Okay…I’m really so over this rainy weather! It’s not even just a little bit of rain, it’s downpours. When I was driving yesterday a.m., it literally looked like this…
I obviously didn’t take this photo because I was driving and couldn’t take a pic, but this is a pretty good representaion of how it was. Ugh! When will it be like this again…!?!
Okay…I know…enough complaining, right!?!
On to today’s topic…
This past Sunday I did an at-home workout because the Zumba studio is closed . I had a lot of energy, so I wanted to do a workout that was super challenging and made me sweat. So, I went through my pile of DVDs (I have a ton!) and came upon Calorie Explosion by The Firm.
I hadn’t done this one in a while, but I remembered it to be pretty challenging. Well lets just say, I remembered correctly…it was SO hard! Jeesh! I was sweating so much, I was dripping all over the floor and could barely walk up the stairs when I was done, but at least I know I got a good workout, right!?!
So, here’s a general breakdown of the DVD (check-out a short video clip here)…it runs about an hour-long, but it’s broken down into four 12-minute segments, so you can do the entire DVD or just pick the section(s) you want to do (I like this option). It begins and ends with a short warm-up and cool down, and the four main segments are as follows:
Kick-Butt Athletic Drills
“Kick-Butt” is no lie! This is a pretty intense segment and I’m always so glad when the 12 minutes end on this one! You alternate between weight training and intense athletic drills. I hate the football shuffle…so hard!
Explosive Power Moves
This segment definitely gets your heart pumping (actually all the segments do!), but this one in particular leaves me feeling breathless for sure. It combines lower intensity sculpting moves with powerful cardio moves.
Essentially, this segment is exactly like it sounds like. No weights required! There is lots of punches, jump rope, crescent kicks, knee chambers, hitch kicks (super hard!), round house chambers, etc. I would have to say that the kickboxing is probably my favorite segment. It’s a great way to let some aggression out, especially when you’ve had a stressful day!
This is a progressive segment done in sets of three. You do short bursts of high intensity moves (with weights) with a short recovery after each set. Each move starts off slowly then progressively gets more intense. The 1st set focuses on form, the 2nd set focuses on speed and the 3rd set is the power set that should be as fast, if not faster, than the 2nd set.
Another plus…you only need a pair of dumbbells (I use between 5-8 lbs depending on the exercise), and you don’t need a lot of room. I wouldn’t characterize this DVD as a beginner workout. Despite the modifications, the workout is super challenging and some days I can’t even do the whole thing (depending on my energy level), but it’s proven to be worthwhile purchase for me.
On the days that I do finish the whole DVD, I always feel a sense of accomplishment that I DID IT! In the end, the pain and sweat are worth it!
Have you tried The Firm workout DVDs?
What at-home workout DVDs are your favs?