Monday 8 February 2016

February: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism

   Having just completed 5 weeks of POUND, I don't really think there's any workout on the cards right now that will meet with the enthusiasm from last month, so in a way I'm not going to try. Instead, I'm going back to a workout that has proven very effective, albeit not very enjoyable, especially in comparison: Jillian Michaels' 'Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism'. I want to get more cardio in, and this is, without a doubt, one of the best cardio workouts I've ever done. I like it's set-up of 7 circuits: kickboxing, hard-as-hell plyometrics, merciful calisthenics, on-the-mat core and then back to more kickboxing, plyo and calisthenics for the last three circuits. There are clear differences in each section and I know where I'm best throwing my all - for example, knowing that circuit three consists of butt kicks, high knees, jumping jacks and so on means that I really can put my all into burpees and such in circuit two, simply because three isn't as high-impact. In my mind, it's set up perfectly and prevents the workout from feeling like the worst time of your life. Instead it's just horrible. But I can't and won't deny the results, which is why I'm revisiting it.
   But only for 3 weeks.
   I have something else in mind for March and I really want to spend as much time with it as possible, so I'm more than happy to sacrifice a week of BFBM to give next month's workout 5 weeks instead of 4. So there won't be much in the way of workout updates this month because they won't be much different to November, so you can read them all here instead.

   I do have some nice new leggings, though they're from New Look rather than USA Pro or Fabletics, my two usual go-to brands. They're simple but gorgeous: grey/purple ombre capris. I doubt they're very moisture-wicking, but they are comfy and pretty. Either way, they'll certainly be put to the test this month.
   I really do need new fitness shoes, though, but I have little idea where to turn. I need some with great shock-absorption from lots of plyometrics, so something that can stand up to jumping without injuring my shins, because they're not top-notch and are my main concern. So if anyone has any suggestions for a brand or model of trainer that is great for gym and plyometrics, I'd love to know!

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