So I’ve been using the elliptical in the mornings for how long now? I thought for sure I could handle a 20 minute Jillian Michael’s workout video.
Her video kicked my butt!
My neighbor actually told me about it, it’s a circuit training video where you spend 3 minutes doing strength training exercises, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of ab work. You do this 3 times total, plus a short warm-up and cool-down for a total of 20 minutes. The video is called: 30 Day Shred
Don’t we all wish we could look like her?
OK, side note…when we were at Great Wolf Lodge I was expecting most of the crowd to be very pale (We’re Pacific Northwesterners, right?) and overweight (since the average woman weighs 160 pounds and wears a size 14). Yep, there were no hardbodies or overly fit people. Most moms looked like moms and I was glad! There were maybe only 2 women who were thin and fit enough that they should be in bikinis. It was really sad how many kids and teenagers are overweight already- more were than weren’t.
On the second day I finally saw a woman who I thought, “Wow, now there’s a fit woman.” I looked at her closely and realized she had 8-pack abs, not just a 6-pack. She was super fit, super toned, super muscular, zero body fat. The body of a 19-year old gymnast. Thin, muscular, defined. And get this- she had to be in her 50’s. And she had 3 little kids with her (I’m thinking maybe she’s Grandma?) I tell you what- kudos to her- you can tell she works hard. I want to look like that. It’s not an impossibility.
Anyway, my neighbor told me that this video kicked her butt, that she was so sore for about 2 days after. I googled it, found out it was available On Demand through our cable, so I decided to try it out this morning after my elliptical workout.
I could barely make it through the 2nd set. There’s 3 sets total and I didn’t have the time to finish the 3rd set, and don’t know that I could have either. I literally felt ill. I had to kneel on the floor twice because I felt so sick. And it’s not that it’s hard or anything, it’s just jumping jacks, skipping rope (without a rope), doing arm curls and shoulder presses, push-ups, lunges, squats, sit-ups. But you just go go go go the entire time and she makes you push yourself and (gak!)….ugh.
So that was last Friday.
Saturday: boy, my chest and arms were sore, along with my quads and hamstrings. Ouchie.
Sunday: they say the pain is the worst 2 days later….it was about the same. Super sore pects and shoulders and arms. Quads and hams aren’t as bad though.
Monday: I did the workout again. AFTER my elliptical workout just like I did on Friday. This time it wasn’t so hard but just like on Friday I didn’t have time to do the full 3rd circuit. I stopped at the point they were doing the cardio piece and I did stretching instead. BUT, I could feel the burn in my abs this time around. My chest/pects are still sore, which made push-ups a little difficult.
Tuesday: day of rest. My body is tired.
Wednesday: Elliptical for 30 minutes then Jillian. I still can’t get through the entire 1st or 2nd set without having to stop early or take it easy. I’m hoping it’s because I just spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, not because I’m a weenie. I still don’t have time to do the entire workout, I have to stop after the strength training segment of the 3rd circuit, then I do stretching.
Thursday: day of rest
Friday (today): I was finally able to get through the first 2 segments without having to stop to catch my breath or take a 10 second rest. Yee haw!
I’m feeling GOOD though. Yes, it hurts, but no pain no gain! Wonder when/if I’ll start seeing results?
I plan to follow this video three times a week….