Lydia’s (“Lee’s”) Journey Through AbsoluteFIT — You Now vs. You a Month Ago: The Second Assessment

OK — it’s been [another] month, and now it’s time to check our progress. Marie’s the coach in charge of this session (the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, all of the AbsoluteFIT sessions are given over to assessments). I know I’ve gotten stronger, so let’s do this! 

Here are my numbers:

  • Squats: 48, up from 44 last time.
  • Burpees: Ahh, would you look at that — 22, up from 18 last time! STILL HATE THEM THO.
  • Push-ups: 31, up more than 50% from last time’s 20 — wow! I still feel my weakest at push-ups, and can’t do more than a couple on my toes, but I’m really excited by this improvement.
  • Skaters: 64, up from 51 last time. Yay!
  • Alternating reverse lunges: 44, five more than the 39 I did last month.
  • Sit-ups: 21, a full 50% improvement over last month’s 14. And — hilariously, to me, because these feel like such a struggle and I imagine I look like a beached manatee doing them — several people complimented me on my form!
  • Planks: 23 this time — the first six from a full plank on my toes (yes!) and the rest from my knees. (You hold a plank position with arms fully extended, go down to your elbows, get back to full extension. It’s nuts. Even more nuts: The woman next to me who did more than 40! She downplayed it, but we were all like “Daaaaaaaaaang, girl! That’s amazing!”)
  • Spin bike: At a certain tension, pedal as hard as you can and see how far you get: .8 mile, a tenth of a mile farther than last month — small improvement, but I’ll take it!

    What if those 44 squats at the first assessment were just first-day adrenaline talking? Could I actually do fewer pushups? aaaaagh!
    Assessment 2: What if those 44 squats at the first assessment were just first-day adrenaline talking? Could I actually do fewer pushups? aaaaagh!
Assesment 1 – the month prior

I admit, I worried a tiny bit going in — would I show improvement? What if those 44 squats were just first-day adrenaline talking? Could I actually do fewer pushups? aaaaagh! But again, with a great energy in the room, everybody encouraging everybody else, nobody concerned with anyone else’s numbers (except for the really wowzers ones, like Ms. Awesome 40+ Planks, ha!), it was genuinely fun and a great workout. Plus, it’s great to have measurable goals, and demonstrable progress — come on, join us in the studio! You’ll feel it too!

—Lydia M.

Note: Some of Lydia’s faithful blog readers will recognize her recent name/signature change from Lee to Lydia. To create a sort of anonymity upon creation of her blog, she opted to use an alias (“Lee”). She soon realized that an alias felt strange and unfamiliar to her. Lydia has now decided to proceed with her blog entries with her real name 🙂 

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