It was fun to try something different. It’s good for your body too. Changing things up makes your body respond differently meaning, respond period.
Our body’s have this amazing ability to adapt to whatever we ask of it. So if we do the same workout day after day, week after week, month after month…you get the idea right? Well, when that happens the body just maintains itself, its strength, function, weight, etc. That’s why any trainer should tell you to change your workout routine every 4-6 weeks if you want to continue to effect a change in your body. That’s why your workout gets easier. The body has adapted to the challenge.
Have you done a particular strength workout and noticed that when you began it, it was tough to do? Maybe you didn’t make it through the entire set of reps, but after a few repeats of the workout for a few days or weeks, it’s easier. You are able to do all of the repetitions/set and maybe even add a set to make it tough again? Well, that’s adaptation happening. The body has risen to the challenge and has gotten stronger, leaner.
So, to continue to change your body, you, either, have to increase the weight, change the exercises, change the cadence or speed/rhythm of the repetitions, change something!
Where I work, it’s such a safe place to try new forms of exercise. We have so many amazing instructors who are masters in various types of fitness. Some dance, aquatics, strength, cardio so it’s a smorgasbord or cornucopia, if you will, of possibilities. If I have an open hour, which does occasionally happen, I’ll try a different kind of class. Hey you never know, you might surprise yourself and find a new format. A new & exciting challenge and your body goes,”Hey, what’s this?” And it has to work differently. Not a bad thing at all.
So Cardio Combat is based on MMA. Mixed Martial Arts. It’s boxing, kickboxing, cardio and strength & core work. It was fun. Apparently, I can punch & shuffle well. My speed isn’t so hot but solid. I found it funny that to do someone else’s workout is so much harder than my own. Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do abs/core work, but this was different and made me struggle. I actually like that. It feels good to get out of my comfort zone. Push my boundaries, as it were.
Now naturally, I had to modify some things for my knee, but I basically managed the entire class. I still have to be smart about things.
Now does changing up your workouts mean you have give up what you like? No! I still take dance classes. That’s my love. But I will change my strength workout in another couple of weeks, I don’t always do intervals on the stationary bike, only occasionally. The other times, I’ll do a steady state ride or get on the rowing erg.
Basically, keep moving. If you want changes to happen to your body, you just can’t do the same thing all of the time. I’m not so keen on the “crazy” types of workout formats out there. Yes, they work but they can really lead to some injurious issues over time. I also believe that some continuity is essential to be able to see some sort of progress. Progress is a form of reward or gratification. Form & function. How often am I gonna need to jump up onto a 2-4’ box? But step up, maybe. Make sure the choices you make are sensible for you. Nothing should be cookie-cutter.
By the way, I posted my current workout on the "Workouts" page. It's not fancy but it works! This workout along with the extra cardio workouts are gonna help. Like I said, not too into the "crazy" stuff.
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