A friend of mine, who also happens to be a hair stylist, posted this status yesterday: “Never, I repeat never, snow a hairstylist in with a full hair color line.”
I thought back to my afternoon and thought: “Never, I repeat never, now a fitness enthusiast in with a pile of new fitness DVDs.”
To be honest, I’ve always been a bit of a fitness DVD snob. In my experience, most DVDs do little more than increase my heart-rate slightly above where it would be if I were just laying on the couch. Few give me what I would consider a good workout, and even less actually challenge my muscles.
Enter Jillian Michaels’ DVDs. Over Winter Break, I’d checked out a few from the library just to try them out. (You can read my review of Yoga Meltdown here.) Man, I was impressed. B got me a couple as stocking stuffers, and then, a couple of weeks ago, I was browsing on Amazon and ended up buying four Jillian Michaels’ DVD (including a pre-order of the yet-to-be-released Hard Body) for a measly $34. Pretty good deal, if you ask me. Unfortunately, between Kosama and marathon training, I hadn’t gotten the chance to try them out yet. Until yesterday when we were snowed in!
Around 2pm, I finally peeled myself off the couch. I changed into my workout clothes, sent the hubby out to shovel the driveway (hey, we only have one shovel!), and popped in my first DVD–Jillian’s Ripped in 30. The 20-min. cardio + strength circuit was a great way to kick off my workout (more review to come soon). But I wasn’t done yet.
I then popped in Killer Buns & Thighs.
Jillian promises in the introduction to this DVD to give you a rear so tight you can bounce a quarter off of it. (I wondered when this might occur. When will I know I’ve achieved this goal? Should I periodically ask B to drop a quarter onto my glutes and monitor its trajectory? How much bounce is enough? Should the quarter be dropped flat or perpendicular to the buttocks? Am I over-thinking this?)
The DVD includes three levels. Unlike her other DVDs, they’re not broken up into weeks, they’re just called levels. I decided to go with a modest Level 2 yesterday.
The workout includes a warm-up (a TOUGH warm-up, including squats, lunges, standing splits, and jumping jacks), plus three circuits. I loved this workout guys. Here’s why:
- All of the exercises were either a) something I’d never done before, or b) a combination of moves I’d never done before.
- The moves were TOUGH. She had me doing single-leg burpees, the Statue of Liberty, side squats with a leg lift, chair step-ups to a reverse lunge, reverse squats (OH MY GOSH reverse squats are so hard), pop-ups, leg extensions.
- She told us what we would need at the beginning of the workout. This is so simple, but something so important for fitness DVDs. I hate it when you have to keep pausing a DVD to run in search of a different piece of equipment. (By the way, all you need for this one is a pair of dumbbells, a chair, and a mat.)
- A lot of the exercises are done unilaterally, which is great for runners. As I’ve mentioned recently, I’ve been slacking on my exercises to strengthen my hip flexors and prevent ITBS.
- My heart rate stayed high, thanks to cardio moves and plyometrics being incorporated into each circuit. I was sweaty by the end of this workout, guys. Like, seriously.
Killer Buns & Thighs is one of the first DVDs that I’ve felt like actually challenged my muscles in an at-home environment. You can bet I’ll be using it more often, especially throughout marathon training as it’s a fairly quick, easy way to strength train the lower body.
To round out my workout, I then threw in another stocking stuffer from B that I’d yet to open–Shiva Rea’s most recent DVD called More Daily Energy. I love her Daily Energy DVDs for their short 20 minute practice options, and the one I did yesterday (the first Lunar flow) did not disappoint. I promise to write more of a review once I’ve completed more of the practices!
Were you snowed in for your workout this week?
What is your favorite at-home workout or fitness DVD?