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Yoga Meltdown

Hey Hots and Fits!!

How is this week going? Things are so so in this part of the world. Weather is good then goes bad, then good again. I am still on vacay and still bored. And I am still not getting up in the AM to work out. Now that’s the biggest bummer of all. Need to do something about the 1 AM sleep time.

I wanted to let you guys know I recently received Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown.

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1 – Not too sure about the “Lose Up To 5 Pounds A Week” statement

Now, I have tried quite a lot of workout DVDs, not just by Jillian. I have a lot of Beachbody programs (Slim in 6, Insanity, P90X, ChaLEAN Extreme, Hip Hop Abs, One-on-One with Tony Horton…), some TaeBo (with Billy!), and so on and so on and so on, but I can honestly say that thus far (3 years?) Jillian is the only one who actually provides results. Oh, and running of course and a good, clean diet! Haha!

Anyhoo, I owe most of Jillian’s DVDs, including the 30 days shred (it was a huge challenge last year in the blogsphere), No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism.

So, it only made sense that I would buy this Yoga DVD too. I personally hate yoga classes that tell you to relax and stretch and connect with your breath. I want a workout, not a meditation session.

Jillian does not disappoint.

The first session, Level 1, is 35 minutes long. It includes lots of sun salutations, core work etc. A lot of the basic poses of yoga.

The second session, Level 2, is 29 minutes long. Lots of advanced core work, balance, and reps. i.e. you hold a pose and then start repping it out, something I have never done in yoga before.

 

Overall, this is an awesome workout, whether you like Jillian or not. And its not just yoga, this is actually cardio-ish. You will be sweating. Guaranteed. Also, I am a serious fan of Dawnelle and her Yoga Sculpt lesson, but Jillian had me doing some poses I would never do before. Like Bridge-Reverse-Push-Up. That one was HARD!

 

Pros:

  1. Short and to the point
  2. Not a 10 minute lets meditate warm up. Seriously, I’d fall asleep.
  3. Good combination of cardio and yoga
  4. Even if you are new to yoga, there are plenty of modifications

Cons:

  1. You need strong wrists. Really.
  2. More toning rather than stretching
  3. There is not a very good mentioning of the poses. So at first it was a bit difficult to follow, especially since I have picked up a lot of the names by now

Post Workout Thoughts – Not as sore as I thought I would be (did the first half two days ago and the second half yesterday) but I do feel some muscles in my obliques and back. I should mention that I tend to be sore often (I do some serious kick butt workouts at least twice a week and switch my workouts almost every day) so maybe i am just used to the feeling in a way….

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Yogaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Hi friends!!

How you doing? Yesterday I finally managed to drag my booty out of bed for an AM workout (note- this has not happened since I returned from Paris…4 days…A RECORD in my book!).

I should confess that I constantly hit snooze (something which I preach about never doing on normal work weeks) and delayed my outing by 90 minutes. Yes that is right. 90, not 9.

I ran 3.01 miles in just over 29 minutes at an average pace of 9:41 min/mile.

Splits
(min/mi)
1 9:47 -1
2 9:52 -1
3 9:21 -2
4 5:10 -0

This was a pretty tough run. I had a goal pace in mind so I had to keep it up and lets just say I am not in my fitness best since I ran the marathon. But I am so glad I did this workout early in the morning.

I also switched to miles for my training. I am sick of converting all the runners world training plans to km and I think RunKeeper likes me better now, too.

 

So something I am really into now is yoga and particularly yoga with weights. I have been bragging about www.yogadownloads.com forever, and their podcast with Dawnelle (Yoga sculpt/yoga with weights – I have the full 60 minute video cause I am ignorant when it comes to poses) is amazing. I feel like total jelly at the end of it. And the next day.

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Warrior two with weights. Dawnelle adds some bicep exercises which h-u-r-t

I am so not the “i need to meditate and connect with the earth to relax person“, but I can handle most of this workout because it is so intense. Is it just me or do you guys sweat a LOT when doing yoga?? I am all soaked!!


Paris, je t’aime

Bonjour, friends!

I am back from Paris after 8 AMAZING days. I want to go back. Like, right now!

I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. I can really understand what the entire population of the planet goes on and on about – there is just something about Paris!

8 days was PLENTY of time to look around:

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Spend a day at Disneyland Paris :

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And SHOP!

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Two Longchamp bags, one for me and one for the most amazing madre in the world

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Another Opium by Yves Saint Laurent (I LOVE this perfume!!)

