Join the JuneOYourChakras Yoga Challenge

JuneOYourChakras Yoga Challenge

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Do you know about chakras? Do you want to learn more about them? If you answered yes to the second question, you’re in luck. Starting tomorrow (June 10th) until June 30th, you can learn more about your chakras, practice correlating mudras (positions of the body that can influence your energy or mood) and poses, and participate in some meditation from your root to your crown with the #JuneOYourChakras Instagram Yoga Challenge.

The JuneOYourChakras challenge is hosted by @brit_labonte, @alekmp7, and @momwhatsfordinner and sponsored by @omsoulshop, @trybe_gofree, and @earthrunners. According to @brit_labonte, it’s suitable for beginners and advanced yogis alike. To participate, you need follow all of the hosts and sponsors on Instagram, repost the photo above from one of the sponsor’s Instagram accounts, and tag friends who may want to participate. Follow along with the challenge and post your pictures, tagging the hosts and sponsors each time, and using the hashtag #JuneOYourChakras.

In the mean time, if you’re excited to learn about chakras, you can get a basic overview of the seven chakras here. Although I have heard of chakras before and have a basic understanding of what they’re about I don’t know a whole lot, so I’m excited to learn more in this challenge. I just discovered Instagram Yoga Challenges the other day with the JunieBeYou Challenge, but I’m already finding it a great way to learn more about and practice more yoga.

 

Have you ever participated in an Instagram challenge, or are you interested to do so? Let me know in the comments below.

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Join the JunieBeYou Daily Yoga Challenge

Screenshot of #JunieBeYou Photo from @jonesy.the.yogi

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Lately I have been thinking that I should do more yoga. I enjoy getting a good stretch and increasing my flexibility. And, as I was especially reminded today, yoga can help me build strength.

Today I discovered the JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge on Instagram, which began today and continues through June 21st. Hosted by @jonesy.the.yogi and @erinpeoplesfitness and sponsored by @FoxyMalas, the challenge, according to host @jonesy.the.yogi (Sarah J) “revolves around feeling good physically, and feeling good about who you are.” Participants have the chance to win jewelry from Foxy Malas.

This challenge sounded like a great idea to me. And I happened to be just in time to participate with the first day’s challenge pose, “wild thing” also known as Camatkarasana. Sarah J said she picked this pose to start with because she thinks “we all have a little wild side”. The position requires beginning in side plank. From there you reach back with the top leg and point your foot toward your head. Then, slowly reach back the arm on the same side as the leg you moved, opening your chest.

Sarah J said to hold the pose for as long as you feel relaxed. That wasn’t long for me. This pose was harder than I had expected. I’m not sure if it was because I had done it toward the end of the day after doing Les Mills Pump‘s “Pump Challenge” and taking a 40 minute walk, or if it would have been as difficult to hold myself up even if I’d done it at the beginning of the day. However, I got the hang of it well enough to call my attempts good enough for myself. You can see my second-to-last attempt at the “wild thing” pose below, which unfortunately I only just noticed went a bit blurry with the arm. My last attempt, in which I got so far back with my arm it disappeared from the photo, is on @investinginfitness. You can see what the “wild thing” pose is supposed to look like in Sarah J’s photo here.

JunieBeYou Wild Thing Yoga Pose Attempt Investing in Fitness

For those who might wonder my shirt says “Keep Calm and Stay Shiny” which is a reference to Firefly.

If you want to participate in this challenge, follow both hosts and the sponsor. Repost the challenge intro photo above from one of the sponsors’ Instagram pages on your Instagram. Take a photo of yourself attempting the daily pose and post it to Instagram and include the tag #JunieBeYou. If you have difficulty with “wild thing” or aren’t comfortable attempting it, Sarah J posted a modification, which is to remain in side plank.

