Fitness Friday – Sometimes You Surprise Yourself

Today, I was feeling extra motivated. I’m not sure what rallied this in me because to be honest lately I’ve been having a hard time even doing the most basic workouts but something just clicked this morning. I threw on my workout gear, set up my little area, and I threw on one of Fitness Blender’s 1000 calorie workouts.

1,000 calories in one workout is quite the jump since my usual Fitness Blender routines range from 100-300 calories but I decided I wanted to give it a go. My original idea was to just see how far I could get. I figured I’d push through the HIIT portion and probably happy with just that considering it’s about 27 minutes with the warm-up included. My plan was to skip ahead to the cool down and call it a day but then I got through the HIIT portion with energy to spare. I decided to push forward just to see how far I could go.

I’m pleased (and heavily surprised) to say that I earned my workout complete!

Almost an hour and a half after I began my little endurance test I found myself in a pool of sweat but somehow I had made it! I’m incredibly proud of this accomplishment because when I started this workout I thought for sure there was no way in hell I’d get through even half of it. I did have to take a couple breaks here and there, and I was following along with the low-impact modifications so maybe I didn’t burn the full 1,000 calories but I’m still really proud of myself.

As Kelli and Daniel say themselves in the video this is not something you do every day. It’s an absolute burnout full body workout that deserves a rest day after it. For me, it’s simply too time consuming to work into my regular routine but even if this was a one-off, it was a moment that really proved to me that I can do anything I set my mind to.

Overall, I really liked the way this workout was set up because doing the strength portion after the HIIT workout in the beginning gives you some chance to slow down and recover. Despite this, it was still a challenge to get through the core and cardio section at the end because my body was completely depleted of energy. I pushed on, taking little breaks when I needed to, but never quitting completely. To me, that’s all that really matters. I pushed myself to my own limit and triumphed in the end.

If you’re interested in one of these marathon burnout workouts I highly suggest checking this one out but don’t be discouraged if you’re not quite there yet. To be quite honest, even getting through the HIIT section is an accomplishment and it feels like a full workout. Give it a try and if you don’t make it all the way through mark down where you stopped, the next times you give it a go you might be able to go further and further. As for me, the next time I do this I hope to have increased my strength and endurance enough to tackle at least half of the higher impact versions just to challenge myself. For now, this was more than enough.

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