All during 2011 I did Strength Training by myself, at home, using either the SparkPeople videos or SparkPeople exercises using hand weights, the resistance band or the exercise ball. Or I found some videos on YouTube or I tore routines out of one of my fitness magazines. I made sure I worked out at least twice a week, did each set to muscle fatigue, and rested at least a day between these ST workouts. I also changed my routine about every six weeks, going from weights to ball to band, etc. Sounds good, right?
Well, let me tell you that after having done Jillian's No More Trouble Zones just once, I realize I have been a total slacker in the ST department. That workout is hard! You'd have thought that doing ST like I have for over a year, I'd find it challenging but doable. Nope. I seriously struggled with this video! I was huffing and puffing and drenched in sweat and wondering if I was going to survive and this was during her first "circuit". But, I stuck with her and did what I could. Which was somewhat less than her "beginners" moves. Parts of it I could do and keep up with and yeah, I understand it's supposed to burn but there were spots (lots of them!) in this video where I just could NOT DO IT.
And....I LOVED IT! I felt powerful and klutzy and strong and dumb all at once. Think of the room for improvement I am going to be able to see! I am going to let that woman kick my butt weekly. (I still plan to switch back and forth between this DVD and my new Coach Nicole one.)
And I love how at the end, when we're all cooled down and stretched out and sitting on the floor she looks me in the eye and tells me not to undo all that hard work I just did by going off and eating crap. Love her! Because THAT RIGHT THERE, the eating part and not undoing your workout IS THE MOST IMPORTANT thing I've learned. Who hasn't rewarded their hikes with a pitcher of margaritas? Who hasn't stopped and bought M&Ms as a reward for a good gym workout? It was only once I got my eating to match my working out that I started to succeed. But, I am getting off topic! The video rocks. (Why do people not like her?) And so does the Coach Nicole 28 Day Boot Camp one. So now, I've got two great DVDs to rock this body into supreme shape. Ha ha, supreme shape. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to stop me.
I always loved their dresses!
We all know Jillian used to be chunky but did you ever see a pic?
This is the video. See the little yellow oval? Great marketing!
And here's an example of the moves! Upper and lower, all at once, no stopping, come on!