Want to participate in a yoga challenge but want to try more than one pose per day? Check out IGYogaChallenges, which details several different yoga challenges going on this June. I think I’m also going to attempt BecauseYogiSays, which is like Simon Says but with yoga directives, JuneOYourChakras in which the hosts discuss chakras and share related poses, and LightOntheMasters in which the hosts teach about a yoga master per day and individuals participating can decide what pose best honors the daily master and post a picture of themselves in their pose of choice. Namaste!

Will you be participating in this or another yoga challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

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Les Mills Combat Week 7 Supreme Warrior

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I’m back to share my experience with Week 7 of Les Mills Combat. You can read more about the program and why I did it here. Posts about previous weeks in the program can be found here.

I took a couple of days off because I was busy or lazy—I don’t remember which, but they often occur together—and then I didn’t feel well for a week. So, about a week and a half after Week 6, I started Week 7 with Combat 45. By this time, it felt good to finally work out again.

Unfortunately I jacked up my sleep schedule over the next few days and didn’t find time when I was both awake and with enough energy that I could jump around for a few more days. When I got to HIIT Power, it was 10 at night on the night when I did it, so I skipped all the jumping lunges and sumo jumps. This cut the workout time down significantly, but at least I got the workout in and didn’t upset the neighbors below (as far as I know).

A couple days later, I got to Combat 60 Live. I modified the scissors and switches but made it through the whole workout. Getting this workout in felt good. A couple days later, I got Plyo in and worked out in the morning after I’d stayed up all night. I’m not sure how I managed to stick it out, but I did. Combat 45 was the next day, and while I wasn’t feeling it part of the way through and was tempted to skip some, I didn’t, and I was glad I made it through the whole workout. I ended up not working out the next day, but the day after that I did Power HIIT in the afternoon. I’m glad I worked out then, because by the night I would not have felt up to it.

Obviously, when I say Week 7 here, I am referring specifically to the week’s worth of workouts since it took me longer than a week to get to and longer than a week to get through. Although in an ideal world I would have done them on schedule, I think it’s more important that they got done in the first place. Spreading a program week out over several extra days is better than skipping the whole week, after all.

 

What is your approach to following a workout program schedule, or do you prefer not to follow one?

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Investing in Fitness by Dancing With ClubFitz Videos

ClubFitz Quote by Lauren Fitz and Kelsi Comer

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While looking for Zumba videos, I found Club Fitz on YouTube. I put together a workout for myself with some of my favorite videos from their channel, which I just worked out to again last night. I’ll be sharing that below, but first a bit about ClubFitz.

About ClubFitz

ClubFitz is run by Lauren Fitz who is a doctor in addition to a dancer (and I recently learned from her ClubFitz bio is also a military spouse) and Kelsi Comer. Awhile ago they announced in a vlog they won’t be posting YouTube videos anymore except for teasers but they will be posting on their website. With a free FITzBasic membership at ClubFitzFitness.com, you’ll have access to some of their privately linked videos. They’ll also have a paid FITzPro memberships for the price of two Starbucks coffees, as they say, (about $10) which includes more videos and choreography tutorials. I had signed up to be informed about the site’s launch but forgot to create a profile until now (oops!) which you need to do if you want to have access to the basic membership and the blossoming ClubFitz community. You can also find ClubFitz on Pinterest. (You can find me there also).

The Videos

Below you’ll find the videos the ClubFitz YouTube channel I use as a workout, which lasts about 22 minutes. If that’s not long enough, you can always find another song on their channel or website, borrow a song or two from my post about Zumba songs or do some pushups and sit-ups. However, the first time I worked up a sweat in 22 minutes and was satisfied to call this my workout for the day. The second time, this workout took the place of a walk and I followed it with Les Mills Pump Flow, which I’lll tell you about sometime in the future.

As with the Zumba post, you may want to pull these up and pause them so they have time to buffer before you get to them. You can also find the songs in a playlist here.

Hasta Que Salga El Sol

Thriftshop (Lauren says this was actually their first video that went viral).

Single Ladies

Go Girl

Makina

Que Viva La Vida

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of songs from ClubFitz. If you did, make sure to head over to their site to sign up for one of their memberships.

