Friday, February 28, 2014

"Thin in 10" by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent - Part 3

I am continuing my review of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan: Transform Your Body (and Life!) in Minutes a Day (affiliate link) by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent.



Today's 10 minute workout to review was "Thin In 10 Total Body Band Workout with Jessica Smith". It is available through the DVD that comes with the book, or currently is streaming with a $2.99/month Sportskool subscription on YouTube.

I am a little disappointed that this isn't my favorite workout DVD ever. Her workouts aren't that much different than her YouTube workouts, except that they are shorter, in a studio, and without her dog, Peanut. I did the Total Body Band workout today with a stretchy band with handles (instead of the more tubular resistance band with handles). It seemed to work out OK, except for a couple moves where I couldn't move it over my head. Either I am much taller than Jessica or her band is stretchier, or longer. I felt like I couldn't stretch it further without the chance of breaking it.

My knees gave me a little trouble during this workout, which was surprising. It was one of the first things I did this morning, though, so that might have been it. The workout included lunges, crunches, and running (or jumping) over the band, squats, and other challenging moves. Sometimes I felt too uncoordinated to do the leg movement while I also did the arm movement, but eventually, I caught on. I was really watching the clock on this one, as I tend to do when I am challenged too much, either in strength or in coordination. When I was done, I felt like I had gotten a great workout.

I would do this again. I do have different resistance bands, so I might try my easiest, most stretchy tubular band.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Thin in 10" by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent - Part 2

I am continuing my review of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan: Transform Your Body (and Life!) in Minutes a Day (affiliate link) by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent.



Today's 10 minute workout to review was "Thin In 10 Strength Shot Workout with Jessica Smith". It is available through the DVD that comes with the book, or currently is streaming with a $2.99/month Sportskool subscription on YouTube.

Well, goodness, this was not my most favorite workout ever. Including planks, push ups, lunges, and squats, I was not enjoying myself. However, that isn't always the point of the workout, right? I need to be challenged to work harder, get stronger, and be the best that I can be. So, with all that hard work, I'm glad I did it, but I have to admit, I am glad that it is over for today.

I am not following the plan in the book yet - I haven't gotten that far in figuring it out. I followed this up with a 2 mile walk from Leslie Sansone's "Walk it Off in 30 Days" (affiliate link), and will be doing an actual outdoor walk later this morning. I really want to get my 10,000 steps in today on my Fitbit Flex (affiliate link), and I think that will cover it.

Yes, I would do this workout again, even if it wasn't my favorite! I would especially do it if I figure out it is part of the "Thin in 10" plan, which it probably is.

Monday, February 24, 2014

"Thin in 10" by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent - Review series starting

I used an Amazon gift certificate I received for my birthday to buy The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan: Transform Your Body (and Life!) in Minutes a Day (affiliate link) by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent.



I am starting to read this book, and it looks good so far! I answered the questionnaire on pages 15-16, and rated myself at intermediate level. The physical book (not the Kindle edition) comes with bonus DVD content, in the form of 5 workouts:

  • Cardio Quickie
  • Strength Shot
  • Total Body Band
  • Core Conditioning
  • Stretch & De-Stress.
I was going to review Cardio Quickie for you this morning, but I realized I already had - Jessica has shared it on Fit Bottomed Girls. 


I would add to my review that there is a fair amount of jumping. My body doesn't always agree with jumping, so I modified it as needed. I do think I have improved since I reviewed the workout, but I still can't jump all over the place! I'm OK with that. 

And I did a little more digging - it does appear that if you subscribe to the Sportskool Plus channel on YouTube for $2.99/month, they have the Jessica Smith Thin in 10 series. I think I subscribed to the Sportskool channel on the Roku at one time (maybe???), but I didn't find enough useful workouts at that time. I don't think I'll subscribe again right now, but this is an improvement for their channel in my opinion. 

Back to the book, I don't think that any book will help me magically lose weight or want to eat right or exercise all the time. But right now, I could use a little inspiration. My thought when I bought this book was, even if it doesn't give me that inspiration, at least I received a nice workout DVD with the book. 

