took it to another level last week! I have been kind of slow getting back to everyone and thanking them for all the wonderful comments, emails, messages, and goodies and I apologize. I really do appreciate every word! I have been reading them all and I will get back to you as soon as I am able to catch up. But thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart! The outpouring of support and love from you all was something else! Thank you!

Like I have said many times, I still have a hard time believing that I can inspire anyone because there was a time in the not to distant past, when I couldn't inspire myself! I will say, that if I ever even inspire 1 person along the way here, that will be a major accomplishment! I am completely humbled when I read comments about being an inspiration. Every single one of us on here has it within themselves to be their change that they need. You have it within YOU to be your change! You can do this! We can do this!

I could go on and on about that all day but I will get back to the subject at hand of this blog, my workout program.

As some of you may know, over a 10+ month period, I finished, Insanity, Tap Out XT, P90x, and Les Mills Combat. None of them were easy as each had it's strengths. For me, Insanity was the best of the four for cardio. Tap Out XT was the best for overall strength. P90x was the best for flexibility and balance. Combat was the best for core & leg strength.

When I finished Les Mills Combat back on May 10th, I really wasn't sure what I was going to do next. Do I repeat one of the programs I already finished? Do I start something new like Asylum, P90x 2, Tap Out XT 2, or Turbo Fire? I was really unsure of where my next challenge was going to come from.

I had an idea. Hey, don't act so shocked...

I thought, how about I combine the hardest and most challenging workouts of the 4 programs I already finished into a hybrid and I can do that! Bingo! CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I made a full workout calendar and when I was done, it was 100 days of the best and harderst workouts of Insanity, Tap Out XT, P90x, and Combat combined!

Crazy? Perhaps. I don't look at it like that. I look at it as the next evolution of challenging myself. I am always looking for that next challenge. I am always looking for the next way to step up my fitness. Not to mention I want to go ahead and knock of these last 25 lbs and hit my goal that I set back in May of 2012. So the 100 Day Hybrid is what I came up with and is what I am going with.

I kicked off the hybrid on May 12th with some P90x Yoga and here is what the entire 1st week looked like...

A few things with this program. One, I have already lost 6 lbs in the first five days! Two, I love it! Not just for the weight loss but for the mix of workouts. Three, doing the old workouts is actually fun! Some of them I hadn't done since last summer and it is AMAZING when I can do parts of them now that I couldn't do back then! Makes it even more fun for me and makes me want to push even harder!

The general rule for the program is 2 days a week of yoga, 2 days a week of cardio, 1 day a week of arms & core, 1 day a week of legs & core, and 1 day a week with all core.

So that is my 100 Day Hybrid plan! What do you think? I finished Day 8 (Tap Out XT - Yoga XT...Sunday is yoga day) and I am more sure about my decision to try this hybrid than ever. It will be a challenge but I really think that it will give me the results I want when it is over!

Thank you again for all of your support! You all help me push harder and farther every day and I couldn't be more appreciative! You all are the best!

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  • DOCKO56
    You are just DARN crazy!!!!!! In a good way!!!!
    1796 days ago
    Wow that must be such a feeling of acccomplishment doing the older ones and doing them well now. I have never done a home exericse program, instead I go to a gym. Reading your blogs inspires me to dig out some of those DVD's and actually open them and use them.

    I am amazed at that you can lose 6 lbs in the first five days! Congratulations, you will lose that last 25 pounds quickly!

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    1797 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    You Amaze mE!
    1798 days ago
  • KATHY47802
    Great routine! I like what you said about always looking for the next step up for yourself/routine. I love plyo training but I twisted my ankle April 25th so have been working it back up to be able to handle plyo again. I do a long power walk every morning and strength training 3 days a week, along with Pilates on alternate days of strength. I try jumping jacks now and then and slow jogs in to my power walking but still too sore. So the warning goes off in my head and I take it back down. I don't want this to start all over again. I cannot wait to get back in to my Jillian dvds as she does a lot with plyo training.

    Great job - Great workout - Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1798 days ago
  • LISAMG1220
    That is amazing!! I am so psyched for you. Keep it up and thank you again for sharing my friend. I needed to read and see it. Hugs.
    1798 days ago
    I love it!!! (Not just the mix that your doing now; but how you completed each program to reward yourself with a list of achievements, that is totally awesom.. Amazing!!!)
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    Also, watched your vlog that you posted under this blog.. of the weight loss progress over the past year .. WOW!

