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Point of Failure

Posted Dec 04 2012 9:07pm

Two days in a row of TNT has been a challenge.  My arms feel limp and made it a challenge to brush my hair this morning.  My legs feel like jello and made it a challenge to walk today.  But I think of all these challenges as successes.  I have successfully worked my body to “the point of failure“- a term our instructor uses to push us to our breaking point.

Over the past few weeks I learned to love this phrase… Everyone’s “point if failure” is different.  A different amount of time, a different level of intensity, a different level of weight.  It doesn’t make sense for me to compare myself to a 30 year-old-man who could lift me over his head while simultaneously doing jump squats, nor does it make much sense for me to compare myself to a 50+ year-old-lady who is trying to reacquaint herself with the gym after a few years break.  We’re all at different levels yet we’re all there for the same reason… To challenge ourselves.  To find our points of failure.  To strive for success.

In addition to attending classes twice a week [Saturday's are optional], we receive weekly challenges.  Past challenges have includes ab circuits, to cardio routines, and some light stretching.

Week 3:  Tabata Intervals

*A Tabata workout is an interval training cycle of 20 seconds of maximum intensity exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, and repeated without pause.*

Mountain Climbers or Jumping Jacks

Push-ups

Bicycles

Squats

Week 4:  Pyramid Workouts

*Pyramid interval training starts with a 5-minute warm-up, followed by high intensity intervals that first become longer with each repetition till the maximum length is reached [after which the intervals become shorter again until the length of the first interval is reached].*

5 minute warm-up

1 min high – 1 min low

2 min high – 1 min low

3 min high – 1 min low

4 min high – 1 min low

5 min high – 1 min low

4 min high – 1 min low

3 min high – 1 min low

2 min high – 1 min low

1 min high – 1 min low

2 minute cool down

Week 5:  Playing Cards Circuits

*Make-up four different exercises, one for every suit.  For example: hearts are push-ups, diamonds are bicycles, clubs are sit-ups, and spades are squats.  Shuffle the cards face down and turn over one at a time, whatever the card shows is what you have to do.  Example: 10 of hearts = 10 push-ups.*

Not only am I successfully “turning my mush into muscle” [ Kindergarten Cop , anyone?!] I feel like my runs will be more successful.  I went for my first run in weeks on Sunday and was pleasantly surprised to keep my pace under 9 minutes per mile!

Challenge yourself. Push yourself to the point of failure.

Today…  #elf4Health 12/4 Day 9:  Have a salad today and make your own dressing.  I’m not a big dressing gal [I don't like oily things including foods or lip gloss #strangebuttrue] but I did eat lots of veggies at lunch and a big salad for dinner [pics tomorrow for WIAW].

Tomorrow…  #elf4Health 12/5 Day 10:  Pack a healthy snack & pack extra for a friend!  I wonder, does the hubby count?

Question:  How did you challenge yourself today?

Question:  What’s your favorite way to exercise?  Run?  Walk?  Weights?  Yoga?

— Allison

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