Week Fourteen: The BUFF Dudes are trying to kill me!
Honestly! I swear it! It’s like the Buff Dudes are stood there, roaring at me to get it done, get buff. I bet you clicked on this article thinking it was some horrific revelation… click-bait!
Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but hey! The first week is over, four days of their program (and some of the other phases have SIX frikkin’ days in) done and dusted. Two more weeks of the same routine in this phase, the first pairing phase; that’s assuming I don’t repeat it for an extra week.
The first week I’ve kind of treated it as a practice run, many of the exercises I’ve never done before, some I’m having to improvise a little to maintain the right posture/form. So the weight has been low in order to get that proper form. In fact, for the third day, Legs & Calves, I only used about 2.5kg weight on the bar but I think I’ve got the form down now. I hope. I had a bit of a struggle with the squats because of my leg, and the bar was probably not heavy enough to do properly.
But that’s the whole point. It’s a learning curve, as they say.
I don’t have massive weights like the Buff Dudes themselves use in the instructional videos, but the recommended way to modify it is to use a resistance band. This is meant to add resistance (hence the name) and essentially add weight, thereby cancelling the need for heavier weights. It’s more awkward, I imagine, but still worth it. (Thinking about it, I should have probably taken a photo of myself doing it).
I’ve yet to do cardio, which is something I NEED to get into, even if it’s 10-15 minutes. In fact, one of their videos on the subject recommend exactly that: 40 seconds flat out cardio, 20 seconds active rest (jogging on the spot/walking), and repeat 10-15 times.
My aim by the end of the first phase is to be doing proper form with decently heavy weights. The first phase is called the Pairing Phase, where primary and secondary muscle groups are paired together.
If I did get as big as them, would I be Buff Wookiee?
Just a thought.
DID YOU KNOW?
BUFF stands for Better Understanding of Food and Fitness?