Monday, March 2, 2015
Jackie's new Workout
Ok, Lady M - Here's a review of my new workout. A little history - about a year ago, I stumbled onto Amy Dixon and her Breathless Body workouts. I really enjoyed #1 but #2 left me cold so I never ordered 3. Anyway, I was a bit hesitant to order this, although it got some great reviews. I’ve done it several times now and here’s my assessment.
Instructors – I like Amy Dixon from her BB #1 and she is the same here. Motivational without being cheesy, easy to listen to, easy to look at. Paul Katami is the same, if anything he is more comfortable than Amy in this one. So that’s a huge plus for me – instructors I can deal with over and over and over again. And there are no annoying, distracting extras in the background.
Routine – This is an interesting routine and it goes fast – one strength for 2 minutes and one cardio for two minutes with small breaks in between, repeated 8 times. During each strength and cardio set, the exercise gets progressively harder (that's where the double down comes in). And it does get pretty hard, but not impossible. The key is that you are going by the clock, not the number of reps. If the exercise is challenging for you, modify it, slow it way down or go back to the previous exercise. If you can only do a few reps, that’s ok – just do your best. I like that.
Movements – These are designed to get you moving again, very important for us over 50’s, returning mobility to the body. You just don’t realize how stiff you are getting until you try to do a Burpie – go on, Lady M, try it right now. But unlike other workouts designed by youngsters for youngsters, I can get through this one without hurting myself. The combo of strength moves and cardio is just right for me. I finished this one exhausted but exhilarated, always a good thing.
I've been doing this workout and BB#1 3-4 times a week plus the exercise bike to get myself ready to run as soon as it warms up a bit. The goal is to run a 5k at the end of April (wow, that's coming up fast ). I’ve walked 5ks and half run a few but I’ve always wanted to make it through running strong the whole way. I figure if I can make it through this workout, I can run 3 miles. We shall see....