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.
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!
- Short and to the point
- Not a 10 minute lets meditate warm up. Seriously, I’d fall asleep.
- Good combination of cardio and yoga
- Even if you are new to yoga, there are plenty of modifications
- You need strong wrists. Really.
- More toning rather than stretching
- 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….