Speaking of memberships, you can sign up for a Free Team Beachbody Membership giving you access to the community message boards and the SuperGym, where you can track workouts. The Premium Team Beachbody Club Membership is also an option. For $2.99 a week you’ll get access to Beachbody On Demand (free streaming of a select library of Beachbody workouts), sample workouts, personalized meal plans, 10% off all Beachbody products and more. Hope to see you there!

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Les Mills Combat Week 6 Supreme Warrior

Les Mills Ultimate WarriorI’m back to share my experience with Week 6 of Les Mills Combat. You can read more about the program and why I did it here. Posts about previous weeks in the program can be found here.

If you haven’t yet tried this program and are interested in doing so, act soon. Les Mills and Beachbody are discontinuing their relationship, so supplies of Les Mills Combat are limited to stock on hand. The base program is currently 40% off and comes with free gloves, which I have found make punching easier.

At the beginning of Week 6, I took an extra day off because it was about 100 degrees all day and we have no AC. I was glad I did. Combat Live was intense and much more enjoyable on a slightly cooler day. This workout felt like it had a faster pace than Combat 60. Some of the capoeira based moves really worked the legs. I can see why they didn’t start using this one until 6 weeks into the program.

I skipped a day between workouts to get a paper done for class, but I got the next workout done the following day. I don’t have much to say about HIIT Power. It’s still not my favorite workout ever.

Combat 45 was fun. I even got in the jump side kicks that I usually skip and most of the jump knees that I usually modify.

HIIT Plyo is another workout that isn’t really my favorite. I was tempted to do Combat 60 Live instead, but then I realized then I’d have Plyo and Power on back to back days and that would kind of stink. So I did the ploy today. I still modified a lot but did some of the climbers and the hovers without modifying. It was a nice cloudy, cool day following a morning rain, which normally I wouldn’t look forward to, but it’s been so hot with no AC that I was glad for it. I kind of hope for rain or at least clouds tomorrow with 60 minutes to do.

I was glad for a cool day with a breeze doing Combat 60 Live once again. While I managed to do more of the knees and kicks in esquiva than I had the first time, it was still pretty difficult.

I took another day off and then did HIIT Power. I was glad the workout was only 30 minutes because I’ve started to get bored doing it Fortunately I only have to do it 4 more times.

If you’ve done Les Mills Combat, what is your favorite workout from the program? 

 

 

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Create Your Own Home Workout With Zumba Videos on YouTube

Create Your Own Home WorkoutAs much as I enjoy following a Beachbody home workout program, sometimes I like to mix it up. At one point, I decided to try Zumba at home. I remembered Gina at The Fitnessista is a Zumba instructor who had posted some videos before, so I went to her blog to find them and see if she had posted any others.

Serendipity! A search wasn’t necessary because she’d written a post that day about using YouTube videos to work out at home, and the first part of her post was on Zumba. She had provided all the dances you need to search for to create a full Zumba workout at home. Hurray!

I waded through YouTube videos for awhile. Some songs drove me crazy. Others had camera angles that made the moves hard to follow. Many were restricted in Germany. I found a few that worked, tried them, and had fun. Then I managed to forget about pulling together my own workout as I had other ones I was doing.

This January, instead of following a program, I did whatever workout struck my fancy each day. I remembered trying these Zumba videos and decided to finally follow Gina’s suggestion, searching for songs to create a full class. Pulling the list together took longer than working out to the videos, but now I have a playlist I can do again in the future. I’m passing it on to you so you can try it as well.

I’ve never done a live class, so I can’t say whether these are good instructions and/or dances that match what they’re described as. Some of the videos go in and out of focus as well. But it’s a starting point to working out for free in the comfort of your own home. If you do these 9 songs straight through, you’ll have about a 33 minute long workout. I had an issue with buffering on a few, so you may want to pull them up in different tabs, hit pause, and let them load for awhile before beginning. You can either watch them below or in my YouTube playlist.

