So, today was the big day; after seven weeks (six programmed, one vacation in the middle) of incredibly lax adherence, the final V-Burn Challenge.
“V-Burn Challenge” #6
Velocity Diet Workout #24
6 sets of 10 reps, done for time
– Jump Squat
– Hand Walkout (from feet – adding to the suck factor, I’ve forsaken my workout gloves, so these were done bare-handed)
– Single-Leg Deadlift (arms out to sides, idle leg back; 10 per leg per set)
– Push-Up w/ Clap
– Jumping Jacks
– Reverse Lunge w/ Twist (towards forward leg)
– Pike Push-Up
– Squat Thrust
Today’s time: 16:17
I may have done a very sweaty fist-pump after checking my watch (and before collapsing), thinking, “Hey, I cut seven and a half minutes off my first one!”
In that, I was wrong.
My first attempt at V-Burn Challenge, back on March 3rd, I did in 25:45; somewhere along the line, I’d apparently forgotten this effort, and had been basing my subjective weekly progress estimates on, well, a time I’d never actually done – 23:45. Uh, yeah. No idea where I came up with that particular figure.
How the VBC’s stack up:
- March 3 — 25:45
- March 10 — 22:22 (-3:23)
- March 17 — 21:12 (-1:10, -4:33 overall)
- April 1 — 18:55 (-2:17, -6:50)
- April 10 — 17:28 (-1:27, -8:17)
- April 21 — 16:17 (-1:11, -9:28)
I’m very pleased with those results. However, improved performance is only half of what the Velocity Diet is designed to deliver; the other half is dramatic weight loss in the form of improved body composition. To this end, my extremely lax adherence to their diet and workout protocols (as I hit both the gym and the table far more often than the plan proscribes) meant that I’ve lost approximately no weight at all, remaining in the same 160-165# range throughout. Body composition did trend leaner – from an average of 14-15% bodyfat during the first week to something closer to 12% at the end.
Now, of course, I’m left to cast about for my next workout regimen and arbitrary goal; my next obvious landmark isn’t until late July (my birthday), and, looking further ahead, Dragon*Con (Labor Day weekend) and the Goth Cruise (the last week of September).