I will be back later with more opinions about the book and the workouts. See you soon!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Review of @TraceyMallett "Cardio Fat-Blasting Circuit Workout | Tracey Mallett- Get Your Body Back Phase 1" YouTube Workout



Today I will be reviewing Tracey Mallet's "Cardio Fat-Blasting Circuit Workout | Tracey Mallett- Get Your Body Back Phase 1" YouTube Workout.


This is from her DVD, Tracey Mallett: Get Your Body Back. (affiliate link)


There are several Tracey Mallet workouts on the Lionsgate BeFit channel. It doesn't appear that it has the whole DVD on their channel, though.

So, I didn't just have a baby - I have teenagers! But I was looking for a short workout this morning before I do a longer workout. I thought I would give this a try. I'll give my opinion in a pro/con list.

PRO:
  • Good warmup
  • Short but sweet
  • Uses light weights
  • Got my heart rate up!


CON:
  • Kept picking up the weights then putting them down.
  • Tedious push up sequence. I really didn't like the slow push ups. 


So I guess the pros do outweigh the cons! 

I would do this again, if I needed a quick workout. I wouldn't label it as one of my favorites, but it definitely woke me up this morning!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review of @FitnessBlender YouTube workout "Kickboxing Cardio and Abs - 9 Minute No Equipment Cardio Workout to Burn Belly Fat"


Today I am reviewing "Kickboxing Cardio and Abs - 9 Minute No Equipment Cardio Workout to Burn Belly Fat" by Fitness Blender on YouTube.


To be honest, it was a little different seeing a male lead a workout. I was trying to think of different workouts I have done with a male instructor, and I can only recall some Tae Bo tapes I used to do, and maybe a Bob Harper workout. It wasn't different "bad", it was just different. I do think that the kickboxing style was a little bit different. I felt like the movements were jerkier, as if he were really trying to fight someone. I just did the movements a little more rhythmically because it felt better.

The workout itself was really good. It required some modifications on my part, although some modifications were offered here and there. The one armed jacks on the floor were VERY difficult for me! I was trying to avoid a lot of ab work today, but it snuck in there. Oh well! Overall, I enjoyed it.

I would definitely do this one again. I have enjoyed the Fitness Blender workouts I've done lately. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Review of @FitnessBlender "Kelli's Cardio Kickboxing Workout - Max Calorie Burn Workout with no Equipment" 10 Minute YouTube workout



Today I am reviewing Fitness Blender's "Kelli's Cardio Kickboxing Workout - Max Calorie Burn Workout with no Equipment" 10 Minute YouTube workout.


I have been doing some fairly high intensity (for me!) workouts lately. I did not want to do any workouts today that targeted any specific part of my body. No thank you, ab workouts! Go away, toning anything! I plan on taking a long walk today, so I don't feel too bad about this. I wanted to work in a small, short workout, though, so I chose this 11 or so minute kickboxing workout (and another one that I'll review later), and I was glad I fit it in.

This workout was full of jumping jacks, jabs, crosses, uppercuts, and kicks. The fast pace and short length of the workout made it very doable for me. The "narrator" of the workout (you'll know what I mean if you've watched Fitness Blender's workouts!) reminded the viewer/participant to go at the workout full strength to get the most out of it. That's pretty basic, but I really needed to hear that this morning!

I would definitely do this one again. It was worth the 11 minutes!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Review of @Anchor_Bay "10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training" HIIT DVD, Part 2

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This DVD has been on my want list for a while. It didn't actually make it to my wish list until recently because I was concerned about the impact on my not-so-strong knees. I decided to give it a try when there was a recent price drop at Amazon (affiliate link) (though it looks like it is up to its regular price while I’m writing this), and I’m glad I did.
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Yesterday, I did HIIT 101, Upper Body HIIT, and Rock Bottom HIIT, and they are in my last posted review. The two I did today were:
  • HIIT Explosion – Starting off with jumping jacks, this workout didn't have a lot of modifications. The plyometric moves made me happy that I was only doing them for twenty seconds at a time. It was doable, but difficult. 
  • Ab HIIT – Of course, this part of the workout had a lot of floor work. It wasn't all crunches, though. There were a lot of plank-type jumping or twisting, and there weren't a lot of modifications offered. Sometimes, I modified it myself and just went slower. I could do enough that I didn't feel totally discouraged.
Would I do 10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training (affiliate link) again? Definitely. I would probably do the first three, as these last two offered few modifications. But all of these workouts were a good challenge for me.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review of @Anchor_Bay “10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training” HIIT DVD, Part 1

