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Week Four Workouts

29 Jan

I decided that logging my workouts would be a good way of holding me accountable for ummm, well, for doing something. While I don’t have the patience or energy to log them everyday (though that’s not to say that I won’t talk about them throughout the week), I think a weekly post will suffice to track what I’ve done and the time I’ve committed to the cause. For the record, I think that’s what I’m going to start calling it: the cause. It sounds like a charity or something and, at this point, I think it kind of is. You know, giving back to the body that has given me so much. You know and all that yada yada yada.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

  • Jillian Michael’s Six-Week Six-Pack
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms

Monday, January 24, 2011

  • Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred, Level 2

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – REST

Thursday, January 27, 2011

  • 3-Mile Run
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms
  • 75 kettlebell squats, 15 lb. weight

Friday, January 28, 2011

  • 3-Mile Run

Saturday, January 29, 2011

  • 5-Mile Run
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms

Up next, REVIEWS for all these fabulous videos I keep talking about but not really saying much. Seriously, I’ve done many of these videos enough times that I could recite all the words (which is sad, you know, for a workout video). Nonetheless, I thought that it’d possible help some workout-video-shoppers out by giving a play-by-play of my thoughts and doing a little compare/contrast between them. Plus, it will make me feel infinitely cooler than posting the 5,348th review on Amazon for them that no one will ever see. This is cooler, right? Right.

What’d you do this week? Did you let the weather interfere with your workout plans (like I did)?

Psst – In case you were wondering, the “Week Four” in the title is referring to the fact it’s the fourth week of the year, you know, since I’m going to be awesome and do this every week (I swear I will, someone hold me accountable).

Sweat

27 Jan

After my gym debacle, I found out about a local gym (named “Sweat“) that offers a free 7-day trial. And who can say no to free? Once we move in two weeks across town it will be about two blocks from my house (too convenient to say I can’t go). Plus, the gym’s website was super sweet (go check it out here). So today, I showed up and, after a brief tour, started out changing in the locker room. I hopped on the treadmill afterward for a brief 3-miler and then headed home.

Here are my thoughts so far:

The pros –

  • lots of machines
  • no problem getting machines – then again, I was there at non-rush hour on the snowiest day of the year
  • convenient location, right on Walnut Street

The cons –

  • the locker room… (it was pretty gross)
  • cost – super expensive (almost twice as much) compared to other local gyms
  • not that many great classes, plus they said they fill up quickly

[Sources: Sweat Fitness]

The consensus? Undecided. I will say this though – their gym? Looked nothing like the pictures. Ahhh, isn’t that always the way? I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t want them to know think I was a super freak. I usually like to take my time with letting that cat out of the bag. Though they might have gotten an inkling when I waltzed outside post-workout in my running shorts and snow boots. I was completely aware that I looked ridiculous, but I wasn’t risking the disease infestation of that bathroom again to change back into my pants. Plus, I was hot. Who wants to put back on pants after a run? Anyway, imagine this combination (you know you like it):

[Sources: shorts, boots]

And yes, apparently I own the same snow boots Kristen Stewart wears in New Moon. I’m obsessed, but not that obsessed to have known that… until now. Suddenly I feel infinitely cooler.

Anyway, enough about my weird dress choices and obsessions with teeny-bopper flicks. So, I suspect after the next six days are up I’ll be headed to the other local gym to see if I can’t get a trial there as well. Or, at the very least, buy a week pass there so I can give it a fair shot.

What about you? Have you ever had to run a gym comparison or was there an obvious choice? Were you giving it as much pain-staking thought as I seem to be?

Winter Workout Blues

16 Jan

I must admit, I think one of the hardest parts of being healthy is the wintertime. Not only is there the candy, home-baked goods, and coma-enducing sugar sweets of the wonderful holidays from October through December, but, adding to that is the fact that – in 90% of the world at least – it’s freezing outside. With the cost of a gym membership through the roof, what is a frugal, workout-striving, picky girl to do? Well, workout at home I suppose. Now, before you bash yourself over the head at the idea of running in place for an hour, rest assured that there are so many other options out there.

Back in the days of VHS tapes, my first workout ever was Billy Blanks’s Tae Bo.
Image from Amazon.com.

And, while I don’t really remember much (other than sweating, a lot), I do remember that it was a good first experience with workout videos. Personally, I’m still a fan for the running-as-far-and-as-long-as-you-can-outside bit, but when you’re stuck indoors… well, you have to have something to turn to. And thus begins my latest fascination. My husband and I tried to follow the P90x craze for a while. And, while the results were pretty incredible, who has two hours every day to exercise? Just not practical for our lives.

So, here’s my current line-up:

Women’s Health: The Wedding Workout
Image from Amazon.com.

What I love about this one is that the workouts are so customizable. It really isn’t much for the way of cardio (I did the cardio section one morning still in my pajamas, if that says anything). But, I do love that you can say I just want to work my arms today. And voila! You can just work your arms. Or arms and legs. Or legs and abs. Or whatever other combination you wish.

Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred
Image from Collage Video.

Hard. as. hell. Seriously. I’m not sure I need to say much else. I wish I had a full review here that I had done all three levels for 30 days, as the program suggests. But I haven’t. Unfortunately I get bored far too easily for that. But I will say this, I tried to skip ahead and start on Level 2 the first time I did it and ALMOST DIED. I was sore for three days. No joke. Jillian is hardcore.

And, my latest addition…

The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
Image from Amazon.com.

Not as much of a rave review as how I feel about 30 Day Shred, but cardio max is good. And very difficult. I got it hoping there would be less strength and muscle building – as I wanted something that would be just good indoor cardio (read: not jogging in place for an hour). I was a little saddened to find that almost the entire first 20 minutes are lunges and squats. Okay for occasional use but I personally don’t want legs the size of tree trunks (even if they are muscular) so I’m restricting its use to once or twice a week. Again, that’s totally a personal thing.

I have also heard amazing things about the Brazilian Butt Lift (as being an overall good body shaper) but haven’t yet gotten the oomph the spurge the $70 on it. But, I might be right about there at this point. I’m afraid I need more to my line-up to make it through this long, cold winter.

So, what about you? Do you have any workout videos that you just love? Any you hate?