After four months of 30-day fitness programs, I’m currently designing my own, since other available programs look either too easy, too hard, too boring or not what I’m looking for.

Turns out it’s not so complicated once you understand what each individual exercise does, and how to balance them for effective variations and rest periods.

That’s the theory at least. We’ll see if I can handle kettlebell juggling in a few months.

In case you're wondering, I started the day with a full body 20 kg kettlebell workout and I didn't die. I may even feel good.

Now the question is, will I be able to move my probably very sore muscles tomorrow?

I feel a little soreness about everywhere in my body from yesterday's kettlebell workout, but it's nothing compared to what I imagined.

Today's workout was arms-focused, with 10 kg dumbbells and movements repeated to failure, as slowly as possible. It was a bit demanding and I suspect tomorrow might be painful.

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"20 squats with a 20 kg kettlebell is no joke", I mutter to myself, as I lay victorious but breathless in a pool of sweat on the bathroom’s floor, savoring every shredded muscle in my ravaged body, before remembering I normally do 10 squats holding a single 10 kg dumbbell, and wondering if maybe, some slight miscalculation happened when I designed this program.

Today’s workout, which was focused on arms and back, involved moving 10 kg dumbbells repeatedly at various positions with a decreasing number of repetitions, and wasn’t especially interesting.

The hardest part was waiting 2 minutes doing nothing between sets. So guess it’s perfect, because it’s less demanding than the previous days, meaning other muscle groups can rest and repair.

Yesterday I did a workout named "Glutes Sculpt". I can guarantee you that today my glutes feel very sculpted indeed, since whatever shape they took obviously now doesn’t fit any regular surface and every move I make painfully set alien body parts into motion.

@TQ Don't worry, I did 3 sets, including 5 more other exercises after this one, and I'm perfectly fine.

I should have mentioned I'm training in the bathroom, which is convenient for showering after workouts. I didn't suddenly collapse out of exhaustion. It was just a bit more demanding than expected. My training mat is very comfortable :)

@ice haha, okay, glad to hear you're okay and actually enjoying your training. 😊

@TQ As someone who used to have zero interest in sports and fitness, over the last few months I've become kind of addicted to it. However, I can't help but experiment with equipments and exercises like I do with computers or any other creative activity, so sometimes I get unexpected results. Thanks for your concern :)

@ice do you feel like you're allowing yourself enough recovery time? I don't know what your goals are but my limited understanding is that you need a rest phase to allow repair and growth to occur if you're trying to increase strength (like 48 hours).

@voxel I don't know yet, I'm experimenting. The idea is to rotate muscles groups, so they can rest while you focus on a different group every day.

It worked fine for my previous programs, in this case I didn't test all the exercises I've organized for the month, so this one was a bit more brutal than the usual (not to mention my kettlebell is probably too heavy for now, but it's the only one I've got, haha)

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