With the Huz in San Diego for a few weeks, I took advantage of the empty house to make an ass of myself, free of judgment: I did a couple exercise dvds for my cardio workouts.
I know, I know, my husband wouldn’t really judge me. He’d probably even try to muffle his laughter for my sake as well. But I know I am too embarrassed to attempt these sort of things in his presence. And he’s rarely absent when I am home. But this was the perfect chance.
I started with Netflix Instant, selecting a few dance-y workouts that didn’t seem to need weights or anything. My first attempt:
I think that Crunch is pretty renowned in the exercise video world so that put me at ease a bit. The girl was a bit annoying but I think that just comes with the territory. This particular DVD was basically broken down like so:
5 minutes warm-up
10 minutes latin-based dance
10 minutes “party” dance
10 minutes retro dance
5 minutes cool down
I really didn’t like this format. As soon as I would start to get in to the rhythm, they would totally change the style! Of the three, I found the party dance to be my favorite. I got the most “in to” this section. The retro was sort of cool for the disco fever moves but I actually found this one to be the most challenging to get in the groove with and thus the least heart-pumping.
Speaking of heart pumping, my HRM is on the fritz (even after a new battery) but I did check my heart rate a couple of times and I would say it was generally around 150. This is not as high as when I am rocking out to the stairstepper, my cardio go-to but I didn’t have to make myself somewhat presentable or waste time driving to the gym so that is definitely a pro.
The second DVD I gave a shot was actually recommended by my dear friend, Claudia.
Kickboxing was much more my cup of tea than dancing. This DVD consisted of 5 10-minute segments.
Butt & Thighs
Arms & Shoulders
Fat Burning Blast
The 2nd and 3rd segments recommended light hand weights which I didn’t have. It was still a decent workout without them but they would really kick this up a notch. I really got in to my jabs and hooks and uppercuts.
The last two sections were a bit awkward for me because I didn’t have a mat and doing burpees and ab work on the hard uneven tile hurt. BUT I did manage to get my HRM to pick up this time (for the most part).
350 burn? Not bad, not stellar. I would definitely do this DVD again. The gal was ripped and far less annoying this Miss Peppy Dance A Lot. It gets old hearing “I know you’ll get results with that workout.” but she redeemed herself by not using the word “tone”.
Ok, I’m going to level with you. I couldn’t stomach another exercise DVD. It’s just not my style. I belong on a weight room or jamming out to my own music doing my own thing. I can’t get into exercise classes either (except spin but we don’t have that anywhere around here).
BUT I do have TWO unopened copies of SparkPeople’s Fit, Firm and Fired Up for you guys to try out.
I acquired these through rooming with Stepfanie, who works at The Spark, at Foodbuzz Festival and now I’m tracking on SparkPeople!
So you know the drill.
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I will randomly select a winner from all the entries and announce the winner on Friday, February 18th.
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