Well, my husband and I have officially completed Phase 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workout and whooooaa buddy! It was no joke! Phase 1 definitely put my endurance and stamina to the test. The heavy lifts were actually the “easy” parts for me! It’s the circuits that killed me. And have I ever mentioned how much I hate doing burpees? No? Well, now you know.
- I really enjoyed the fact that I could focus on my basic, heavy lifts. I’m deadlifting 200 lbs. for 5 reps now and also benching 100 lbs. for 5 reps. My pull-ups and barbell rows are strong but I’m still working on increasing my overhead press numbers.
- I’ve never been a fan of front squats, but because they’re included in this program I’ve been forced to do them and I’m actually really enjoying them! (My husband apparently feels the same way.) My numbers have increased rapidly on this lift and I’m looking forward to continuing to push them upwards. I did 115 lbs. during my last session, so we’ll see what I can do next time.
- Both my husband and I feel worn out but STRONG.
- We really enjoyed the combination of heavy, heavy lifting (5 reps) plus some slightly higher rep work during the circuits (10 reps), plus plyometrics and a couple days of short cardio sessions. It’s a very well-rounded program.
Overall, the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workout is a lot like Crossfit but actually has solid programming and doesn’t include very technical Olympic lifts which would require some serious coaching. So far, both my endurance and strength have increased and I’m keeping lean and mean. Who could ask for anything more?
Bring on Phase 2!