“Shake your arm then use your form. Stay on the scene like a Sex Machine. You gotta have the feeling sure as you’re born. Get it together. Get up! Get on up!”~James Brown (Sex Machine)
Week 6 already?!
Ok yeah, Week 6 it is then. As of last week, I am 300g away from my half way goal so I guess I’m on track!
When I first decided to do this body transformation, all those weeks ago, I sent out a message on Facebook (of course) requesting people’s favourite exercise DVDs. I knew that weather, children and no funding for gym membership might potentially conspire against my daily exercise plans so I needed a back up!
In the past, I had been soooo booooooooored by exercise DVDs. I did the same one for 9 months through both my pregnancies and it was so dorky and uninspiring. The trick really is to mix it up and then it can be fun!
Here are some of the DVDs I have been doing and what I think about them!
The Hotpants Workout by Dan Karaty: I was fearful of this DVD at first. In fact, I didn’t really do it until about 10 days ago. I found the actual cover of the DVD off-putting. I was imaging a gruelling workout with raging techno music in the background. Not quite. It is a dancing based workout. It is set in what looks like a nightclub and Karaty himself is your dance instructor with a team of what I can only describe as go-go girls backing him up. Their outfits are outrageous. Their running shoes look like they have been attacked by a Bedazzler. He has been involved with people like Madonna & Britney, so he certainly knows how to dance. I do not. I think after a few run-through’s I could do all the dance moves, but so I didn’t get frustrated with my own uncoordinated arms and legs I instead held 1kg weights and just jumped around a lot when a dance move was beyond my skill set. Fun stuff. More fun for people watching you.
Tracey Anderson Method Mat Workout: 5 thumbs up. I have spoken about Anderson before here. Her ballet based workout is a WIN-NER!! And hard. It is not a cardio workout at all, it is very quiet and strangely calming. But hard. Only last week did I make it all the way through without stopping. I highly, highly recommend this DVD for toning and strength!
Tracey Anderson Method Dance Cardio: I can’t get into this one. The ballet based dance moves are too hard for my child-rearing-adled brain to remember!! But it is a really good workout. This again falls into the category of Do Your Thing when you can’t quite follow them. I think my problem with this DVD is that I really want to be able to dance like that but I just can’t get it happening and that gets me frustrated. Just looking on her website, now, I saw there is a beginner dance cardio DVD, perhaps I need to get that!! Tracey Anderson would be an awesome personal trainer. I wonder if there are some of those Method studios in Australia…….
10 Minute Solution: This is a large series of DVDs with all different instructors. The one I have is just called “10 Minute Solution” and the instructor has a blonde bob. She has some SERIOUS muscle definition and wears high waisted pants that I found really distracting. She reminded me of Amanda Tapping when she was in Stargate-SG1 for some reason. This DVD, as the title suggests, has 10 minute workouts. There is kick boxing, Pilates, ballet, boot camp and yoga all on the one DVD. At the menu you can select to play just one, or make a playlist of the ones you would like to do back-to-back. This is a great feature! I often use the kickboxing one as a warm-up before a toning session.
The Dance Around The House Like A Crazy Person Workout: This is by far my favourite. Ok, so this isn’t an actual DVD, just a really fun way of doing cardio! I make a 45 minute playlist of fun, high energy music (like, Do Your Thing by Basement Jax), turn it up as loud as physically safe for my children’s ears, grab my 1 kg weight and then jump around the house dancing & singing like a mad woman. It is a great stress reliever and it makes the kids laugh (and tired). Give it a go, you might like it.
As you can see, the key to my success with the 12WBT is to keep it interesting and try not to do the same stuff every week. Would it be easier if I had a gym membership and had specific classes to go to? Maybe……but then when something came up I wouldn’t be as well equipped to improvise and reschedule!! I used to be a gym member, and I remember the Easter long weekend was a real pain for me. The gym was closed the whole time! Totally messed up my going to the gym momentum!
I say go it at home and save yourself the $$$!!