Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Weider – X-Factor: ST
I am a week into doing this program, and thought that it was about time for me to post about it. I stumbled upon this program while looking for some high intensity circuit training to try out. From all the reviews I have read on it, people claimed it was easier than programs like Insanity and PX90, but still very challenging. Perfect, I thought, because it was also about a third of the price of these other programs.
My first day I was very excited about popping in the disk. The trainer, Nahesi Crawford, is adorably enthusiastic, and I sometimes I think the only reason that I finish my reps is because I fear I'd disappoint him if I did not. He is chipper, he loves working out, and he really, really wants you to love it, too. The downside to his enthusiasm is that sometimes he gets too excited and talks way to fast. This leads him to sometimes tripping over his words, and sometimes running them together. That doesn't really bother me (the adorable outweighs the annoying) but I mention it, because it might bother someone.
The way the system works is that you get 8 (30 minute-ish) disks (one for each week of the 8-week program), and a few bonus disks. Every week you do the disk every other day, and then cardio on your own the day that you aren't doing the disk. Rise and repeat until the seventh day which is a rest day; you do nothing this day. As stated above, I have only completed the first week, so I can't yet comment on the remaining disks (but, I will when I get to them). I did try a couple of the bonus disks, and so far, I liked those as well.
The first week you are taught sets of moves that you alternate for 30, 60, and 90 seconds. These repeat for a total of two circuits, the second one moving faster than the first, and there are 4 sixty second breaks for water. These moves range from planks to jumping squats. Just as a warning, the female demonstrator for disk one has really poor form, particularly during the boxing segment, and at times she just looks silly however, keeping an eye on her is good because she always does the modified version of the moves. As Nahesi says, “Whatever your fitness level, just keep on moving.” Did I mention that he is adorable?
This workout left me sore, in one of the best possible ways. Particularly my shoulders, back, and chest. My muscles are becoming more defined, I have seen a noticeable difference in my endurance since the first day, and I am wearing pants I haven't been able to get into for at least a year. I get excited for these workouts, and I look forward to them. I feel like I'm making a difference in my body, and the endorphin rush at the end? Priceless.
Will update on other disks in the following weeks.