So, I stayed true to my word and busted out the Plyo Challenge Workout I posted about last week.
Verdict? GREAT workout!
It was definitely an ass-kicker, but not so hard that I couldn't finish. I actually thought it was really fun! Maybe I was just in a good mood that morning, but I genuinely enjoyed that routine. I think I was starting to get bored with my usual cardio and this combination of exercises woke my body UP!
Including a 5 minute warm-up, I finished the whole workout in about 50 minutes and burned a little over 450 cals! Considering there were quite a few body-resistance moves mixed in throughout, I think that's a pretty good burn for that amount of time. Speaking of time, it went by fast! That definitely motivated me to keep going until the end.
There's still some lingering soreness in my upper body, but nothing debilitating. As for equipment, the main things I didn't use were the barbell, bosu ball and stability ball. I tried to do the stability ball move in the last round, but my core couldn't hack it, haha. It was kind of pathetic. Oh well. Something to work toward!
Completing this workout really reminded me how important variety is when sticking to a regular fitness routine. I'm prone to being a creature of habit, so I'm going to make it a point to try a new workout each week, be it a new DVD, online video or a custom routine of my own.
How do you keep your fitness routine fresh and challenging? What types of resources to you use? Do you often find yourself getting stuck in a workout rut?
While I'm enjoying new workouts, my love for running is currently on a downswing. Kind of regret signing up for the 5K next month, but I'll stick it out, I suppose.
Other than that, I've just been trying to tone up and lose some of last year's regained weight (currently down 8 out of 20 pounds!) and studying for the ACE exam. Moving through the first couple of chapters pretty smoothly, but probably won't schedule my exam for a another few weeks.
Hope everyone's week is off to a good start!