If it throws you off that the instructor is facing you and you’re used to someone facing the same direction, set your computer up far enough behind a full-length mirror that you have room to move around, stand a bit off to the side so that you can see the screen, and viola, you’ll be facing the same direction as the instructor. Enjoy!

1. Warm-up

2. Salsa

3. Cumbia

4. Reggaeton

5. Merengue

6. Flamenco

7. Bellydance

8. Quebradita

9. Cool Down

I hope you had fun trying this “class” comprised of YouTube videos and that perhaps it has inspired you to create your own home workout this way. If you want to do Zumba at home but don’t want to spend time pulling together songs, you may also want to check out this playlist I found toward the end of my search which has full length classes on it.

If you have a favorite Zumba YouTube video, please share it in the comments below!

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Les Mills Combat Weeks 4 & 5: Supreme Warrior

combat 30 and 45Today I’m continuing my experience with my first time through Les Mills Combat, during which I did the Supreme Warrior schedule. If you’re new to this series, you can learn about the program and why I did it here, my first week of the program here, and weeks 2 & 3 here.

Week 4

Combat 60

I made the mistake of waiting too long after eating again (you’d think I’d learn). So that I wouldn’t completely drop out of the workout, I skipped the two exercises in the middle where the girls do one and the guys do the next one, which shaved about ten minutes off the workout.

HIIT Plyo

I ended up skipping a day and then doing the plyo day. It’s not really my favorite day, but I got through it.
Combat 45

I did this a little further back from the tv than usual because I was trying to avoid the sun beating in the window (we recently moved, and I still needed to get curtains). That made it a little hard to get into some of the moves because I had to worry whether I was going to kick the table or garbage cans. But it was still a pretty good workout.

HIIT Power

As much as I feel like this workout is working, I also feel like I’m pretty weak. I used to use more weight working out with machines, but I’m still using 5 lb weights (in each hand) for this workout and still getting smoked.

Combat 60

Unlike the last time, I managed to get through the whole workout without skipping any.

HIIT Plyo

I wasn’t super looking forward to this workout, but I did it and got a good workout.

 

Week 5

This week is all cardio with no ploy and no power, so I was excited because I love cardio. The first day was combat 30. I think this is the best I’ve done in the Combat 30 workout, and noticed I was able to put more power behind the punches. The next workouts were Combat 45 followed by Combat 60. Then the sequence repeated. I don’t have a lot to say about the rest of the week except that I really enjoyed just being able to do cardio for a change. Even though I have gotten used to the workouts, I’m still getting a good workout because I can put more behind the moves each time.

 

Have you done Les Mills Combat or do you think you might be interested in doing it? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Les Mills Combat Weeks 2 & 3: Supreme Warrior

extreme cardio fighterDid you do something to reach your fitness goals today? I did. Although I didn’t end up doing PiYo as I seem to have misplaced it, I did do Tony Horton’s Ho Ale Ke Kino, a yoga workout which I’ll tell you about in the future.

Today I want to return to a topic I had begun on before I dropped out of the blogosphere for awhile, my first experience with Les Mills Combat during which I did the Supreme warrior schedule. If you missed the initial posts, you can learn more about the program and why I did it here and about my first week of the program here. Although it’s in the past now, since I wrote the initial logs focusing on the present and posted the first week that way, that’s how they’ll be going forward.

Week 2

The workout order in Week 2 of Les Mills Combat was identical to Week 1. However, nothing really got “easier” because, once I knew more what I was doing, I was able to put more power behind my moves. Doing the plyo day after the first Combat 60 day was still challenging, and I still ended up doing some modifications. Over all, I am still really enjoyed the program. I like that there is a variety of workouts, but my favorite days are Combat 30 and Combat 60, with a bit of a leaning toward the Combat 60.

Week 3

I decided to take my waist at navel measurements before my workout on the first day and it was 31 inches, down two inches from when I measured it a couple days into the program. I don’t think that’s too bad a gain for a few weeks of work.

