Friday, January 31, 2014

Birthday Gift Ideas for Runners and Active Women

I have a birthday coming up! It doesn't end with a zero, so it's not as hard to handle. Last year's ended with a zero, and that was an adjustment. This year, I am just thankful for another year of family and health and LIFE!

I thought I would share with you some of the items that are on my wishlist or that I currently have - not so you can buy them for me, of course, but so you have an idea of what you can get for the runner or exercise enthusiast in your life!

All of the links in this gift guide are affiliate links when possible.

Fitbit Flex - I have mentioned this one before. This is a pedometer, but with a twist. It uploads the steps info to their website and gives you all sorts of interesting data. Besides how many steps you walked, it tells you the duration of your sleep, how many calories you have burned, and how many miles you've traveled. There is something about wearing it that motivates me to get in 10,000 steps. It doesn't happen every day, but I'm just happy for the days I get in 10,000 steps. Actually today, I'm shooting for 15,000 because I'm so close!



Stamped Washers - (Photo from her listing on Etsy - I chose a different inscription.) I ordered these for my friend and I to commemorate a race which doesn't hand out medals. I simply add it to my keychain, and I have a nice little reminder every time I look at my keys.

10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training  - I did get this one for Christmas. I haven't tried it yet. I think I am a little afraid that it will be too tough! I'm sure I'll be glad I tried it.

Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness & Energy DVD by Jessica Smith - I don't have this one, but it is on my wishlist. I really like Jessica's workouts on YouTube, so I'd love to try another one of her DVDs!

And here are a couple of non-running items that have caught my eye lately - I have these and love them!

Pandigital Photolink One-Touch PANSCN05 4-Inch x6-Inches Photo and Slide and Negative Scanner  - I got this one as an early birthday present. While it is not a super high resolution scanner, it is perfect for what it does - get your stacks of 4x6 photos scanned. It mainly does scan this size, although I have used it for some smaller photos. It is also supposed to scan slides and negatives, but I haven't used it for this. I like using it, without my computer, to scan photos while I watch TV. I take it out of the album, scan it, and put it back. It is simple, and I have a lot of fun reliving old memories. :)

365 Slow Cooker Suppers - I have Stephanie O'Dea's previous cookbooks and love them. This one is not my favorite of the three, but I am learning to like it. This one feels a little more like they have "grown up" meals in them, and that really is OK. Being of an "advanced" age, I really should try some different recipes - even if they have coconut in them! The ham and potato bake recipe was very yummy, although I flaked on making a roux and just added more chicken broth instead. 

I hope these suggestions help you out!



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review of "Denise Austin: Shape Up and Shed Pounds" streaming workout and DVD, Part 2

This is part 2 of my review of "Denise Austin: Shape Up and Shed Pounds" streaming workout and DVD.


I have an Amazon Prime membership - I view it as a gas-saver and time saver. There's much less running around trying to find the obscure thing I need! It will be here in two days, most of the time! I also use it as a companion to our Netflix membership. We have "cut the cord" on cable, and just use Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and a very good antenna to get our television. You may be able to do a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime by following this affiliate link.

On Amazon Prime, there are a few workouts that you can do for free if you have a membership. There aren't a ton, but it is better than it used to be. The selection can change, so this workout might not be free to watch for Amazon Prime members by the time you read this. Here is the link to the streaming workout (affiliate link), or you can click on the picture below to take a look at the DVD (affiliate link). It does not appear to be on the Lionsgate BeFit YouTube channel right now.



The first part of the streaming video/DVD is around 30 minutes, and is a cardio-type workout. The second part is around 20 minutes, and is toning and stretching.

I have to admit that I was a little bored during this workout. Not because it was easy - it was challenging at times to keep my balance and to stretch a certain way or do repetitions of a certain move. I think if I was doing the whole DVD at once, it would have been a welcome relief to the busy activity of the first part of the DVD. And I usually don't find toning workouts that interesting. But I was watching the clock and wondering when it would be over. The workout was fine enough - there were lunges, hip raises, and many other moves you'll find in a toning/stretching workout. It just wasn't my favorite workout.

