Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bootcamp Cardio Burn

Kendall Hogan is the trainer for this workout, I've done his workouts before on Exercise TV and I really like him.  He has two VERY EXCITED women behind him, they are THRILLED to be there, as far as I can tell.  It's 30 minutes long, and you really are working for the whole time, which is great.  Often with a 30 minute workout, you spend five minutes at the front and end, warming up and cooling off and it feels like kind of a cheat.

You do a VERY long sequence that he puts together, bit by bit.  There are jumping jacks and mountain climbers and pushups, step-touches, step-hops, skating moves, boxing shuffles, skiing runs, but you don't do anything for super long, it's a very fast paced workout and I liked it.  I feel good and like I have done some cardio but I was able to have success with it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Turbo Jam

Turbo Jam is not available On Demand, but I did it twice this week - once because I felt like it and once because our O.D. was out (booooo Comcast).  I love it, though. I love Chalene Johnson, the inventor and lead trainer, I just LOVE IT.  I also love Turbo Sculpt, which is about as long as Turbo Jam (about 50 minutes) and is more of a weight lifting/sculpting video.

Turbo Jam is cut into sections, and there is a timer at the bottom which tells you how long you have left in the section, and how long you have left in the whole thing, which is fantastic.  Some of the O.D. workouts say how long you have left in the whole thing, but it can be daunting.  In this, even if you have 40 minutes left in the workout, you might have only seven minutes left of kicks or whatever and it's nicer.

She says this in the commercial, but the music is great and it really does help.  There are several worker-outers behind her - two are doing a modified version of the workout and the other ... four?  or so are jamming their hearts out.

It's super fun, it goes fast, and it is effective.  Chalene is very good about constantly talking about form, and about where you can work your abs, etc.  There are other Beach Body workouts available now (Chalene Extreme, Turbo Fire), and I'd like to try them but for now I am really happy with Turbo Jam.  Oh and I meant to say - I think that Turbo Kick, which they do at a lot of Y's around here, is either the same thing or similar to Turbo Jam, if you belong to the Y and want to try it in a group atmosphere.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bellydancing Fitness / Bellydancing

I did this workout and one that is just called Bellydancing and I didn't find much of a difference.  Even though I am, like, the least funky person in the WORLD, I enjoyed this.  I felt like it was a really good cardio and sculpting workout.  Plus I did shake my ass a little by the end!  They're short, less than 20 minutes each - you just learn a routine and keep putting it together, but I enjoyed it.


I did this yesterday, so it's a little out of order.  This is excellent, it's Phillipe Till, the same guy who did the other kickboxing workout I did.  It's about 23 minutes long and it's straight up, old school boxing moves, which I like a lot.  I wish it were longer, I bet the real workout is longer.  It was good though, and he's very straightforward.  I would like to do this one weekly.

Red Carpet Workout - Red Carpet Body

The description for this literally says that it's for you to get ready for the Red Carpet.  Is, like, January Jones working out on Exercise TV?  I doubt it.  Anyways, the one I did the other day was Celebrity Shred and this is Red Carpet Body.  It's fairly useless, but I did it.  It's mostly like an IDEA of a workout, like do 10-12 reps of this, 10-12 reps of that.  I tried to keep up and DO the reps while she was talking about it, but overall it was dumb.  You need a mat and a large exercise ball, and a medicine ball.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Red Carpet Workout

Although it's unlikely that I will be going down any red carpets this season or ever, I did the Red Carpet Workout of Holly Perkins today.  It was only 20 minutes long and of course when I first chose it, I figured I'd do a few others and try and get to 60 minutes but it has been a horrible, HORRIBLE day around here.  We are all iced/snowed in and it's a misery to try and deal with these children, whose school is going to be closed forever.

It's a good workout, she does a light warmup and then ... I think three circuits, although it might be two.  It was complete chaos while I was doing it and now I can't remember.  In fact, this is a terrible review, I might have to do it again later or tomorrow to get a little more complete.  I just want to verify that I did this workout and I will come back and fill in the blanks, assuming these children don't kill me first.