Combat 45

This was the first time doing Combat 45. It was a good variety of moves, and while I didn’t find myself getting exhausted, I did get very sweaty. I also liked the addition of the lunge cross which wasn’t in any of the other workouts that I recall. I really liked the cool-down on this day compared to other days. It’s on the ground and stretches several of the leg muscles and lasts for four minutes instead of the typical couple minutes of most of the workouts. One thing I have been noticing worth noting is the choreography being timed to the music. In one of the workouts (I think Combat 60) there’s a rising elbow and punching combo where you do a softer move and then the lyrics say “…just let it gooo” before you start doing the harder workout. In this one, there’s a back fist timed to “it’s a (bleeped word) arms race” where you know what part is supposed to go in the pause and they are emphasizing it with the backfirst.

HIIT Power

I used the 5 lb weights again and this workout was still a challenge. One of the trainers, Dan, says something in this workout that stuck out to me as a nice motivational fitness quote: “Diamonds are formed when you put pressure on them”.

Combat 30

This day fell on 4th of July, and while I ended up skipping festivities in favor of homework, I was happier to have 30 minutes ahead of me instead of 60. I noticed I’m starting to get v cuts, which is pretty cool. This workout isn’t getting any easier though because I’ve been putting more into the moves, so I started to get tired halfway through.

Plyo HIIT

This is not my favorite workout, and the day it was assigned, I decided to skip it intending to do it the next day. Over the next couple days, I managed to throw my sleep schedule totally in reverse and didn’t think I’d have the energy. By the time I was on the morning of what would be the fourth day, I decided to just do it even though I had been up all night. I had to modify even more than usual, but I made it through and still broke a sweat, so it was worth doing.

COMBAT 60

I honestly didn’t realize I forgot to write about this day until a few days later and don’t really remember what I was thinking during or after it.

POWER HIIT

I ended up skipping four days between Combat 60 and this workout, the first couple due to not feeling well, and the last couple due to our 110V power blowing (although to be honest if I’d thought of it and been more motivated I could have used my computer to do the workout, but such is life). I finally did it and instantly regretted the time I had taken off. This workout was hard to get through. By the burpees, I opted out of the optional jumps and by the end with the hover plank, mountain climbers, and spider pushups, I did it all modified. I decided since I’d had four days off it would be silly to do the usual Rest Day the next day, so I skipped it in favor of going on to Week 4, which I’ll tell you about soon. Next time, in honor of Festival of Sleep Day I plan to make sleep a focus of the post.

 

Have you done Les Mills Combat? If so, what’s your favorite day?

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New Year, New You? Me too! Let’s Get Started With 5 Inspirational Quotes

Happy New Year! For many of us, myself included, today marks the day we said we would start working out again, stop eating and drinking so much junk, and generally begin making the new year a time for a “new me”. Sound like you? Me too. But if you’re like me, today was also the day you were recovering from New Year’s Eve festivities and decided to put that all off just one more day. Today I’ll be sharing some inspirational quotes to motivate you (and myself) toward taking action so that we’re not saying “tomorrow” again tomorrow. I’ll also share my thoughts and experiences as related to those quotes. At the end, I’ll have some questions for reflection. Ready? As Shaun T says in Insanity’s Cardio Power and Resistance: “Come on ya’ll. Let’s goooo!”

“You cannot reach new heights if you continue to associate with old habits.”~~Paul Sutherland

I’m not going to lie. I have been terrible lately about investing in my fitness. Over the last four months, I’ve accomplished a lot, including working over 500 hours for my practicum while also putting more hours than I want to think about into a final paper for my master’s in counseling psychology, but what I have not accomplished is exercising regularly and cutting down on caffeine and sugar. In fact, with having to be at my practicum site earlier than my body clock likes, I increased my intake of sugar and caffeine, and with the hours I was putting in, I exercised so little, with the exception of a few walks, that I may as well say I didn’t do it at all. I was also running on about 4-5 hours of sleep several days of the week. Slacking on my exercise, drinking too much caffeine, eating too much sugar, and getting too little sleep are all habits that aren’t serving me well, and I need to ditch them.

