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Transformassacre Week 2: Sweat, Tears, Bolognese

Charlie is pushed to the brink, almost losing consciousness and his lunch.
Nate Millado

Even though week one was a challenging start for Charlie, he still hit the gym floor at Peak Performance with just enough fire, energy and enthusiasm to ramp up the intensity even further in week two. However, this time Dan had a new workout planned, testing Charlie's mental grit to the max. Despite nearly passing out and almost showing us on several occasions what he had during his last "feeding opportunity," Charlie soldiered through week two. "At one point, I was extremely nauseous, could barely stand and the only thing I could tell myself was, 'It's worth it,'" he says.

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Drenched in sweat and out of breath, the heart he was putting into his training was unmistakable. "The strategic movements for every rep at specific counts and limited rest periods really pushed me over the edge. It was without question the hardest I ever worked out," Charlie says. With the brutal workout beating aside, Charlie did acknowledge he was making gains even if they're not quite visible yet. "I feel as though I was able to command more from my body with proper form and technique."

Post-Workout Q&A with Charlie

MF:What made you nearly faint?
CR:"I think the short rest periods mixed with the intensity of the workouts made it a gut-wrenching combination where it was hard for me to catch my breath. At one point, Dan was talking to me and I could hear my heart beat pumping by just standing still."

MF:What made you want to quit?
CR:"Being nauseous because I didn’t want to vomit on the facilities floor. I was eye-balling where the nearest garbage was, but I didn’t need it – thankfully!"

MF:What made you nearly vomit?
CR:"The prowler. It becomes such a challenge because the second you stop moving the weight, it all catches up with you. So while trying to get air into my system, I just started to feel very nauseous."

MF:What kept you going?
CR:"I just tried to cancel everybody out and really take things one rep at a time. Then as I started to focus on the noise around me again, I would hear I'm up to rep 8 or 10 and would realized I was almost done."

MF:What are you most proud of this week?
CR:"I'm most proud of how far I’m going. At one point, I was very wobbly and my legs nearly gave out from under me. I really feel like I'm going to be able to command more from my body and it’s some strong self motivation."

Follow all of Charlie's progress at The 8-Week Fitness Transformassacre and be sure to send him inspiring messages on our Facebook and Twitter.

Stay tuned next week when our editors check to see whether Charlie is maintaining his regimen when beyond Dan's supervision.

THE WEEK 2 WORKOUT

SEQ Exercise Sets Reps Tempo Rest
A1 Trap Bar Deadlift 3 10-12 4010 60
A2 Total Gym Pull Up 3 10-12 3010 60
B1 Split Squat 3 8-10 2010 60
B2 Single Arm Braced OH Press 3 8-10 3010 60
C1 Prowler Tow 2 D/B AFAP 45
C2 Prowler Chest Press 2 D EXP 45
C3 Paloff Press 2 :08 -- 90

 

  Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Week2 Weight Reps Weight Reps Weight Reps
A1 40kg 12 40kg 12 40kg 12
A2 Pin #7 12 Pin #7 12 Pin #7 12
B1 20 :10 20 :10 20 :10
B2 20 :10 20 :10 20 :10
C1 20kg D/B 20kg D/B    
C2 20kg D/B 20kg D/B    
C3 30 :08 30 :08    

Workout/Tempo Key:
All Weight in Lbs. unless noted in kg.
OH = Overhead
DB = Dumbbell
D = Down
D/B = Down and Back (40 meters)
4010 = Four seconds down, 0 second pause at bottom, one second lift, 0 second pause at top.
3010 = Three seconds down, 0 second pause at bottom, one second lift, 0 second pause at top.
2010 = Two seconds down, 0 second pause at bottom, one second lift, 0 second pause at top.
AFAP = As Fast As Possible
EXP = Explosive

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