Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Bar Method

This morning I got up to my workout before work. On Tuesday and Wednesday (and sometimes Thursday) mornings, I get up early and do one of Jillian Michaels circuit training sessions from her website.

These CT sessions are pretty intense as I like to put in an all out effort. This morning though, I could feel it as I was waking myself up. If I had to do one of those things I wasn't going to make it.

Then I remembered that a week or so ago I had ordered a DVD at the recommendation of a friend. It was The Bar Method: Change Your Body dvd.

I had seen a clip of it online and all I knew is that it was a ballet based workout. So lots of isometric moves, small tiny moves. You know, those little moves that just BURN.

I scrambled to find it because I remembered reading that it was close to an hour long and the clock was ticking. I had to enlist the help of my boyfriend and he finally found it still in its packaging.

So, I popped it in and got to work.

WOW. Burn was right. I only got through 50 minutes because I couldn't find it right away but those were a good 50 minutes. I wore my heart rate monitor to see what kind of workout I got and I was surprised. I would be standing doing the tiniest, tiniest movement and the burn would be so intense I'd watch my heart rate rise - nothing too extreme but I was practically standing still mind you.

I really enjoyed it. I didn't get a great cardio in but I definitely felt like I did some sculpting. In fact, at times I just wanted to quit because the old legs were burning.

So I ordered another one :)

I'm going to try to add these workouts in at least twice a week. From what I've read online in reviews, 4 times a week is ideal but I will be honest, I get bored easily with DVD workouts cause it's just the same thing over and over again. But as a motivator to get 4 in, a couple of people on the collage video website wrote in their reviews that by doing this workout they were able to drop inches, even a pant size in about 2 months.

I don't know about you but I could definitely go for that.

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