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So here it is, the taboo subject of self-respecting exercisers and gym goers, runners and cyclists (wanting more than toned legs), or simply those wanting to lose some weight. At least in my case, I hope no one ever sees me breaking a sweat in my living room, doing lunges, hops and squats to the rhythms of cheap techno beats. Oh I’m not talking about the wiiiiii and all those new high-tech things, just the old DVD! I mean seriously: the roads, hills, mountains, 100miles bike ride, marathon, ultra, triathlon, you name it, will give you a deserved sweat and amazing feeling of accomplishment (and it’s just so Bad Ass), but a DVD? The truth is that yes, it can give you quite a good deal for your time. Oh, and remember that article On Running and Injuries? Well THIS is the perfect prevention/healing plan!

I like to think that I’m in pretty good cardiovascular shape and quite strong.. but these always challenge me:

  1. Rock Hard Total Body by Marco Reed (ExerciseTv)
    It’s a 40 min (no stretching included) of full body and cardio blast. And I mean the Cardio blast! The design is 45sec. intense all-out on one move, then 15sec. rest, then onto the next move, etc. So it’s always alternating 45 work 15 rest.
    My Favorite move:
    (as fast as you can with most power in the jump while keeping a good form)

    ***the stick figures are an original idea of Marie (told you I liked it!)

    For this workout all you’ll need is a set of dumbbells. I use the 5lbs and my boyfriend uses the 10lbs, and it kills both of us!
    Pro: great cardio, and weight workout
    Con: could use a bit more abs

  2. No More Trouble Zones by Jillian Michaels
    It’s a 40 min. circuit training targeting arms, but, hips, tummy, and all those little imperfections. I don’t get much of a cardio workout, but my muscles are certainly working. It’s HARD! Use 3lbs-8 lbs (I use 3lbs and 5lbs depending on the move). Overall, that’s one of my favorite full-body sculpting DVD.
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  3. Perfect Abs by  Bodywisdom Media
    It’s divided in two categories: Beginner and Advanced. Each have three sections and they are all are very challenging. What I like about it, is that it’s STRAIGHT TO THE POINT and it really works you out (the burning feeling in your abs!). The one thing I don’t like is her voice, but that’s why Mute exists 🙂 (Ok, that wasn’t very nice)!

So what’s your (honest) opinion on workout DVDs, and which ones are your favorites?

– Kloé

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Ouch, so this past week was a definite flop when it comes to working out. I got sick with a pretty bad cold which stuck to me like bad weather sticks to Cleveland… Hahaha, I couldn’t help it 🙂 On Saturday, I went for a short run (3,7 miles), and I was so sore afterward… which is NOT normal, so I’m easing back into it this week. Here’s a 34 day workout plan that I shall follow religiously:

34: 45 Cycle (noon) & LB+Abs (no cycling but 50min DVD UB+LB+Abs.)
33: SR 3,7 miles + Abs (and it’s done! rough run though, since I was VERY sore from yesterday’s DVD)
32: TM Sprints & Abs+UB (I have to explain: recovering from that cold seems to be harder for my body than I thought. I am more sore than ever even after what I’d consider light exercise… so I had to give my body a rest today! Still did a 45min walk and abs)
31: PR 5 miles + Abs (Still recovering !?!?!? but I did do Abs!)
30: Off! (sat) (Short 3 miles run and Abs)

—- This week is off… but the next will be back on track 🙂
29: EP 30 & Abs+UB —– 01/24/10 (Exercise TV 40 min. “Rock Hard Total Body” w/ Marco Reed  + Abs)
28: LR 7 miles + Abs (2 miles + Abs.. Busy, sore, and getting back into it)
27: SM or TM 30 & LB+Abs (6 miles)
26: SR 4 miles + Abs (No More Trouble Zone DVD + Abs and 5 min. TM cool down)
25: TM Tempo (45 min) & Abs+UB (TM Tempo 45 [15-20-10 ] 5.2miles + Abs + 30 push-ups)
24: PR 4 miles (TM 4 miles + 30 plyo)
23: Off! (Mall walking… no really just shopping! ;-))

22: EP 30 & Abs+UB —— 01/31/10 (No More Trouble Zones DVD + Abs + 35 Plyo)
21: LR 6.5 miles + Abs (Blah!)
20: Cycle45 (noon) & Abs+LB (6.5 miles + Abs + Plyo)
19: SR 3,7 miles + Abs (EP20 + No More Trouble Zones DVD)
18: TM Sprints & Abs + Plyos (TM 30 sprints & Abs + Plyos)
17: 4.5miles + Abs (4.5 miles, legs are stiff)
16: BK 30 (easy)

15: Superbowl!! DVD —— 02/07/10
14: LR 7 miles & Abs+UB
13: EP30 &  DVD
12: SR 4.5 miles + Abs
11: TM Sprints & Abs+UB
10: PR 3,7 miles + Abs
09: Off!

08: EP30 & Abs+UB —— 02/14/10
07: LR8 miles + Abs
06: SM 30 & Abs+LB
05: SR 4 miles
04: TM Tempo 45 & Abs+UB
03: PR 5 miles + Abs
02: Off!

01: LR 9 miles + Abs
00: Off to Puerto Rico!!!!

Yes, you read that right, I’m going to Puerto Rico!!! I am so excited, since it will be my first tropical vacation EVER! I’ll make sure to post some pictures when the time comes 🙂

– Kloé

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