Good evening, all!
This was honestly a very uneventful day. I had tomato soup and yogurt for lunch. Work was smooth sailing. It’s still really, really cold. Good times!
Tim called me about 3:30 to let me know he’d be home around 6:30 tonight. This meant that I couldn’t get to the gym after work because I had to go home to take the dog out. I was a little sad because I’ve been dying for some weightlifting and a treadmill run, but, hey, no big deal, just means I have to get creative with my workout again!
Yesterday’s Wii workout wasn’t the most successful and I was honestly left feeling lazy and un-worked-out. No good. Then, of course, later that night I remembered that I do own an actual workout DVD that I used to enjoy and do all the time: Biggest Loser Cardio Max. So, I decided that would be the perfect solution for tonight, since it’s still a wee bit too cold to hit the pavement.
This DVD is divided up into three “levels.” Level one is with friendly trainer Bob. This section is about 20 minutes, and uses light weights. Again, I don’t consider this weightlifting, rather accelerated cardio. He uses simple moves like jumping jacks, combined with more advanced moves. He uses some interesting wood-chop-like moves that I really like for some reason.’
Then, it’s Jillian time! You all know I’m a big Jillian fan, and, as usual, this is the highlight of the DVD for me. It’s 10 minutes with her, but it’s an intense 10 minutes (of course). She uses a lot of her standard moves that appear in all her DVDs, but this is a fun section that flies by.
The third and final section is with former Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons. I don’t know how to put it other than bluntly–this part of the DVD sucks. It is not hard and she shrieks a lot. It’s like watching Fitness Barbie on crack. At this point, I remembered from my past experiences, it is a great idea to mute the TV, or skip back and do Jillian’s section again if you’re a glutton for punishment.
Buckley decided he wanted to participate as well:
All in all, I give this workout 4 stars out of 5. It’s good, but Kim just ruins the whole thing for me. You all know I’m in at least half decent shape–don’t let the “Biggest Loser” title fool you, this is a pretty challenging workout. There’s a lot of plyometrics (jumping) involved, which is really pretty advanced stuff. I doubt that someone very out of shape would be able to keep up without some serious modifications. It’s also nice that the background people are past contestants. I’m not a compulsive Biggest Loser watcher–I watch most of the episodes, but didn’t start until last year–but it’s good to see regular-looking people working out and not super thin dancers.
By the time I’d finished and showered, Tim was walking in the door! It’s so good to have him home again. It’s been awfully quiet around here!
Team Bob or Team Jillian?