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Metabolic Workout - Review and Challenge

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

So I decided that I want to start challenging myself to do at least one different workout a week to branch out of my comfort zone and spice up my routine. Well that was like a month ago and nothing has changed, so what better to way to make my desires happen then to share it with you guys and make myself accountable?!?!

I follow lots of different healthy living blogs for workout and nutrition inspiration. One of them, The Sweaty Betties, posted this metabolic workout months ago, but I hadn't gotten around to trying it yet.

So I decided I would give it a try today. Let me just say, it's by far one of the hardest things I've ever done. It "sounds" easy, but in reality you're doing so much right from the beginning, by the time you get to the end you're spent.

So here's the lowdown:
1) It's a 50, 40, 30,20, 10 metabolic workout that uses your own body weight.
2) You do squats, plank straddles, and falling push ups (Do 50 squats, then 50 plank straddles , and finally 50 falling push ups, then repeat doing sets of 40, 30, 20, 10.)
3) There's no time limit, you can take breaks as needed, but try to make your rest periods as short as possible. Go at your own pace.
4) You need nothing more than a yoga mat for cushioning.

My opinion:
The squats were the easy part for me, as I knew they would be. But if you hate squats I could see this being pure torture for you (You could probably do lunges instead). Surprisingly, it was the falling push ups that kicked my butt. After sets 50 and 40, my wrists started to hurt so for sets 30, 20, and 10 I did regular push ups. I was even trying to be extra careful so I wouldn't hurt myself. If you have any type of joint issue I would not recommend this workout. Even the plank straddles, since you're jumping back and forth, is hard on the wrists and the shoulders. I completed the workout in 27:14 and I burned a little under 400 calories. I also took LOTS of breaks. Somewhere in the middle of set 40 I contemplated quitting because I had obviously lost my mind to think I could do this, but after giving myself a mental slap to get it together, I just pushed through. So I feel great for completing it in under 30 minutes although I honestly thought my time would be way less than that.

Do the workout, if you dare, then share your time and thoughts with me. Check back next Tuesday for a new video challenge!
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    glad you found a fun rough and tough workout you can dig into! Body resistance moves in high volume can reshape your body in amazing ways. Totally beneficial! Go get it girl!!!
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    Wait wait wait - what the heck is a falling pushup?? That sounds really dangerous! lol
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  • JBEST73
    I will look up that blog. Thanks for sharing.
    2880 days ago
    Good Lord, that is tougher than a She Beast work out! I will give it a try once I'm cleared in a few days to work out again. I know (and no I am not being negative) I can't do falling push ups so I must do regular and I know (again not being negative) I cannot complete such an intense work out at this time...but I want to give it a whirl!!
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