Monday, June 8, 2009

Day One

The report:
I did the level one routine today. The workout is 20 minutes long and alternates 3 minute strength, 2 minute cardio, and 1 minute of abs circuits throughout the program.

At the end I had some mixed feelings about the workout... it was definitely not as hard as I had expected. It's possible that I should just jump up to the next level... but... I also want to give the program as it is designed a good chance to work. I do feel like it is a good 20 minute routine for days when I don't have time to get a full workout in. And, honestly, for that alone it was worth the $9... I can definitely see throwing this in on busy week days when I don't have time to get my evening workout in. I don't think, for me, where I am at right now, that this is a program that could replace what I'm doing or on it's own really change my body much. However, keep in mind that I am already working out about 5-6 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio and about 3-5 days of strength training.

Surprisingly, I did think it was a good cardio workout. The routine is done without breaks so your heart rate does really get up there and I was sweating. I am going to continue on doing the 1st level this week, the 2nd next week, and then the 3rd. I am going to continue doing my usual nighttime workout routine on top of that though.

I think when I go out of town I'll probably double up the routines for a good solid 40 minute workout. I think doing 2 levels back to back would leave me feeling like I really accomplished something... and that is what I'm looking for.


Staci said...

Yeah, a lot of my clients who have done the 30 day program were already strength training prior and jumped into 2 workouts at once.

I think you could totally do that. On days you do 2 workouts you could drop the reformer. On days you do 1 workout add it back in. :)

Have fun!

Liz said...

I love the Shred as a secondary workout..but I got relaly bad shin splints from Level 2 because I did it in my living room without shoes! So wear shoes or use a pd of some sort!

Mrs Furious said...

I think 2 workouts would be a real workout. Plus it gives me something kind of challenging to tackle while in MI.

Good to know. I was doing it w/o shoes too!

P/F said...

Yeah, I don't see the reason for only one level unless you're REALLY pressed for time and just want to take a short time to get SOMETHING in.

I do find Level 1 to be a good warm-up for other workouts of my own :)

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