Bob Harper’s Workout Plan, Day 14
This is it, the last day of the 4-week plan. This is the first Monday in quite some time that I had to work out, so I was a bit apprehensive about the morning. The alarm starts up at 4:30, but since today’s workout is only 30 minutes, the Magical Snooze Button makes its first appearance in a month. Thirty extra minutes of interrupted sleep never felt so good.
But, in the blink of an eye, it’s 5, and time to get up. I am nervous, knowing that today is the strength portion of Bob’s Workout, the one where Zach looks as if he is going to die halfway through it. I know it’s a tough exercise program, and I’m not sure I’m ready. Bob, however, doesn’t much care if I am ready or not.
Jumpropes to begin. I have no desire to die this early in the morning, so I go without the actual rope and just do simulated ones. Then jumping jacks, then sumo squats, then hopping back and forth on one foot. Then do them all again, only faster. Warmed up? Oh yeah. Now for the actual exercises.
Plio pushups on a step. We are expected to push up with enough force for our hands to leave the step a few inches each time. I’m a little hesitant on these, since this is the first time I’ve really worked with the step, and I’m not entirely convinced of its stability. It holds up fine, and doing pushups like that are rough. The next time through, Bob wants us to clap our hands between pushups. These are much, much more difficult.
Chest presses flow into rows which go into squats into overhead presses into bicep curls back into pushups. There isn’t even a nanosecond of a break between. Just a constant rhythm of movement flowing from one exercise into the next. Sweating and breathing hard, but we are both doing better than ole’ Zach. Poor guy is winded and puffing. We are doing step-ups later, and now Zach is taking time between each exercise. We aren’t, so we end up doing twice as many reps on the deadlifts and swings and everything else. Of course, I don’t own dumbells that are as heavy as the ones that he’s using, something I’ll be rectifying, but still, it feels good to leave Zach huffing and puffing in the dust.
It’s over, and breakfast time is here, and the dreary start of a week at work that is sort of the kick-off for 8 months of misery. I feel good, and Lady Aravan’s shoulder is getting better – she avoided the Plio part of the pushup to avoid the strain, as well as the overhead presses – so we’re ready to figure out what to do next. My guess is that we’ll keep going with Bob for the most part, mixing in some of Jillian’s from time to time for variety. Tomorrow I’ll wrap up and “final thought” the whole workout plan, but for now, it’s time to work.