Yay, it’s closer to the weekend! Okay, so the pain that I felt yesterday is just indescribable. I couldn’t sit properly, couldn’t stand up with ease, and couldn’t lift my arms without whimpering. Despite walking like someone who crapped their pants, on my ride home from work I put on some major jams to get myself motivated – and it worked.
The day after a killer workout your muscles are obviously sore and you feel as if your body is telling you to rest, but you need to do the exact opposite. It’s always a good idea to workout the next day to break up the lactic acid – which is what causes the soreness – and I promise you the next day you won’t feel as sore. The key is to just shut off your brain and push through the pain! (Wow, I am just full of rhymes lately aren’t I? Maybe Jay-Z will hit me up for some artistic flow.)
That’s exactly what I look like in my sports bra, too! I’ll have to show you a picture sometime…
Anyway, I completed ripped in 30 level one again last night, but this time my heart rate monitor was working properly which means I can give you a better guestimate of calories burned! The total workout with warm-up and cool-down is 34 minutes, however this time I paid attention to the ‘actual’ workout which lasted 25 minutes (I’m not quite sure how it adds up – even I know 6×3= 18.) Whatever, as long as I’m getting my ass kicked, I don’t really care! So, I looked at my watch right before we went into cool down and it read: 30 minutes, 250 calories burned!!! Pre-tty amazing! I cant say week one is that difficult for me (watch out workout warrior over here) but she shows you the ‘easy’ version and ‘hard’ version, so I’m striving to perfect the ‘hard version’ before I get to week 2.
After reading this article by my fave girls @toneitup, it motivated me to add a little extra to my workout. The article talks about doing toning exercises first and cardio last – something I have always done (not because I knew the science) because I find that cardio wears me out and then I get lazy to do strength. They go on to talk about why this format is the correct format and how it accelerates the fat burning process when incorporated with HIIT.
Here’s the article, read it:
Soooooo after completing ripped in 30, I got my ass on the shredmill and busted out a 20 minute HIIT workout which consisted of 30 second sprint @ 8.0 followed by 90 seconds walk @ 3.0 for 10 reps. That covered 1.59 miles! My total workout was +55 minutes, – 400 calories.
That was yesterday. Today, I feel so much better!!! I told you it really works! I woke up this morning and decided to try another video I bought – Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. As you can see, I really enjoy her videos because they are short and sweaty I originally tried attacking this two days ago after doing ripped in thirty, but after 5 minutes I literally collapsed. Fail!
Back to the video- it’s definitely not what you’re imagining if you’ve ever tried basic yoga. The entire 30 minute workout is done barefoot on a mat and using complete body weight. She takes regular yoga poses and adds repetitions to the movement so you’re working your muscle groups while in the poses. This method is similar to interval training as your heart rate goes up and down throughout the workout. It’s difficult enough to where you don’t feel like you wasted your time. Honestly, there were poses where my legs and arms were shaking and burning – to give you an idea. I think it’s definitely worth the 10 bucks to add some variety to your workout routine!
Jillian’s motivational words: