My Last Leg of Core De Force

Day 22: MMA Plyo & Core Kinetics

Confession Tuesday… I skipped today’s workout because there was fresh snow on the mountain ❀ I opted to count my day snowboarding with the boys as my workout for the day. I can tell you after running yesterday and snowboarding today, I’m TOAST! I think if I would have added in the workout on top of it I wouldn’t have been able to walk to bed.

AND because I’m behind my for my scheduled finish date already, I’m not going to extend it by doing Plyo tomorrow. I worked out and that is enough to count for today.

Day 23: Power Sculpt & 5 Min Core on the Floor

I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am to all these girls hopping on to workout with me every morning. I gotta say I’m surprised how sore my legs are from yesterday’s snow day. Knowing that my girls would be on made me push through and get it done though!

Day 24: MMA Plyo & Core Kinetics

​Do you remember the 1st day I did this routine? Well, I didn’t feel like it was enough so I pushed myself by adding the weighted vest in. It’s crazy how a few extra pounds makes a world of difference. It probably helped that I got the moves down a little better too. The superman punch is still tough for me to coordinate but I’m getting there.

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Day 25: Dynamic Strength & 5 Min Core on the Floor

I realized I have gained flexibility in my shoulders this month and still need to focus on hip flexibility. At the end of today’s workout it was nice to be able to put my palms together behind my back and stretch my chest. Before I was able to clasp my hands but palms were no where near each other. And that stretch feels sooo good after all them push ups!

(Click the pic below for a tip on the stretch pictured.)

Day 26: MMA Speed

I’ve missed this one! I was most excited to see that I had such a short routine. I opted to use my weighted vest again today since I didn’t remember there being push ups. The only move that proved awkward was the floor to fighter stance move but not awkward enough to take it off. I had a really long run to do today, plus work tonight. I’m hoping my feet don’t hate me tomorrow.

I think this is the first time I’ve hit that many miles on a treadmill!

 Day 27: MMA Shred & Core Kinetics

It’s May day and that means that it’s the beginning of a new month. I try to change or make a new habit every month.

This month I am:

  • kicking off a new meal plan, it’s going to be 2 weeks of low carb, as a vegan let me tell you it’s going to be tough!
  • doing a 30 day push up challenge.
  • doing 7 days of no sugars, dairy(already do), kicking the day off with water and getting 7 hours of sleep.

With all these new commitments I felt renewed and ready to kick butt during today’s workouts! Good times πŸ™‚

Day 28: MMA Power

There is talk of nicer weather supposed to be happening in the next few days. I have to admit that while I love the sun, I don’t enjoy working out in warmth. Today was a prime reason why. I had sweat flying everywhere, it was even dropping off my nose when I was done. πŸ’¦πŸ’¦ Good thing I’m getting water in first thing!

Day 29: MMA Plyo

This is actually day 30 on the workout calendar BUT I skipped the Active Recovery day…

My normal workout crew was late this morning, so I of course procrastinated too. How on earth could I let myself procrastinate when I’m on my last day and so pumped to be finished?!? I’m glad I left the Zoom up because once Lisa popped on I put on my weighted vest and got it done. I think out of all the CDF workouts Plyo is my favorite. I think because that Superman Punch is the most challenging for me to do. I saw a little improvement again.

A little sad and a little glad that today was my last on the calendar. But I’m definitely proud of the results and will be incorporating some CDF in my custom plan next month.

Done!

While I have a greater sense of appreciation for what MMA fighters do, MMA workouts still aren’t my preferred method of getting sweaty. As I was finishing my last workout yesterday, Joel & Jericho were finishing with the cool down stretches, and Joel jokingly said that if you struggle with balancing while doing the quad stretch you can always lean on a buddy for help. As a sweat monster, I can’t imagine someone wanting to lean on me for support after that sweat fest. Then it made me think about being in a fight ring with slobber, sweat and blood flying around, gag! Oh the joys of being a germaphobe.

I will be including a couple of these workouts in next months routine though. Gotta say, I am loving that there is more definition in my abs! I actually compared all my measurements from the beginning of the month, I lost .4 lbs and actually gained inches in my legs, booty and arms. So that tells me I lost a bit fat and gained muscle. One of my personal goals for this month was to loose 1/4″ off my love handle zone and I actually lost 1/2″ so that’s pretty exciting. It’s one reason why I try to only weigh myself once a month or every other week if I’m feeling weak or curious.

