21 Dude Fix Extreme – Day Three

21 Dude Fix Extreme - Day ThreeI just got my backside handed to me by a resistance band workout.

Dude.

DUDE!

Seriously, 21 Dude Fix Extreme – Day Three was Pilates Fix X. Let me repeat that, I got my ass handed to me by a resistance band workout, but not just any resistance band workout, a Pilates workout.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that Pilates has gotten some amazing results for some of the most famous women in the world, and I’ve done a few Pilates workouts in the past, but there actually might not be a branded exercise program that causes guys to recoil with a “no thanks, I’ll go do some bench presses” fast than the name Pilates does. Ok, well, maybe Zumba, but I digress.

It’s just not, well, manly and stuff.

But here’s the thing – as I went through the oh so gentle warm-up today I thought, “Ah, this will be the one. This will be the workout that I end up saying – ok, yeah, I’ll do it, but only because I need to be familiar enough with it to coach people.” Wrong.

Once again, halfway through the routine I was drenched. And none of this, and I mean none, was easy. Oddly enough, I think it was the addition of the band to the routine that added the level of complexity that made it challenging. Not only did the band provide resistance, so it was obvious that I was working my muscles, but it added a layer of complexity to coordinating the moves that I wasn’t really prepared for.

Here’s the funny bit – all over the program guide Autumn admonishes you to just go ahead and use the 15 pound band the workouts were designed with in mind, but during the Upper Fix X workout I’d felt like that band wasn’t enough, so I had my heavier band ready and waiting this time.

Yeah. I didn’t even touch it.

I’m not going to even begin to recommend attempting to dudify this one, because, my fellow men, you’re going to suck at this workout enough without trying to show how manly you are by trying to make it any harder.

Oh, and Autumn, thanks a million for those hamstring moves during the lower segment. Halfway through the first set I knew this was going to be money when I get on my bike again.

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