• Mon30November 2015
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  • Week 2: Julia Buckley’s Ignite Challenge

    Now I’m over the halfway mark of Julia Buckley’s Ignite Challenge and how do I feel? Well rather good actually. Considering that last week was a busy one, I found the 20-30 minute daily workout really easy to do on a daily basis because I switched it around and did it first thing before my #runcommute to work.

    Trying to get to grips with the exercises...

    Trying to get to grips with the exercises…

    Move it to the morning

    There’s definitely something to be said for exercising in the morning. I’ve always enjoyed it as it frees up the evenings for other stuff. Now I have a whole bunch of new exercises to fit into my fitness before sunrise if I so dare after these four weeks are up. I also find the way that Julia segments the workouts under titles such as Lower Body Burner or Tight Arms so you know exactly what your focus is for that day. And  while the daily sessions do include some classic favourites such as Burpees (you know what I mean by favourites), Julia is not afraid to both throw in a few lesser known moves and adapt some more popular ones.

    Here’s a list of some that I’d never heard of before starting this challenge:

    • Knee Smash
    • Atlantic Surfer
    • WIV abs

    If you’re not sure what they are either, you’ll have to join the programme when it’s released to find out.

    A whole new me?

    Am I noticing a difference physically? Pah, non, I’ll always be a bit lumpy. What I am feeling though is slightly more energetic and stronger, which is why I started it in the first place. The upper body work is tough, especially for someone who prefers more leg-based exercise. The press-ups and arm raises are getting easier too, which in turn will help with my running, driving me forward and upping my pace (well that’s the plan anyway).

    Cut the slack

    As well as the exercise programme, Julia has also invited all participants to take part in something called Slack. Here you post your goals and achievements plus share with others how you are getting on. Admittedly, I’m not the most vocal person on Slack mainly because I’m trying to get used to it. I do think it’s a good way however of bringing the virtual community together. When coupled with forums on the site, it can prove to be a powerful tool for those who need a motivational boost.

    Yoga?

    Let’s not go there. I’ve not been religiously stretching every evening as it was extremely busy but I did go to an amazing yoga class on Saturday at Yotopia put on by YogaForEveryBody. Hosted by Project HB & And Breathe, it really helped me to unwind and relax.

    This week’s goals:

    Well Advent Running starts tomorrow, where the idea is that you do 25 runs in 25 days. I’ll need to make sure they’re all shorter than 40 minutes long but I’m totally looking forward to mixing it up in my penultimate week of Julia Buckley’s Ignite Challenge.

     

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