Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review of 21 Day Fix 10 Minute Hardcore

10 Minute Hardcore

It seems that I just can't let go of this round of 21 Day Fix Extreme! I finished up the first round of my 21 days on Sunday, but I'm still working on finishing up the bonus workouts. Yesterday was The Fix Challenge and today was 10 Minute Hardcore. This was an ab workout that was done all on the floor. 

This didn't have a warm up or a cool down, but it's only 10 minutes so there's not really any time for that. For some reason, we're supposed to warm up our bodies if we're doing anything other than abs, but the ab workouts rarely have a warm up or a cool down. I'm not a trainer, so I have no idea why it's okay to work cold abs, but not other parts of the body and I don't really care right now. 

So the format was very similar to the other 21 Day Fix workouts. We did each exercise for a minute and there was a break of 10 to 25 seconds between moves. The original 21 Day Fix 10 Minute Ab Fix didn't have breaks between the moves and it wasn't times. It was all based on rep counts. 

This workout used one medium sized weight. I used a 10 pound weight. I wasn't really sure what we'd be doing so I figured I could go down if I needed to. I didn't end up going down though.

The Exercises

Weighted Crunch

These were just a standard crunch while holding one weight close to the chest. I'm not a fan of the traditional crunch. No matter what I do, my neck always gets sore. My shoulders were already sore from something in the workout yesterday or the day before, so that didn't help. I got through the minute though. I kept thinking that we were going to be repeating all the moves like we did in the original 21 Day Fix 10 Minute Ab Fix and I was so dreading doing them again, but we didn't.

Weighted Knee Drops

I actually liked these! So you lay on your back and hold one weight at your chest in both hands. Then you bend your knees to a 90 degree angle with your feet off the floor. Then you lower your knees to the side, pick them up to center and lower them to the other side. This is similar to a twist stretch that we do in Yoga. I love the twist stuff. I didn't really understand why we help a weight though. It didn't seem to do anything, but maybe I just don't get the mechanics of it. Anyway, I felt these in my abs, but it wasn't crazy intense.

C Curve Pass

We sat down for this one and leaned back forming a C with our torso. I don't really think anyone looks like they have a C going on, but I'm not the professional. We held a weight out in front of us with one hand, but kept the other hand up near the weight. We took the hand with the weight and brought it out and back so it touched down on the floor with basically a straight arm with the weight landing on the same plane as our hip. Then we brought the weight back to center and switched hands. I kinda liked these too. They were easier than doing the Roman Twists which are a more common exercise. It's another twisting one though so I'm sure that's why I liked it. I seem to like the twisty stuff.

Weighted Hip Drops

These were different than other hip drops I've done before. We held a side elbow plank for these instead of the more traditional standard elbow plank. So we only worked one hip at a time. We held a weight above our hip and then dropped the hip down to the floor and then picked it up again. I had to modify the side plank by having my knee on the floor. No way I would have lasted a minute in a side elbow plank even without the weights and the hip dropping. We did each side for one minute.

Leg Lift Crosses

We laid down for this one. We picked our feet  up off the floor and kept our legs straight. Our toes were supposed to point out. We then crossed our legs and uncrossed them as we went up for four counts and then down for four counts. I kinda liked these too, but I can't get my feet very close to the floor. She said to go as low as you can while still keeping your back on the floor. I didn't get very far, but I liked the exercise.

One Arm Rotations

This is another one that I modified. So we were supposed to be in a high plank or push up position as I like to call it for simplicity. Then we took one arm out to the side. Then we threaded that hand under the opposite arm pit.Then we brought it back to the side. We did one arm for a minute and then switched. I did this one on my knees and I have to admit that I still really felt it on this one. I barely made it through the whole minute. 

That's the workout! I was expecting this to totally trash my abs. I didn't expect to be able to move at the end of it because that's how I felt at the end of the original 21 Day Fix 10 Minute Ab Fix. That wasn't the case with this one though. Maybe I had to modify too much so I didn't get as much out of it as I should have. Maybe it was the breaks. Maybe it was just the workout. I'm not really sure. I just know that it didn't seem all that bad to me. I even re-read my original post about the original 21 Day Fix 10 Minute Ab Fix just to make sure that my memory wasn't off. 

Polar M400 Screen Shot

I'm not sure why I'm even putting this up, but it seems like the thing to do.

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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! Should try this workout, looks fun :)