I probably won't do this one again. It didn't hold my interest as much as some of the other toning videos I have done.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Review of "Denise Austin: Shape Up and Shed Pounds" streaming workout and DVD, Part 1


I have an Amazon Prime membership - I view it as a gas-saver and time saver. There's much less running around trying to find the obscure thing I need! It will be here in two days, most of the time! I also use it as a companion to our Netflix membership. We have "cut the cord" on cable, and just use Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and a very good antenna to get our television. You may be able to do a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime by following this affiliate link.

On Amazon Prime, there are a few workouts that you can do for free if you have a membership. There aren't a ton, but it is better than it used to be. The selection can change, so this workout might not be free to watch for Amazon Prime members by the time you read this. Here is the link to the streaming workout (affiliate link), or you can click on the picture below to take a look at the DVD (affiliate link). It does not appear to be on the Lionsgate BeFit YouTube channel right now.



I wanted to do a quicker workout, so I chose this one, thinking it would be about 25 minutes or so, since it has 2 workouts, and is 53 minutes. The first workout is actually closer to 30 minutes.

If I could sum up this workout in one word it would be this: PEPPY! I must admit that I am a morning person, but Denise's enthusiasm might be even a little too much for me! The point of this workout seemed to be to keep moving. I found it a little too dance-y, but not prohibitively so. She did not offer modification for any of the moves, but most of them did not require them. I try not to jump during workouts if I think there is any chance of getting hurt, so I just didn't do the jumping. Because of the constant movement of this workout, I did get LOTS of steps in - my Fitbit is at over 2,000 steps for the day, and I really haven't done much besides workout. I did like the stretch at the end - it seemed to be better than Denise's standard stretch sessions.

I would do this workout again, but not necessarily because it was a favorite - I would do it for the variety, and for the low impact nature of the workout.

I will be back next time with a review of the second part of the workout!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Review of "10-Minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout From @SparkPeople" on YouTube


I wanted to get a few more steps in towards my 10,000 steps today. I have not been hitting my 10,000 steps lately that I have planned to since I got my Fitbit Flex (affiliate link). So I looked up 10 minute kickboxing on YouTube and found this workout.


I have to admit that I did not hear everything that Coach Nicole said during the workout. As I sometimes do, I set up my iPad with my workout and watched something else on TV. I was trying to catch up on Downton Abbey. :) I loved the short length of this workout. I am more likely to get some workout time in if I say, "Just 10 minutes!" I had worked out in the morning, but just wanted a little bit more for the evening. I did only the 10 minutes, though. The workout included jumping jacks, punches (although not as many as I would have thought), and a sort of scissor/punching move. I did not do well with the scissor punching move so I chose to do my closest approximation.

I would do this again. I love the idea of fitting in 10 minute workouts here and there, especially on a busy day! It lifts my mood and helps me feel like I have accomplished something, even if it was only 10 minutes.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Free Workout" category



I've recently made a "Free Workout" category/tag on my blog so you can click it and find all the free workouts in one place. Free Workouts

Review of Jessica Smith's YouTube workout "Fat Burning, Abs: Full Length 30-Minute HIIT Cardio And Core Workout"


I have been working through the JessicaSmithTV workout calendar, and recently completed her "Fat Burning, Abs: Full Length 30-Minute HIIT Cardio And Core Workout".



No lie, even with the low impact options, this was a very challenging workout! I feel like i am beyond beginner, but not quite intermediate, and always have to accommodate for one of my knees. I was still able to complete this workout and feel like I did it strongly. The very best thing about this workout was the low impact modifications. It was very helpful to use the table instead of the floor for mountain climbers. And I always chose the non-jumping over the jumping options. 

There was an interesting move that I haven't done before in this workout - walking on your heels! Well, I suppose it is the sort of thing that kids do, so I guess I hadn't done that for quite some time.

I would definitely do this workout again. I have been enjoying Jessica's workout calendar and am already feeling stronger!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Review of Jessica Smith's "26 Minute Cardio Pilates" on YouTube


Today I am reviewing Jessica Smith's "26 Minute Cardio Pilates" from the JessicaSmithTV channel on YouTube. 


