Personal Training with Jackie – Xtreme Timesaver Training

Hello, all. I’m just sitting at my desk enjoying a double-dose version of the Chunky Monkey Smoothie. Yum. I’ve died and gone to post-workout-reward heaven.

Post-workout because I just finished Jackie Warner’s “Personal Training with Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training.” It’s so extreme that the e is invisible or completely omitted. See?

Those metallic booty shorts still freak me out. Cringe.

Anyway, the first time I tried this DVD I hated it. It was the first deviation from my Jillian Michaels’ “Ripped in 30” routine and I just couldn’t get over how un-Jillian she was. I’ve now recognized my eternal crush on all that is Jillian Michaels and come to accept that I’ll only know her via DVD in my living room, and I’ve gotten over the fact that no one is her, as much as I want all the future exercise DVD instructors to be. Le sigh.

However, for the sake of variety, and because I haven’t felt like I actually worked out at all this week, I brought out the DVD that I didn’t finish last time, and told myself that I was going to do it today (a little self-punishment for being such a slacker Sunday through Wednesday).

She calls this one a “Multi-joint workout” meaning you’re working more than one muscle at once. So, instead of basic bicep curls, you’re plie squatting with a concentrated bicep curl.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard. I quit the first time I did it. Come to find out, when I actually went all the way through it, that last time I quit, it was on the final exercise. Lamesauce on my part.

Photo is unrelated. Except don't you hate it when someone does this?

For those just starting out, I recommend you get a 3lb weight for this DVD. I varied my weights throughout the exercises, using an 8lb when I could, and a 5lb when I couldn’t. But there are a few where I can feel my muscles straining and my form going bad even from a 5lber, and I wish I had a lighter weight to get through it. Instead, I just didn’t use a weight for fear of injuring myself.

I thought the workout was pretty challenging, especially for an at-home DVD. But it wasn’t something that I couldn’t/wouldn’t do again.

Here’s why:

Every move only lasts for one minute. Just like in Jackie’s Power Circuit Training, you do each move for one minute. This means it’s easy to push yourself. I’ve had many instructors tell me, “You can do anything for one minute.” I don’t know if that’s true in all cases (maybe I’m a little extreme, but I always think of pretty drastic things when someone says that, like water boarding and knife fights). Anyway, for exercising it’s generally true.

The exercises are easily modifiable. I don’t even know if that’s a word. But like Jillian Michaels’ DVDs, there are two people along with the instructor, one who does what Jackie does, and one who modifies the exercise. The modifier often even does the exercises WITHOUT WEIGHTS, which means if you’re just starting out, don’t have them handy, etc. you can still do the workout, and because it’s multi-joint (or you’re working more than one muscle group at a time) you can still get something out of it. For example, holding a runners lunge while squeezing your shoulders into a fly isn’t as easy as it looks, even without weights.

It’s over before you know it. The workout is pretty fast-paced with little rest time in between moves. This keeps your heart rate up, but also speeds you through the workout. Remember how before I mentioned the first time I did it, I quit on the last move? Well, I thought to myself, there’s not much more of this I can handle right now, but the workout was practically over at that point (only had to stretch afterward). I think that’s a good sign when it comes to a workout. When you get to the end, you should have worked so hard that you think to yourself, “I couldn’t have done that for much longer.” Am I right?

This photo is also unrelated. I just didn't want you guys to get bored with all the text. Here I'm saying, "I just love a good workout!"

I recommend this workout. For beginners, the modifications are good and ease you into a faster-paced DVD format. For advanced individuals, it provides the quick but effective solution when you need a good full-body workout in about, oh, 32 minutes.

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