#100DAYSHKMX BY MANON MEIJERS – WEEK 7
To start with, you think you’ll never get back up again. Or that you’ll never achieve a ninety-degree knee bend. You hear someone shouting from the distance (if you watch the video clips) ‘lower!’, ‘deeper!’ and the only thing you can think is: ‘yes-but-won’t-I-be-sitting-on-the-floor-then?’ And when you look in the mirror, you see how pathetic your squats look. What’s more, they give you such awful muscle ache that just the word ‘squats’ makes you want to run and hide. Which you can’t, of course, because your buttocks and legs are still completely numb from the last sq… (I won’t use the word again). After a while, your buttocks and legs not only get stronger (which makes the exercise easier to do), you also start seeing that this exercise gives you firm, round buttocks. Which makes you happy. Squats? Yes, please!
To start with, turning your body into a plank while resting on your forearms sounds (AND FEELS) like you are asking something anatomically impossible of your body. Collapsing, slipping (do this on a mat or good carpet), not getting your hips low enough, your stomach muscles no longer able to cope, your back starts hurting: does it ever stop?
Yes, it does. And then the plank becomes your best friend. It trains just about your entire body and means you start feeling your stomach muscles properly (and hello! seeing them too!!). I freely admit that, despite the fact that I still tremble from head to toe when I do them (the plank is not for wussies), I sometimes now crawl off the sofa in the evening just to do a bit of planking. Tip: use a stopwatch. Start with 30 seconds and progress to 45 seconds and then 60 seconds and so on.
How great was my disappointment when I realised they weren’t talking about ‘lunches’ but ‘lunges’. ‘We are going to do lunch!’ sounded like a brilliant break to the workout, and I am as fond of good food as ever, with lunch possibly being my favourite meal. But no, lunging is something very different and hard as hell to start with. To stay with the theme of lunch for a moment: your legs feel like spaghetti after a good bout of lunging. As if you don’t have any control over them and they are soft as putty.
I now almost prefer lunging to lunching. Well, in a manner of speaking. The lunge is a favourite because you can do it while walking through the room. That means you forget the time, the reps seem to go faster than when you are standing still, and your only focus is on the beautiful lines they give your upper legs.
Which of your exercises have gone from the ‘list of hell’ to the ‘list of swell’? I’d love to hear it!!
Good luck, gorgeous ladies, and till next week!
P.S. Exercises I want to go from hell to swell right now are push-ups and Russian Twists….(tips, anyone?).
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