Slim in 6 Ramp It Up!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Did this workout for the first time today.
I've only done Start It Up! once, and that was a few weeks ago, but it was pretty easy so I decided to not repeat it and go directly to Ramp It Up! Good decision, because this was a good workout that more accurately reflects my current level of Beachbody-scale fitness.
I was able to keep up just fine. Got through all the lunges, squats, and upper body/resistance band stuff with no trouble. It was challenging and I was sweating/breathing hard, but I didn't have to stop and rest or anything, and completed all the reps.
Got through most of the butt exercises without having to stop also - missed a few reps on each side of the very last exercise...but did fine for a first go at this workout. Got about a 90% completion rate on this section.
Same with the bazillion crunches (this group of exercises is almost identical to Tony Horton's Ab Ripper 100, BTW) - got through most of them - maybe 85% or so. Room for improvement...but not so far out of reach that I thought to myself "I have no business attempting this workout yet!" Especially since I had a Yorkshire Terrier 'assisting' me through the entire crunch section by licking sweat off my face and trying to crawl onto my stomach. Good for added entertainment, but not the best for concentration, if you know what I mean. It is very difficult to do crunches while laughing. Have you ever noticed this?
The only part of this workout I did not really care for is the stretch section at the end....which was ALL yoga. I suck at yoga. I mean, I REALLY suck at it. I don't mind doing it as a separate workout, when I can focus on balance and not worry so much about the essential stretching one must do after cardio. But I really hate it when it is THE stretch after cardio, because I spend so much time trying to keep my balance that I don't get in a good enough stretch.
Debbie has this "Slim and Limber" segment which I bet is all yoga. I will do that bit for yoga...but I may replace her stupid yoga moves during this Ramp It Up! ending stretch with the sort of stretching I do after running. It may not look all "Ewww! Kewl! Eastern Mystical!" or anything....but running stretches are good solid stretches that get the job done...without landing me on my head on the floor while attempting 'downward dog' or whatever the heck they call these poses.
I counted this workout as circuit training since it was fairly aerobic, yet included alot of resistance work and body weight strength work. It is not 'low impact aerobics' - some girls in the Si6 forum call it low impact aerobics...but I'm not buying what they are selling there. I worked out in the 1980's...and so I know low impact aerobics when it see it. And this ain't it.
Good workout though. Fairly long (50 min) so it's not really something I can do all the time when I'm trying to fit in running too....but it's definitely a good workout.