Phase 2, Day 37: AAA (aka The One With All The Weights)

I’ll be the first to admit it: I am a gym hypocrite. A big one.

I am the person who gives you death glares when you decide to do your bicep curls RIGHT IN FRONT of the weight rack, thereby making it impossible for others to access the dumbbells. I am the one who will interrupt you mid-lunge to ask if I can “work in” on the set of 20 pounders you haven’t used in the last half hour yet are hoarding in a sweaty corner. I will ask you to move out of the way when you block me from staring at myself in the mirror while shoulder-pressing.

I then turn right around and commit every single gym offense outlined above. And frankly, I don’t give a shit.

In AAA in Phase 2, you can’t care. This is the one that requires ALL THE WEIGHTS, ALL THE TIME. You work too many muscle groups in too short a time to not have a range of dumbbells to cover what you need.

Case in point, my workout area tonight:

All the Weights.

Just in case you can’t tell, I had out the following dumbbells: 8s, 10s, 12s, 15s, 20s, and 25s. Plus a mat, plus my sliders, tracker sheet, loops, water, towel, and warmup shirt. And I guarded that shit like Smaug did the Arkenstone.

See, AAA in Phase 2 requires quick transitions and a variety of weights. In Week 2, you will do all exercises for 10 reps. As explained last week, the workout includes both the usual contract for 3-count, release in one, followed immediately by an exercise that just does normal lifting. The set-up is what you have seen before: Go all the way through all exercises for 10 reps, then go back to the beginning and do it all again, then go back for a third round, for a total of three sets. The difference this time, however, is that on the very last set, you don’t do the normal single-count exercise; all you do is the lift where you go up for three, down for one (or whatever the case may be).

Which means that the first two rounds of AAA this week crawl like molasses. Autumn knows it too, as do her editors: Watch the video of the workout carefully and you can see where they had to make cuts to try and fit everything into their 60-minute timeframe. You can tell they cut out the cast screw-ups and a lot of the downtime that is otherwise required to swap weights for loops and loops for weights.

As a result, you literally need everything to-hand just to keep up. And even then, it’s real hard to do. Frankly, at one point in the workout, because I was so tired of having to hit pause, I had to fight the urge to chuck my phone across the room in a fit of frustration.

I didn’t. But it was close.

If I have any tips for this workout, it is as follows:

Pro TiP #75: F gym etiquette during Phase 2 AAA.

You’re going to have to fight through some dirty looks and do what you need to do to get the job done. You can’t cut corners on the workout, so sadly, you’ll have to cut corners on gym etiquette.

Don’t feel bad; feel the outline of those abs starting to poke through and let that transformation give you strength. Haters gonna hate anyway. Don’t let it keep you from your workout.

Be unapologetic and do you.

Besides, if they really want those weights, they can politely ask to “work in” and then try to work around your transitions.

That’s all I got. Cardio Flow tomorrow. Ugh.

Hang in there. Huzzah for Fri-yay. Enjoy the weekend!

Link to Beachbody stuff in case you’re interested.

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