I am sure the majority of you all are stuck somewhere in this massive frozen Earth we are on. I seriously am just glad my car started each time yesterday. I got to the gym bright and early yesterday morning and did the first day of GPP’s HELLth week, and when I got back to my car it was FROZEN. On. The. Inside. So that was a fun 10 minutes of shivering 🙂
scrapers don’t work inside… 😦
Ok enough of my wining about the cold, I know a lot of you are experiencing it also, so I will get on with this blog post.
This is real life before 8 am, as I was leaving the gym… OK seriously done whining!
As many of you know I started doing GPP workouts in the fall and have loved the variety the workouts provide. The mix of core, cardio, strength, lifting and power lifts really provide for a whole body experience which leaves me wanting more each week. I mentioned Sunday that I am heading to Utah on Thursday to spend the weekend with the GPP gang and learn as much as I can during the weekend, along with some killer workouts I.Am.Sure.
This week Neil (GPP guru) set us all up for a major challenge to start this New Year off right. He is challenging us with killer workouts, and deeming it a GPP HELLth week. I am still a relatively new GPPer so this will be my first week participating in HELLth week and would be lying to y’all if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous ((insert fear before reading tomorrows workout))
or just a bitterly cold Allison on the way to the gym!
In addition to the promise of 7 days of workouts, sure to leave you sweaty, tired and possibly sore. Neil also challenged the community to a week without SUGAR. This is exactly what I, along with probably most others, need after all the holidays. Sugar is a staple of the holiday season and seems to bring with it a never ending cycle of over-eating, sugar cravings and over-eating. I try to limit my daily sugar consumption as it is but have noticed almost everyday after lunch I am craving something sweet. If there is a cookie or chocolate around my office I will eat that or I will turn to gum, and “chain” chew sugar-free gum. It.Is.A.Problem… I am a gum-aholic…
Neil asked those of us interested in participating in the challenge to VERBALLY…. ehhh writtenly… commit to the challenge 100%. By putting it out there in the community you are more likely to fulfill your commitment and not quit when the going gets tough, because obviously people are counting on you and you seriously do.not.want.to.be.that.GPPer.
SO I am here to commit twice. I first committed on the GPP website to both the sugar and workout challenge. I am going to forego my gum-obsessed chewing and give my jaw a break. I am also going to push myself physically and mentally and tackle each of the HELLth week workouts. I may have to alter the exercises to make each workout the safest that I can so I ensure that I do not do myself bodily harm. But I will do the workouts 100% and fully commit to let this week work.
Yesterday was Day 1 of the week… The workout was “AMRAP S, Sw, Sh, B, T”
AMRAP in 40 min. (AMRAP = as many rounds as possible)
4 ten meter high knee sprints
20 lunge switches (R+L=1)
20 OH DB presses 15/20 ea.
20 DB biceps curls 15/20 ea.
20 OH triceps ext 15/20
If you are unsure of what these workouts are, follow the link to watch a youtube video for further instructions. If you are still confused or need a modification please leave a comment or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help the best I can
My Modifications were as follows:
- Heavy resistance band sprint to 60 high knees at max resistance… there wasn’t anywhere conducive to 10 meter sprints so I got creative and made it work! ((tried & failed at making a video of this for you guys… womp womp))
- Stepping lunges … I have been battling a bit of a hip issue and I knew jumping lunges would be the end of me. I made sure my form was on spot each lunge and went for full range of motion.
I completed 7 rounds in 30 minutes. I had to cut the workout short due to time constraints and wanting to have enough time to let my car warm up.
WOOHOO Day 1 DONE!!! #redfacenhappy
Day 1 Sugar Free — well after lunch I was longing for something sweet, but instead of grabbing a piece of gum I grabbed my toothbrush (yep I had one with me) and gave my teeth a good brushing. It really helped my reject my initial craving for something sweet. I had to tell myself a few times the rest of the day that I didn’t need anything sweet and to just drink some water or tea but I was able to avoid all sweets on day 1!
I am already nervous and excited for Day 2’s challenge of power squat cleans and burpees. I really love PSC’s but am not such a fan of Burpees… I mean is anyone? I am sure I will be 300% dead at the end of the workout but feel 10000x better than when I walked through the gym door.
Have a wonderful Tuesday friends, make sure it is a healthy & happy one!
Are you doing GPP HELLth week? Whats your favorite type of gum? Are you a burpee fan?