Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Monthly Rotation 2017

November 2017 Monthly Rotation
Hello All.  Here is to a good and productive November.

I have been sick and I missed a couple of workouts last month. So I am moving those workouts to this month.

November will feature Classical Stretch/Essentrics, Zumba, Tracy Anderson, Fitness Favorites Live workouts and Cardio Coach workouts.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jillian Michaels Hard Body - Thoughts

Hard Body comes with two 45-minute circuit workouts.  There are six circuits per workout. Within the workout, Jillian will take you through the six circuits. After you complete the sixth circuit, you take it from the top, repeating all the circuits. The only difference is for some exercises where you focus on one side during the first go around, the second time through you work the opposite side.

 Each circuit is composed of 3 to 5 exercises and includes a variety of athletic, body weight, drill-base, and yoga inspired moves. Some exercises are standing and some are floor based and a lot of the exercise are compound multi-component in nature.  Jillian adds dumbbells to certain exercises and she has a range of dumbbells - light, medium and heavy.

There is a beginner modifier.  Level 1 clocks in at around 45 minutes and Level 2 clocks in at around 50 minutes.
There is a DJ playing live music throughout the workout.  While I thought the music fine, I thought there were too many close up of the music equipment.

This is not my favorite Jillian Michaels workout but it gets the job done
3 stars


Sunday, October 22, 2017

MCM10K Sunday October 22, 2017

MCM10K 2017 is in the books. It was a beautiful day for a run.  Lots and lots of people and lots of inspiring runners. Other than the race starting about 10 minutes late it was all good. 

Jillina Michaels Extreme Shed & Shread - Thoughts

Jillian Michael's Extreme Shed and Shred contains two roughly 40 to 45 minute circuit style workouts.  Both workouts share the same warm up and cool down. In fact Jillian gives you the option of combing the two. 
The DVD menu offers the following:
Level 1
Level 2
Level 1 & 2

Both workouts have a beginner modifier and a modifier who shows more advance moves.  In Level 1, you are doing four circuits and in Level 2, there are five circuits. The circuits feature a variety of exercise moves from cardio, strength, yoga, and kickboxing. Weights are used in these workouts.

3 & 1/2 stars for both workouts.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno - Thoughts

Yoga Inferno is Jillian's second yoga specific workout DVD.  This DVD contains two workouts both which are around 30 minutes.
The setting for this DVD is the desert.  Jillian and the cast are wearing sunglasses because of how bright the sun is . The music is background, but there is a nice beat to it, a bit groovy.
Sometimes I find the music used in yoga workouts on the blah side but not this one.

There are two cast participants; one that shows a less intense version of the move and one participant shows advance progression.  Jillian teaches and demonstrate moves and she offers her brand of motivation.

In Workout One, Jillian takes you through a warm up. After the warm up, there are roughly three series or circuits where you are moving through various yoga postures. Some moves are static and some are dynamic. Throughout each series, there are cardio intervals that last roughly 30 seconds. Jillian uses vinyasas as her transition move between exercises. Some moves are repeated.

Workout Two also contains a warm up, roughly three distinct series, and a cool down.  Jillian calls workout two a hybrid yoga workout as she includes weights; and you are doing quite a bit of functional and strength based workout moves. This workout does contain cardio intervals and you have some cardio and strength moves where you are doing each move for a minute.The reps vary according to the exercise  you are performing.

I like both of these workouts.
Workout One - 3 & 3/4 stars
Workout Two - 3 & 3/4 stars

Cathe Road Trip Daytona 2017

Cathe Road Trip Daytona 2017, hi all.  Here are some pictures from this year's Daytona RT.

Cathe welcomes Cathletes
View from hotel

Saundra with Cathe

One of 5 Indoor Classes
Saturday Night Dinner
Daytona Suna
Daytona the Beach
Beautiful Daytona
Cathe cools us down



Jillian Michaels One Week Shred - Thoughts

The One Week Shred DVD contains two 30-minute plus workouts. One workout has a strength focus and the workout has a cardio focus.  Jillian design the workouts to do one in the morning and one in the evening. Each workout contains a beginner modifier and an advanced modifier.

As in other Jillian Michaels workouts, she might start off showing you the exercise before she breaks off to offer instruction to the other cast members and us at home. Throughout the workout she is providing the motivational tips and forms points, and yes she is loud is certain parts.

Strength - AM Workout clocks in at around 39 minutes. It does include a warm up and a cool down. There are a total of four circuits. Each of the circuits feature weighted exercises, and body weight moves for the lower and upper body. Some moves are performed from the standing position and other moves are floor based. You perform each circuit twice.

Cardio - PM Workout clocks in at around 34 minutes. There is not really a warm up, but the workout does include a cool down.  There are three circuits and you repeat each circuit twice.  Jillian uses a variety of athletic, kickboxing, sports and drill based exercises as she takes you through each circuit

It looks like the setting is a warehouse where they have set up a stage and track lightening. In parts of the workout you can see the camera men.  The music is mostly high energy background type music.

Both of the workouts are solid. You can work as hard as you want to. The cast used 3lbs weights in the weighted exercises but you could certainly increase the poundage in circuit spots.

Strength - AM Workout - 3 & 1/2 stars
Cardio - PM Workout - 3 & 1/2 stars