Yesterday I officially started the Summer Challenge “SHREDDING” with a couple of other girls. Since I wasn’t able to train the way I used to earlier this year I gained a few pounds and also my body fat increased to a level I don’t feel very comfortable with. So time to take action! A lot of weight training combined with good nutrition will hopefully help me to reach my goal. Right now my goal isn’t a specific number but I aim for losing 8-10 pounds in 8 weeks.

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever - Lance Armstrong

I want to keep track of my progress and also want to share this experience with you which is why I decided to post one update on the challenge here every week.

Yesterdays leg workout was super intense and I pushed myself harder than I have ever before, I reached all of my macros and also hit a late night LISS (LISS stands for Low Intensity Steady State cardio. As its name suggests, it is any form of low intensity cardio where you maintain the same pace for a set period of time) session for 40 minutes on top of it. My water intake was one and a half gallon which was really good.

Today I’m super sore and can barely walk but this won’t stop me from hitting the gym again twice today. Around noon I will do a Plyo session (Plyo is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) plyometric-based workout, designed to make you perform like an athlete. This workout usually combines explosive jumping exercises with agility training to increase explosiveness and to build a lean and athletic body) and later today in the evening I will do another LISS session on the treadmill for 40 minutes.

My current shredding plan contains 6 gym sessions per week and I added for every training day one LISS sessions of 40 minutes each on top of my training. I’m not sure how I will feel after a few days or weeks into this intense training routine and I might have to adjust the LISS sessions, but for now I feel so motivated and comfortable with the plan.

I will keep you updated and the second post of this series will follow next week.