I see "Cardio Pilates", and I think, "Oh, man. This is going to be super hard and I will be sad about my lack of flexibility, all at the same time!" And then, I see it's a barefoot workout, and I think, "OK! This won't be so hard! It's a barefoot workout!" But both of my presuppositions were wrong. Jessica Smith's 26 Minute Cardio Pilates is somewhere in the middle in terms of difficulty, for me. It certainly wasn't jumping jacks or running in place. But it wasn't an easy stretching session either. There were pushups (not a lot), planks (not very long), standing hundreds, plies, and more. I didn't log a lot of steps on my Fitbit Flex (affiliate link), but I feel like I got a nice workout that strengthened my core. And I always feel just a little better after Pilates, you know? 

I would definitely do this workout again! It was fun and interesting. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Review of Jessica Smith's "Walking Exercise - Indoor Jogging (power walking, running, cardio, fat burning)"




I loved this workout. As she does often, Jessica gave options on the high/low impact. I was able to do some higher impact moves (jogging), but did the low impact moves when jumping was involved. Worked for me! I have done this one before, but I don't think I've reviewed it. I loved it just as much as the previous time. It is a great workout. Longer than her 10 minute or 30 minute workouts, obviously, it had gentle jogging, side steps, arm reaches, and a lot of encouragement from Jessica just to do the best you can. It also gave me a lot of steps on my FitBit Flex! (affiliate link) I was able to reach 10,000 steps by 4:00 PM given this workout, shopping at Costco and doing some other errands, and walking the dog. I don't hit 10,000 steps every day, but it sure is a nice feeling when I do. 

I would definitely do this workout again. It was a longer workout, but it was worth it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Changing Posting Schedule

I have been trying to post here daily since I started this blog. I have made the decision to post here 3 times a week instead.

I believe this will allow this blog to have a wider variety of posts, especially allowing me to vary the length of the workouts. Some days I just want to do a workout I've done before. Or, I want to take a walk, or go out for a run. These are workouts I can't review here for you. So I do 3 10-minute workouts, so that I can review them over 3 days. But there aren't always quality 10-minute workouts to show you that I enjoy doing. Also, I have been trying to follow Jessica Smith's workout calendar for this month, and most of the days are one longer workout. I could review one of those each day, but it has been difficult to work in the longer workouts AND write a post of them. And in this case, every single post would be about the same workout instructor. I want to feel the freedom to follow a calendar like this, or a take a long walk for my exercise for that day, or take a day off from exercising. This change allows me to do that.

So, I will see you here on Friday with a review of a workout I did from Jessica Smith's January workout calendar - Jessica Smith's "Walking Exercise - Indoor Jogging (power walking, running, cardio, fat burning)" from Youtube. I really enjoyed it and I'll let you know why on Friday. :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review of Fitness Blender's "Easy on the Knees Kickboxing Blend - Low Impact Cardio Workout for Beginners" YouTube workout


I am a fan of the 10 minute workout. For me, it's a great way to sneak exercise into the day. I did a search for 10 minute kickboxing and found this workout.


Fitness Blender's usual style is to do voice overs telling you what to do while the person on screen demonstrates. With this workout, as with others I've seen, they demonstrate the move before you are supposed to be doing the move. While I don't mind instructors talking and demonstrating at the same time, it is nice to change things up, and so I appreciate the way the Fitness Blender channel presents their workouts.

There was a lot of kicking in this video, obviously. None of the moves were too complex, although it was challenging at times. I liked that this was labeled an "Easy on the Knees" workout - a welcome change for me! And it was easy on the knees for me. I enjoyed this quick but still challenging workout.

I would definitely do this workout again. It was a fun change, as I haven't done a Fitness Blender workout lately.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Review of Debbie Rocker's "A.M. and P.M Walking" DVD, Part 2


Today I am reviewing part of Debbie Rocker's "A.M. and P.M. Walking" DVD(affiliate link). 



This review will cover the P.M. portion of the walk. I actually did this back to back with the A.M. portion of the walk, so I tried to note the differences between the two workouts.