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Week 3 Core De Force

GUESS WHAT?!?

One week and 2 days left! I think this calendar is the only one who’s 30 days is actually 30 days, Joel and Jericho don’t mess around with no 28 day business!

Day 15: MMA Power & Core Kinetics

I wore my hair in just a regular pony tail today. My hair was soaked! Joel jokes about sweat flying on the set but there was definitely sweat flying here. Made laying down on my mat for the core work a little slippery. 😜

I really like the hip drop move in the video below. The first time I did it I must have been doing it wrong because today I really felt it working in my obliques. I still need a bit of form improvement but I think the video shows the general idea of it. Try it out yourself!
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Day 16: Active Recovery…

Today was not my day. TMI moment ahead, Aunt Flow came to visit. No wonder my energy level has been off! I had planned to get Dynamic Strength done tonight but I just couldn’t get myself to do it. It was nice to have a slower day today.

The active recovery still had kicks and punches for the first 10 minutes but they were slowed way down. Then the last half of the routine was stretching. It made me realize how much I miss doing yoga. That’s big considering I’m someone who has never really enjoyed yoga.

Day 17: Dynamic Strength & 5 Minute Core

I’ve decided that next month I’m going to include a push-up challenge in my routine because I just hate them. They are getting better but I think I need to focus a little harder on improving them.

I decided to do a few things before running and I’m glad I did even though that meant running, showering and going to work. I was a sweaty mess because our house was crazy warm from a wood fire and me baking some bread. It was on my schedule to run 1 hour and 20 minutes but I knew my feet weren’t going to hang through 7 miles and work so I switched my run today for Friday’s. I’m hoping I don’t regret that decision later.

I’ve been staying on point with foods. I’m really focusing on remembering that I love the healthy food choices that I have, just as much as the sweets or junk that I could choose. I know it’s going to pay off.

Day 18: MMA Power & Core Kinetics

My triceps are feeling all those push-ups from yesterday and I can’t help but smile through the pain. I was feeling on fire today. I woke up early, I pushed play before my live crew was logged on and I got that whole hour done with minimal complaining. #bringit

I actually thought about doubling up and getting caught up from my lazy Tuesday but I felt good and want to remember that feeling tomorrow.

Day 19: Power Sculpt &Β  5 Min. Core on the Floor

There were some technical difficulties with Beachbody OnDemand, aka the Netflix for workouts, today that left some room for goofing around. Snapchat cracks me up!

Don’t worry, I still got my workout in. I was supposed to run too but ended up going to the park and walking the dogs instead. Puppies need exercise too, not just kitties. #nerdalert

Day 20: MMA Plyo

Day 20 was actually yesterday but it was my normally scheduled rest day so I’m skipping writing about it because a week is 7 days πŸ˜‰ Today was straight up confusion. Ever heard of a superman punch?!? I could not figure it out! I was a bit relieved though because when I think of plyo, I think of death and I didn’t feel like I was dying. It’s probably all the laughing I did at myself and the lack of being able to figure all the moves out. I kept having to stop and watch and try to figure out what I was doing wrong. Now I’m going to get out and do the longest run I’ve done in a long time. Wish me luck!

Day 21: Dynamic Strength & 5 Min. Core on the Floor

I’m really proud that I stayed on track with my foods over the weekend. My husband even bought me a dark chocolate bar with raspberry. It’s still in the freezer. And I’m still continuing to see strength gains with my push ups during this routine. I’m excited to take on next months push up challenge.

And can I just take a minute to mention that I used to like planks? I really like that this core workout is only 5 minutes but going from one plank to the next is killer, especially after your shoulders are fatigued from all the push ups you just did. Thank goodness for my protein shake, liquid muscle repair πŸ’ͺ🏻

Apparently I’ve been feeling the selfies this week, so you get another one to send you on your way! Week for here I come.

2 down, 2 to go, Core De Force

Week 1

Let’s be real, there was a lot of food that I should not have eaten. A lot of sugary foods over the first weekend. It seems that the first week of any program I start is straight up self sabotage. I let myself slack after all of the hard work of the last months routine. It’s a vicious cycle that I need to get a handle of. I need to give up my excuses and make things happen because I am worth the effort. Because I am worth fighting for. Because if I don’t do it, why should I tell anyone else to do it? #Coachlife Seriously though, I’m a mom and need to be a good example to my kids, why can I tell them sugar is bad for them and then as soon as they leave the room I’m sneaking chocolate or whatever it is that I can find to fix that sugar addiction?

