Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 10 and 11

For the past few days, although I’m able to continue the daily challenges, I find myself having little time to spare to post updates. So in case I miss those update days, such as Day 10 and 11, I’ll just do a consolidated update on a rest day, like today! Hurray!

Day 10: 6 reps of each, 2 sets

This is the same as Day 3 and so is relatively easy. I have little to say about this day’s challenge, except that it felt like a clam before the storm.

Day 11: 5 reps of each, 4 sets

True enough, Day 10 is just the calm. It took me so much time to finish Day 11’s challenge, on top of being dragged by my friend to the gym. So hello tired body!

You really start feeling it in the quads, glutes, and inner thighs. I don’t see any cellulite disappearing but I do feel the strength coming in. It’s progress!

Here’s a photo of me taken by my friend, doing my after squat stretches.

Quick workout for me, a bit of yoga showoff for Kaye.

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Hurray for rest days!

Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 6

Due to the many things that happened, it being my Dad’s birthday, I forgot to post an update about Day 6 of the Squat Circuit Challenge.

Day 6: 10 reps of each
It actually surprised me to find this easier that the Day 5 combo. So I guess it’s the variation rather than the consistency that gives the challenge. That’s why it’s always recommended to vary the intensity or even the type of exercise. Amazing!

Needless to say, I finished this one faster than yesterday. I hope can conquer tomorrow’s combo.

Wish me luck!

Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 5 (Take 2)

It certainly was a good decision to do the squats before breakfast because after then, I felt too full to even try a single squat.

Day 5 (Take 2): 5 reps of each, 3 sets

As in Day 3 (Take 2), I struggled in the middle of the 2nd set. But unlike it, today’s circuit has 3 sets so I was struggling more. The fact that Day 4 was a rest day didn’t help much. My thighs tried to get accustomed to the sensation again.

So far, I knew I did myself a disfavor by not squatting all the way down where my thighs would be parallel to the floor (legs at a right angle) during the sumo squats. But I also knew that if I tried, I wouldn’t have been able to get up. I’d have to lower myself “gently” to the floor. Plus… since we do sumo squats, among others, as warm up before pole fitness classes, I didn’t risk it this morning as I’ll be attending such class later today.

On the happier side of things, I’d like to share my breakfast. It’s quite simple but I added a few things to make my breakfast a reward for a job well done. 🙂

It’s scrambled eggs with chopped basil, Ma Ling (luncheon meat), and brown rice also sprinkled with chopped basil and a dash of chia seeds for fiber and protein boost.

You can see it on the sidebar (“caught on cam”), on top of a really unhealthy lunch I had yesterday but “A for effort”, right? 😛

Tomorrow’s the great challenge because it’s in the 6th day that I failed the challenge. So wish me luck, luck, and LUCK! 🙂

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How do you motivate yourself when you do these 30 day challenges? I’d like to know.

Squat Circuit Challenge: Day 3 (Take 2)

It is indeed a great relief if I do the squat circuit challenge first thing in the morning. Somehow, I find myself having more time throughout the day. Maybe because I become more active after several squats. Or maybe because it frees me the time spent thinking and debating with myself whether I should already do the squats or in an hour.

Yeah, the advice given is true. If you prepare and do it first thing, you won’t be bothered with unnecessary “thinking”.

Day 2 (Take 2): 6 reps of each, 2 sets
I’ve already begun struggling. A testament to my weak thunder thighs or to the intensity of the challenge. You be the judge. 🙂

I found myself resting, mid 2nd set.

I believe the narrow squats target the buttocks because that’s where I felt the squeeze. Meanwhile, the regular, hip width squats target the thighs and the sumo squats target the inner thighs. I haven’t researched yet on the benefits of each squat variant but I hope I’m feeling them where I should. 🙂

Rest day for tomorrow! Maybe I’ll work on my abs. 🙂

Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 2 (Take 2)

I did it this morning! Yey! And I realize the big difference between 6 reps of each exercise versus 10 reps of each. The latter is exponentially more difficult than the former especially when you’re essentially doing the same squats, only you include leg raises. My pulse quickened by the third exercise and I already feel a tingling ache in my thighs.

Looking forward to tomorrow!