It's been nearly a month since I last updated, but I've been holding the course and seeing good gains from my 'Good Enough' approach to health and fitness. Ironically, not 'locking in' to any one way of eating or a set-in-stone fitness plan has seemed to have the opposite effect....I am eating better, exercising significantly more (and with more variety!) and generally enjoying myself.
I've seen dramatic (for more) improvements in my strength, endurance and overall energy level since getting back into the groove 3 months ago, and a HUGE improvement in my overall health following a pretty major health crisis 6 months ago. Once again, SP has been a beyond-valuable tool in getting me back on my feet...
DAILY BURN REVIEW
So, back to the subject at hand! In early April I stumbled across a review of various 'online gyms' - what a find! After browsing a few of the offerings, I decided to go with the DailyBurn. At first pass, it seemed to have what I was looking for - pre-programed workouts organized in categories designed to hit particular fitness goals. ST was the main blank I was aiming to fill, and the DB setup function decided that their 'CardioSculpt' program was the best fit.
In the first week with DB, I did 2 of the recommended workouts - one because I was too sore to do more, and two because I preferred to sub-in my own cardio for their cardio. I really liked the DB lower body workout (Butt, Hip, Thighs) and saw quick gains there....i.e. in week two, I could actually walk the day after my workout, unlike week one
BUT....I didn't like the other prescribed workouts AT ALL. The 'CardioSculpt' workout was way too much 'cardio' and nowhere near enough 'sculpt'.
Also, once you've started a workout, you're kinda stuck with it - it is tough to customize and just do - for example - arms, or upper body. There are 'core' workouts, but the one that I did was 20 minutes of 'too easy' and I'm not in super great shape at the moment...and I don't like to throw away 20 minutes on an unproductive workout.
There were some other segments that I liked and enjoyed (a couple of good yoga/meditation episodes, for example). But it seemed like I would be paying for a subscription and only liking a few of the offerings....and by the end of April, the one lower body vid that I liked was starting to become too easy....and I could find nothing suitable to easily scale up to...
So, I cancelled my subscription a few days before my 30 day trial expired....
This site www.fitnessglo.com
is related to the streaming subscription yoga site www.yogaglo.com
. It was one of the sites I considered originally as I was already familiar with and have used YogaGlo. I shied away from it at first because, at the time, I was looking for a pre-made plan. A month in, I'm more confident and excited about doing ST (seeing and feeling the results will do that to a gal ;-) and am more comfortable setting up my own plan and building my own workouts.
FitnessGlo also has a free trial (15 days), and has a very rich offering of styles, duration, intensity etc. of fitness videos. The instruction is excellent, and the site has some cool features like allowing you to 'stack' your workouts...so today for example, I selected 3, 10-15 minute workouts to make a 'playlist', and then was able to play the vids consecutively to build my own workout. Longer, full-body workouts are also available ("Click and Glo"), and I may give them a try as I move along.
The site also offers Barre, Pilates, HIIT, Tabata (I think), YogaFusion, Stretching etc etc etc....and includes a few 8 week, pre-set programs if that's what tickles you. I think there are something like 300+ options available. The monthly subscription price after the trial is $12.00
Having said ALL of that....I still enjoy the SP videos, and went to them a few times last week when I was falling out of love with DB and didn't know where to turn. Good, solid workouts, great pacing and instruction....and 100% free. Gotta love SP!
Will come back to post more about F-G after a few weeks...we'll see if the 'Glo' wears off or not!