It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else.
The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go.
Making The Cut includes a lot of information about eating styles and other general fitness methodologies and how they help improve fitness. It has some useful facts in there, but the workouts mainly captured my attention. They looked INTENSE!
The workouts are broken down into a push-pull format, each with five circuits consisting of 3-4 moves each. In other words, tough stuff!
The pull circuits focus on the chest, triceps, and shoulders; the push focuses on back and biceps. Both workouts include legs and abs work. The original circuits include extra cardio, like sprints and plyometrics, but I cut those out since I had other cardio on plan. I didn’t even need the extra cardio. My heart rate soared!
Here’s a brief overview of the two circuits I did:
Making The Cut Circuit One (Push Focus)
Making The Cut Circuit Two (Pull Focus)
I highly suggest looking into this book if you want details of the different moves, the layout of the workout, and additional workouts. I can’t wait to try them all!
And I want you all to know, I only rave about these workouts because they are so challenging. I had to take numerous breaks to catch my breath and make sure my arms didn’t fall off. I found my arms shaking by the third circuit in both. Heck, Monday’s even felt intense enough to make me slightly nauseous. Not that that’s necessary to have a challenging workout.
I wanted to cut it short and call three circuits good. Then, I remembered a super inspiring quote.
Fitting that the quote comes from level three of Jillian’s 30 Day Shred workouts. I must have a girl crush.
But, seriously. How TRUE is that quote? If we want to improve in our fitness, we have to push outside the comfort zone. We have to test our limits and go a little beyond what we think we can handle. We have to get uncomfortable.
I wanted to stop, but I kept going. I left the gym shaking after both workouts, but feeling more accomplished for it. I know I improved my fitness just a smidge with those workouts. Sometimes I love a leisurely workout purely for fun. But the workouts that get uncomfortable…well, they bring a new level of fitness. Little by little. Every time.
Uncomfortable. It’s where the change happens.
- How often do you get uncomfortable with workouts?
- What celebrity do you crush on?