Recently Friday Favorites have been more like Friday health confessions. First I talk about using jarred tomato sauce, now about my lack of gym membership. I swear the intent is to share my favorite things from the week.
I used to have a gym membership. I actually worked at a gym before I got my first teaching job (although, admittedly, it involved more eating purple tootsie rolls than anything else). My problem with having a gym membership wasn’t lack of use- I actually went about 4 times a week. The problem for me was in what I did while I was there.
From the time I left my house to the time I returned I was usually ‘at the gym’ for anywhere between 45 min to an hour. I’d do some cardio, monkey around on some weighted machines, do some ab work, and meander my way out the door.
Jillian Michaels changed that for me. Jillian Michaels scares the life out of me. It’s really a love/hate relationship.
I cancelled my gym membership once I found Jillian Michael’s work out DVDs. I paid under $10 at Walmart for ‘Ripped in 30’ [also available here]. In 30 minutes flat she hits full body strength, cardio, and abs. The circuit format of her workouts (3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of abs) allows me push right to my breaking point without ever actually exhausting myself to the point of needing to quit.
I’ve never been someone who can stay committed to ‘enjoy the stretch and relaxation’ of yoga, I need someone screaming at me to stay motivated. Jillian is MY GIRL for that.
The only equipment her workouts require is a set of hand weights and some empty space…she even offers a modified & advanced version for each move. She hammers on proper form; her videos have taught me essentially everything I know about strength training.
So for a 1-time $10 fee and only a 30 minute commitment, why not switch to at home workouts? I’m getting far better results than when I wandered the gym with no plan, and I shaved 30 minutes off of my workout time. I’m also a big fan of Jill’s Cardio FastFix Kickboxing DVD, which is also a circuit workout (Yes, I like to think I can call her ‘Jill’).
Thanks Jill, for terrifying me into bikini ready shape. That’s why you’re my Friday Fav. (Disclaimer: Jillian Michaels actually has no idea who I am)
Do you use at home fitness DVDs? Do you have a favorite workout DVD? I’d love to find some new variety!