Today I finished Day 50 of the Chalean Extreme and Turbofire hybrid with Push Circuit 2. This workout consist of squats, one-legged squats, bicep curls, v bicep curls, overhead tricep extensions, and tricep extensions to name a few. I really love the weightlifting aspect of this hybrid! I used 20 lb. Weights for the squats and 12.5 for the bicep curls. I then completed the triceps with 7.5 lbs and 20 lb. Weights for the overhead tricep extensions. It felt great after I completed it and I pushed really hard and to failure on all the reps. For the push circuit exercises you do 6 to 8 repetitions of each particular move to failure. Failure means your muscles could not lift one more time. This is why you must lift heavy during the push circuit aspect of this program. Then after going to failure in 6 to 8 reps you "get extreme". This consists of three more reps with the same weight, but this time it is 3 super slow reps with the targeted muscle group. This is where you get your results. These extreme exercises break down the muscle fiber which causes the muscle to rebuild and thus create the lean, toned look I am looking for.
Most people are under the impression that lifting weights and especially heavy weights will cause you to become very muscular and bulky. This is true for men since they have more testosterone than us women. However, lifting heavy for women in this manner will cause sleek toned muscle and not bulk. This addition of muscle to your body also speeds up your metabolism which is fantastic for those wanting to lose weight. I think that a hybrid program designed like this is so much more effective for those wanting to lose weight compared to a typical cardio program. Do not get me wrong though cardio is still necessary for burning calories and is basically a rest for those days you are lifting. I recommend anyone wanting to lose weight quickly to pick a program such as Turbofire and Chalean Extreme for the best results. Total body workouts like P90X and Insanity are also fantastic programs for a quickly weight loss goal. Understand that quick does not necessarily mean overnight!
I did not start seeing real changes in my body until day 30. This did not mean that I had none either. When you are first starting your program do not be a slave to the scale. Find an old pair of jeans you do not fit in and use those as a tool for your results for a while before jumping on the scale. I also take measurements of my arms, thighs, chest and waist on day 1, 30, 60 and 90 days. I also jump on the scale as well. I would suggest not doing these measurements until each of these scheduled days along with a picture too. Doing them too often may hurt your motivation and ego if you are not seeing a change every week.
Anyways, after my recovery drink I then had a blueberry protein smoothie and Greek shrimp orzo salad for lunch !! Yummy !!! Now to play with my son and mow lawn! What a beautiful day here in Chicago !!