“If it is important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~~Unknown

Did you pick up on all the excuses above? I have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else, and if I had made different choices during several of them, I could have made time to exercise. I could have gotten to sleep earlier to be more rested and therefore could have avoided the temptation to perk myself up with caffeine and sugar. I didn’t do those things, though. I made excuses and kept allowing myself to get away with it. After finishing Insanity, I was in “the best shape of my life,” as Shaun T said I would be, and now, if I’m not in the worst, I’m close to it. I don’t tell you that to discourage you, but so you know I am a real person with real faults and that even as much as I enjoy working out, I am capable of getting off track, so far off track, that I have to say that I’m starting over. And that’s okay, because it’s never too late to invest in fitness. I was capable of getting in shape once and am capable of doing it again, and so are you.

“There is no secret routine. There is no magical number of reps and sets. What there is, is confidence, belief, hard work on a consistent basis, and a desire to succeed.” ~~Steve Justa

Many people look for that “magic” solution to help them get in shape or lose weight. There isn’t one. The only thing that works consistently is to be consistent in maintaining your fitness. There is no one routine that will work for everyone, and it might even be that a routine doesn’t work for you. I have found that to be the case with myself. As cool as it was to get my I Earned It shirt from completing Insanity, and as much as I’d like to get a shirt from my other favorite programs, sometimes I just don’t want to do what’s on the calendar or maybe even a workout from that program. Too often, I let that become an excuse to skip the day.

While I do plan to complete some programs in the future (though I’ll probably allow myself “cheat” days with other workouts if I get bored or lose motivation so that at least I’m still moving), my plan for the new year is to start off by doing a variety of different workouts from the various programs I own. This will help me to stay entertained and motivated and may help you to find a program you’ll be interested in, because I have quite a library to choose from and will be sharing my experiences with the workouts I’m doing.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”~~Zig Ziglar

It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are in today, whether you’ve made exercising a priority before and have gotten off track or your idea of exercise has always been walking from the couch to the fridge. All you have to do is start by doing something active tomorrow, whether that’s pushing play on your favorite Beachbody program, taking a walk, or doing some jumping jacks, situps, and/or crunches while watching your favorite TV show. If you’re interested in doing a Beachbody program and need help selecting one to meet your interests and goals, please contact me and I can help you choose one and help you stay accountable while you complete it. Although I might change my mind and choose another workout, my plan for tomorrow is to either do Piyo Upper Body or Piyo Lower Body (or maybe both if I feel really ambitious).

If you want more inspirational and motivational quotes, check out my fitness inspiration board and investing in fitness board on Pinterest.

Questions for Reflection

I have three questions to help you get motivated for making changes in the new year. If you have a fitness blog or journal, you might consider answering them there. If you don’t have one but like the idea, wordpress.com is a free platform for blogging. I started this blog there before switching to self-hosted, and I encourage you to try it out.

1. What habits do you need to kick to help you reach new heights?

2. What are some excuses you’ve been using to avoid exercising or making other healthy changes in your life?

3. What kind of exercise do you like and like well enough to keep doing it consistently?

Please consider sharing your answers to these questions and/or your thoughts on this post in the comments below. If you liked this post, please subscribe to receive future posts and consider passing this post along via one of the sharing options below. I’m starting a 30 day blogging challenge to help me get back into posting on this blog, so there’ll be lots to read. I have plans to post on workouts I’ve done and am doing, fitness and nutrition books I’ve read, improving wellbeing such as through meditation and sleep hygiene techniques, healthy recipes I’ve tried, and other fitness topics. If you’re interested in doing the challenge, check out that link. It’s free and fun. I’ve been doing it on my other blog and have really enjoyed it. Let me know if you decide to participate. Best wishes on your journey to invest in your fitness!

