Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Insanity Max 30: Pulse review

Insanity Max 30: Pulse was AMAZING!

Only 20 mins, and a great stretch!  Lots of Pilates type of moves.  My heart rate got up a little, but it was a GREAT!   Each exercise was done once (about 45 seconds) then you move on to the next. It was a great work out.  I really do not have much more to say than that!

My review video: http://youtu.be/u3dnOvebXBs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Insanity Max 30: Friday Fight Round 1 review

Insanity Max 30: Friday Fight Round 1 review

I was sooo excited about this work out. I thought it was going to be ALL kickboxing type moves. I was wrong. Though, it was  fun, the 30 mins went by quickly. You did each exercise for 45 seconds (i think) then you moved on to another. The first water break isn't until 15 mins, the only other one is at 25 mins. There were some punches and kicking but it was pure cardio, I  made it to 17:20 before maxing out. My best time yet for Insanity Max 30. I was pretty proud of myself, since i had to go through two types of In and out abs and tricep dips with a 24 lbs child sitting on my stomach thinking it was a game. 

This may have been my favorite.. may.. I say that because I like doing the exercise then moving on to another one. I also like going straight through with no breaks (a couple of breaks) it makes me feel like I am running straight for 30 mins.   

There is a modifier track as well. And as usual I think yoiu need to stretch more than what is provided at the end. All in all , it was a really good workout!

My review on YouTube: http://youtu.be/NMgHR-WeAJE

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Insanity Max 30: Sweat Intervals review

Insanity Max 30: Sweat Intervals review

There is a modifier track (there is one with all)

Warm up (3 exercises, repeated 3 times) then move on to 5 rounds of 3 exercises, repeated 3 times, them move on to the next round.

Legs, lunges, squats, switch kicks, burpees. This one is a killer work out. I maxed out at 11:28 during In and out abs.

I also had 24 extra pounds for most of the work outs, as my child needed me to wear him. So that made it a little rough!

Though this one went super quick!  About the time I thought I could not go anymore, time was up!

This one will push you to the max by the end!  You will be drenched in sweat and love it!

My video review: http://youtu.be/oLYTrgYs1-U

Have a very fit day!

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Insanity Max 30: Tabata Power review

Tabata Power starts off with a warm up/stretch, that of course I think could be longer, but we have 30 minutes so I will take what I can get. You do 3 exercises 3 times, break, then move on to your work out, which is each exercise for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, repeat, them move on to a different one. Lots of Plyometrics in this work out. I maxed out the first day at 7:25 and the 2nd time at 10:14, so I improved. What gets me is the moving push ups and the row push ups, lets just say this work out is a LOT of arms. My arms are jello right now. My arms are sore from doing the work out 2 days ago, and tomorrow I may not be able to lift my arms. There is about 10 mins of nothing but tricep exercises.. OUCH!!!  There were lots of lunges, squats, but a lot a lot of arms, then you do the last 3 mins of a lot of the exercises that you did through out the work out and you end with a minute of power jumps!  It is fun, it goes by quick, but definitely is fun!  The cool down is 2 mins, which I never think is enough, so stretch more!  

A great total body work out in 30 mins. What more can you ask for?

My video review: http://youtu.be/llDGQJGqXcU

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Insanity Max 30: Ab Attack

Premise, is the same as the work outs, you need to MAX OUT.... I maxed out at 1:56, yeah yeah laugh it up. In my defense, I did this after the Cardio Challenge, so I was pretty tired. I still finished all 10 mins, though did take quick breathers. This one you go straight through the 10 mins, no repeating workouts, you just keep switching the moves until 10 mins are done. 

This is a great add on work out. It is great because if you have time you can do it after your days work out, if you don't then you can do it later or earlier!  Either way it hits your core well!  

Here is my YouTube Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyCO_lO4Akg

Have a very fit day!

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Insanity Max 30: Cardio Challenge Review

Insanity Max 30: Cardio Challenge, workout and fit test all in one. Let me tell you, it is rough, but fun! I maxed out at 11:18 mins, which means, at that point I had to take a break. That is the point of Insanity Max, he tries to get you to MAX OUT, where you feel you have to break or you might die (well maybe not die but you get the picture). By the end of the 60 days, you should be able to get through almost all of it,  if not all before maxing out. 

