Well, Killer Bs, it’s definitely supposed to be cutback week! But is it going to feel like a cutback? That’s hard to say.
So, here’s the story of me filming this week’s “cutback” workouts: I was a little bit pressed for time, stressed about something out of my control, and was having a really, really emotional day (which will be quite evident during Tuesday’s Let’s RUN podcast!) and I accidentally went way. too. hard. on these workouts, trying to burn off some of my feelings.
I hear from Bs all the time who have such a hard time cutting back, and I want you to know that it happens to me, too!
The fact is, CUTBACK is always a relative term. One person’s cutback is another’s hardest training ever. It totally depends on where you are with your own personal fitness journey.
The great thing is, accidentally going too hard on cutback week once in a while isn’t going to ruin your fitness or slow your progress, I promise! Your body can actually handle a lot more than we sometimes give it credit for. But if you do find yourself feeling particularly tired or overly challenged this week, feel free to sub out your favorite “easy” workout or simply take an extra day of rest. YOU know yourself best!
So, you might find this week’s Mini Challenge to be a delightful respite from the rigors of your regular training, or you might find yourself cursing my name when you can’t lift your arms on Tuesday. Either way, here’s WEEK 44!
(Click the image below to download and save it on your device. The thumbnails are links to take you directly to the videos on the Pahla B Fitness YouTube channel. All of the workouts are available for preview now.)
On MONDAY, we start the week with one of the toughest and sweatiest seated workouts I’ve ever made (and that’s really saying something!). This SEATED BELLY FAT BURN is like a 4-in-1 workout, with heart-pounding CARDIO, body-shaping CARDIO TONING, muscle-building STRENGTH TRAINING + core-strengthening ABS work! *whew* I’ve also linked to a SUGGESTED STACKER, just in case you have the energy for more cardio.
TUESDAY’S all-new Let’s RUN podcast is a toughie, there’s no doubt about it. I mean, the walk + run work is sweaty (with 2:1 intervals that you can use however you want to), but the topic – THE TRUTH ABOUT EXERCISE + AGING – is what’ll really get ya! I’ve got good news, bad news, and the thing that made me cry on camera. And a SUGGESTED STACKER if you’re looking for a (slightly) lighter conversation. Yay!
WEDNESDAY’S workout is a much more light-hearted MODIFIED FLOOR WORKOUT, which gets in plenty of cardio, lots of bodyweight strength and some really important tips for how you can modify ANY workout to suit your current fitness. Plus there’s an all-standing, squat-free, low impact cardio SUGGESTED STACKER to round out your day’s work.
On THURSDAY, we’re getting super sweaty while keeping our feet on the ground with this LOW IMPACT CARDIO workout that is fast-paced and fun! Members of The Hive (my private, interactive and very supportive Facebook group that you should totally join!) have learned that “the shirt” – the black and grey tank top I’m wearing in this video – means business! Thankfully, the workout is pretty quick at just over 20 minutes, and we’re using manageable 20-second work intervals.
And FRIDAY. Ahhh, Friday. We’re picking up heavy things and putting them back down again with this very… I’m going to call it a “classic” video, by which I mean that it’s a fantastic 20 MINUTE STRENGTH TRAINING workout. But I hardly talked at all because it was filmed in 2014 and I was still very self-conscious on camera. This week’s videos are really running the gamut of emotional availability, aren’t they? Grab a pair of challenging-for-you dumbbells and we’ll finish the week STRONG!