I don’t know about you, but when I work out on stationary exercise machines, I like to allow myself to watch pretty much anything I might like through netflix, amazon or hulu. And I mean anything. I’m talking the extreme guilty pleasure stuff stuff that I would hate to watch with anyone else, like American Horror Story, Ghost hunters, Weeds, New Girl and any, cheesy romantic comedy that might catch my fancy. I’m presently trying out Bates Motel and some Cake boss cooking competition, but finding nothing that really is interesting to me.
However, while I was reviewing a variety of titles, I ran across the Jillian Michaels workout series. I put a couple of them in my watchlist with the intention of trying them out ‘sometime’. Sometime means never, quite often with things like this and me, so after 40 minutes on the elliptical I decided to just take a peek at the fat burn and boost metabolism routine.
I usually avoid videos because the fitness level usually far exceeds my ability level. With that in mind, I started the video with the expectation that I wasn’t truly invested and if it got too hard I could quit. Turns out, it was the perfect fitness level! It was fun! And it kicked my booty!
Jillian relies on a lot of boxing moves and lunge kinds of moves to guide the workout. I was crouching, jumping, punching and even doing burpees! They were my first ever burpees, and I thought at first I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I could. I could do it all and I was pretty amazed. After 20 minutes of Jillian fun, I turned it off. After the 40 minutes of elliptical, my legs were already a little tired and I was having a hard time with all the jumping. Now the backs of my thighs have that excellent, super-sore feeling that let’s you know you’ve really got a good workout in, and I can’t wait to try the whole 57 minute workout or one of the others that are available on Amazon prime! Who would have thought that if be using exercise videos off of my video subscriptions?! Not me.
Non-Scale victory of the day- my BMI is less than one percentage point away from being out of the ‘obese’ category. I’m almost ‘overweight’ instead of ‘obese’! Isn’t that cool?! I think so!