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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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Insanity Homestretch

Week 8 of Insanity completed, only one more week to go. The scale finally moved this week. Friday, I weighed in at 166 lbs. Looks like cutting the carbs down and increasing the protein has definitely helped. Maybe, I can squeeze off one more pound before I finish. I had contemplated doing a PUMP/Insanity hybrid after this round was over, it would consist of three Insanity workouts a week instead of six. However, after spending all night reading about the drawbacks of “too much cardio”, I am thinking maybe that’s not such a good idea.

According to several sources, too much cardio raises cortidol, lowers sex hormones, and causes a loss of muscle tone while strength training does just the opposite. Also, with strength training, calories are burned after working out, not the case with cardio. But how much is too much cardio? For this there is no definitive answer.

Throughout my entire Insanity run I have taught seven Zumba classes per week. One week I taught ten and most weeks I have also taught a thirty minute Turbo Kick class. This adds up to over 12 hours of cardio/week. Basically, two-a-days six days a week. Too much? Maybe, maybe not. But definitely too much not to be getting better results, especially on 1700 calories/day. So I am thinking, why continue to kill myself doing so much cardio? After I sm done with Insanity, I will try a month of a PUMP/DDP Yoga combo and see what happens. I have decided on the Intermediate DDP Yoga plan. This means there is no reason for me to buy the cross training PUMP dvds or any other exercise dvd for that matter. I have looked at numerous ones this week; Jari Love, Cathe Frederick, Tracy Mallet, Jeanette somebody (Kelly Rowland’s trainer), and 10 minute solution workouts, to name a few. I was trying to figure out what I could trade in on Amazon in order to afford one or two. Now I can spend my mental energy doing something else. I don’t know why I find reading workout reviews so fascinating. I can do it for hours.

Back to Insanity though. I am kind of intrigued about doing Asylum at some point in the future. Maybe after PUMP? Sounds like a great program for Insanity grads. Which I will be in one week.

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