Day 5 – Friday
You made it through the work week! Today is Friend Friday. Find someone to do your squats with you, be even braver and share a picture on your facebook page of you and your friend doing your squats. Inspire someone else to do what your doing!
Beginner – 8 reps of each squat style, repeat 2x = 80
Intermediate – 9 reps each, repeat 3x = 135
Advanced – 9 reps each, repeat 4x = 180
from Aunt Sharon > Except when I’m walking with Steve, exercise is a solitary endeavor for me. Even if I had a friend, and activists don’t, sweating with somebody else doesn’t interest me.
I can follow instructions, however, and I do like to see how the experts do it, so I can improve what I’m doing and hone my skills based on my needs. And I like to communicate what works and doesn’t work for me, which I do on my website. That’s as social as I get in the exercise realm. In the past, before my activism days, I found that buddies don’t usually show up. Most people – including friends – talk about doing something, rather than doing it.
What matters is that I exercise for me, and that I find the internal and/or external motivation to keep doing it beyond the social interventions of challenges.
I’m doing this challenge and liking it more, even if at times I rough ride through it. Day 5 smoothed out for me – somewhat. I did the SUMO squats in the morning – only that – and it was easier, whereby I didn’t feel the need to pulse squat.
I will do the pulsing as part of my high intensity interval training, because I like the reduced range of motion, quick movements and the burn it creates in my muscles with the accompanying electrical release of tension from those muscles.
DAY 5 I decided to move to the Advanced level. Not particularly a good idea. The squats with kicks and leg lifts add up to 144 squats. Then add 36 reps for the other 3 styles = 108 squats = a total of 252 squats.
In order to do it, I had to break it up into five segments throughout the day and evening. I got creative with the kicks and lifts, out of necessity, but I was present doing something that made all my lower body muscles know they were being worked.
I think this challenge is for people who are already in great shape. I’ll retreat to beginner tomorrow, and wind down the challenge with more control over my movements. I’ll finish having gained that in one week.