I’m still doing the Ballet Boot Camp fit fat style. The workout plan Prevention magazine recommends is one that alternates cardio with their exercises. On the 1st day you do just the routine, on the second the routine + some type of cardio, and on the third just cardio. For the day with just the cardio I choose to engage my favorite form of exercise, swimming. For the routine + cardio I choose to do Jilian Michaels’ Cardio Kickboxing. Doing all this cardio has helped to increase my endorphins which are helping me to fight off the Game of Thrones blues.
I haven’t watched one of Jilian’s videos in a while, but in this she felt rather flat. Her interactions with the back up exercisers was stilted and kind of unnatural. It got marginally better at the end but not by much. There was also the cheesy synth music that is so common in workout videos today. The exercises were ok and it was very possible to do them in a small space. However, when it came to punching and kicking it felt more like just failing in the air rather than kicking and punching in form and with a purpose. She also never allowed room to stop and take a water break. There were maybe three stops, once when she fixed her hair, once towards the end when she high fived the backupers, and then at the very end before stretching. Physically doing these modified wasn’t too bad, I did get a stitch in my side and at one point on of my knees was not willing to cooperate. I would rate this at the mild to medium challenge level.
On this second day my legs felt rather stiff and sore. I had expected my lower back pain to be worse but there really wasn’t any. I chose to do part of the work out listening to Digster’s workout rock mix and the other part to their workout dance mix. The dance mix was more suited to this type of workout. I actually feel like I sweated more doing the work out at my pace than doing Jilian’s cardio.
Swimming has also been something I love and esp love my local pool because it has a lazy river. I like to walk, run, and lunge against the current. I also do push ups against the wall where I lift myself out of the water with nothing but my arms. This is tough but rewarding., I feel tough doing it even though I probably don’t look it. I had a personal trainer for a while who encouraged me to alternate swimming and doing laps against the lazy river with treading the water. Treading water always makes me think of summer camps and first time getting to swim in the deep end of the pool. In order to prove you could swim there you had to tread water for several minutes. I grew up near the beach and taking swim lessons so this was never a challenge for me. It does bring back good memories, esp. since there was a father with his little girl at the pool. He was trying to teach her how to swim.
Remember it does not matter how fast you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.
Also don’t try to rub coffee and baking soda on your skin for a week in order to remove hair. I tried it, it doesn’t work.
- Fit Fat Ballet (fitfatstrive.wordpress.com)
- REVIEW Best Workout Songs For Cardio | Jump Manual (nqvojjxn.wordpress.com)
- Kickboxing for Women – What you need to know (beingfitandhealthyrocks.com)