Tag Archives: cardio vs. resistance training

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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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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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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