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    1798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/21/2013 6:56:24 AM
    You are AWESOME! You inspire so many because you're honest about your journey. You done some amazing things, things that most people, including myself, only dream of doing. You've lost more weight in a year than I've lost in nearly 3... AH MAZ ING!!! You're a ROCK STAR and you deserve all the attention you're getting, just don't let it overwhelm you. Believe, my, it's difficult to handle sometimes. That workout you have going, sound INSANE! You're definitely a better man than I. Uh, weird, but you get it, lol! Rock on Brad!!!
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    1799 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog!!! Wonderful Plan. You Can Do It. You Have Come a Long Ways. We are Pulling for You. This is the WTG!!! You are an Inspiration to All Of Us. Keep It Up. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1799 days ago
    Your plan is working already. You are very inspiring to the spark family. I tend to be in a rut and not step out of my comfort zone with my exercise. So I am going to mix it up for the next few weeks. emoticon emoticon emoticon Jeanne emoticon
    1799 days ago
    That's great and esp since you are into day 8 and you know you are enjoying it and losing weight...can't beat that! emoticon
    1799 days ago
    Sounds good! I like it! Go for it!
    1799 days ago
    I have no idea what you are talking about with all the parts of all the programs. But I like the concept and see how I could do something like that with what I am doing. And since I appear to be in a rut, in danger of getting bored, I am going to look into this idea. I'll have my own Hybrid Summer workout for June. My biggest problem is the sun and heat ramping up here in FL so I'll probably have to make up a plan that out at dawn and dusk but still combines the best of my best.
    1799 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan to me! I loved your comment about being able to do some of the exercises you couldn't do last summer. It reminded me of my first attempt back at a step class at the gym. It was awful! When we finally stopped to check heart rates, mine was dangerously high for my age...and then I hurt bad for the next week. So I went back to my own step DVDs and videos and slowly worked from the easier ones to the more challenging ones. I'm still not able to do some of the workouts I could do 20 years ago (yes, some of my Cathe Friedrich videos are that old), but I'm a whole lot better than I was that day in step class.

    Keep on motivating!
    1799 days ago
    As I have to keep reminding myself, NO ONE can do this for us. No matter how much I have dreamed about someone coming to my house each morning to wake me, drive me to the gym, cook my meals and follow me around to make sure I don't splurge (I mean that's how Oprah does it, right??), I know that wouldn't make any bit of difference any way. It is only when we can be our own change that magic happens. Sometimes it takes a little kickstarting to get to that self propulsion. Inspirational stories and motivators such as yourself go a long way in that kickstarting. In my first year, I relied so heavily on success stories to keep me moving forward--to provide daily proof that it is in fact POSSIBLE to reach previously impossible goals.

    It never gets easy. The journey is life long and will continue to be a daily struggle. Some days will seem effortless. Some days feel like we are at the bottom of the mountain, looking up again. Sharing those ups and downs with the rest of us makes it even more inspirational because it shows the real side of this thing. It also shows that we can triumph over the adversity through recommitment and long term persistence.

    I think your Hybrid workout is a great idea! You have truly embraced the lifestyle and are showing your creativity and flexibility by thinking outside the "box." It is so exciting to hear that you are able to do so much more now than you were able to do when you originally went through some of the earlier programs. Wonderful NSV! Congratulations on the Scale Victory as well!

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    1799 days ago
  • KCLARK89
    LOVE doing hybrids of multiple programs!! And it looks good too that you're not pushing yourself every single day since you have a nice mix of just yoga days and strength days!
    1799 days ago
    You ARE an inspiration!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Love your new pictures emoticon
    1799 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/20/2013 9:08:10 AM
    Sounds like a wonderful idea, combining the strengths of each program! Awesome inspiration!
    1799 days ago
    You're pretty emoticon

    I have many full programs and have never fully finished (from start to finish) any of them. I like the idea of mixing up the best of all of them though. Sounds like it's working with your progress already. emoticon emoticon
    1799 days ago
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