Fitness Assessment: Push-ups, Squats & Crunches…oh my!

May 18th, 2012 at 3:21 pm by under Fitness

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson

I’ll tell myself that the next time I feel like I’m going to die a slow death from Clayton’s series of 5 million grapevines.  Let me be honest. I love to break a good sweat, but starting out a fitness routine after carrying a baby in your belly for 9 months is hard, man! I think the beginning is the hardest part — just getting into a routine, remembering how to squeeze those buns and move those hips takes a little while. It’s pretty amazing how “out of tune” your body is after creating one. Creating one. Isn’t that wild? Your body creates a human being. Man, so cool.

Ok, back on track. Let’s get to my fitness assessment. One of my personal coaches Lisa Holmes came on Mass Appeal to assess my fitness on live TV. I know, I’m brave. I had to do as many push-ups as I could, with good form, in 1 minute — as well as squats and crunches. Yeah, I know it sounds easy. Well, it isn’t.  I have some pictures as evidence:

 Here’s me after doing 41 push-ups in 1 minute.

I started shaking after 2. I collapsed after 41. I was proud. And Lisa was too. ( She’s clapping, you can tell by her hand position.

For the record, she clapped more than once.) 


See, now this is a trick picture. Clearly, I’m doing squats.

What you think is happening: I’m smiling, Lisa is smiling, we are smiling at the joy of squats. Ahh, what fun.

What is really happening: I’m cursing the person who invented squats. Who thought that was really a good idea to make your legs feel like they are on fire? Not to mention it is incredibly unflattering.

Yeah, yeah I know it is good for my muscles. I get it. I felt the burn. Total number of squats: 44. Like a Champ.


 Crunches — here’ s my weakness. Think about it this way — when you’re pregnant, your body has to adapt to a growing baby for 10 full months. In order for there to be space for the baby to grow, your abdominal muscles have to separate. A lot. That explains why I am making that face. Despite the weakness of my core, I still managed to do 50 crunches in a minute.  Is that good? I have no clue. Lisa clapped, so it made me feel good. That’s all that matters. Hopefully that by the end of my 3 months I’ll be able to do 51 ;P

Continuing my journey at ZUMBA tonight! I’ll give you an update next week. ONWARD!

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