The BeWOW Breakdown: “Is It Possible for All of Your Muscles to Be Sore at Once?”

This Week’s Workout: Thanksgiving Calorie Crusher

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 50-60 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 5
Soreness Factor: Is it possible for all of your muscles to be sore at once?
Overall Grade (out of five): 4

Our First Impressions:
Real talk: we weren’t sure how this workout would go. Alon cheered on, then paced our workout partner, Emma, for 4 miles of the marathon. Rebecca raced the whole marathon. So we weren’t exactly coming to this on fresh legs and this looked like a tough workout.

How We Felt Afterwards:
Guess what? It was a tough workout! Like, insanely tough. For probably the first time ever, we had to modify a workout. We only had a basketball court for space to do the first section, so we quickly learned that the plank army crawl is not comfortable 1) on your elbows on a hard wooden floor and 2) really not comfortable on post-marathon toes. Alas, we nixed those. We also realized that with all of the push-ups in the second portion of the circuit, we couldn’t feasibly do the burpee squat jumps with a push-up, too, so we turned those into squat thrusts with a squat jump. Even with those modifications, this workout took us 50 minutes and we were so wiped by it. If you’re looking for a killer workout, you won’t be disappointed with this.

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About our testers:

Rebecca Barber is the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, a just-for-fun 50K run that follows Rocky Balboa’s footsteps in Rocky II. She’s a 19x marathoner and 17x ultra marathoner, having started running when she was a kid. She’s an active volunteer withBack on My Feet Philadelphia, where she works to help the homeless community use running as a means to better their lives and find stable employment and housing. When not running all the miles, she is the social media coordinator for The Wharton School.

Alon Abramson is the founder of the West Philly Runners, the creator of – a web resource for running in Philadelphia – and the organizer of a number of running events in Philly, including the annual 26×1 Mile Team Marathon Relay, Beat the Bus, and Beat the Commute. Running since high school, Alon is an on-again, off-again runner with ebbs and flows to his mileage and commitment. More recently however, he’s taken a new approach to training, emphasizing cross-training and speed work as much as building up mileage and this has dramatically improved his running performance. When he’s not organizing and running, Alon works as a research project manager at Penn’s Institute for Urban Research, studying energy efficiency best practices. 

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