So this week I thought I’d try something new and join a link-up about trying something new (thanks Running with SD Mom)! I was motivated to join this group because I am definitely a creature of habit. I go to the same few restaurants and order the same few things (anyone else do this?!?) Even if something looks good I am hesitant to switch from something that I *know* I like for fear that I will be disappointed (because of course, that would be the end of the world). My meal rotation is the same. My running routes are the same. I am generally risk adverse and I stick to what I am familiar with. So by joining this link up I am challenging myself to try something new each week and then to share it all with you – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
So for my very first Try Out Thursday I decided to try the Michele Rogers workout videos. For the month of May, I have challenged myself to incorporate weight lifting back into my workout routine (due to a forced break from CrossFit). I don’t always have a whole lot of spare time in my schedule (due to my work hours and night meetings) so I wanted something that would be efficient and get the job done in a short period of time (i.e. 10-30 minutes).
Michele’s videos can be found (for free!) on Comcast OnDemand under the “Fitness –> Personal Training” options. For Comcast subscribers, they are also available on the Comcast website. She has a daily/weekly rotation of workouts ranging from 15-30 minutes. The options currently available are:
Day 1 Total Body 1
Day 2 Chest/Tris
Day 3 Cardio
Day 4 Upper Body
Day 5 Legs/Core
Day 6 Total Body 2
Day 7 Chest/Bis 2
Day 8 Cardio 2
Day 9 Upper Body 2
Day 10 Legs/Abs 2
Day 11 Total Body 3
Day 12 Delts/ Arms 3
Day 13 Cardio 3
Day 14 Upper Body 3
Day 15 Legs/Abs 3
Today I was crunched for time (and I have been neglecting my upper body) so I opted for the shortest video which was Day 4 Upper Body. The video gets right into things quickly. After jogging in place for a brief warm up it jumps right in to a range of exercises focusing on bicep/back. While the exercises themselves are relatively simple movements (bicep curls, bent over rows, etc) they are high repetition and move fast.
Admittedly, I have lost a lot of my strength and even with light weights I found my arms getting tired quickly. By the end of the video I felt as though I had gotten some decent strength work done.
Positives? Very little equipment is needed and the workouts are easy to do at home (for example, today I only used 5 lb and 8 lb dumbbells). The workouts are also fairly short which are great to fit in a busy schedule.
Negatives? As with any workout video, the routine can get stale if you are going the same thing over and over. They are also not necessarily geared toward the more serious weight lifters who may find the workouts too simple or easy.
Tips? Have all of your equipment near you within arms reach – the workouts move fast!
Who would I recommend these videos to? People looking to do some quick strengthening/toning to add a little spice to their routines. While you can make the exercises more challenging by adding weight, I think these videos are probably best for beginners and/or people looking to add some simple lifting exercises without the hassle of going to the gym.