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Les Mills Combat Week 1: Supreme Warrior

1 lmc caseStarting Statistics

The program includes a card to record beginning and ending measurements. It includes less than I have recorded before (for example only asking for the waist and seeming to indicate waist at narrowest but not asking for the waist at navel, but I decided to just stick with what was there. My measurements were as follows:
Chest: 35 inches
Right arm: 10 inches
Left arm: 10 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 37 inches
Right thigh: 22 inches
Left thigh: 21 inches
Weight: 123 pounds

A couple days later I took the waist at navel measurement because my husband had remarked about me slimming down already and it hadn’t been on the card and it was 33 inches.

Day 1: The Basics and Combat 30

I didn’t realize there was an intro DVD before the day I started, and I didn’t want to wait another day to get going, so I decided to do both on the same day. The Basics is just what it sounds like. It’s a 30 minute DVD that just covers the basic moves that are used in Combat from each discipline. It isn’t very intensive, so I didn’t have a problem doing it and then the workout. There is also an introduction to the instructors on this DVD but I didn’t watch it.

IMG_3074After that, I did Combat 30. It was a workout and left me red and sweaty afterward, but it wasn’t so hard that it made it feel impossible. There were a lot of jabs, crosses, hooks, and kicks…a LOT of kicks. There is one part where they go through about 200 kicks in succession, but it really doesn’t feel like you’re doing that many as you do it because there is a nice variety (roundhouses, front kicks, back kicks, side kicks, jump kicks). The jump kicks are probably my favorite and I recall them being one of my favorites in the karate classes I used to take.

Day 2: HIIT POWER
I woke up sore in my back. They say something in the first workout to the effect of “Pain is change”. It made me wish I’d stretched my back a little more (the stretches at the end of the DVD are minimal) but it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t know until I got to this DVD that the program required weights. I thought there would be some kind of modification, but there wasn’t. Fortunately I found some 5 lb weights and was able to continue the workout. I am glad I didn’t try to do it with anything larger because there are quite a few repetitions and a lot of lifting the weights up over the head. While I may need to get bigger ones later, it was a good weight to start off with.

Day 3: Combat 30
I was surprised that I didn’t really feel sore today despite doing the weight workout the day before. Today was another round of the same workout from Day 1, so this time I said “yes” to amping up the music. I’m glad I hadn’t done it the first day as you can barely hear the instructors, but without selecting it, you can’t really hear the music. I was surprised to hear Panic at the Disco as one of the songs because I hadn’t been able to hear the words the first day. I feel like being able to hear the music helps me put more energy into the workout and between that and having a better idea what I was doing, I think I got a better workout than the first day and for sure I was more red and more sweaty afterward. I was tired, but not exhausted, so I felt like I had made the right choice for the program track, but the next day would be twice as long so I wasn’t sure how I would fare with that.

Day 4: Combat 60
I ended up needing three glasses of water during this workout, but I was able to stick it out all the way through. I enjoyed this workout, except the end where they ask you to get on your knees for pushups. I was so sweaty I started sliding and had to put down a towel (which wasn’t much better but helped a bit) and then kept it down to lay on for the crunches. I was really glad finishing today that I chose this track where I would have this workout instead of a rest day.

Day 5: Plyo HIIT

Having done Insanity, I didn’t expect to have much trouble keeping up with 30 minutes of Plyo. I was wrong. I did 60 minutes of cardio with little issue, but I was struggling to keep up 10 minutes in to this workout. Part of this I’m sure was due to having done cardio so long the day before and not having timed my eating to my workout. I had only had a small breakfast a few hours before I worked out. Usually I try to space it better. Fortunately there is a girl who provides modifications. I didn’t use her modifiers for everything, but I did for a few things, and in that way I was able to complete the full workout.

Day 6: Combat 60
The second day of Combat 60 was not bad compared to the first one. I think it’s actually my favorite of the workouts so far.

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