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This DVD has been on my want list for a while. It didn't actually make it to my wish list until recently because I was concerned about the impact on my not-so-strong knees. I decided to give it a try when there was a recent price drop at Amazon (affiliate link) (though it looks like it is up to its regular price while I’m writing this), and I’m glad I did.
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Today I did three parts of the workout. I had just planned on doing two, but I felt ready for another 10 minutes when I was done with the first 20. The three I did today are:
  • HIIT 101 – This was a good introduction to the High Intensity Interval Training done on this DVD. Do the exercise for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, same exercise for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, and then move on to the next exercise. The instructor, Lisa Kinder, offered modifications for almost every exercise. The modifications are what saved me on this workout. I had been wary of trying this DVD. I've had it for a couple of weeks. But the modifications were what let me complete the workout without the wear and tear of jumping. There was a move towards the end that was kind of awkward, modification or no modification. The hard part was getting up into a standing position without putting all my weight on one ankle. I think I will be watching the part of the workout next time to see the proper form.
  • Upper Body HIIT – Take the basics of HIIT 101, but focus on the arms. There were some floor exercises here with modifications offered most of the time. I think she does a decent job of cuing the moves when it’s obvious that you shouldn’t be able to see what she’s doing if you are actually exercising. I liked this segment.
  • Rock Bottom HIIT – So I was done with the first 2 workouts. I could have done HIIT Explosion or Ab HIIT, but I though Explosion might be too crazy, and my abs still ache from yesterday’s ab workout. I decided on Rock Bottom HIIT. I don’t think it will make me as sore as when I’ve done barre workouts, but it was definitely a good lower body workout for me. There was a weird surfer move at the end, and I couldn't tell if she offered a modification.
Would I do 10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training (affiliate link) again? I’d say yes. I’m looking forward to trying the other two. Next time, I’ll bring you a review of Ab HIIT and HIIT Explosion.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Review of “Leslie Sansone’s Muscle Mile One” Walk Away the Pounds DVD

Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds Weight Loss Series Muscle Mile One I did go back and pick up this Leslie Sansone DVD for $3 at my local Big Lots store. I had passed it over the first time, but since I was going to be nearby, I decided that I might as well pick it up for $3! If you are reading this much later, it probably won’t be available for you at Big Lots – items don’t stick around there. It is available at Amazon here: Leslie Sansone: Walk Away the Pounds - Weight Loss Series: Muscle Mile One (affiliate link). I would make sure you are getting this DVD and not a different one packaged under this cover – it appears that several people who purchased this from Amazon aren’t actually getting the one advertised on the listing.

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This is an older workout. It is at least as old as 2006. The set had ivy on it. I felt like it could have been a set for a bad nighttime soap opera. :) That said, it was a nice little workout. I was a little bored the first half, with the standard Leslie moves. Around the second half of the mile, she added in the weights. I don’t have those round weights she has in the video, so I just used my 2 pound dumbbells. It added enough challenge to the workout to keep me interested and make the rest of the workout go quickly. The run time of the DVD is 19 minutes, so the whole workout was over rather quickly.

I would do this again on an easy day or on a day that I would like to get more steps in for my 10,000 step goal. It was worth the $3 for me.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Review of "10 Pounds Down with Jessica Smith: Better Body Blast" DVD - Part 3 - Abs

I was browsing at Big Lots and saw a box that advertised "$3 Fitness DVDs!". I decided to take a look, even though I thought I would find nothing. I found two DVDs. One DVD, which I didn't buy but am thinking about going back to get, was, I believe, this one: Leslie Sansone: Walk Away the Pounds - Weight Loss Series: Muscle Mile One (affiliate link). The one I found in the box and purchased was this DVD.

