Sunday 29 January 2017

10 Minute Body - 2 Weeks Later

   So much for a 'lower impact fortnight'. I'd decided, following my new year's resolution not to push myself too hard all the time, that I didn't want to go from one intense workout straight into another, so rather than jump from level 3 of two Jillian Michaels DVDs to Kettlercise, I gave myself two weeks to cool off and try some of the DVDs I got for Christmas and my birthday. I wasn't going to do a 2-week write up on it, but as one of those DVDs was Jillian Michaels' 10 Minute Body Transformation, I decided it would be worth writing a review about it, so I decided to give it a little more attention than the other two - one yoga and one kickboxing.
   Well, I didn't expect a 20 minute Jillian Michaels workout to be compressed into 10 minutes. I used it for my 30-minute-minimum workout on Monday and Wednesday, which meant I used three workouts, and on Friday I typically do more in prep for the weekend, so I did the whole DVD - all 5 workouts - right the way through.
   It. Was. So. Hard.
   Even only 30 minutes is more intense than a typical 30 minute Jillian Michaels workout, which is saying something, and I barely survived the 50 minutes. But I'd set my mind on it so I was determined to see it through that day. So when you consider that those two weeks were supposed to be easier and calmer than usual, I think it's safe to say I utterly failed, all because I underestimated it. And it took the entire first week to realise that. It was so bad, in fact, that I only used it for 30 minutes on the second Friday - the shortest Friday workout in months - and I didn't even use my new yoga DVD on the Tuesday, as good as it was, and opted for a Lastics trial class from a recent issue of Women's Fitness.

   But I will say that this DVD is epic - I've got a full DVD review going up this time next week - and while I overdid it for the first of the two weeks I assigned it, I am quite satisfied that I didn't waste my time with it, and it was so intense that it forced me to act on my new year's resolution: learn to recognise when I need to back off, and that sometimes less really is more. I'm a bit disappointed because I didn't think I'd have to invoke that so soon into the year, but at the same time I'm proud that, when the time came, I was able to do it.


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