Oct 19, 2016

Making the Cut: Killer Series Level One

After finishing Moms Into Fitness: 30 Day Core, I knew I definitely wanted to keep going. Rob was going to start running again now that the weather had cooled, so I was on my own deciding what to do next. I decided that I wanted to take on a couple different workout programs.

I knew I wasn't going to do a long already put together program because with the holiday coming, it made it difficult. But I was interested in keeping it fresh and getting a full workout. I decided to combine three different workouts to give myself some variety and a full body workout. So I chose to do Killer Buns & Things, Killer Arms & Back, and Killer Abs.

On Monday and Thursday I do Killer Buns & Thighs, on Tuesday and Friday I do Killer Arms & Back, and on Wednesday I do Killer Abs. Each workout has three levels and I am doing each level for two weeks before moving on to the next level, which means this entire program is six weeks long. I did have an additional day of of each workout at level one because 30 Day Core ended on a Tuesday which left me with three days. I didn't want to do nothing at all and lose the forward motion I had so I chose to add a day at level one to each workout.

As you can probably guess I have no finished my first two weeks (and three days) of level one! Yay!

I had previously done Killer Abs which I struggled to get through the first time. I had also done some of Killer Buns & Thighs before but struggled to get through that workout because so much leg every day was killing my knee. I was definitely nervous doing Killer Arms & Back because my shoulders has always been my weakest and I was afraid I wouldn't survive it.

But much to my surprise I'm a lot stronger than I thought. I felt all the moves but I was able to push harder and do the advance moves on all the workouts.

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Killer Buns & Thighs is definitely my least favorite of the bunch. The workout, warm up and cool up included, is 40 minutes which is longer than the others. There is 4 circuits which you go through each exercise two times but that doesn't include the warm up which is also a circuit that last almost 10 minutes. Not that I don't want a good warm up but it's a little long and almost wears me out before we even get started. The whole workout mixes cardio and toning. Part of the reason why it's so hard is that you are working big muscle groups which just takes more. I was never really sore at the end of the workout but I also found I could push a little more than I thought I could when I first started. I could do the advanced moves and add in weights. I always got a good workout but it was still my least favorite.

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Killer Arms & Back was 30 minutes total and worked the same as Killer Buns & Thighs with 4 circuits. The warm up was only 3 minutes and more focused altogether. This was also a mix of cardio and toning. I truly expected this one to be the hardest due to thinking my shoulders were weak but really I was stronger than I expected. I was able to use heavier weights and do the advanced moves. Although I will confess that any push-ups are still done from my knees but maybe one day I'll get to being able to do full push-ups (it is a goal to be able to do at least some full push-ups!). This workout also had full body because in order to really make a difference you have to burn the fat off the muscle, so you had to work hard. Arms are small muscle groups and you would get a better workout overall if you work a bigger muscle group too. So there was some full body included but nothing that was too horrible.

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Killer Abs is one that I had done before and I was also expecting this one to be terrible. The first time I had done this one I had barely made it through but much to my surprise I was a lot stronger. I was able to push through and do more. This one is just the same as Killer Arms & Back with length and circuits. I definitely surprised myself throughout this one and it moved quickly. I never got to a move that I didn't think I could do, which was an awesome feeling, especially considering how much I struggled the first time I did this program.

Overall all three level ones went well. Some went better than others, but all of them I could push through. All of them I could do the advanced moves and push myself harder than I thought I could. Although I have been all kinds of tired and a little sore, I have noticed a difference. I have been feeling better. And as an awesome bonus I have lost a few pounds and after doing measurements I lost something from everywhere. It was definitely encouraging and helps with the motivation when I think how about this was just after two weeks (and three days) of level one! I'm excited to see what else I can do!

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xo, B

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