10 Pounds Down with Jessica Smith (affiliate link for Amazon)

I do have a couple of 10 Minute Solution DVDs with Jessica, but this is the first one I've bought that was because it has her name on it. I was hoping that it would be a lot like her online workouts. I did the abs workout today to see if I liked it as much as the leg workout I just completed.

I have to say, this is my least favorite of the three. If the leg workout was about squats and lunges, then the ab workout was about crunches and planks. I can usually keep up on crunches, but I still am not able to follow along exactly on the portion of any workout that features planks. This was no exception. I was glad that this workout kept to only 20 minutes and wasn’t slightly longer like the legs workout. I was so happy to be done.

My knee-jerk reaction to this workout is I never want to do this ab portion of the workout ever again. I believe I will be feeling my ab muscles tomorrow. But if I want stronger abs, I’m going to have to work them out! Maybe this is just a good reminder that I need to keep working on the abs and work up to this level.

Update: I did go back to get the Leslie Sansone DVD, so I will be back on Monday with a review of that walking workout.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review of "10 Pounds Down with Jessica Smith: Better Body Blast" DVD - Part 2 - Legs

I was browsing at Big Lots and saw a box that advertised "$3 Fitness DVDs!". I decided to take a look, even though I thought I would find nothing. I found two DVDs. One DVD, which I didn't buy but am thinking about going back to get, was, I believe, this one: Leslie Sansone: Walk Away the Pounds - Weight Loss Series: Muscle Mile One (affiliate link). The one I found in the box and purchased was this DVD.

10 Pounds Down with Jessica Smith (affiliate link for Amazon)

I do have a couple of 10 Minute Solution DVDs with Jessica, but this is the first one I've bought that was because it has her name on it. I was hoping that it would be a lot like her online workouts. I did the leg workout today to see if I liked it as much as the arm workout from yesterday.

I assumed it was a 20 minute workout – it was actually closer to 23. This matters when you are doing so many lunges and squats! Of course, Jessica varies the way you do the squats and lunges – it’s definitely not boring. Some modifications were offered, but I had to modify others on my own because I just couldn’t do them as shown. I have enough confidence and knowledge to that now, but it might have been discouraging if I was just starting out. The leg raises at the end were hard and a little bit awkward. But I felt like they were really working my legs.

I would do this workout again! It was a really good 20 minute workout that didn’t leave me dripping with sweat, but it definitely got my heart rate up.

I'll be back soon to review the abs portion of the workout.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Review of "10 Pounds Down with Jessica Smith: Better Body Blast" DVD - Part 1 - Arms



I was browsing at Big Lots and saw a box that advertised "$3 Fitness DVDs!". I decided to take a look, even though I thought I would find nothing. I found two DVDs. One DVD, which I didn't buy but am thinking about going back to get, was, I believe, this one: Leslie Sansone: Walk Away the Pounds - Weight Loss Series: Muscle Mile One (affiliate link). The one I found in the box and purchased was this DVD.


10 Pounds Down with Jessica Smith (affiliate link for Amazon)

I do have a couple of 10 Minute Solution DVDs with Jessica, but this is the first one I've bought that was because it has her name on it. I was hoping that it would be a lot like her online workouts. I did the arm workout today to try it out.

The equipment needed are a pair of dumbbells and a mat. I couldn't quite hear her when she was recommending which set to go with, but I quickly shed my heaviest pair for my second heaviest pair. There are a lot of reps in this workout, and I just couldn't work with my heaviest pair. For explanation, and I know I am showing how weak I am here, I have a set of 5, a set of 3, and a set of 2 pound weights. I just recently added the 5's. I used the set of 3 pound weights for this workout, and that was enough for me.

It started out with a move where you were lunging with one leg and raising with the opposite arm - I just couldn't get coordinated enough for that one. I think I will be able to get the hang of it next time around! Besides that, a lot of the moves are ones I have seen in her online workouts, but not in this combination. She did not offer as many modifications as she does in her online workouts, but I know how to modify to accommodate my knees, and to accommodate my inability to do a plank for any amount of time.

My arms definitely feel the workout on this one! And yes, I would do this one again. It went quickly, it wasn't boring, and I feel good after it.

I'll be back soon to review the legs portion of the workout.