Monday, 5 May 2014

Dawn Breakers (Insanity style) fitness challenge: week 1

Following on from my previous post, I have now finished week one of Dawn Breakers and am absolutely loving it!

What is Dawn Breakers?
'High intensity, interval training, weight loss, body conditioning course. Early morning, 45 minute daily workout, over 6 weeks. DB is suitable for anybody - please get in touch if you're not sure about any aspect of it (contact details on FB page). Cost is £150 for a 6 week course, 5 workouts per week, all a little different, covering: core strength, endurance, strength, combat, agility and functionality. If it sounds a little scary, it really isn't. Anyone can do it, and EVERYONE that does will lose weight! Please look at our pictures for evidence of local people who have made a BIG difference in a SMALL amount of time! Our results speak for themselves. If you're serious about losing weight and getting in shape, there is truly no better, or faster way to do it'.  
The above info is taken from Facebook and I'm not involved in running the course, just a happy customer. 

Why am I doing it? 
I've always been fairly active, and at school was more enthusiastic than talented at sports. As an adult, I've done more swimming, running, cycling and martial arts than anything else, and only set foot in a gym on holiday. However, with all this I suppose I've never felt like I've really pushed myself physically and had the nagging feeling that I'd like to be fitter.  

One day, my husband pointed out the Femme Fatale challenge on Facebook and I found myself seriously considering signing up to it. After much consideration, I realised that I loved the idea of all the training, but I didn't particularly want to get into a ring and fight someone. Despite doing a bit of training over the years in karate, Wing Chun and kickboxing, I've never fancied doing full contact sparring much.

Dawn Breakers number 3 was about to start and it just seemed good timing after my initial interest in the Femme Fatales and I figured it would be a good way to give my seasonal affective disorder a kick up the bum. Best decision ever, toughest thing I've ever done and I've no idea why I didn't write any blog posts about it! I'd never planned to do more than one Dawn Breakers, but I had been missing it and seeing one of the regulars (I blame you, Brett) helped make my mind up to do another one. I was very lucky as there was a cancellation, so we started on Monday.

What does it involve?
My alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m. and I get into my work out gear, neck down 500ml of water, make my protein shake and then into the car for the 06:45 a.m. start. After an initial warm up, the rounds in Phase 1 are currently 60 seconds with a 30 second rest in between. In week 3, Phase 2 commences with reduced rest periods and I will find out more when we get there. Last time, Phase 2 involved moving onto more circuit-like workouts where you push a particular muscle group as hard as you can and then won't work them again as you move round the room.

How has my first week been? 
I was a bit apprehensive as I'd injured my right foot at the Ikeda Sensei aikido seminar, but luckily it's recovered enough to be fine (phew). Day one was a gentle introduction (compared with what's to come) and we started off with 35 second rounds with the normal 30 second rest. Great to be back and it's a much larger group than last time, which is testament to how awesome it is. Blimey day two (endurance) was so much harder and back to the normal 60 second rounds. Andy didn't hold back and had us doing exercises like burpees, bastardos (burpee with a push up included)  and we finished on monkey bounces. Day three (strength) was a toughie for me with things like sphinx push ups and these (not sure we call them that). Energy-wise, this was definitely my hardest day and I luckily had the day off work, so had a nap in the afternoon. After my nap, I felt more rested and ready for day four and I flippin' LOVE combat day! Managed to push myself much harder and I was bright pink when I finished. I also walked about 3 miles and my kind husband gave me a lift home as my legs didn't fancy the extra mile home on top of that... Day five (agility and functionality) was the toughest as there's lots of up and down, with balance required which becomes trickier the more tired I become. Andy is evil as the final round was two monkey bounces forward and then two back, very tired at the end.  

I'm aware that this kind of fitness training won't be for everyone, but I find that working out in the morning is such a great way to start the day. £150 might also seem like quite a bit of dosh, but it only works out at £5 per day, which I think is well worth it. Despite a mid-week dip in my energy levels, I'm now feeling more perky and looking forward to working harder during week two. Overall, I think I feel better in myself and I'm looking forward to what's to come!

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