I so totally agree with Archii-- the people in the videos are not overweight, nor are they out of shape. These are fit people who've spent weeks practicing, so they can do the moves correctly without looking like they're fixin' to melt into a puddle of sweat or stop breathing altogether.
Another thing I've found is, lots of videos that include strength training, will imply that you're supposed to do the video for 30 days straight, or so many weeks straight. With strength training (even if all you're using is your body weight-- like crunches, for example) you really need to take a day off in between sessions working the same body part(s), to let your muscles recuperate. Regardless of what Jillian Michaels says.
And I've found that the first time or first few times or whatever, that I do a new video-- well yes indeed it may be hard for me to keep up. Doesn't mean I'm a failure or there's something *wrong* with me. Just means it's challenging. I may press pause or I may just stand there with my mouth hanging open while I gasp for air, and just watch for a little while. Til I feel like I can rejoin them. I try to focus on my form, and even if I can only manage 2 reps while the gals on the screen are doing 8 or 10-- well I'm doing the best I can, and in time my best will get better.
For me, it's all about progress. If I can't make it through the video, the next time I'll try to make it a few minutes longer. If I can only do those 2 reps, the next time I'll try to do 3. Really, if I could make it through the video just fine on the first go-- well I really wouldn't be benefitting from it.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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