Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Working Out Wednesday #1

It's full on rainy season here in paradise. I haven't seen the sun in over a week and it's a real bummer because I have friends in town! Normally on Tuesdays I have my neighbor's daughter watch my kids while I hit the gym, but I knew this afternoon it would be packed because of the rain. Wanting to avoid paying someone to watch my children while I waited for a machine, I asked my Warrior Dash partner if I could hop over to her house to workout! The drive was yuck but I'm really glad I got out of the house and stayed motivated. 

Warrior Dash partner has a nice elliptical in her house we frequently use but I decided to bring my Bob Harper DVDs and try them out. Not long after New Years I purchased the Inside Out Method DVD Collection. This is a bit of an oldie that came out in 2010, but man is it still good! So for the next few weeks I'll be bringing you my review of this collection! 

I started today with the Pure Burn Super Strength. I did the first 1 hour workout segment and boy, that was enough for me. Bob really makes you want to eat your words if you've ever said "I wish I had Bob Harper as my trainer". Of course, anyone who watches Biggest Loser should know better! He's cute but ruthless! 

photo credit: http://www.Amazon.com

The workout: For this DVD you will need a mat and some weights. If you are a beginner you may consider not using weights at all, or only using weights for some of the workout. I haven't been doing a lot of regular strength training and I started with 6 lbs weights then moved down to 4 lbs weights partway through the workout. You'll also need a mat if you are on a hard wood floor, there are a few positions on the ground. 

He repeats moves several times, but does a great job of keeping you motivated and I never felt bored. He really seems to know when you are looking at the clock and wanting to call it quits. I went back and forth between regular and modified moves, trying to do as many as I could before switching to modified. By the end of the hour my arms were like jelly and my legs were feeling it too. My heart rate was up fairly consistently throughout the DVD. 

What I like: Bob is really motivating and does a great job talking you through the moves, showing them to you once first before beginning the set. He works you hard and expects a lot but provides results. Plus, the price can't be beat. These DVDs regularly go for $5 on his website, as opposed to $20 at other retailers. The music isn't too bad either.

What I don't like: At the end of a lot of the moves, while Bob is counting down, the video switches to this weird, choppy, black and white cinematography that kind of caught me off guard and distracted me from my workout. I don't normally look at the TV much after the first few times I do a workout video though, so I don't see this being a problem for long. Also, a couple of the other people working out in the video bothered me. The girl, Stephanie, who does modified moves, has facial expressions and accompanying moans that are better suited for another video business if you know what I mean. A big workout turn off for me! 

Overall: I really liked this workout, I felt like I was challenged and have a lot of room to improve. I'm actually excited to do it again!


  1. I love workouts that make you actually want to do them again! I can't believe it, but I really miss being able to do hard core workouts. Pregnancy workouts just aren't the same.

  2. No they are not! But good for you for having the motivation to do them anyway. My first pregnancy I was super lazy and gained tons of weight. My second I started off much more motivated and was working out and running until 7 months pregnant. Even after that I was hiking and walking a lot (I was going to school full time and hightailing it across campus every day). It's HARD!


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