It is 30 mins of intervals, 3 exercises that you repeat 3 times, then you take a quick water break before moving on to the next round. I think there are 5 rounds.. think.. maybe 6, I lost count, as I was just trying to concentrate on finishing. At 22  minutes I was really ready to quit, I had to really dig in deep to finish it off. I did. I was glad I did. It was a good work out. It hit every muscle group and was tons of cardio. Even Shaun T. maxed out. so you should max out at some point.  You just need to push through and finish the 30 mins, even if you have to stop and catch your breath!

Cardio Challenge brought back some of your favorite Insanity moves, with slight twists. It was fun to see what was coming next. The water break seemed to come just in time. Unlike Insanity's water break where you really wish it had come 2 mins prior. For 30 mins this is a pretty intense work out. I do wish there was more stretching, he does a "active" stretch that you kinda do on your own and what you want to do. Then you have the 2 min cooldown/stretch, which I think needs to be longer. 

This work out is not for beginners, unless you are just glutton for punishment or a former athlete. There is a modifier but she is not on video as much as Tania was in T25, so you really have to look for her. I would say this work out is definitely for advanced level.  It is intense but fun!  I wanted to finish even though I was exhausted. And min 30, came at the exact right moment! ***UPDATE*** Apparently I missed the "modifier track" option. Which I saw doing today's Tabata work out. This option highlights the modifier in her own box to make her easy to follow!  Awesome idea and kudos to the team that thought of it!  So those who are beginning can do this with ease! So I take back my previous comments. Yeah I'm eating crow. It happens!

Here is my view review on youtube: 

Have a very fit day!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Eating clean

Eating clean.. what in the world is that?  Well it is about eating healthier options, from each of the food groups, and less of the bad options.

You need to limit the processed foods (I know, I know, easier said than done). In today's world it is way easier to pick up something already fixed, or put together to make life easier when you get home. A great way to limit those processed foods, is to go to a farmers market and get all of your fruits, veggies, meats and bread for the week.  Then come home and portion things out in containers so when you get home, all you have to do is throw it all together and let it cook, or throw it in the crock pot in the morning and come home to a delicious meal!  You want to make sure you are increasing your veggies/fruits and decreasing anything with saturated fats. Limit your alcohol intake (don't binge drink), Stay away from sugars, use honey, maple syrup if needed (fruit is a good way to get that sweetness taste), but stay away from refined sugars, its super addictive. Decrease your salt intake. Eat less red meat, stay away from refined grains,

Not too difficult, just takes a little adjusting. If you eat salads, think about making your salad dressing at home, store bought is full of sugar! Making small adjustments at a time, help you to adopt a clean living lifestyle, that can last a lifetime!

Have a very fit day!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Slacker and some food recipes

I am so sorry guys, I have been a HUGE slacker on blog posting. Between running after a toddler, running the facebook challenges, work, being sick, having a sick baby and every day life, the blogs have fallen off the to do list!  I promise I will try to get better.

2015 is starting off with a bang!  I am so proud of you guys for Joining in Move Your Body January!  You guys are starting off 2015 right!  I am also excited because Shaun T.'s new work out Max30 should be in this weekend! I am excited to see how this work out is and share my findings with YOU!

It is cold out and most people do not want salads when it is cold. I found the perfect salad to help you (and me) still get in enough greens, but have a warm flare to it. Are you ready?  It sounds crazy, but it is crazy good!  Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, throw it and an egg in a frying pan and just swirl the egg around until cooked, then pour the entire thing on the salad of your choice as the dressing. (crazy I know) I will confess, my salads are crazy, I do the lettuce, usually from one of the packages, then I add wasabi chick peas, some croutons or tortilla strips for crunch ( I have to have crunch), some kale chips if I have just made them (these are usually warm too), some dried cranberries or raisins. Sounds crazy but it makes me happy.  Find the perfect salad to make you happy too (without too many extra calories) so that you can still get in lots of greens.. ps a tip on the kale chips, I put them on the baking sheet, then spray coconut oil or olive oil over them then season with an all seasoning or cumin (or both) then bake at 250 until crispy!

If salad is not your thing, make some healthy soups. Last night I made black bean soup. super easy, 2 cups of chicken stock (or veggie stock), add in 2 jars (or cans) of black beans, (I made my own black beans and put them up in mason jars but cans will work), then a can or jar of diced tomatoes. Season to taste and cook for a few hours simmering (I use all seasoning and cumin..you see a theme, as well as chopped garlic and sauteed onions). I like to let mine simmer for a long time so all the flavors mix, you could even throw all of this in the crockpot in the morning then come home to it. We made some yellow rice to go with it, as its the babies fave!  Let's just say the 1 year old ate it up!  Made a mess but ate it up!!!

Hope you all have a very fit day!!