Day 1: MMA Speed

Check out Day 1 here. I sure felt awkward but I know the more I do the moves the more comfortable I’ll become. Funny how we can tell our kids that practice makes perfect and yet we don’t want to do that practice either.

After getting my workout done and lunches packed, we headed out to enjoy the sunshine. I exercise so I can be active and enjoy these kinds of adventures with my family. Look at my crazy adventure dudes. Damien was trying to give me a heart attack jumping and climbing all over the rocks on our waterfall hike today.

Day 2: Dynamic Strength

What on earth did I get myself into?!?! Seriously thinking I did more push-ups today than I did in all last month! There were inchworm, walking, scissor push-ups and more! I never knew there were so many variations of a push-up. Maybe I did but maybe I was trying to ignore them. Ha ha. My triceps are definitely going to be feeling this tomorrow.

Day 3: MMA Speed

MMA Speed was a lot easier this time, I’m thinking the next time I do it I’ll have it down! #goals Also got in 55 minutes of walk run intervals, I’m not giving up on my half marathon training. It’s a little harder to want to run lately, I’m not sure why. I was super hungry after both my workouts today. It may be time to re-evaluate my meal plan.

Day 4: Power Sculpt

Wow, I literally had beads of sweat dripping off my forehead! My towel was so wet that by the end of my workout there were no dry spots left. That’s disgusting. Plyometrics are hardcore!

Day 5: MMA Shred

Got a 5k done and then did my MMA Shred. I remembered why I run after a workout and not before…. Yeah, that’s all I care to say about that.

Day 6: Active Recovery?

So I didn’t realize that Sunday is actually a recovery workout and I decided to just do my usual rest day planning to be a day behind schedule each week. If I had realized it I probably would have done active recovery this evening. Oh well, I enjoyed my lazy day, and more food than I should have.

Day 7: Dynamic Strength

The bright side? There were lots of push-ups instead of squats on a day planned for a hike, lol. It was a long day and I was definitely tired and ready for bed tonight. But it was good to get out with family and hike together. Miss having my daughter along for our family adventures, but alas around 19, I don’t think I wanted to hang with my family either. I was bummed we had to rush home afterwards too but a girls gotta work.

Week 2:

Day 8: MMA Shred & Core Kinetics

I saw two workouts on the calendar and got a little anxious. To be honest all the junk I hogged down over the weekend didn’t do my energy any justice. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I didn’t loath the core workout. I am big on variety when it comes to working out and there were new moves that I hadn’t done before so I appreciated that.

I wasn’t going to run because I rationalized that I had to work and that was enough for my feet today. Then I remembered I have a goal and I’m not going to be ready if I don’t stick to the plan. So #RunDun πŸ’ͺ🏻

Day 9: Power Sculpt

I did 20 minutes of yoga with the live crew this morning. My body just wasn’t feeling anything strenuous, let me rephrase that, my brain wasn’t feeling it. So I waited till a bit later to push play on my regularly scheduled fight match. πŸ€œπŸ»πŸ€œπŸ»πŸ‘ŠπŸ» I can’t say that it was my best performance but I got it done, doing something is better than nothing most days.

Day 10: MMA Shred & Core Kinetics

After I made progress with CDF, I got my run on. I felt pretty good about my move mastery and thought for sure my run would feel the same. Honestly it was the most unsatisfying run I’ve had in a long time. My left leg just wouldn’t participate. First my ankle was bothering me, then my shin. I got to the 3 mile mark and whatever was causing the problem loosened up. Of course my total distance was 4 miles and the last mile is what it took to get home so maybe my head was in on it.

Today I’m prepping food to get this body back on track. Lots of beans and garbanzo beans and a sweet potato or two because they make a great sweet tooth fix but a natural one. And I’m getting back on my post workout protein shake.