This workout starts out with a fairly slow warm up. Because I had just done the A.M. workout, it seemed especially slow, but I'm sure it would have been appropriate had I not just done almost 30 minutes of walking already. There was a lot more variety in this workout than the A.M. counterpart. There were punches, arm swings, and those "out-out-in-in" steps. I preferred the P.M. workout to the A.M. workout. I was still annoyed by her "energy" talk, but I have decided to just tune it out. :) 

I would do this workout again. Now that I am familiar with the steps, I would probably put her on mute and try to figure out the picture-in-picture that I have with my TV.



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Review of Debbie Rocker's "A.M. and P.M Walking" DVD, Part 1


Today I am reviewing part of Debbie Rocker's "A.M. and P.M. Walking" DVD. (affiliate link). 



This review will cover the A.M. portion of the walk. I had fallen asleep much too early the night before, so found myself awake much too early. After trying to get back to sleep for a little while, I decided to get some walking in, and put in this DVD. I ended up doing both portions, but I'll just talk about the A.M. part today.

I would say this workout is very appropriate for the A.M. It's quite calm and not very challenging for the first 20 minutes. It's very low impact. I was surprised after having done Debbie's "Walking for Weight Loss" the day before. This is much less challenging than that workout.

My less favorite qualities of the workout are as follows. I am minorly annoyed by the lack of mirroring that Debbie does with her cues. It seems like most of the modern workouts tell you something like, "Start on the right foot!" and they actually start on the left foot so that you are a mirror image of the TV screen. Well, Debbie doesn't do this and it throws me off. Not enough to hate the DVD, but enough to be annoyed by it. The other thing I don't like is her talk about "energy". "Feel the energy!" I don't feel like it was a "Feel the burn!" type statement, but more of a New Age type of approach. That's not the way I approach life, and it's definitely not the way I approach exercise.

I'll be back later with my review of the P.M. portion of the DVD.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review of "Walking for Weight Loss" with Debbie Rocker DVD


Today I am reviewing Walking for Weight Loss With Debbie Rocker DVD (affiliate link).



Mine has a different cover, but it is supposed to be the same DVD workout. I found it after looking for some alternatives to the many Leslie Sansone workouts I have tried. I just like a little variety! From what other people were saying, Debbie's workouts are harder and there is less chatter. So I decided to give her DVD a try. I also picked up the AM/PM walk (affiliate link), and hope to review that for you soon.

The workout includes a long workout which I neglected to find out the length of before I started. It was over 50 minutes (which is about what I expected.) There is also a shortened version of the same workout of about 30 minutes. I plan on trying this on a morning where I don't have as much time. An audio CD is included for outside walks. I am interested in listening to it, but I've got to take the time to put the track on my phone, so I'll be realistic and say it probably won't be anytime soon.

In the longer workout on the DVD, the scenery, the people, and the instructor were all very pleasant. The workout started out slowly. I was even a little bored during the warm up. However, after that, it was a great balance of challenging walking-based moves and helpful recovery times. There were alternative moves for almost every difficult move, and that is very much appreciated!

There were times where beautiful scenery was shown as you are supposed to be taking a walk through this gorgeous setting. I would generally find this cheesy or hokey. In fact, I was working out in the living room, and another family member was on the couch reading. She thought it looked a little silly, but we decided that it really does look silly if you are not moving around. I thought it was a nice change. I'm not sure how I would feel about it after seeing it for the umpteenth time. This segment was only a few minutes long, and was by no means a majority of the workout.

As to the assertions that this is harder than a typical Leslie workout - I would say yes. As to less chatter than Leslie, I would just say it is different type of chatter, more about you being an athlete, and strong, etc. I think anything you hear over and over again might seem annoying, so I'll let you decide on the whole "chatter" issue.

I would definitely do this workout again. I look forward to trying the shorter workout version soon!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Review of Leslie Sansone's "5 Mile Fat Burning Walk" DVD


Today I am reviewing the Leslie Sansone DVD, 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk (affiliate link).



I was working out with my daughters, and we elected to walk inside instead of walk outside. The weather outside was a little too cold for us! We did miles 1, 2, and 3 the first day, and miles 3, 4, and 5 the next day. The minute pace is at 12 minutes, which is faster than I run most of the time. I would think that the math is a little off there, but I choose not to examine it too closely, lest I get discouraged from walking!

