YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 8 and Day 9

Yesterday was Day 8! I made it more than a week, which is a great triumph if you know anything about trying to get back on the workout train after falling off for far too long.

For day 8 I did: Pop Pilates for Beginners: Total Body Workout

Verdict: I didn’t love this video. I’m not new to Pilates, so this workout really goes against what I know and love about Pilates, and that is few, targeted reps. In this video, during the leg workout, you do so many reps your muscles completely fatigue. I found myself with bad form on simple moves, which was a red flag for me. I won’t be doing this video again.

For day 9, I went to spinning at the gym

Verdict: So glad to get back to class after a 2 month hiatus. I’ve been going to this spinning class with friends for years and I really love it. It’s on Saturday mornings, so I can get it out of the way and start my weekend off right. Love it!

YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 7

I used to go to Zumba regularly, but haven’t been to a class in a while. I missed the dancing and the music, so I decided to do a Zumba workout on YouTube for today’s challenge.

I did: Latin Dance Fitness, Beginners 1

Verdict: Loved it! It was 4 songs, 16 minutes, lots of energy. The Instructor didn’t give any verbal cues, which was fine because i knew the moves, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner. I will definitely come back to this one.

YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 6

I did yoga, which felt great. When I discovered Pilates about 5 years ago I took a long break from my yoga practice. Getting on the mat for yoga again has been a challenge, but this wonderful yoga video was well worth the struggle.

I did: Morning Yoga – Yoga with Adriene. I was gentle and fun and I would highly recommend it. I did it after a long work day. After sitting for a long time I wanted to go something gentle. This video was perfect.

Verdict: I’ll come back to this again. In fact, Adriene is local, so I might go to a class in person!

YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 4

I did 2 cardio videos from Blogilates. I told you there’d be a lot of her stuff on this challenge. I like the workout formats– short and engaging.

First I did Pop Cardio: Heart Throbber. I’ll be honest, I did this one 4 days ago and I don’t remember many of the moves. It was just okay.

Then I did Quiet Cardio Shhhhhh! With Coach Nicole and Cassidy Ho. This video I liked. Each of the trainers did a low-ish impact move that can be done if you have downstairs neighbors. I don’t have to worry about being quiet, but I liked this format. Have each trainer teach one move and then switch to the other trainer made the workout fast and fun.

Verdict: I’d do both again, though I’d probably enjoy repeating the second one a few times more than doing both.

YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 3

My calves are a little sore today from the Day 1 workout, so I decided to stick with arms and back. I took my dogs for a midday walk and followed it with this Pilates video.

I’ve done this video before and really enjoy it. It works the arms, shoulders, back and chest. It’s a great workout after a long day of writing at the computer. It helps my posture and my arms burn. What’s great about using the Pilates reformer is you can tailor the resistance by adding or taking away bands. So in getting back into shape, I can use few bands, but later this month I could do this workout with more bands.

Verdict: This video will stay in the rotation. It makes me feel great and it’s a very writer-friendly!

YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 2

Yesterday I did two Blogilates videos:

Hips, Butt’ ‘n Thighs Super Shaper Workout


Want U Back Arms Challenge

The legs workout was tough. I had to stop and start a few of the exercises because she works one leg at a time, all the way through a series of a few exercise with no rest. My hips were burning.

The arms workout was a triceps push-up sort of move done for 4 minutes while a song played in the background. The variety of pacing kept this exercise doable. Otherwise I wouldn’t want to do the same exercise for 4 minutes, I don’t have the  attention space for that.

Verdict: I’d do legs again but pair it with a different arms or abs workout.

YouTube Workout Challenge- Day 1

Today I started my newest 30 Day Challenge. As a writer, I find myself sitting a lot more than I used to. I’ve tried to workout most days, but I usually stick with the same strength routing. I’ve always disliked cardio and avoid it when possible. However, even though I know there are muscles in this body, it’s hard to see them through the layers of, uhm, well, fat. We all know the best way to burn fat that’s already in the body is to do high intensity interval cardio, so that’s what I started off with.

I went to one of my favorite YouTube stations- Blogilates TV and did her Pop Cardio: Fat Melting Routine.

This routine is about 7 minutes long. You’re supposed to complete 4 sets of it. I made it through 2. As I said, cardio is not my favorite, so I know I have a long way to go. I don’t think I’ll do cardio everyday out of the next 30, but I do plan on adding it in more than I had planned, because clearly I need it. To be fair to myself, though, there were burpees involved.

Verdict: I’d do this routine again, especially as a challenge to see if I can make it through 4 rounds. Maybe Day 30?

30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 30

The end!

Your goals for the next 30 days.

First I’m going to reflect in these last 30 days. I was not happy with the topics in this particular blog challenge, but I think I have a few ideas about how to turn the posts around into actual, interesting, readable material. I’ll let you know more as I hash it out.

But my next thirty day challenge is going to be a fun one. The purpose of this first thirty day challenge was to make blogging more of a habit. The purpose of the next 30 days will be to make exercise more of a habit. I exercise fairly often, but it’s usually one of three go to workouts. As I’m getting older they’re just not cutting it anymore. So to mix things up, I’m going to do 30 different YouTube workouts in 30 days. By the end of the month, I’ll come away with at least a few news routines or ideas on how to get some variety in my exercise plan!

I’ll post the links here and a quick review of each video.

30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 29

List 10 people, dead or alive you would invite to dinner. Include the menu.

1. My husband
2. My mom
3. My dad
4. My sister
5. My brother-in-law
6. My nephew
7. Candace
8. Maggie
9. Simone
10. Lizzie

Dinner would be:
A big salad- arugula, kale, romaine, peaches, herbed goat cheese, candied pecans and vinaigrette
Proscuitto wrapped chicken stuffed with goat cheese for the meat eaters, and grilled, stuffed mushrooms for all
Asparagus with shaved Parmesan and cauliflower rice on the side
Flourless chocolate cake for dessert!