Category Archives: Workout Blogs

Let’s Do This!

2017 is here and I’m excited to start my new Paleo Vegan plan courtesy of Buti Yoga. I have a Tone subscription for a month so I have access to about 100 Buti workouts. I did my first workout Friday night, Tone 145 and I did Tone 156 tonight. My Golden Ratio protein won’t get here til Wednesday but so I’ll be using Bone broth protein powder to “wake and shake” until Thursday. 

The Paleo Vegan slim down is 40% fat, 30% protein, and 30% carbs. This is a great ratio for me, I’ve tried a vegan diet so many times unsuccessfully because I eat too many carbs, but since the plan is Paleo, I won’t be eating grains. I usually do my own thing when it comes to diet and that hasn’t worked so I’m going to follow this plan to the T. This package (Buti Yoga’s silver bundle -included the diet and the DVD, mala was separate) cost me $60. It may sound like a lot but it’s much less than a Beachbody workout. I plan to do Buti workouts five days a week, it’s just not realistic for me to do one on Wednesdays or Saturdays. And let’s be real, five days a week is a HUGE improvement over zero 🙃👍🏾 And I need to do the workouts to get myself ready for Buti certification…only 27 days away!!

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Trying to Get Into a Routine

Before I was teaching as many classes a week as I am now, I would work out at night when I got home. These days, all I want to do when I finish teaching is go home and get ready for bed. I stuck with my kettle bell training plan for about a week and half and then I decided $1200 was too much for a certification I have no intention of using anytime soon so I stopped training. Now I am back to doing nothing. Sigh. I had been going to Body Pump class a couple of times a week but after a while I missed yoga. So I went to yoga class instead, then hubby was on vacation, and now I am back to teaching on Thursday nights again. And I can’t get up to work out in the mornings to save my life, unless I am teaching the class myself. This is what a rut looks like. I have no plans to go any difficult training, just walking on an incline on the treadmill or thirty minutes on the elliptical trainer. At this point, I am putting strength training on the back burner. I just need to burn some calories. I  am always a huge advocate of lifting weights but I really do not believe I need weights right now. I can tone later, I need to shrink. I am really disappointed in myself that I have let myself get this bad. Granted, exercise is not a panacea, my weight problem is 100% food, so the solution is diet, too. But I know some good cardio would help speed up the process. The key to a good routine is doing something that you enjoy, I enjoyed kettlebell class but I couldn’t justify the cost. I enjoy hot yoga but it’s so hard on my hair (okay as I type that, I see how vain that is). What do I enjoy these days? I love yoga but I have never been one to do it at home (hmm…as I type this I am seeing a plan form). I do have Travis Elliot’s Ultimate Yogi DVD. It is actually a 108-day program. I also have a 21-day yoga shred from Sadie Nardini and some buti yoga workouts (which I am seriously considering getting buti yoga certification). Yep, that is what I am going to do. After all, at some point, that home practice has to actually become a practice. I logged on to blog about my lack of a plan and I leave with just that…a plan 🙂

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The Bells are Calling…

I miss Kettlebell class. I gave them up when my husband and I combined our budget to pay off his debt, I couldn’t justify $135/month. I went to the gym instead, Body Pump, Body Attack, GRIT Cardio, Zumba, weight machines, elliptical, stair master, occasionally kettlebells at the gym on my own. But I miss my kettlebell workouts. And I’ve started to get the certification itch…Strongfirst has a certification in Atlanta the end of January, that’s five months for me to prepare. I got the itch so much I drove 65 miles last week to buy two kettlebells from a closing Crossfit gym. I bought another one online tonight, this will bring my collection to 20lb, 25lb, 30lb, 35lb, 40lb, 16kg, and 24kg. I don’t want to make a rash decision so I’m waiting to see if I’ll put in the practice time before I commit $1200 for training. I’m selling stuff like crazy to avoid using too much of my car fund savings to pay for it. I really think this could be my path though, I’m a personal trainer but I’m not a lover of weight machines, I don’t even know how to use a lot of them. But kettlebells, now that something I could use to train clients. There are so few kettlebell instructors in my area, in fact, only one Strongfirst certified in my city. I was introduced to kettlebells by Brooke Benton, SFGII, at SCW Atlanta Mania two years ago. My main instructor has been an RKC instructor. I’ve always been drawn to Strongfirst more and that’s where Pavel is and he’s the godfather of kettlebells in America. I’m now a huge fan of SFG master instructor Karen Smith. I subscribe to her website coachkarensmith

I have a whole training plan for the certification, there’s about a thirty percent failure rate at certification, which is three days. The training program is five days a week, which is a challenge but it would be no different than doing a Beachbody program. Speaking of Beachbody, I bought Cize last month. I returned Cize last month. I got no time to dance, I’m gotta swing some bells!

