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Today was my first lower body workout for the life challenge.  I worked out three main leg groups: quads, hamstrings, and calves.  After the workouts my legs were shaking (in a good way) and I felt like it was a good workout.  Also I did some ab exercises and know that tomorrow I’ll be feeling it.  So far the challenge has been going great and I’m feeling better already.

(After this blog entry I won’t be posting about the Body for life challenge on a daily basis, but will update on significant milestones and even challenges.)

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Day 2 has arrived!  Yesterday’s workout was great and I was ready for today’s 20 min. cardio workout.  I decided to exercise on the stationary bike and started at a leisurely pace.  Each progressive minute I pushed my intensity limit to a 9 out of 10.  I did this in for 3 sets.  Then the last set instead of stopping at intensity level 9 I pushed it till a level 10 for a whole minute.  My legs were moving at a frenetic pace and my heart was racing.  I finally finished as cooled down for the last minute as sweat was dripping down my face.

After getting off the bike, my legs were shaky.  I never realized that just doing 20 minutes of cardio could be that intense!  Week 1 is going well so far and I look forward to continuing this journey.

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Today was the first day of my 12 week journey of a fitness program that I recently discovered called “Body for Life.”  It focuses on eating right and training intensely in two ways: weight training and cardio.  Today’s workout routine was the upper body and it was very challenging.

Usually when I went to the gym I spent a lot of time resting between sets, but this program emphasizes reaching high intensity points with little to no breaks (usually 1 or 2 min. rest).

Each major muscle group (chest, back, shoulders, triceps, biceps) is exercised for a total of 6 sets.  The first five sets utilize the same exercise, but the last set is a different exercise.  For example: for the chest I did five sets of bench press with the last high intensity set being dumbbell flies.  The suggested time of completion for the entire workout is 46 minutes, but I ended up finishing at 58 minutes.  Though I wasn’t able to reach the 46 min. mark this is a vast improvement from my previous 1 hr. 45 min. workouts.

After the workout I felt great.  It was a hard exercise routine, but it really got my blood flowing and I could barely lift my arms above my head.  If anyone is interested in checking out this fitness plan go to bodyforlife.com .  There are a lot of free resources and general information about the program.  If you start the program let me know and we can help encourage one another along the way!

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