Unable to complete Day 13 in Cardio Blast, what to do?

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    Unable to complete Day 13 in Cardio Blast, what to do?

    Okay, I've hit my first snag and need a bit of insight, help or hints. I'm currently doing 30 Days of Cardio Blast and the Core and Back program. Went pretty well so far, but two days ago I completely failed to do the workout in Cardio Blast (30 High Knees, 4 Climbers x5). Already during the first set my legs nearly collapse during the third time of high knees, I somehow managed to get through the first set but couldn't even complete half of the second set. My legs just didn't get up any more. I've ascribed it to a general bad form that day and planned to try again the day after the next (couldn't properly train yesterday). So, I've tried again today, couldn't even finish the first set.

    What now? I contemplate trying again during the day, or just skipping that day to do it at another point during the month. But what could be the reason for failing? And what would be a good course of action when something like this happens? I'm a bit at a loss here and would be very grateful for some help.

    #2
    Were you better or worse compared to the previous days? Are you feeling ill?
    Because if this is a rather sudden lapse in performance you might be overtraining or having a cold.
    If the previous days were already pretty hard and this one was just a tad harder, then it might simply be your cardio, in which case I'd suggest dropping the entire program and doing the Makeover challenge instead. Makeover is best challenge. I'm only kidding, I don't know whether it'd be better to redo the day or skip it.

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      #3
      I don't feel ill at all and I was able to complete the Back and Core workouts of the days without problems. Yesterday I also did the Origami Workout which went absolutely fine. I also wouldn't say that the previous days of the Cardio Blast program were hard, maybe a challenging, but very much doable. Somehow, only that day seems like an impossible mountain. I think for now I skip the day and see how the rest goes.

      But what exactly do you mean with the Makeover challenge?

      Edit: I'm stupid, the Makeover challenge obviously is a challenge. Already found it

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        #4
        Hi Nihopaloa it sometimes happens that certain exercises are way harder than they "should be". If all the other days went okay, it sounds like Cardio Blast is still a good program for you. You could skip that one day and retry at the end of the program (after all, you'll have become fitter). From what you're writing it also sounds like you're going too fast for your current state of fitness. I would normally not recommend this, but you could try "half-assing" it for the time being, that is, go at a slower pace and don't get your knees up as high. Or maybe even take turns, doing the first 30 as high knees and the next as march steps and so on. That should give you the opportunity to catch your breath and give your legs a little active rest. (I'm going by the logic here that if you can't keep on running for a certain time, you need to decrease your speed, and you'll probably get a better workout doing something less intense for a longer time than going all out and more or less collapsing quickly. I may be wrong.)

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          #5
          Thanks for your insight MissSmilla. Yesterday I've tried to skip the Day 13 workout and continue with Day 14, but it didn't work either. I think I have found the reason for this: my legs are too weak. I've been working out on an on/off basis for the last two or three days, and my legs were always my weakness. It went totally fine until Day 12, but today I even feel a soreness in my thighs I haven't felt for the past two months I've been working out.
          For now, I think it's best if I quit the Cardio Blast program for the time being, take a few days to recover and then see what I'm going to do next. I'll continue the Back and Core program, as I don't have any problems with that and maybe I'll look into the Makeover Challenge Noen suggested.

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            #6
            Hi Nihopaloa,

            If you can't manage something you can always step it back a bit, and, still, I think count things as done.

            A lot of DB workouts actually specify "take as much time as you want", so I don't see any reason why you shouldn't split your high knees into sets of 10 and take short breaks.

            I'd also agree with Miss Smilla on using "progressions" when something is too much. I often go to knee push-ups on push-ups because I still have quite limited ability in that area. So march steps for high knees are great.

            Climbers are tough too. I'll be honest, I don't know a progression into these, beyond perhaps some plank variation. Perhaps someone with more expertise than me will turn up, or you can find something via Google.

            Keep an eye on a possible injury issue though. And taking a break for a day isn't anything to be ashamed of.

            I see I've repeated a lot of what others have already said, but I'll leave this up, and add a good luck cheer! I'm sure you'll find a way through.

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              #7
              Hi, Nihopaloa! I see that you've completed Foundation Light and are doing Core and Back- have you considered doing the Foundation program along with Core & Back? That's actually what I'm doing right now to help recover from a back injury and start getting into shape. They compliment each other well

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                #8
                Malicia , I've considered doing the Foundation program after Foundation Light (I've already did half of it in August) but I was afraid that I would get bored if I do the same type of program again, that's why I went with Cardio (although I don't really like Cardio ). At the moment I'm only doing Core and Back and I'm pondering which program I should start instead of Cardio Blast. Maybe I'd try Foundation again, maybe something else. I'm not sure right now. My thighs need some serious power-up, I'm afraid. Thanks for the tip and I hope your recovery goes well

                And maybe a bit late, but thanks for the cheer up, colinclean!

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                  #9
                  Hi Nihopaloa ! Maybe you wanna consider a challenge? Like the Everest Challenge or the Endurance Challenge? They should work legs/thighs.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by PhoebeGilmore View Post
                    Hi Nihopaloa ! Maybe you wanna consider a challenge? Like the Everest Challenge or the Endurance Challenge? They should work legs/thighs.
                    Heh, Climbers and High Knees, my official new favourite exercises (sarcasm ho!). Those challenges look, well, really challenging, considering that they consist of exercises I had my problems with in the first place. But maybe the Everest Challenge would be something to consider, as the totals are to be split into manageable sets over the day. I'll put it into my folder and think about it, thanks for the tip PhoebeGilmore!

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