POP Pilates: Tricep Toner (13 min)
Cardio Blast (25 sets)
POP Pilates: Stretching for Flexibility (10 min)
Warm Up: 2-lb dumbbells for Ladders and Sky Squats
Shoulder Rotations: 5-lb dumbbells
Reverse Dumbbell Chops: 10-lb dumbbell
Goblet Squats: 15-lb kettlebell
I mainly focused on triceps, shoulders and upper back. I didn’t do it on purpose, but it turned out that way. Also, following the drill: SQUATS SQUATS SQUATS! And yes, my hamstrings are sore. *sigh*
I managed to squeeze in 100 Squats between the warm up and the cardio blast. The cardio blast was really fun and dynamic, and it burned like hell. I tried to perform the combination of moves in one swift motion and to go as fast as my soreness and the muscle burn permitted.
Tabata: I purposely chose Reverse Dumbbell Chops because (1) it works core and arms in one sweet movement and (2) because you kind have to squat a little when you do it? Like a “half-squat”? I’m not sure if this is considered cheating, but guess what? I don’t care. I counted each rep as half-a-squat. Rep count: 101 total. I decided to count those as 50 full squats. Don’t judge me.
I added a 1-min AMRAP of Goblet Squats just to further increase my squat count, and managed to do an additional 25. 200 Squats tomorrow and I’ll be done with the Squat Challenge!
The toughest move on this routine turned out to be the freaking Plank Leg Lifts on the Stability Ball. These were 100% more difficult than anticipated. My balance was all over the place. I mean, I looked like a crazy person. So if you feel like trying something challenging, TRY THOSE. They work EVERYTHING.