At long last, it’s the homestretch of Holly Perkins’ September Shape Up program. This felt like the shortest, longest month and today was the longest day. The assigned workout was actually a double: the Cardio 360 and Total Tone 360 workouts from the Fitness 360 DVD in that order. Individually, they’re challenging and invigorating; but together they’re pretty hardcore. Okay they were for me but that didn’t mean there was any wimping out…much. I used the 8lb hand weights but my arms were still a bit sore from this weekend’s activities, so the Triceps Extensions in Cardio 360 were very difficult. It was hard for me to keep up with the instructions and I had to stop during the second round of exercises.
There was a brief rest before the Total Tone 360 workout and I coped pretty well. This workout doesn’t usually wear me out but there was a small struggle this time. I was tempted to use the 5lb weights instead but stuck with the heavier pair. It wasn’t all pain and despair as I surprised myself with the Split Squats, Squat Pulses and Reverse Lunges. I was able to get very low which is great for toning up the thigh muscles. After the workout, I did a couple stretches from the Exercise TV Sports Cool Down video. From then on there was no rush to do anything. I took my sweet time and moseyed up/down the stairs. My thigh muscles were a bit stiff but the arm muscles seem to be perfectly fine. Sometimes that’s just what a workout does. It works out the kinks and stiffness that would otherwise have us wincing and whining. Today was My Fitness Revolution: Day 332.