Better known as Arms, Abs, and Ass. Because that’s what this workout works.
After the five rounds found in the workouts done earlier in the week, the three rounds of AAA seem to fly by. Good thing too. Because by Thursday, I’m tired.
Logistics: The Rounds don’t have names. That is, they aren’t intended to work only one specific muscle. But they consist of four exercises each that do target specific muscles. You’ll work your shoulders, then your tris or bis, then your abs, then your ass. In Week 1, it’s all the way thru once for 15 reps; repeat.
Here’s the deal: By the time you get to Thursday in the first week of workouts, you will be lucky if you remember your own name. For me, between work and the gym and life in general, it is supremely difficult to drag myself out of bed for an early morning workout. So this morning, I didn’t. When my alarm went off at 5:15 am, I rolled over, reset it to 7:45 am, and slept in.
Or at least, I tried to sleep in. Inevitably, what happens during the week when I try to pull this shit, even though my brain is ready for another 2+ hours of sleep, my brain is not. My brain starts running amuck and thinking of everything I have to do during the day. My body, in response, decides that the way to shut my brain up is to literally try and fry it. Because the next thing that happens is my body starts to overheat, to the point where I’ve got trickles of sweat running down my back and soaking my shirt and my covers and making it real uncomfortable to enjoy the sleep-in. Really, at that point, the sleep-in becomes a lie-in and I get something close to a full-blown panic attack as I think of everything I have to do during the day, which now includes my workout.
So that’s how I start my day. Which is why, by the time I get to my newly scheduled evening workout, my brain is shot. I spent ALL day thinking it was leg day, and prepping myself for what was to come. Which means I was over-hyped for the whole thing when I finally figured out it was AAA. But I still had to do it.
Regardless, here’s me during the day, overhyping and over-hydrating:
My point is, by the time I got to the workout. I was tired, my legs were sore from sitting down all day, and I wasn’t sure of my own name. Which is why I was so thankful for the tracker sheets I printed out for this time through 80 Day Obsession. They saved my ass.
Even though it was only 2 rounds, between the first round and the second, I could not, for the life of me, remember what weight I used. Thankfully, I wrote it down. But I was out of it. It was a struggle. My brain was not keeping up with the moment and it was all I could do to get the loops on and off and pull the correct weights. The worst part is I almost forgot to write it all down, until I happened to see the pen when I put the weights down after the third exercise in the first round, and it reminded me to use the tools at my disposal to make it easier on myself.
Now that I’m home and wondering why the fuck I started a blog no one will read and which is keeping me from getting to bed, I’m thankful I tracked my weights, because I know my strength has increased substantially since the last time I did Phase 1. I know this because I didn’t track my weights then; I just used whatever weights Autumn was using. And this time, all my weights were heavier than Autumn’s. Progress! So I will be interested to see what my strength is like when I do 3 sets of 10 next week, and the next time we do 2 sets of 15 at the end of Phase 1.
So. That’s me. If you’re human, like me, you’re probably tired. Maybe feeling a little bit flat. Wondering why you’re doing shit like these hard ass workouts and then writing about it. To that I say: Everything will look better after a good night’s sleep. You’ll wake up tomorrow stronger and well-rested and ready to tackle leg day and write a super witty post that will be shared by Autumn herself and earn you a million followers.
Until then, feel good about getting Day 4 done and sticking to the meal plan. If you’re doing it right, you should already be noticing the difference. If you’re not, ask me why. Message me. I love talking about this stuff.
Get some sleep!