Day 18 of 30 Day Shred – Upper Body Strength

I’m home from my visit to FL (actually got home on Sunday evening) and I’ve been enjoying lounging around the house for the past couple of days.  I’ll be back at the retail job on Thursday, and in general I don’t really like to laze about with nothing to do, but it’s nice to have a couple of days without a schedule.

Yesterday I went grocery shopping and was excited to see that one of my favorite fruits is on sale this week… bananas!  I love bananas because they are yummy, portable, and already divided into serving sizes… great as part of breakfast or as a snack.  Hooray for bananas!

Level 2 of the Shred is getting a little easier, if you can call it that.  A couple of the exercises have been really challenging me, and yesterday was the first time I was able to do all of them without doing the beginner modification.  Here are the ones that were giving me the most trouble.  Surprise, surprise:  they both require upper body strength, which I had very little of when I started the Shred.

SQUAT THRUST:  To do this exercise, get into plank position.  Then jump into a squat, then back into plank.  It may seem easy, and it would be if it wasn’t in the MIDDLE of this ultra-tough workout.  Doing these very quickly for a straight period of 30 seconds was surprisingly difficult.  The beginner modification is to do one leg at a time.

PLANK JACKS:  This exercise is sort of like jumping jacks, but you do them while holding yourself in plank position.  This is the second-to-last cardio exercise in the Level 2 workout, and it’s really tough to get through them for 30 seconds straight.  The beginner modification is to do one leg at a time.

I used to avoid exercises that required upper body strength because I didn’t want to think about my weak arms.  Well, doing exercises like these has really taught me that I can develop that strength pretty quickly if I place emphasis on it.

Are there any exercises that you avoid because they give you trouble?

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3 Responses to Day 18 of 30 Day Shred – Upper Body Strength

  1. Laura says:

    I START level two tomorrow. Oh, geeze.

    (In re: the delay – running outside plus the shred was too much for my knees. I had to switch back to the treadmill and the elliptical for a bit, but I’m no longer getting shin splints when I try to do jumping jacks, so it’s onward and upward, I suppose.)

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