Dec 5, 2017

Making the Cut: Ripped in 30

I finished yet another workout! And this is my hardest one since the knee surgery so I'm also the most proud of finishing this one.




Level One



Even though this is only level one this is still the hardest workout I have done since my knee surgery. Although I have been working out since March I learned pretty quickly that I am really really out of shape. I definitely struggled with some of the moves more than others like the running man (hello cardio I'm not sure I missed you...) and hallow man (yup, no ab strength for that!). The hardest move for me was the side lunges with shoulder raises (lift your arms straight in front of you with weights). I mean seriously ouch! Without having knee surgery side lunges are really hard but you add in a knee surgery and it's just downright impossible. But I made it through and I'm really proud of myself and what I was able to do!

Level Two


This level is awful! There is nothing that doesn't suck about this level. I mean there is two minutes of cardio in plank - don't need to know much more than that about how awful this level is. There is a lot of plank in this level which was definitely hard but I really hated all the up and down. The moves themselves aren't bad and I feel like they went okay except for anything that was done in plank and one ab move which as it turns out I just don't have enough core strength to really do. My wrist also bothered me throughout this workout.

I'm definitely happy it's only a week of this because I was more than ready to move on by the end of the week. Of course I was ready to move on after the first day.

Level Three



This level was a walk in the park compared to level two. I really really hated level two. That doesn't mean it wasn't hard but it was just a different level of hard. Plus there wasn't two minutes of cardio in plank which is definitely a plus in my book. This level introduced a lot more jumping into the cardio which I'm not really a fan of. Jumping really hurts the arches of my feet but I made it through so that's something.

Level Four



I didn't exactly end this one with a bang. I actually ended up missing the last two days of this level. Two reasons - one, my knee was screaming at me by Thursday and two, Thanksgiving and we were out of town. I know two years ago I went above and beyond and actually did my workouts while out of town on Thanksgiving (and Christmas for that matter) but I just don't have enough motivation for that, so it didn't happen. But I'm okay with that if only because my knee was really bothering me. But I got through most of the week pretty successfully.


I always end up blurring my memory of this workout and each of the levels because they just go by so fast. Most workouts I do at least two weeks before moving on to the next level but not this time. I wish I could say that I was 100% happy with how this whole program went but I know I could do better and should have done better. So there's that. But I made it through with only missing three days, so not terrible but for a four week program also not great.

But the important part is that I did most days even if it wasn't the best and I didn't give it my all - it was better than nothing.

I will mention here that I have moved on and did so a last week. I'm doing four more weeks then taking a week break over Christmas because traveling and all things Christmas just makes it hard to really commit to anything (especially with my lacking motivation right now), but then I plan to jump back in the following week. So I'm still going and yeah sometimes it's still patchy with my motivation and commitment but I'm trying so there's that.

Also you can read about my first time around on this program here.

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