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Maybe it’s time to go back to Zumba

How important is exercise in a weight loss program? I know for me, food has always been the most important piece of the puzzle but of course, exercise helps. From June 2011 to February 2015, I was teaching at least two Zumba classes a week, often more. For the majority of the four years, I taught 3 or 4 Zumba classes, 2 Aqua Zumba classes, and did a beachbody program at home. Other than ChaLEAN Extreme, they were all cardio-based, Insanity, Les Mills PUMP (kind of both strength & cardio), T25, Insanity Max 30, Turbo Fire HIIT workouts. Since, I don’t teach anymore, my cardio has slacked. I have focused more on weights and while I get to the gym sometimes and get on the elliptical or stairmaster, I definitely do not get in three or four sessions a week. A couple of weeks ago I spent an hour on the stairmaster and some ski machine in the cardio cinema and I only burned 640 calories. I could have gone to Zumba class earlier that evening and probably burned the same amount and had a lot more fun (I use to burn between 500-600 calories a class). So that got me thinking. maybe it’s time to go back to Zumba. I was certainly slimmer and Zumba was great cardio because that’s all I did before starting Insanity and I was in was good shape. I got so burned out from Zumba and I felt like my body was used to it (which it probably was) so I haven’t even done Zumba at home. And I kind of figured I was too “advanced” for Zumba. But seriously, I’ve had a hard time finding cardio activities where I burn more than I did in Zumba. I hate the Stairmaster, and the elliptical, and the stationary bicycle. After six months of taking kettlebell classes two times a week, I am no longer doing that anymore either. I couldn’t justify the expense ($135/month) once I got married. I thought I would get up and go to Body Pump and Les Mills Grit classes instead. Negative. I went to one Body Pump class and one Grit class. So for August, I am focusing on cardio. We are doing a 30 day plank challenge at my hot yoga studio, working up to a four minute plank! I decided to also incorporate a pushup challenge. Starting at 40 pushups a day and working up to 100 by August 31. And I’m doing a yoga challenge, yoga everyday. That WILL be a challenge, but I am coming up on two years since my yoga teacher training and it is absurd that I do not have a home practice. So how am I going to get cardio in, too? Well, I have about 30 ZIN (Zumba Instructor) DVDs that have not even opened. So there is no time like NOW. I might be able to get to a class on Sunday afternoons or Thursday evenings, depends on hubby’s sleep schedule, but three or four cardio sessions a week is the goal. Here is to a very active August.

 

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My new workout Fè Fit & Spike TV’s Sweat Inc

 Fé Fit (pronounced Fay) is not my new dog but my latest workout program. It is a 90 day workout program made for mommies (which I am not). It’s three different workouts per week with one day of cardio of your choice. The workouts are 30 minutes or less and that includes warm up and cooldown. They are pretty tough. It incorporates a lot of toning movements which is different from the programs I have been doing in the past with Beachbody. There is a lot of core work and endurance work, which I think is good for me. I like the change of pace and despite no heavy lifting or plyometrics, the workouts are pretty tough. The lead trainer is likeable and I like that none of the participants are exercising in sports bras with their six pack abs on display, they are clearly in good shape but they aren’t fitness models or part of a “test group”. 

I had never heard of Fé Fit before, I found the program on Amazon while searching through their highest rated exercise DVDs. I bought the program off their website for $74 during a Black Friday sale. I considered Rushfit, which is a program I’ve thought about before and Beachbody has a new workout, Hammer & Chisel, but I’m happy with my choice. I’ve just completed week 1, Total Body Toning 1, Core 1, and Lower Body 1. 

Sweat Inc.

I came across Sweat Inc on Hulu three weeks ago. I had no idea Jillian Michaels had a new show. I do not subscribe to her podcasts anymore and I don’t think it’s been promoted very well, if at all. I checked my local listings and it comes on at 3am! Too bad because I think the show is pretty good. 

