Happy April! It’s been a while, so let’s catch up. (I gave up Power 90 and keto – what was that?!)
I have been eating everything in sight for at least 6 months. I can’t blame quarantine. Since the cruise in June 2019, my weight has been creeping upwards and I have done nothing to top it. Sure, I’ve whined and had days of self-loathing. But those did not work. So here I am. Back to my heaviest but without any jeans that fit because I foolishly donated them all.
I just started Beachbody’s LIIFT4. For clarification: I AM NOT A BEACHBODY COACH!!!! Any reviews here are my own ramblings and are not to sucker you into buying something. I love Beachbody’s workouts but the company really hurt me when they dropped their live classes. I was licensed for Cize, PiYo, TurboKick, Transform, and Core de Force. Beachbody dropped all of them. Thankfully, I can still teach them. I mean, when life starts again.
I finished T25 Alpha and my heart wasn’t in it. Around Week 3, I got bored. I still did the workouts, but I wasn’t giving it my all. Also, some of the moves really hurt my knees. I’m almost 50 and I’m carting around an extra 30ish pounds. I remember liking the upper body parts of T25 Beta, but I also remember them being few and far between. And repetitive.
Enter LIIFT4. I subscribe to Beachbody On Demand. Even though BB betrayed me, I still love their workouts. I tried the sample LIIFT4 workout Friday (after T25 Cardio or Speed or something) and really liked it. The sample class included weights, HIIT, and core in about 30 minutes.
Monday 4/27/2020 was LIIFT4, Week 1, Day 1 – Chest and Triceps. It starts with a quick warmup of running in place and jumping jacks. If I were doing this first thing in the morning, I’d add a 1 mile walk before LIIFT4 because I’m creakier in the morning. Since this is a lunch/brunch activity, the short warmup was fine.
We immediately went to the floor. I used 8 pound weights almost exclusively. I punked out on my 3rd set of Skull Crushers and reduced it to 5 pounds. The sets were: Chest Presses with Skull Crushers, Chest Flies with Tricep Presses, and Rotating Chest Press with Tricep Pushups. 3 rounds of 10 reps. Exercises are demonstrated before and cued throughout. I struggled on the tricep pushups because I’m out of shape (duh). Pushups are my nemesis. I know I should do them. But I hate them. Because I cant do them.
After Chest and Triceps, I said “I am going to feel this later.”
Spoiler: I was correct.
HIIT was next. 60 seconds of Soccer Run, 45 seconds of Mountain Climbers, 30 seconds of Catchers (it’s a burpee but you don’t stand up) for 3 rounds. I ended up using a step for my Mountain Climbers and Catchers. My flexibility is bad. I have a lot of trouble getting my hands to the floor. The step takes some of that strain away. As a result, it’s one of my personal goals to be able to do those exercises without using a step.
The workout ends with Core. Rope climbs and Windshield Wipers. I had to modify the Wipers because it strains my lower back. Dude, this extra 30 pounds is kicking my ass.
I also went for “Walkies” (it’s a 1 mile walk around my neighborhood and is more for mental health than it is for fitness). It was cold and rainy, but I find that I need my walkies. Otherwise, I get a little bit evil.
I should have done my yoga (Beachbody has a 3 Week Yoga Retreat. I’ll review that another time. I only do Week 1, Day 2 Stretch) but I was being a toddler. I started to type “I was sore” and “I was tired” but the truth is, I was being a brat.
I went to bed stupid early (even for me) and I’m sore today. My right shoulder has some weird twinges happening. Nothing that will make me stop. I plan to do LIIFT4 Week 1, Day 2 – Back and Biceps in a couple of hours. I’ll also bully myself into doing yoga.
So that’s Quarantine Dork Life. It kind of sucks. But I’m alive and my loved ones are healthy, so it can’t be all that bad.