After reading what a good workout Mari had with Jackie Warner last week, I decided to give the Exercise TV program a shot tonight.
I love Jackie Warner. I watched the show “Workout” when it was on a couple years back and I think she is just totally cute. But I know she is brutal too, so I knew what I was getting myself into.
The workout program is 44 minutes long, including a warm up and cool down. She isolates several different parts of the body: quads, hamstrings, glutes, chest, back, bis/tris/shoulders, upper abs, lower abs, and obliques.
Each section has three different exercises followed by a “power burn” where you repeat all three exercises quickly. They were all challenging, by I was especially pushed by the upper abs and quads exercises.
Perhaps I am just in good shape, but this workout wasn’t as scary or intense as I thought it would be. That being said, I am sitting here and my muscles are totally fatigued. Especially my legs and abs.
I do wish their had been more upper body stuff but this program gave me an opportunity to hit a lot of muscles I tend to ignore. I definitely recommend it!
Here’s what my lazy dog Suzie did while I worked out! She is so lame.
I’d like to try some of Jackie’s other workouts too. I think there are a couple more on Exercise TV that are shorter and more focused on a particular area of the body. Plus I know she has DVDs too 🙂
Hit me: what are your favorite TV or DVD workout programs?
I had another snowy run today.
Okay, so it wasn’t that bad. But it snowed here last Thursday and still has not melted yet. It’s still lurking on sidewalks, parking lots and jogging paths!
Actually, I had originally planned to run on the treadmill today since my partner and I weren’t able to meet. But one look at the cardio room (it was completely FULL) and I was out the door.
I have to say, even though it made me change my plans, it was good to see that many people in there!
I decided to run a quick mile on the jogging path outside. Even with all the freakin’ snow and trying not to fall on my face, I still finished in 9:53!
Thankfully the white stuff should really start melting tomorrow.
Then I came back in and did some strength training, using an 18 lb body bar. I did 15 reps of each exercise.
- Bicep curls
- Shoulder presses
- Tricep extensions
- Upright rows
- Dead lifts
- Calf raises
- Abs (using 4 lb medicine ball) – I did 5 different exercises, 25 reps each
Thanks to everyone who left me awesome comments on my yoga challenge post. I’m currently searching for the one I’m going to do tomorrow morning!
Good night 🙂
Friday’s breakfast was so good that I didn’t need a snack until almost 11! And thus continued the day I was a peanut butter monster 🙂
For lunch, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a side of broccoli. Not the most exciting lunch but it managed to fill me up that day even though I usually have trouble with PB&J being enough.
Just before 2, Farrah cancelled our workout so I knew I would be on my own to exercise! I decided to just push it back to the end of the day.
She also brought up an interesting point to me. She said she wanted to get back into a regular running program and do less strength training because she is feeling “puffy” and isn’t fitting into her jeans as well right now as she’d like to.
I told her I have the opposite problem! When I run more, I tend to plateau or gain weight because I eat more because my appetite is out of control. And I absolutely love strength training because it makes me feel stronger, fitter and it has done more for my body than hours upon hours of cardio ever has.
This just goes to show you: WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. Find what works for you and don’t be afraid to do it, even if it means a few less workouts with a buddy 😉
Before leaving work, I snacked on a carrot and some more PB!
Then I hit the gym! It was a nasty rainy day, so I jumped on the treadmill and did a quasi-speed work run/walk. It went something like this:
- 0:00-5:00 Walk/warm up (3.0-3.8 mph)
- 5:00-10:00 Jog at 5.0 mph
- 10:00-13:00 Run at 5.5 mph
- 13:00-14:00 Sprint at 6.0 mph
- 14:00-15:00 Recover at 5.0 mph
- 15:00-18:00 Run at 5.7 mph
- 18:00-19:00 Sprint at 6.5 mph
- 19:00-20:00 Recover at 5.0 mph
- 20:00-23:00 Run at 5.8 mph
- 23:00-24:00 Sprint at 7.0 mph
- 24:00-25:00 Recover, walking at 3.8
- 25:00-28:00 Run at 5.9 mph
- 28:00-29:00 Sprint at 7.5 mph
- 29:00-31:00 Recover walk 3.8 mph
- 31:00-35:00 Run at 6.0 mph, decreasing gradually to 5.5
- 35:00-40:00 Cool down, walk at 3.5 decreasing gradually to 2.5
Total workout: 3.25 miles in 40:00
Phew, I was a hot sweaty mess afterwards and thankfully I stretched for a long time afterwards because I feel great today, no soreness!
At the gym, I also got the chance to post my FIRST Operation Beautiful note 🙂
I had so much fun that I quickly threw another one inside of the locker I used.
I really got a kick out of doing this and I can’t wait to post another one. I have to say, it’s kind of addicting! It made my day and I hope someone else’s too 🙂
Dinner was a weird throw it together meal. I was going to make oatmeal, but Josh graciously donated his potato that he hadn’t eaten yet so I went with it.
Baked potato with S+P, hot sauce and organic ketchup with a side of mixed veggies. I know it doesn’t look like much but that potato was huge and definitely filled me up.
Afterwards, Court and I went to Barnes and Noble where I got to check out Alicia Silverstone’s new book “The Kind Diet.” I did not purchase the book (yet) but I did take some notes.
Alicia eats a vegan diet (no meat, dairy, etc.) but she’s also very aware of other things like the dangers of white sugar, HFCS, being too dependent on caffeine, etc. Her approach is neat because it basically, gradually advises you to free yourself of anything in your diet that might be harmful to your body, mind or spirit.
You also have two options with the book: You can “flirt” with the Kind Diet or you can go full blown. She also discusses all the benefits of the diet including your health, the environment, animal welfare, etc.
There are some really great recipes in there too. I’m going to put it on my “Wish List” for sure 🙂
At B&N cafe, I got to try a new tea! This one was called African Autumn and I loved it. It was a little on the fruity side but not overwhelmingly so. It is also a red tea if you couldn’t tell.
When I got home, I was hungry again, so I had something I’m apparently not tired of yet even though I thought I was 😉
I have so much more to share with you guys but I’m going to have to call it a night and catch you guys up tomorrow.
Hope you had an amazing weekend!