The premise of the show is each episode they bring in three entrepreneurs to present their fitness programs. Each episode has a theme such as circuit training, fight based workouts, interval training, etc., and the judges are looking for “the next fitness phenomenon”. I can’t say I have seen anything revolutionary by the entrepreneurs in the six episodes I have seen but I have been entertained. Jillian is a judge along with the creator of TRX and Obi, some fitness writer. In some episodes, they bring in a celebrity to try out the workouts and they add their perspective. The celebrities have included Terrell Owens, Lolo Jones, Tito Ortiz, and Kit Hoover. My favorite episode so far has been the fan based workouts. That episode included the cowboy guy from Shark Tank. I seem to remember Daymon John admitting that was not a good investment…

I don’t expect this series will have a second season, which is too bad because I think they could make some improvements and a second season could be really good. Jillian is apparently a pretty savvy businesswoman, she was one of the investors of Flywheel and show opening says Jillian’s empire is worth $100 million…dayum girl!

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Back from the Dead

It’s been awhile…

Actually it’s been forever. I was pretty non-existent in 2014. I can complain about being too busy but in reality I was too embarassed to post. After reaching my goal weight of 145 lbs in 2013, the pounds found their way back in 2014. I’m not exactly sure what the damage is, I haven’t been on a scale since I came back from SCW Atlanta Mania in July. I have a general idea of being somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 lbs seeing as I am back in all of my size 10 pants. It’s quite frustrating and devastating if I really allow myself to have a pity party. But I do not whine and cry about it constantly but other than my weight, life is pretty good. I completed my 200-hr yoga training this month and I am now an official yoga teacher…I am a stable relationship with a great guy..-I’ve paid off most of my student debt from my Nutrition Degree…I finally got my own Body Pump class…things are well, just not the damn waistline.

But those that live in the past are destined to stay there. I cannot do anything about the 20 lbs or so I have gained but it’s so hard to try and get them off. I’m on week 4 of Insanity Max 30. These workouts are CRAZY but I need to get my butt kicked. I’m still in great shape because I still teach a million classes and I’ve been into kettlebells for about 6 months. I did Sarah Lurie’s DVDs for awhile and I’ve taken live kettlebell classes at a local kettlebell gym, too. I still take hot yoga classes occasional but not as much as I used to, it’s hard getting up at 4:45 am.

My diet is, as always, my biggest enemy. I got an Ayurvedic consult in October (I was typed as a Vata-Pitta, always thought I was Kapha) and I’ve considered following the plan given to me but I just haven’t been convinced that a Vata diet is the right plan. So I continue to spin wheels. I paid $130 for the consult, I really should just follow the plan, huh? Hmmm….maybe so.

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T25 vs. P90X3

I finished T25 last week by subbing gamma workouts for the beta workouts. I liked the gamma workout a lot better but I am still not impressed with the program. After 10 weeks of T25, I actually gained 4 lbs! Horrific. After starting P90X3 this week, I can already tell this is a much better program.

With X3, there is a lot of functional training. There are alternating levels of intensity. With T25, it’s mostly mindless (and fairly unchallenging) cardio with some core work and a little bit of weights. Now mind you, a beginner exerciser is going to think the workouts kick their butt, but if you are in good shape already and are looking for a way to maximize workouts in a minimum amount of time, this is not the answer. Do some tabata workouts or other HIIT style workouts for 25 minutes.

With X3, I feel like I will be stronger and in better shape in 90 days. With X2, the workouts were too long and while challenging, they were dull. The 30 minutes workouts are a perfect length. Tony is quirky but his personality does not get on my nerves like it did in X2. I actually find him like able this time.

I’ll be reporting on my results as I progress through the program.

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Focus T25 Review

I have completed 8 weeks of Focus T25, I have gotten in all my workouts although I have had to double up workouts a few times. The standard T25 program is ten weeks long, five weeks each of Alpha cycle and Beta cycle. There is an optional Gamma cycle which I also purchased when I bought the program. Alpha focuses on cardio, Beta focuses on the core, and Gamma focuses on strength. Due to a hip and knee injury, I have being doing the modified workouts.

The Good
Only 25 minutes a day. The workouts are easy to fit into a busy schedule and most of the workouts are pretty enjoyable.
Almost anyone can do T25. The workouts are not catered for those in shape already and there is not insane plyometrics and crazy moves you will see in Insanity. The modified option makes it possible for those with injuries, deconditioned, or out of shape to to the workouts.  Even those in good shape will get a good workout although it is not incredibly challenging.

