Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Core Domination and Destruction


My nose is still stuffy; my throat is still sore. I must have used 100 tissues today - so bloody annoying. I'm just relieved that it's all kinda staying in my head region - no cough or respiratory problems. Whew.

Today's aim for my morning workout - just do something, even if it's a slow walk on the treadmill.

I did a 10 minute warm-up and then decided that I'd give Workout B of the NROL Fat Burn II program a go. I knew that if I missed it, then it would be really tough for me to complete this phase of workouts before leaving for the States in March.

Me getting ready to do the Bulgarian split squats w/push press - tough stuff!

The workout was tough. I made the mistake of not reviewing the exercises before getting to the gym, so I wasn't 100% sure about what some of the exercise moves involved - not good planning on my part. It definitely added to the toughness of the workout, I guess coz' I wasn't fully concentrating/focusing. Anyway. I only managed to complete 4 out of the 6 exercises of the day (deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups, and Bulgarian split squats with a push press -- tough!!). I could have pushed through and completed the last 2 exercises, but I felt tired so I decided to use the last 15-20 minutes to just stretch.

Work was exhausting mainly because it's the last day before my students' big test tomorrow so we had a lot of material to review and I had 100s of questions to answer (literally 100s).

I came home to no lunch being prepared -- well, D suggested that we have the leftovers from yesterday, which I thought I'd have for lunch today, as dinner today, so there was nothing ready for lunch. Without thinking too much I just grabbed a fillet of salmon out of the freezer and put it in the oven - a dash of olive oil, some lemon, salt, and pepper - 30 minutes later, and it was done. I was fed.

I wanted to sleep a bit in the afternoon, but I couldn't so I just rested.

The big question - do I go to Core FX tonight? That's the class I wanted to try on Sunday but didn't make it coz' of my stupid sniffles.

So, I texted LJ to see if she would make it ... no response from her. Then 45 minutes before class I texted her again saying that I assumed she wasn't going (and was held up at work hence no response) so I'd just stay home and rest.

At 5:30 she texted me saying she was going (her phone had died so she couldn't reply earlier). I was torn. I had just made up my mind to stay at home and relax ... plus, would I really make it to class by 6:00? It takes at least 20 minutes to get there, not to mention getting ready (plus who knows about traffic). I asked her what she thought I should do (especially coz' some classes just don't work if you come in late) - and she said Come.

So I flew!

Luckily the class that was in the studio beforehand was running late, so I didn't miss any of the class at all (got there by 6:10).


The class was basically circuit training - abs, weights, cardio, medicine ball stuff, burpees w/deadlifts, steps with shoulder presses ... I tell you, I had not worked up that intense of a sweat for that duration of time in AGES.

It was so tough, but so awesome! It was just LJ and I plus Marc our trainer. He had a blast torturing us -   dominating us - which led to the change of class name from Core FX to Core Domination (and then I later added Destruction) -- he totally pushed us and it felt great.

Ironically, while I was working out, I didn't have any sniffles or anything like that. My throat was a bit dry, but other than that, no signs of illness.

In the beginning Marc did yell at me (yes, yell). He was like, "Who says you're sick? Who put it in your head you're sick? I don't believe in illness." So I yelled back - I'm here, aren't I? lol -- it was a nice little banter and energy boost for me.

So, I survived my first Core Domination & Destruction class.

I'd love to make it to the class at least twice a week. Let's see how it works out.

Today's Workout
Weights: NROL Fat Burn II Workout B1 (1 hour)
Stretching: 15 minutes
General workout: Core Domination & Destruction circuit training (1 hour)
Burpees: 20

Today's Food
Breakfast: 2 omelet 'muffin's & 1/2 avocado
Lunch: Baked salmon with some tomato
Dinner: Same as yesterday - a whole life challenge friendly version of Shepherd's pie
Snacks: 4 dates, 1 cup of green tea

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  1. OMG! I don't think I exercise that hard when I'm well! :D

    :-) Marion

    1. It was a lot of fun! Definitely helped to kinda have a partner and workout together.

  2. Domination and Destruction Indeed!

    1. It was!! Hope I can keep it up to see the results!

  3. Wow - sounds like an amazing workout! I hope that you continue to feel better.

    1. Thank you - I really enjoyed it :)

  4. Kathy6:40 PM

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