These are Leslie's usual moves with some twists mixed in. For example, she has "boosted walking" (also known as jogging). And also, the whole workout moves at a faster pace. Doing the whole 5 miles is tiring to me, and my Fitbit (affiliate link) shows me walking about 7,600 steps (about 3.5 miles). I'm glad to get a jump start on my 10,000 steps for the day!

I would think that this DVD would be hard if you were new starting out. I remember using this a couple of years ago and feeling worn out from it! But I felt pretty good after doing this. I would definitely do this one again, and I plan on doing so. :)


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review of "10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones" DVD, part 2


Today I am reviewing the other 3 segments of 10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones (affiliate link) DVD.



I did 3 segments - Sleek and Sexy Abs, Total Body Tone Zone, and the 10 Minute Stretch. I had already worked out with a walking workout for about an hour, so I went into this toning session a little tired.

I started out with the Total Body Tone Zone. This was a fast paced workout that was too hard for me at times, especially with the speed of the workout. I didn't try to keep up when it was foolish to do so - that's an easy way to get injured - but I just did the best I could with the range and the speed of the moves. And like I've said before about these 10 Minute Solution workouts, you're not doing any one thing for too long. If you hate an exercise, it will be over soon. That helped me as I did this workout. I didn't really hate anything, but parts of it were difficult, and I was glad it was over within 10 minutes.

I then moved on to Sleek and Sexy Abs. This was one of the best uses of the resistance band in an abs workout that I have ever seen. It really used the band to help you do moves you might not have been able to hold otherwise, and it made it more interesting. For example, there was a fairly standard bicycle move, but when you throw in the resistance band, it is a lot harder and a lot different than your standard move. I was able to push myself a little harder on this part of the workout. I think my abs will be feeling this workout tomorrow! This segment ended with a longer than normal stretch - for a 10 Minute Solution workout, anyway! - that was over a minute. That was a nice surprise.

I ended with the 10 Minute Stretch. I have to admit, I was a little bored for the first 5 minutes. The last 5 minutes were better, incorporating the band into some really nice hip stretches. I enjoyed this segment, but I don't see myself putting the DVD just to do this stretch.

I would do this DVD again. It was interesting, especially with the use of the resistance band. I am intrigued to see if repeated use of the workouts would make a big difference in muscle tone.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review of "10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones" DVD, part 1


Today I am reviewing 10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones (affiliate link) DVD.



My copy, which I bought used, has a slightly different cover. I think mine is from 2007, and the newer one might be from 2011. Comparing my back cover description to Amazon's description of the "new" version, the segment names are the same. I'm not sure what they did differently besides recolor her clothing on the front of the DVD - which is an odd thing to see!

I did 2 segments - Arm & Shoulder Sculpt, and Butt and Thigh Blaster. They used a resistance band like this one (affiliate link). I liked the Arm & Shoulder Sculpt just fine, but the Butt & Thigh Blaster was killer! That was the part of the workout that left me sore for the rest of the day, but thankfully, not the next day. Because it was toning and not aerobic, I had the energy to do a more involved workout later in the day after I had done these 20 minutes of toning.

I would definitely do these again, if only to improve at what I can do!

I hope to bring you part 2 of my review tomorrow, with Sleek and Sexy Abs, Total Body Tone Zone, and the 10 Minute Stretch. It sounds like a lot of fun to me!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review of Jessica Smith's "Flat Abs Walk - Full Length Walking Workout for Flat Abs" on YouTube


In an effort to get more steps in, I chose a longer walking workout today, and surprise, surprise! It wasn't by Leslie Sansone! But it was by Jessica Smith, so I guess I remain fairly predictable. :) It was Jessica Smith's Flat Abs Walk on YouTube.


I've found that Jessica's workouts are a little more complex than Leslie's walking workouts, so of course, this was a little harder to follow. At times, I couldn't make my arms do what they were supposed to be doing. It can be hard, especially the first time through on a workout! While I didn't do the workout perfectly, I was able to complete it, and feel like I got a nice ab workout in, too! I really did like this one, even though it felt pretty long. 

