My back pain from last week wasn't totally gone, but I decided to jump in and see how it went. I was prepared to stop if things got worse. Luckily, my back didn't pose any problems during the workouts and I was able to do everything just fine. I was a little worried that it would be tough since I took last week off from intense exercise, but I actually felt energized on the first day, which was a nice surprise. The rest of the week my workouts were more of a struggle. I still did them, but it wasn't easy. I was feeling kind of "off" in general, which I think is probably just the ickiness that comes with the temperature changing. Unfortunately, my back is still achy in that one spot. Not sure what that's about. Exercise doesn't seem to affect it at all. My knees were also hurting after a week of no foam-rolling. I'm still sticking with the 5-days a week routine (skipping the Saturday cardio) to give them a little bit of a break.
As far as the workouts themselves, the major difference between now and the workouts in the beginning of the program is how the exercises are arranged. Early on, different muscle groups were incorporated into each circuit. This gave the muscles some time to rest while the others were working. Now, it's the opposite. Instead of exercises for each muscle being distributed throughout, they are clumped together into one circuit. Also, most of the jumping moves are done with weights in hand.
Now I'm on to the last two weeks. Wish me luck!
Are the changing seasons affecting your workouts? If so, how? Share in the comments below!