According to my workout plan for the week, today was supposed to be Kettleworx Cardio Week 1, but I did actually do Week 1 last Friday AND I had a “better offer” today – well, not better, just different. I have been wanting to add yoga in to my workouts because as I am getting older (as in over 40), I have noticed a major decline in my flexibility. Coming from someone who used to be rubberband-ish, this is not something I like to admit. I had not bought a yoga DVD yet, because I just didn’t know what to look for. Myndie at The Clean Eating Opera Chic mentioned Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown in a recent post so I figured it was worth a try – especially since the DVD is less than $10 through Amazon.
Amazon rocks because I ordered the DVD on Wednesday and it was here Thursday at no additional charge! I was going to work the yoga DVD into next week’s workout plan, but I just couldn’t wait to try it.
My initial reaction to the Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown.
I was worried that a yoga program would move too slowly for me and obviously Jillian Michael’s has the same thought. She incorporates traditional yoga poses and movements with her step it up kind of a style and turns them into dynamic movements with holds at the end to really challenge your muscles. The athletes she has demonstrating show multiple levels of difficulty which means you can easily start at Level 1 and work on it until you have mastered the beginner, intermediate and advanced versions of the routines.
The workout is 30 minutes and incorporates a warm up and a cool down along with a series of mini routines in the middle to challenge your legs, core and arms. Level 1 was a huge challenge for me! Partially because I am not really familiar with the yoga terms yet, and partially because my upper body is pretty weak. I made it through and expect to be a little sore tomorrow.
The one thing I really noticed when doing the workout is just how much flexibility I have lost. Hopefully by doing this workout along with the Kettleworx workout all winter, I will emerge into the spring with a level of fitness and flexibility that is much better making it easier to run outdoors. I am dealing with the effects of an old ankle break and early stages of arthritis so I am trying to do more indoor working out this winter while it is so cold.
Overall, I think I am going to like this type of yoga workout and think it will fit nicely into my workout plan this winter. And if it is a warm sunny day, I should still be able to get in a walk or light jog, because I feel like I worked out, but I don’t feel wiped out.
And my favorite Jillian quote of the DVD was something to the effect of “you need to get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable!” LOVE IT!
Have you tried this workout? What did you think? Got a favorite Yoga DVD you think I should try? Share it in the comments below!