I have a shocking confession to make. This should have been the fourth time I did Cardio Flow Phase Two. It was actually the first! It’s not that I’ve been super lazy every Saturday. Sometimes, I’ve used Saturday to make up a workout I’ve missed earlier in the week. And then having had a bit of a gap, last week, I didn’t dare launch straight into the phase 2 version, so repeated phase 1 – and once again, found that exhausting enough!
This week though, I realised I had to be brave. I’ve been much better with the programme full stop this week. It’s the first time in phase 2 I’ve fitted in all the workouts, and I wanted to end the week and the phase on a high.
Unlike the other phase 2 workouts, which are completely different to their phase 2 equivalents, this involves the same moves in the same order. There’s just one key difference: you have to do 6 reps each time rather than 4.
Now, initially, that doesn’t sound like much of an addition. But the genius of this workout is the way it builds up, with exercises repeated again and again. And in that context, and extra 2 reps to every single exercise every single time quickly turns into a lot more reps overall. And much like the first time you do the phase 1 version, you think it’s fairly easy at first and then suddenly find yourself dripping with sweat, at first, I thought this wasn’t much harder, then found myself struggling to get through the last few rounds.
That said, it all goes so fast that you just keep going, and the increasingly familiar moves mean you can disengage your brain in quite a nice way, in stark contrast to trying to keep up with some of the complex compound moves in AAA etc.
I actually did the maths. In Phase 1, you do 296 reps in total. In Phase 2, the figure is 444 reps. Which means there’s an extra 148 reps to get through! (And that treats each move as just counting as one rep. You could definitely make an argument for counting mule and frog as two moves, and perhaps even the tricep dip and the kick part of crab as two too) The tables are below for anyone who wants to check. Got to admit, I’m planning to stick with this version for the first week or two of phase 3, not upgrade again…
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