Phase 1, Day 8: Total Body Core. Again. (aka There is Nothing Pretty About This)

You know when you do an exercise that feels AMAZING so you think you MUST look good while doing it? That is, you feel so strong, that surely that strength carries over into a picture of you performing the exercise such that the photo exudes confidence and can-do and charisma.

Yeah, not so much.

At least, not so much with any exercise in Total Body Core. Case in point below:

Boat Pose with Loop.
Yep, that’s me. Looking like it’s a Monday morning at the gym.

That’s me in boat pose with resistance loop. In my head, my legs were far out in front of me, my back was nearly touching the floor, and my head was in line with my spine.

As you can see, none of those things are actually true.

And really, that’s what Week 2 is all about: You feel stronger than you did in Week 1, but also nothing really looks good this week. That is, you’ll be a little bit sore, a little bit tired, and starting to wonder if 72 more days of this shit is worth it.

To that I answer YES, it is.

And, also, this is the worst week in any Phase. Week 2, that is. The reason being you do all the exercises in a row for 10 reps; then go back through and do them all for 10 reps again; then go back through and do them all for 10 reps again for the 3rd and final time. I hate this rep scheme because it feels like it takes FOREVER. There’s none of the WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM that comes with doing 3 sets of 10 for a group of exercises, then moving on to the next. Instead, you have to struggle through an exercise (cough, renegade rows, cough), then know you have to go all the way through the ENTIRE workout before coming back to it. Time goes real slow in this one.

All I can say is: STICK WITH IT. It does get better, I promise.

Wondering how to make it get better, faster? Now’s the time for one of my trademark pro tips!

Pro Tip #14: STRETCH. Stretch in the morning when you get up, at night when you go to bed, and drop into a runner’s lunge for a few seconds at work, just to keep it all loose.

If you are anything like me, you are sore right now. Even though I’ve already gone through this whole 80 Day Obsession thing, it still gets me, mostly because I have bumped up my weights, and I decided to try and play soccer even though I don’t run on a regular basis. I then proceed to sit at a desk at work for 8 hours a day before heading home to stare at the computer screen for another hour while I blog (YOU’RE WELCOME).

If I don’t stretch, my hip flexors get so tight that it starts to pull on my hamstrings, which in turn makes it more likely I’ll pull a muscle just walking (been there, done that). So I always spend an extra 12 minutes stretching after my workout in the morning. Then, at night, before I go to bed, I do the same 12-minute routine.

Recently, I’ve added just dropping into a random runner’s lunge stretch at work for 10 seconds at a time, just to try and keep things extra loose. Because I have been sitting WAY too much for comfort.

If you’re wondering what stretch I’m talking about, here it is:

That’s not me. But you get the idea.

I try to do that stretch a few times at work throughout the day, holding for 8-10 seconds at a time. If I don’t, I can’t squat or lunge as low, and chances are good I’ll pull something.

I’m trying to think what else you might want to know about this workout, but really, I think all you’ll want to know is that YES IT DOES END. And, YES YOU CAN DO IT. But it’s not a pretty “hey look at me” sort of workout day.

It’s a grit your teeth, suck it in to keep your core tight, make all sorts of animalistic grunting noises kind of workout day. So just own it and go with it. Because soon those grunts will be coming from one strong animal.

Yeah, it’s definitely Monday.

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