Researching new workouts

Since I’ll be starting my new job next week, and my workout schedule will become one giant jumble from what it is now, I have been researching workout classes and DVDs that can take the place of what I already do and get me moving on into better shape.

Speaking of, yesterday I really pushed myself to the limit. I ate breakfast of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel 4:9 toast with butter and a cup of cereal, then I did a 20-minute Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 workout, followed by a 5k run. After that I had an apple and headed to Turbo Kick, my last Tuesday class 😦. After that I refueled with my new discovery: the Chunky Monkey post-workout shake. Delicious. Then after work, I had a quick Healthy Choice dinner and headed to get my butt kicked in Purple Haze soccer (summer season started yesterday)! After soccer I had two bowls of Mallow-Oats (my Luck Charms alternative), and went to bed.

After all that work, today it feels like my pants don’t fit. I probably could have eaten a gallon of ice cream along with one hundred Cinnabons and been a-ok today. Ha ha!

Tonight it’s swimming for 30 minutes then boxing for an hour.

But on to why I’m really writing this post. Here are some workout-at-home alternatives I’ve been researching.

TRX. TRX is a suspension training system. You set up this “rope” sort of system that allows you to use your own body weight as weight training. You can do tons of exercises with just this set of ropes.Apparently it was designed by for Navy Seals to help them stay in shape in “tight” places where regular gym training equipment wouldn’t work. You can hook it up to any above-head, stable device (like a basketball hoop) or can get the over-the-door strap so you can work out indoors. Example:

According to this website, here is a list of pros and cons.

Pros

  • Versatility – It’s major strength is it’s versatility.  The TRX is designed to be versatile.
  • Adjustability – it’s a piece of cake to make the exercises easier or harder – just adjust the ropes or the placement of your feet.
  • Exercise variety – there are so many exercises you can perform on it.  Literally hundreds – so you can customize a TRX workout that fits you.
  • Travel capacity – because it’s so light and easy to pack into a small bag, you can take it almost anywhere.  With an extension, you hook it up to a tree and use it outside.  And the fact that you can use it outside makes it a great tool for both individual users and trainers.
  • Durability – further, the TRX is durable.  Military personnel use it in extreme conditions, and it will not wear down.
  • Education – the equipment comes with various helpful DVDs discussing ways you can improve strength, power and flexibility, and you can bet there are educational videos on Youtube as well.

Cons

  • The Anchor – The only con I can think of is that the TRX isn’t universal to all users, but this is a matter of practicality: the TRX requires a small anchor that has to be securely affixed to a wall or beam overhead (like a doorway or a tree), and YOU need to be able to do it, or get someone else to.  It’s really not that hard to find a place to fasten the anchor, but a few people might find it to be a pain.
  • Cost – The other con is the cost. The basic home training set is about $200, though it will last you a lifetime.
Next workout:

Core Fusion. These are workout classes (that are also available on DVD) that are supposed to challenge your muscles with smaller movements and lots of repetition. It’s supposedly a lot more calm than, say, a Jillian Michaels workout DVD, but is supposed to really get you in shape through isometric holds and “still strength” as in strength in being able to hold your body weight still in certain positions. I found the pros and cons on this website.

Pros

  • You will notice results in your body very fast.
  • Great price.
  • Subtle, unobtrusive music
  • Five short segments keeping you enthralled and interested.
  • Each segment lasts only 10 minutes. This helps you psychologically to push past your limits and endure the pain
  • Works muscles that are typically hard to shape and define.Low impact, gentle on the knees
  • Great to use multiple times a week.
  • The workouts will kick your butt, in a good way! Good for beginners and intermediate exercisers.
  • Great stretch sequences.
  • Great background view.

Cons

Some users felt that the workout is a little:

  • Boring and slow. No upbeat tempo or music to get you hyped and ready for a great workout
  • May be hard to follow unless you have your eyes glued to the TV
 I don’t know who raves about the backgrounds in workout DVDs, but oh well. I first read about this workout on this website. Apparently, it’s not a sweaty kind of workout, but it still gets the job done.

Hopefully I’ll have more stuff to add to this list as I do more research.

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