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    I could be wrong but isnt the point of boxing that your opponent hits the floor not you?
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    Day 11 - Cardio Recovery

    Never thought I'd like stretching, but it certainly feels good afterwards. I managed to hold more stretches today, but I'm still as inflexible as granite.

    Still haven't looked at the diet. Wonder where an orange Club ranks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs
    Still haven't looked at the diet. Wonder where an orange Club ranks...
    Its right up there my friend ... i think Tesco have a buy one get one free pack of 8 going on at the moment ..

    Ive actually ran out ... DONs will do that to you
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    Day 12 - Cardio Power and Resistance

    Home from work, straight into my gym kit, bosh. This is definitely the workout that is most attuned to my body. I kept pace pretty darned well tonight: a couple of pauses, but nothing for more than 10 seconds or so before picking up again. I was stronger in the final set too. Hard to say if this is improvement or just how I feel on the day, but pretty pleased.

    Only minor concern is the potential strain on the body. With so much jumping involved, I have had some creaking from both knees now. It tends to go as I get warmer, but I really don't want to blow one out. Hopefully a bit of sense will mean it's nothing to worry about.

    Have resisted the orange Clubs so far, but that's mainly because I haven't been shopping since Llan started pimping them. On the plus side, it means I haven't been reduced to a panic run to the supermarket to stock up. That's willpower right there.

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    Hmm... last two nights I've, err, had the runs. Two potential culprits. One is the core work perhaps being more taxing than I realise; when I've worked on my abs in the past, it's loosened things up for a couple of days. The other is the protein shakes I've had after working out. Just whey and milk, nothing more. Either way, the sooner the plumbing is back to normal, the better.

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    Day 13 - Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs

    Back to the workout that beat me 4 days ago. Well, I'm flicking a very solid pair of V's at you, Mr Pure Cardio. Rocked it today, with only a handful of short rests (remember, this is the one without prescribed breaks), and pretty strong to the end. Sweat dripping by the end, but I had that good feeling you get when you pretty much nail something.

    But then… it gets followed by Cardio Abs? WTF? They introduce a brand new workout, and tack it on after Pure Cardio? Sadists. Right then…

    Cardio Abs is 16 minutes long, which is probably why they don't see it as a full workout. The cardio side of it is a little misleading - there's a little bit at the start where you're lifting your knees and doing some jumping, but it's certainly not full-on like the Pure Cardio workout. The majority of the time is on the floor. He promises 'no crunches', so there's lots of moving legs and arms instead. I might consider mixing this one in a little on days where I play tennis.

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    Day 14 - Rest Day

    A pretty satisfactory end to the Batman series. Curiously no mint or fruit Clubs left on the supermarket shelves, but plenty of orange. Madness. BOGOF at Tesco lasts until 20th August, so expect Llan to be stocking up.

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    Day 15 - Fit Test

    Right then, time to gauge some progress.

    Code:
                        Day 1     Day 15
    Switch Kicks          120        116
    Power Jacks            47         50
    Power Knees            73         83
    Power Jumps            33         40
    Globe Jumps             8          9
    Suicide Jumps          14         15
    Push-up Jacks          19         25
    Low Plank Obliques     40         46
    So other than the Switch Kicks, improvement all round. It's a very small sample size though, so I'm not yet sure how much we can read into that. Of course, if more people participated, then perhaps we could draw some early conclusions... There are 5 fit tests in all, so we'll see whether the trend continues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs
    Day 14 - Rest Day

    A pretty satisfactory end to the Batman series. Curiously no mint or fruit Clubs left on the supermarket shelves, but plenty of orange. Madness. BOGOF at Tesco lasts until 20th August, so expect Llan to be stocking up.
    Funnily enough ... me and my lad went to see the Batman film yesterday ... which also coincided with us popping into tesco to stock up on the you know what
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Day 16 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit

    Well, I'm getting better at this, but it's still pwning me. Really comfortable through the warm-up and very strong through the first three circuits, but it's still that change of exercises for the fourth one that wears me down. I made it through 5 and 6, but pausing in the middle of sets and wasn't at full throttle.

    Mildly surprised at how sweaty my kecks get doing this. I'm sure that doesn't happen in other sports.

  12. #41

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    Day 17 - Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs

    Blimey, that came around quickly again. I think this is possibly my favourite of the workouts, despite having failed it on one occasion. I rather like the fact that there are no circuits: it's 15 exercises in 15 minutes, so it always feels like you're pushing on to something new. Which you are. I also quite like that there are no prescribed breaks, but that's possibly just the sick side of me. Cardio Abs isn't as much fun, but it's a major area I'd like to improve and at only 16 minutes long isn't too bad to push through. There's only one exercise I can't do in it, and that's more of a balance problem. It might come easier as my core gets stronger, but I'm not completely convinced.

    Today's observations:

    - during the warm up and early exercises, it's impressive how synchronised the guys in the video are. Obviously they've practiced, but they stay in time extremely well. They're also all stupidly flexible. At the end of this workout, there's a trailer for Shaun T's first video, which was called Hip-Hop Abs, and a few of the same people feature. It's now dawned on me that they're probably all dancers, which is part of his background.

    - whilst I stand fully sweaty when firing up Cardio Abs, he uses a fresh group of people to film it. Hardly seems fair.

    - the Switch Kicks that are first up in the Fit Test also feature in this workout. They're a damned sight harder when you're 15 minutes in.

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    Day 18 - Cardio Recovery

    Slightly bored with this workout today. Everything's quite slow in it. I'm holding stretches for longer, but a few I had to break out of early as he gets a bit carried away. I think I may be getting a little more flexible, but I may be imagining it.

    Whilst it's been annoying to be away from the tennis court, I have felt pretty good about being able to concentrate on Insanity and gathering a little momentum. Physically I'm starting to see some change, mainly in the abs. Definitely firmer than they were, despite the orange Clubs.

  14. #43

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    Day 19 - Cardio Power and Resistance

    Pretty hard going tonight: long day at work and not enough sleep. I didn't really think about skipping the workout, but on another day could easily have done so.

    I still had a fair bit of bounce in the legs, but fatigue was fairly bad in the upper body. I am pleased with my recover rate, both during and after the workout. In all though, one of those unspectacular days you're just to cross off the list.

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    Day 20 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit

    The body's an odd thing. I'm into the routine now, so no immediate thoughts of skipping a day, but felt bloody tired for the first 5 minutes and thought about canning it. I soldiered on, and it turned out to be my best performance on this particular workout. Starting to zone in, and it feels gooooood.

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    Day 21 - Rest Day

    Just as well really, as I woke up today with a cricked neck. That's right, I'm picking up injuries in my sleep now. Hopefully it's not too severe and will have gone by tomorrow.

    Three weeks of the programme completed in a shade over 6 weeks of elapsed time. After my pansying about at the start and a week or so of swimming in the warm weather, I've pretty much got it back on track to average 3 workouts a week. You'd be surprised how enjoyable having a routine can be once you get into it. Go on, try it. You might like it.

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