I lived like a real-life student athlete meme for a week and it wasn’t as bad as I thought
Always on the grind, student athlete life, no rest for the best
We’ve all seen those student athlete memes that brag about the grind, and I decided to give the lifystyle a try for a week. I decided to find a workout, do it for a week, and brag about it on Twitter.
I found a simple ab challenge: 300 crunches, 300 bicycle kicks. Easy enough, right? But for someone like me, who weighs a good 130 pounds and has the metabolism of a mouse, that workout is not as easy as it sounds.
Needless to say, I was reluctant to start it. But there was a point in my life where I had great abs and I figured this would help get them back. The first day was easy enough, and I posted about my success on my Twitter. I felt like an idiot. I’m so glad I don’t have many followers.
Day 1 of my ab workout! Feeling great looking great
— Andrew F (@AndrewF61098) July 18, 2017
The second day was rough. As soon as I started the workout, I felt the soreness from what I did the day before as soon as I started. It was definitely harder but I powered through. I wanted better abs, and they would come the more I progressed. I forgot to post on Twitter about my success, but I figured I would tomorrow.
By the third day I was extremely tired of the workout. And, spoiler alert: I didn’t post on Twitter. I still felt like an idiot. I also didn’t do too much of the workout because I got super tired from work and the gym. I just felt dragged down and tired.
I got back into the swing of things today. Did my full workout and I didn’t feel as sore as I did after the first time. I figured I was getting stronger and that motivated me to keep going. I didn’t want to lose steam.
It took me longer than usual to get through the workout and I wasn’t sure why. I still wanted to follow through with this though. I workout with the TV on and it took me a full Modern Family episode to finish, instead of the usual half.
I felt under the weather so I didn’t do the workout. There was a cold going around camp and I think I was catching it. I was tempted to work out but I figured rest was the better idea. That and the fact that sitting in a recliner watching TV sounded much more appealing.
I was excited the last day was finally here. The workout was easiest to do today. It also took me the shortest amount of time to complete and I felt accomplished.
Overall, I think this experiment was pretty fun to do. Despite missing some days, I still did better than I thought I would. I figured I would give up at some point, or lose motivation.
After seeing the results, I definitely became more motivated to keep working out in my spare time. The progress pictures almost looked identical, but I expected that–it takes a while to build muscle.
I impressed myself every time I finished the workout since I thought 300 was high for me. I’m glad I stuck with it as much as I could, and I think I may do something similar to this in the future.