 

 

Day 11: Dynamic Strength

I am still disliking the push-ups but you know what?!? I am feeling stronger! I’m still having to drop to my knees for some of the moves but I’m able to hold out with the full move for a few more reps. All these push-ups is hopefully going to help me build some of the muscles needed for pull-ups! #StrongerEveryday

Day 12: MMA Power

Oy, new combos 😱 I’ve come to realize I really do have two left feet. I know it will get better because the combos from week 1 are already getting better, but anything that involved a new kick combo was confusing. I continued to laugh and shake it off as best as I could. Run done too, I have to say it felt way better than the last run.

Day 13: Rest Day

Instead of utilizing the Active Recovery today, we went for a nice walk in the sunshine. The only workout days that I will change or mess around with on the calendar are my recovery days because I find it hard to get a recovery workout in if I’m getting out for an hour and walking. Learning to give my body the time it needs to repair and recover has been an important part of my fitness journey. And we got to see wild turtles basking in the sun. I think there were around 20 of them, way more enjoyable than stretching in my house!

Day 14: Power Sculpt

It’s GO TIME! I was feeling my oats today. It must have helped that I steered clear of the dessert table at potluck yesterday. Plyometrics has never been my favorite but this one still gets me sweating and it is set up with 9 rounds. Each round consists of a lower(but still tough) intensity move for 60 seconds, then a medium intensity with 45 seconds and a high intensity for 35 seconds. After the middle one I’m usually pretty gassed so I’m glad the last one is always shorter. I’ve been gulping down my water during almost all of the workouts. I’m thinking that means I need to get better at drinking my water again.

You know what the best part about this month has been so far???

Every morning before I get myself motivated to press play I get an e-mail saying my peoples are waiting on me! I sign in and sometimes it takes me a few extra minutes to get ready but seeing them kick booty, makes me kick booty! I can’t help but feed off their energy. Sometimes I even get to see their kids interrupting their workouts and they continue on, how can I make an excuse when they’ve got some of the biggest (actually the littlest) ones I hear others make on the daily?!?

Every morning at 7am we are there, well except Saturday because it’s my rest day. But out of all the things I’ve done to help me stay healthy, this was the best idea. Knowing people are counting on me to sign in makes me have to be there even if I’m not feeling it. Want to join us? Send me and email to DarcisFitKick@gmail.com and let me know. The more the merrier!

Core De Force Time

#FIGHTFORIT

Laughter is the best medicine! And this morning I was laughing, A LOT!

I chose to do this program for two reasons. #1 It’s only 30 days and #2 it’s not something I’m comfortable doing as a workout. I can do anything for 30 days even if it’s really awkward.

I’ve tried a couple different MMA style workouts and my coordination is terrible, definitely not my cup of tea… I don’t have weight to loose, actually I’m happy with my body right now but that doesn’t mean I should stop here. A friend once told me that perfection was impossible, not so much with fitness but with character and she told me she felt bad if I felt I had to live that way. I took that as a challenge, I mean, who doesn’t want to be the best they can be? The work may be hard but it feels good to master something. There will always be things I will try to grow, stamina, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination are things that will help me as I continue to age. That means I need to keep pushing, keep striving for a healthier me and trying new things.

Day 1 Core De Force

Day 1

Today’s workout was MMA Speed, there was a 7 minute video to help teach you the moves before you get started. I’m grateful for that because I needed all the help I could get.

The workout was broken down into a warm up, 6 rounds of kicking booty and then a short cool down. I really liked how each round consisted of the cross, hook or knee movement and then had a speed type drill which varied from fast jabs, jumping, burpees and a couple other movements that I could do with out feeling like I needed to be on pace with the crew. You did each set twice before moving onto the next round. Oh almost forgot you get a small break between rounds too!

I have a feeling this month is going to go by quickly because Joel and Jericho are a fun pair to listen to. Between the sound effects and the whity banter, I’m feeling right at home!

#sweatieselfie No picture means it didn’t happen!

Mind Over Matter

Every month this year I have been focused on reading a book to grow my mindset. Last month was all about pushing my intensity and not making excuses, the pain of the workout is temporary. This month I am reading The Motivation Manifesto, from what I can tell so far, it’s about conquering fears, staying motivated and enjoying the freedom that comes with it. I think this is going to be a good one because posting videos of myself trying to be a ninja master, is proving to be scary!

If you are interested in the book, let me know, I have a link that you can order it for free and all you have to pay for is shipping. Plus you get a 12 week online course to follow too.

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