Phase 2, Day 49: AAA (aka The One Where You Hate Autumn)

I have nothing good to say about this workout other than I did it.

It’s long: 62 minutes to be exact.

It’s hard: I was constantly lightening up my weights in the middle of the single-tempo set because my shoulders were about to give out (always the shoulders).

It’s not fun: I effing hate the plank kickbacks.

It’s the perfect storm of terror that has you cursing Autumn’s name by the end of it.

And maybe because it’s Friday and I was tired from the long week and knew I had to go play soccer right after the workout I wasn’t my usual positive can-do self. But this time after the workout, I didn’t have that sweet sweet sense of accomplishment that normally floods my veins. I just wanted to cry that it was over and get the hell out of the gym.

While this workout feels like an adventure at the beginning Phase 2, by Week 4, it’s just a slog. It’s two sets of 15 where you go through each series twice for 15 reps before moving on to the next series. BUT, this time, instead of only doing one rep of single-tempo burnouts, there’s a burnout round after every three-count exercise.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out this previous post for more info.

As with a few other workouts, I found this one slightly demoralizing. Yes, I did it. And yes, I was stronger on a few of the exercises. But I didn’t FEEL strong. My arms were shaking and I wasn’t able to power through with the same set of weights and I felt so weak on the sliders.

I share this because this is my second time through 80 Day Obsession. And for whatever reason, this shit doesn’t get easier. It feels just as hard now as it did the first time around. I suppose, then, that the only thing I have going for me is I KNOW I can do it at this point, because I did it before. That mental certainty is sometimes all that keeps me going as I grit my teeth and hold back the tears and eke out another rep.

Which is all to say, if you felt the same way today, you’re not alone. It’s normal to hate Autumn for causing you to faceplant after you arm gives out in the weighted plank kickbacks. It’s completely acceptable to swear up a storm when you’re f-ing triple loops roll down your legs during the scissor kicks in the third series BECAUSE THAT EXERCISE JUST DOESN’T WORK WELL WITH LOOPS. It’s cool to draw dirty looks because you are squirreling away all the free weights in your small sweaty corner of the gym.

Just go with it. And when you feel like you can’t take it anymore, step outside yourself and look at the workout as a means to an end. That’s what I ended up doing tonight. My workout went from being me doing 80 Day Obsession, to me looking at it as a super good warmup before tonight’s soccer match:


At least I felt strong and smooth while running. Which at the very least, tells me AAA did the job and ended up being worth the pain and struggle. It got my muscles and joints all lubed up so I hopefully didn’t pull anything.

Hang in there. You’ve made it this far and we are about to get to the fun stuff in Phase 3, where we tackle even more complex moves but with slightly lighter weights. You’ll do stuff you haven’t seen, stuff that you’ll love, and stuff that I swear will make you hate Autumn just a little bit more. Even as you begrudgingly thank her for whipping your ass into shape.

Day 50 tomorrow. If you’re in need of more loops, check out the usual link. Otherwise, catch you on the flip side for another day at the zoo.

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