Charlie Mike Workout Day 1

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One of my August goals was to complete the first four weeks of the Charlie Mike workout (created by trainer Ashley Horner). Well, I know I won’t get the first four weeks done because I just started yesterday… but, I finally started! And I’m a pretty big fan so far.

I won’t bore you with the details of every single workout all the time but here’s what day 1 looked like:

First up: Max bench press – 85#.

I haven’t lifted heavy for quite some time so I was pretty excited about being able to press 85 pounds.

Max bench press was followed by two circuits.

Circuit 1 – 13:16. This involved 3 rounds of alternate renegade rows, straight arm dumbbell pullovers, running 200 meters and burpees. This was tough!

This was immediately following the first circuit:

charlie mike workout day 1 - via LiftingMakesMeHappy.com

I was pretty “glowy”. Also, who knew it was so hard to smile when you’re worn out?

After 5-10 minutes of rest…

Circuit 2 – 6:03. This was challenging too but the break from running and burpees was appreciated! This circuit included 3 rounds each of kettlebell thrusters (15# each arm), kettlebell swings and max pull-ups.

Total workout time: ~ 30 minutes including the rest between circuits

charlie mike workout day 1 done

Day 1 is DONE!

Today is leg day which means I’m really excited for tomorrow, which is a rest day. ;)

#CharlieMike Thoughts Day 1

I really love this workout. It’s definitely challenging and that’s what I need right now. I felt shakey and pukey and ready for bed by the time I was finished but it was so worth it. The first couple days of a new workout program are typically the toughest. I’m a little nervous for today’s leg workout but I’m looking forward to it!

What I love:

  • The lifting heavy element
  • Circuit-style workouts
  • There’s an app! (and it’s nicely laid out and easy to use)
  • Two days on, one day off

Lifting heavy is perfect for building strength (and making me feel like a badass) and the circuits are hard but they make the time fly by pretty quickly. And they really get my heart rate up and make me sweat a lot which lets me know I’m working really hard!

As far as soreness goes, I’m not feeling too sore yet – but it’s only been about 12 hours since I completed the workout. I can feel it in my shoulders and chest a bit.

I got this.

xo Mindi

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!

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