Cons
Those who want decent resistant training will not find it here. I actually wish I would have skipped Alpha cycle and started with Beta because I did not need six extra cardio workouts/week. I would recommend that to others who are in good shape and need a more well rounded program. Of course, you would be wasting half the program.

All in all, I think T25 is a good program. I would recommend it for intermediate level exercisers or those who just do not have time to commit to a more comprehensive program.

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You can call me Trainer, Personal Trainer that is.

I passed!!!

After 13 months of on-again-off-again studying, $522 for materials, $149 to reschedule my exam, and plenty of stressing I finally took my ACE CPT exam on Monday and was successful on my first try. Thank goodness because I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to fork over the $199 to retake it if I failed. The test was tough but not crazy hard like I was expecting. It definitely helped that I already have AFAA and AEA certifications and a nutrition degree. The process has definitely made me smarter but I have still a lot to learn. I’m looking for a good book or two to expand my new knowledge. I’ve already inspired a fellow fitness instructor and loaned her my materials. But I will probably have to purchase another ACE manual because now I don’t have a reference book.

What’s next? Not sure yet. There are definitely opportunities with the city where I currently teach classes but I am not going to do anything that takes any more time away from work so for now I plan on enlisting Bro and Sis as guinea pigs 🙂 One of the reasons I pursued certification with ACE was so I could apply for a ZES position with Zumba but now that I have it I am definitely chickening out.

In other news…

My weight continues to fluctuate and has not stabilized yet. My diet has been crazy; I have been eating 2500-3500 calories a day, YIKES! I am improving emotionally (baby steps…) and that will help but I have called in reinforcements. I ordered Shaun T.’s new workout Focus T25 and I started taking a new weight loss supplement called XAT-7 (green coffee bean and caffeine based product). I start Focus T25 on Monday. I plan on doing the workouts in the mornings most days and since the workouts are only 25 minutes that should work just fine. The program calls for 2 workouts on Friday so I might split those up and do one in the morning and one in the evening. I ordered some new cross trainers (Asics Gel Intensity 2, the original Intensity is my all-time favorite workout shoe) and I plan on doing the low impact modifications because my right hip and right knee are giving me trouble and I have starting seeing a chiropractor. I suppose the smart thing to do would be not to start the workout right now but seeing as I spent over $200 (I went ahead and got the gamma dvds, too), I am not willing to let it sit around and collect dust.

I hope to start running 2-3 days a week. Actual running outside that is and not on my treadmill. A friend of mine is trying to get a team together for Run or Dye, a 5k race next spring. I haven’t done a 5k in years, 2001 to be exact. I’m probably not too far out of 5k shape, I know I can run two miles at a 9-10 minute/mile pace now. There is a 15k race in February in Nashville, Hot Chocolate 15k. Am I feeling that ambitious? Hmm….It will be good for me to get in some different activities. I know my body is tired of doing the same thing, which is lots of Zumba these days.

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Long and Lean

May 2nd I reached another milestone. I weighed in at 157.5 lbs. I’ve been holding strong at 158-159 lbs since. Feels great to get to the 150s, now I just have to stay focused and work towards 149.5; honestly, I think I’ll be happy there. Most of my size 8 pants fit great just one old pair of Old Navy Flare Jeans won’t quite fit yet.

Started P90X2 last week. Hate it. BORING!!! Tony Horton just isn’t my cup of tea. I’d rather do anything else in my ever expanding collection. In fact, I plan on doing Body Pump 86 tonight. Plus, the workouts are so long…and worse, they drag on forever. I paid $70 for the set on eBay so I will use it but I’m going to have to find some workouts I like first. So far Plyocide, X2, and Total Body are not it. Haven’t tried the Yoga yet. I might like it, we shall see.

Sticking with myfitnesspal but I’ve been eating WAY too much lately. Too many nuts. It’s funny because I can eat 3,000 calories of nuts and not gain an ounce but eat only 1600 calories with two pieces of bread and gain a pound. Am I a protein type or what?

I am fascinated with the 5:2 Diet, where you fast two non-consecutive days a week. I borrowed the book from Amazon (gotta love Amazon Prime) but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying my month off from school. After all the bellyaching I got 6 As and 1 B. Just one more semester….

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