I would definitely do this one again. It has interesting music, good cueing, and informative instruction on the moves. 



Monday, January 6, 2014

Review of Jessica Smith's "10 Minute Toning Walk" on YouTube



I found myself in need of a few more steps for my Fitbit (affiliate link) goal for the day, so I looked up a 10 minute walk on YouTube and started this one.


I did this in my smaller workout space, which has some room side to side but not in the front or the back. This did not make much difference except when there were some steps to the front then to the back, but I mostly kept going side to side. I'd rather do what I could than not be able to work out, right? This workout used light weights. There were a few points in the workout where you stopped walking to work with the weights, and although that didn't help with my Fitbit goal of 10,000 steps, I still enjoyed working on toning (mostly the arms, I believe).

I would definitely do this again - in fact, I believe I have done this one before. It is quick and easy!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review of Leslie Sansone's "Walking the Walk (w/DVD): Getting Fit with Faith"


Today I am reviewing the DVD from Walking the Walk (w/DVD): Getting Fit with Faith (affiliate link) by Leslie Sansone.



I picked up this book a few months back because it came with the DVD - sadly, I haven't even cracked the book open except to get the DVD out! So this is a review of the DVD that came with the book, and not the DVD itself.

The steps are fairly routine for Leslie's workouts. If you have done any of Leslie's workouts before, you should be fine. I like the mix of people that she has working out with her. Not everyone is skinny! There is a segment called "Meet the Cast" that I did not watch, and I think that would be interesting to watch, if I had the time.

Obviously, this workout has faith overtones. As a Christian, that was encouraging, but it's not like I can replace my morning devotional time with this workout. A Bible verse here and there (maybe two, max) are sprinkled in throughout the workout, and she mentions a faith-related word here and there (heaven, faith, etc.). I have a feeling that the faith aspect is introduced more in the book.

I would do this again - in fact, this is my second time doing this workout.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Review of "10 Minute Solution: Hot Body Boot Camp" DVD, part 2



I picked up this DVD on a mega-sale recently so I could review it for you (and hopefully, get a great workout!) Today's DVD is "10 Minute Solution: Hot Body Boot Camp" (affiliate link). I reviewed 3 segments yesterday, and I am reviewing the remaining 2 segments here today.


Here is the preview from Anchor Bay's channel on YouTube.


I did 2 segments today: Calorie Blasting Drills and Rock Bottom Sculpt (don't like the name). 

Calorie Blasting Drills is a fast paced workout that starts out a little fast and kind of dance-y. It remains fast, but isn't as dance-y for the rest of the workout. It uses weights. At the beginning of it, I had a bad knee twinge, but not because of the moves I was doing - I just put my foot down wrong. Unfortunately, sometimes, that's all it takes. I continued on, and it really didn't hurt after the initial pain. I was glad to see that. I am trying to get all the muscles in my legs stronger to support any sort of problem my knees might have. I don't know how scientific or accurate that is, but for me, it seems to help. I enjoyed this workout, although it seems like I would have my weights in my hands for a few seconds and then have to put them down again. But I think the picking them up and putting them down again was part of the workout. It was still a hassle, though. :)

The other segment I did today was Rock Bottom Sculpt. Again, I really don't like the name, because I prefer to be able to mention workouts in casual conversation without being embarrassed or drawing attention to myself. But the workout itself was good. I couldn't do every exercise, but I made up my own modifications and moved along. Such as, I couldn't get my knee to the floor on the lunges. Big deal, I figure! Sometimes with moves like these, I figure that the instructor might be fairly short. I'm not super tall, but I'm not petite in height, either. However, I have a feeling it is because she is more flexible, and that is something I can work on.

I would do these workouts again - in fact, I'd do the whole DVD again! This has been one of my favorite DVD purchases lately. I realize it is an older DVD, from 2008, but it makes it more affordable to purchase for now. 

See you tomorrow with another review!