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Two Love Moschino Bags (till I can afford a Fendi/Yves Saint Laurent)

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Nike’s Yoga mat for just 15 Euros (instead of 30!!)

And a ton more clothing items from NafNaf and Tommy Hilfiger!

 

We stayed at a fabulous hotel called Suite Novotel (highly recommended for anybody going to Paris) near an area called La Defense, which has its own Arc de Triumph!

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It is just a walking (yes, walking) distance from the original Arc de Triomphe/Place de l’Étoile and Avenue des Champs-Élysées. You can actually see the original Arc de Triomphe from La Defense!

This was also a great area for me to run on a daily basis. Paris also has SO many parks, I really got back into running!

 

By the way, I didn’t seem to get the fuss over a) Disneyland Paris and b) Avenue des Champs-Élysées. For a) it was seriously overcrowded, no fun rides, and where were all the Disney characters who are supposed to walk around and greet me??? I just saw some from far far away in the Parade (note pictures above). As for b) well, lets just say Rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré is much much more prestigious.

 

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The Good, Old, Reliable Stuff

Hi Hots and Fits!

 

I am on holiday so I should be posting more often, sleeping less, exercising more….but….as you can see…not happening !

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Seems like I am in some sort of exercise rut recently. Don’t get me wrong, I still exercise, but…

  • Not for as long as I did during the days I was working
  • I am not doing as much yoga as I want to
  • I am not longer rising up at 5:20 to work out

The latter is probably the biggest bummer of all. The only reason I am not waking up early is cause I know I am on holiday. I need a summer job. ASAP. I am one of those people who should not be on holiday!

My running is kind of slacking too, or I am just not in the mood (marathon burn out maybe?)…and ChaLEAN and the rest of beachbody and I are on a break. I therefore turned to my good old friend

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I adore Jillian. I want her to be my BFF. I want to work out with her every single day for the rest of my life.

Recently (like, 3 times maybe?) I have been doing this DVD:

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It is awesome and its Jillian and its one of those workouts I know will make a different. A little long but I am on holiday, right? Here is a summary of the routine, each circuit is always repeated twice:

 

Jillian Michaels Warm up (5 minutes) : marching in place, fake jump rope, arm circles, skaters and jumping jacks. Repeat.

Circuit #1- Shoulder & Legs
– Squat with Shoulder Press
– Backwards Lunge with Side Shoulder Raise (both legs)
– Chair Squat with Front Shoulder Raise
– Front Shoulder Press Outs

Circuit #2- Chest & Abs
– Chest Press with a Crunch
– Chest Fly with Double Leg Raise
– Bicycle Crunches
– Squirms (lying down with knees bent, flip your palms so they are facing the wall and reach to touch the ankles)
– Push Ups

Circuit #3- Biceps & Butt
– Deadlift with Hammer Curl
– Static Squat with Concentration Curl
– Front Lunge with Wide Grip Curl (both legs)
– Side Lunge with Biceps Curl

Circuit #4- Thighs & Triceps
– Chair Pose with Triceps Kickback
– Sumo Squat with Overhead Tricep Press
– Surrender (step back and down to kneeling position then stand up again)
– Forward Lunge with Triceps Pushback (both legs)

Circuit #5- Core
– Double Crunches
– Twisting Plank
– Plank with Toe Taps (both legs)
– Windshield Wipers (lying down lift both legs and move from side-to-side)

Circuit #6- Upper Body & Core
– Plank with Back Rows
– Superman
– Scissor Kicks
– Pelvic Thrusts (both legs)

Circuit #7- Lower Body & Core
– Side Plank
– Side Lying Leg Raise
– Inner Thigh Raise
– Donkey Kicks
– Fire Hydrant with Kick

Jillian Michaels Cool Down/Stretch

 

Pros:

  • Even if you are in an amazing shape, I guarantee this workout will be tough and will get you sweaty
  • Not boring – alternates often, Jillian has an awesome attitude, one that does get on your nerves (Tony Horton, anybody?)
  • Total body workouts and I LOVE these. You really feel everything working!

Cons:

  • Length – After 35 – 40 minutes, my sanity is starting to get challenge. Especially in a DVD workout
  • After doing INSANITY, this warm up was a serious joke. I kept glancing at Polar thinking maybe he is pissed today, but then I realised this is nothing compared to my Shaun.

Stats: 56 minutes, 400 calories; you’ll need a mat, towel, water and set of weights (anywhere between 1-3 kg)

Alright fellas and bellas, I am out to watch the last semi final of this LOUSY world cup. Espana is my last hope 😦