Apr 11, 2018

Making the Cut: 30 Day Shred

I took a bit of a break working out but got back to it at the very end of February and have been exercising for the last six weeks. If you couldn't tell then I went back and did another round of 30 Day Shred.

I tried this workout over and over without success until a couple years ago when I started working out after Addison was born. I got on a good stretch where I was just blowing through workouts and feeling pretty good. And since I had tried this one several times and always giving up I finally gave this one another shot and conquered it. (Read about it here and here.)

So when I was looking to get back into working out after a little break, I decided to go for this one. Part of me was sure I was crazy because I had failed so many times with this one but part of me knew I could do this one and that it wasn't crazy long so I figured it was manageable.

Of course I did almost immediately have doubts once I got into it because I remembered why I had quit so many times before, but since I'm writing this, it's a safe bet to know that I survived the six weeks of this workout.

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Level One


This level is hard. I don't know what it is about this level but this one gets me everytime which is probably why I always end up quitting. But at the same time I wasn't huffing and puffing and sweating the way I remembered doing during this level in the past. Sure it got my heartrate up but nothing too insane. I guess I'm better in shape than I have been in the past, so that's something.

The first circuit is the hardest overall for me especially with the cardio because all that jumping is a killer on my left knee (my surgery knee) and my right calf (no clue why). So once I get through that circuit I'm usually golden. Not to say the other circuits are a walk in the park though.

Definitely the worst move in the entire level is one of the strength moves in the very last circuit where you do side lunges and anterior raises (basically front shoulder raises). They are definitely a killer! I basically set a number for myself to get to and that was my goal even if I couldn't do it for the entire minute. And I was okay with that.

I was definitely surprised when I got through the first two weeks. It went faster than I expected, but I was definitely ready to move on. Two weeks five days of week is a lot of the same workout and you just memorize it by then. But I feel good about how I did with this level and I didn't give up despite the fact that I kind of wanted to a couple days in.

Level Two



I was definitely ready when it was time to get to level two but actually doing it was another matter. Just like with level one, I struggled getting past the first circuit. It seemed that if I could get past that first circuit then I was golden through the rest of the workout. Of course that didn't mean it was easy by any means.

There was a lot of lunges which I will admit I struggled with more than I wanted to just because of my knee. Which meant that when it came to the cardio that was in plank I struggle even more. Can anyone tell me why planks are so hard on my knee? By the end of the two weeks on this level, I was doing some of the advanced cardio in planks but I was still limiting because I wanted to be able to walk later.

I will say that I was surprised by how much stronger my shoulders are than they used to be. The last circuit which is heavy on the shoulders was always a struggle to survive in the past but this time around I didn't need to take any breaks with any of the strength or any of the planks that followed including one minutes of plank for twisting abs. I used to struggle all the way through it but I must be stronger than I used to be.

Unlike the first two weeks of level one, these drug a bit more. I was definitely dragging a bit more energy-wise and I think getting into the middle of the workout is just hard because you lose the excitement of starting something new from the first level but you can't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel at the last level. But I got through it and I kept going so I'm proud of myself for that.

Level Three


Truthfully I was expecting the worst when I got to level three. I was pumped to finally be in my last two weeks, but at the same time I was kind of dreading it. Usually the last level is the hardest because logically it's the level you have been working your way up to. So I was nervous, but also very ready.

I seem to remember this level being much harder than it was for me. I guess I am truthfully a lot stronger than I once was. I will admit that all the things in planks were pretty much done from my knees however. For some reason the place where I still struggle a bit with my knee is in regular plank. No clue why. But that other prompts me to do the planks from my knees which then forces me to put a towel under my knee because I just need the extra padding.

I think the hardest in this entire level for me was probably the jumping lunges which I had to modify a bit because I discovered I still don't quite have the quad strength to really do to many of those full out. But I tried a couple and that's progress.


Truthfully this entire workout didn't really give me the changes I was hoping to see overall, but I'm glad I did it. I felt like this was a good jumping off point for me as I head into my next workout. I needed one that wasn't too long and kept things moving along without being so hard that there was no way I could do any of it. I do feel good about how this workout went. I'm hoping heading into my next workout that I am able to push a little more, find a little more motivation and maybe even see the changes I want to see. So here's hoping.


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