I think I’m going to start omitting telling you guys when I take Niko on walks. It’s never an integral part of the post, and I think I mention it in every single post. This is because I walk her a LOT.
In fact, yesterday when I got home from work (and took her for a walk) I caught myself singing,”I walk in the morning and in the afternoon. I walk you in the eve-ning, and underneath the moooooon!” Skidamarink…
And now I just took the first portion of this post to talk about walking Niko. Purpose=defeated
Anyway, when I got back in, it was breakfast time:
I kept things light with half an Ezekiel english muffin, PB, and banana slices because I was going to get my workout on! My aunt recently gave Shane and I an iTunes giftcard because Shane fixed her computer, and I decided to spend it this morning. Well, part of it.
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Review
Yesterday I put a call out on Twitter asking if anyone likes Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown, and after several “YES!!!” answers, I went ahead and downloaded (and paid for) it.
At first I was a little intimidated because on iTunes it looks like the workout is more than an hour. When I do yoga, my sessions are usually 45 minutes or less. Then I quickly realized after her little intro spiel, the workout was split into levels 1 & 2, and each were a little over 30 minutes. Phew!
I chose Level 1 to start because in her little intro spiel, she recommended that if you’re new to the program and her DVD to start with the first level. But then, after level 1 was finished, I opted to go ahead and do level 2, too, because I still felt pretty good and ready for more.
Normally, yoga practices start out in cross-legged or child’s pose and gradually go into the practice with some salutations. This isn’t a normal yoga practice, guys. It’s Jillian Michaels’. Here’s a quick rundown of what went down in Yoga Meltdown. (Can I say down any more times in this post? DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN!!!)
Now, I’m sitting here on my yoga mat, still warm and a little sweaty from the workout, just about 5 minutes after finishing levels 1 and 2, to review it!
- Warm up: Jillian starts with a very brief warm up – some arm swings and leg stretches
- Work sequence: She then goes through a sequence of a few poses – about three. However, for each pose, she has you “rep it out” by doing reps for each pose (warrior, one-legged dog, warrior 3, etc.) At the last rep of each pose, she has you hold it for 15 seconds, which is where you really feel that burn.
- Sun Salutations: between each work sequence, she does 2 quick salutations, which serve as transitions to the next work sequence.
- Repeat: after repeating the work, salutations sequence 2 or 3 more times, it’s time to cool down
- Cool down: the cool down is two quick salutations, followed by some additional leg stretches and maybe a spinal twist. No savasana (shucks haha)
- The workouts are split into 2 levels, so you really get two workouts for your buck. Level 1 is a beginner workout, and focuses a little more on upper body and level 2 includes more legs and abs and is a bit more difficult.
- In each level, she has two assistants who offer beginner and advanced movements, in case you need to modify the poses.
- If you’re looking for a tough workout, you’ll get it here. I finished the workout with my muscles burning and my body sweaty – in a good way, of course.
- If you’re looking to get your zen on, this yoga workout isn’t for you. Jillian isn’t known for her soothing voice, which is quite noticeable in Yoga Meltdown, although I think she does try and tone it down a notch. I didn’t feel that renewed, revitalized feeling like I do at the end of most yoga sessions.
- The instruction goes pretty quickly, so if you’re a yoga newbie, this DVD probably isn’t for you. Some of the poses were fairly difficult for even the practiced yogi. I’ve only ever tried crow pose once, and that was after going to power yoga for weeks and weeks. She busts it out in the DVD.
- Some of her breathing cues for inhaling and exhaling were off, and sometimes backwards. This might not be a con for most, for it did bother me a bit. I just ended up breathing how I thought I should.
All in all, I really enjoyed the workout, and think I’ll include it in my weekly exercise regimen for the next few weeks. It was a good, tough workout, which I’d equate with moderate circuit training, as far as muscle burning is concerned. As far as a cardio workout – while it didn’t get my heart rate up as much as a run or some plyo, it did make me sweat. I’d say it got my heart rate up as much as riding the elliptical or again, going through a circuit workout fairly quickly.
Yogis: What type of yoga do you prefer? Gentle and zen or powerful and sweaty?