Hi Shredheads – hopefully you’re enjoying this holiday (if it’s a holiday where you are). And hopefully you’re going to be doing some kind of exercise today! :)
A comment in yesterday’s post made me want to write a little bit more about “cheating” in Level 2. As I mentioned, the first time around (and many times around after the first) I felt like Level 2 was shorter than Level 1, and not quite as difficult. But I’m realizing that it’s just as hard as Level 1, as long as you don’t cheat. Unfortunately, I find that it’s a lot easier to accidentally cheat in Level 2 if you aren’t paying attention.
This morning I payed a bit more attention to the places where I cheat when I’m not paying attention:
The walkout part of the pushups means way fewer pushups than in Level 1, making it easier. So I’m really making sure my hands are closer together, and that my hands are right under my shoulders, rather than further up. This is a common one to watch throughout this level that I really never paid much attention to before.
This one seemed WAY to easy to me…until I tried keeping my elbows up as far as they should be. Yikes. Don’t let them drop down or you won’t be getting the full benefit.
Same thing with the pushups – watch where your hands are relative to your shoulders. It makes a HUGE difference. Under your shoulders, not under your ears or eyes. The further back you keep your hands, the harder this will be. Play around with it and see how far back you can get them.
Chest press with straight leg lifts (abs)
Actually, this isn’t one I cheat on, but I wanted to point out something I didn’t realize for probably 3 months when I first started. You aren’t supposed to be lifting your legs straight up. You’re supposed to be twisting around so your feet meet up with your hands out to the side, which works your obliques more. For some reason this wasn’t obvious to me for a long time.
See the bit about where your hands are. ALSO, try getting your feet wider than you think you should. And then get them a bit wider still. I was blown away this morning by what a difference that made.
Blah blah blah watch your hands. ;)
There’s some “dead space” in between moves where Jillian is setting the next thing up. If you know what the next move is, move on to it without waiting for Jillian. It may only be a few seconds difference, but I found it keeps my heart rate up a lot better.
So…that’s it. Keep on doing it, and make sure you are using heavy enough weights too!