YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 26, 27, & 28

I’m losing steam as the challenge winds down. I’ve definitely gotten into good habits around working out after I’m done with my work for the day. It’s a great way to signify that I’m done with one part of the day and ready to relax into home life. I don’t know what my next 30-day challenge will be. I think it should have something to do with writing fiction. Maybe writing 500 words or so each day. I have a few more days to decide.

Friday, I did a 50-50-50 workout, which is where I do 5 sets of 10 push-ups, 10 squats, and 10 crunches. It’s not much, but it’s something other than sitting at my desk.

Saturday I went to an hour spin class. I love my spin class. I need to go more often.

Sunday- meep

Today I did two blogilates videos- both cardio-related.  I did Heart on Fire- Pop Cardio and Hiitilates- Beautiful Burn.

Verdict: Both were good. I’m sweating a lot as I type this recap. I’d do both again. Together it was about 20 minutes of cardio.

YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 24 & 25

The downward slope to the finish! Only 5 days left!

Yesterday, rather than do a YouTube workout, I tried this series of 4 moves from Prevention: The Only 4 Exercises You Really Need. Basically the moves are plank, push-ups, squats, and triceps dips. I did 3 sets of- 1 minute planks, 10 modified push-ups, 30 squats, and 20 dips.

Verdict: Fast and easy. What I like about a circuit-type workout is that you can do the sets throughout the day, which is what I did. I like a quick pick me up.

Today I did two GymRa videos: Get a Butt like Beyonce and Speed Up Your Metabolism in 8 Minutes. The butt video was pretty good. It involved a step and weights. It was a series of 6 or 7 moves completed on each side, 15 reps each. The second video was actually 2-8 minute videos, one for each side of your body. So the title is misleading.

Verdict: I’d easily do both videos again. I was sweating like crazy when I was done with both.

YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 19, 20 &21

If I’d stuck to this challenge daily, we’d be just about on Day 30, and even though  I still have 9 more workouts to go to finish what I’ve started, I can easily say that this is a habit I’m happy to have formed. I look forward to my workout every day and that’s saying something. There are some better habits I need to get into, like mixing it up more, adding more cardio, and doing longer videos, but overall I feel better than I did 30 days ago (and some of my old jeans fit again, so there’s that.)

Wednesday (day 19) I did this Full Body Activation video by Gymra. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. I loved this video. You swing your arms and your legs and work your whole body in non-aggressive ways for 30 minutes. It was a great workout.

Verdict: Will be on regular rotation!

Yesterday I started Barre Full Length Ballet Workout: Sculpt Your Hips, Thighs, and Butt, in Less than 15 Minutes by JessicaSmithTV. I made it more than halfway when I started feeling dizzy. It wasn’t the video, though, it was a bad day for allergies.

Verdict: I’ve done this video before and really liked it. It’s tough and you definitely feel your legs and butt afterwards. I’ll come back to it because I love a good barre workout.

Today I did Pop Pilates: Pick-me-up Quickie Workout by Blogilates. It was pretty quick, though I felt it while I was doing it. I followed it up with 40 crunches, 40 bridges, 40 leg crosses, and 4 triceps dips just to lengthen the workout a little.

Verdict: Short and sweet, though I wish it were longer. I don’t mind putting a few different videos together though, so this one might make a comeback.

YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 17 & 18

Well, I didn’t do any videos while I was away. I did take a few walks, but nothing too strenuous. So I’m back at it now that I’m home and in my daily routine.

Yesterday I did another Yoga with Adriene video: Travel Yoga- Morning Sequence. It felt good to stretch for about 10 minutes.

Verdict: I didn’t love this one as much as the Freedom Flow video. It was mostly sun salutations. It did feel good to get myself back to regularly scheduled work oust, though.

Today I did three videos: Pilates Beginner Reformer Workout with Kathi Ross Nash, Pilates Reformer Lower Body Workout, and Elizabeth’s Studio: Ep4: The Core Has Legs.

Verdict: I likely won’t do any of these videos again. The first one used equipment which I did not have. Also, the instructor kept saying “good girl” to the women demonstrating the workout. It was demeaning and creepy. The second video was just alright. The exercises were fine, but it was only 5 minutes. The audio in the last video was WAY too low. I couldn’t hear anything she was saying.

So the lesson I’ve learned is to stick with loud, high energy videos and I’ll be happy.

YouTube Workout Challenge, Day 10 and Day 11

Gotta be quick with these two. I’m heading on a short getaway with my sweetheart tomorrow, so there’s no rest until then!

Yesterday I did Blogilates: The Ultimate Hot Body Workout for Flat Abs, Slim Inner Thighs, Perky Butt, & Toned Arms.

Verdict: What I don’t like about this video is the multiple reputations. I always feel like I’m going to get injured, especially when my form gets bad because I’m so fatigued. So I changed this up to do the work out sequence a few times in a row with few reps of each move. I like the moves, they feel like they’re working, but I had to make it my own so that I didn’t hurt myself

Today I did Blogilates: Pop Pilates, Perfect Legs Workout

Verdict: Far from perfect for me. The first round of moves were uncomfortable and not well explained by the instructor. My hips were hurting too much from very little movement, so I knew I was doing something wrong. I won’t come back to this one.

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!