Wednesday 6 June 2018

Core de Force

   So I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was going to use Core de Force for 2 weeks while I take a hiatus from resistance training. Those 10 weeks were great, and I really saw results from my work, but the thought of finishing 2 months and then going straight into another 2 with a new variety of moves but, ultimately, more of the same unbroken work sort of knocked my motivation. So I decided to turn to trusty cardio DVDs and remind myself why I love resistance training and rediscover the enthusiasm I had at the start.
   Well, I used the DVD on Monday, and it was love at first sight. And hatred. Zealous hatred.
   I've not had a sweat like that in so very long. And it was awesome.
   Core de Force is made up of 3 DVDs, each of which contain 2 workouts averaging 30 minutes that are either made up boxing, kickboxing or Muay Thai sequences. Some focus on body weight resistance, others on circuit training and intervals, so there's something for every mood and need. Then each DVD also has 2 bonus programs: a 15-minute core workout, a 5 minute pre-bedtime stretch, a 20-minute rest-day stretch, and each has a 5-minute plank sequence to build a strong core all around.

   After Monday's experience I'm extremely pumped up to go again, even though I decided to try the worst-sounding workout right off the bat before I could frighten myself away from it. Namely the 40-minute MMA Plyo. Yup. Mixed martial arts and jumping. My thinking was that if I could get through that, I could get through the rest. And I did get through it. And it wasn't that bad. I was a beetroot by the end, of course, and had to towel off three times during my cool down - I wasn't even working anymore! - and refill my 750ml water bottle, but it was such a great workout, I was overjoyed at the end and in a ridiculously good mood until I went to bed! I'd exercised at 9:30am!

   The plan is to use the 6 workouts throughout the next 2 weeks, and, as the workouts are made up of 6-12 'rounds', all of which are 3 minutes and separated onto different chapters on the DVD, it's easy to stop after, say, 15 minutes and then pick it up where you left off next time. I say this because it could be the answer to enjoyable and short-timed martial arts cardio after resistance training when it comes back around in 2 weeks' time.
  For now, though, I want to complete each workout over 8 days (Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat) as well as utilise the pre-bedtime and rest-day stretches, and, perhaps, though I loathe it, the core workouts, too. I may as well get as much out of the DVD while I can...


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