Friday, January 3, 2014

Review of "10 Minute Solution: Hot Body Boot Camp" DVD, Part 1



I picked up this DVD on a mega-sale recently so I could review it for you (and hopefully, get a great workout!) Today's DVD is "10 Minute Solution: Hot Body Boot Camp" (affiliate link).


Here is the preview from Anchor Bay's channel on YouTube.


I didn't have high hopes for this DVD. I guess the name "boot camp" has soured me on workouts that are going to be too high impact for me and my knee. So I was pleasantly surprised when I actually enjoyed the workout! I did 3 segments today: Hot Body Cardio, Ab Assault, and Better Body Stretch.

Hot Body Cardio (and really, must we call this DVD and this segment Hot Body? I really don't like exercises that I'm embarrassed to mention in mixed company.) was the hardest of the three for me. It started off with some moves that were a little too dance-y for me, but I picked them up by the last repetition of the move, LOL! There were lunges, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and more. There were 2 different types of jumping jacks, but one was a twist-y jumping jack that I decided not to risk my knees for. This definitely got my heart rate up! I enjoyed this segment, and in my mind, it was the segment I was going to enjoy the least, so that's a WIN!

Ab Assault was the next segment I did. Seriously, I did this workout about 20 minutes before I'm sitting down to write the review, and I can't remember very much about it, which means that it didn't kill me! It was lower intensity than the first segment, so that was a plus. And I was glad that there were some harder moves that I was able to complete without modification! It is always so encouraging when I can accomplish something I perceive as difficult.

The last segment I did today was Better Body Stretch. This was a great stretching segment, using a towel to make sure a good stretch is achieved. I chose this segment before I did any of the DVD, and it was a great ending to the workout I did today.

I would definitely do this DVD again! It was very enjoyable in a "I feel strong!" sort of way.

Tomorrow I will be back with reviews of the segments Calorie Blasting Drills and Rock Bottom Sculpt. 



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review of "Crazy Cardio Challenge | A-List Look With Valerie Waters" from Livestrong Woman on YouTube


Today I am reviewing "Crazy Cardio Challenge | A-List Look With Valerie Waters" by LivestrongWoman on YouTube.


This is a circuit workout. You do a move for 20 seconds, then you have 10 seconds off. You are supposed to go through this video three times in a row. I didn't have time to, and I had already done some exercising, so I called it good. :)

I really did enjoy it. There were some easy moves (to me), and some difficult ones (like the 3 way crunches!) But what made it doable was that it was only 20 seconds of a move and then you got to stop. I like the idea of repeating this video. I don't like the idea of counting my reps, so I probably wouldn't do that.

I would definitely do this one again. It is a great way to get moving, and you can make it as easy or as hard as you want by the number of times you do the video. I mentioned yesterday that I didn't like the video I reviewed from LivestrongWoman yesterday, but this video is from them too, and I do like this one. So I'm glad I didn't write off the whole channel.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Review of "Beach Barre Workout With Renée Herlocker | Tone It Up Tuesdays" by Livestrong Woman on YouTube


Today I am reviewing a workout by Livestrong Woman, "Beach Barre Workout With Renée Herlocker | Tone It Up Tuesdays".


This was a difficult workout. I did sort of like the barre part, because I felt it was challenging for my fitness level (not quite intermediate, I suppose), while also being able to be accomplished. However, I did have a few problems with the workout. First of all, the beginning segments made me feel silly. The "dance" they did for the stretching was a little embarrassing. Second, the moves were much too advanced for me at times. It assumed a level of flexibility without really offering much modification. Third, and this is the one that got me most of all, there was a vibe of "look at me!" and "this workout is for the cool kids!" that I felt. These sentiments were not expressed, of course, but there was a moment where two of them did the splits and said "ta-da!". The third one couldn't do it (along with so many people who were watching the video, I'm sure), and it just seemed kind of mean. I don't think I'm the demographic for this video, and I'm fine with that. But this workout was all around discouraging for me. And I have done other workouts with people who looked like models, and I didn't feel like this.

So I think you know, I wouldn't do this again. I wouldn't write the whole channel off, though. In fact, I did another workout from the channel that I plan on reviewing tomorrow, and I really enjoyed it.