One of my first thoughts this morning was “oh, I’m not really sore from yesterday’s workouts“.
Famous last words.
That’s why it’s call DELAYED Onset Muscle Soreness.
My inner thighs are tight and sore in a way that is forcing me to walk with the slightest bend at the hips. Blame it on the ball.
I am a big fan of the 10 Minute Solution workout dvd series. I’ve bought quite a few of them over the years and have always found the instruction to be clear and professional and the workouts challenging.
Yesterday I did the Pilates on the Ball for Upper Body and Pilates on the Ball for Abs sections (yep, 10 minutes each) and was pleased with each of them. My inner thighs liked them too. 🙂
The ball is one of those awesome pieces of equipment that I know tons of exercises on but still tend to neglect, sometimes you need an instructor to hold your hand through a workout.
Pre-ball I did my new kettlebell dvd.
Kettlebell training is a new thing for me. I resisted falling under their spell for many years because the throwing of weight made me really nervous for the safety of shoulders and elbows. I was finally seduced by the idea that I could get an awesome cardio and strength workout in 20 or 30 minutes and gave them a try, as written about here.
Over the last three months I have been working with my 10 pound kettlebell about once a week for 20-30 minutes, usually with Jillian Michael’s Shred it with Weights. I love the dynamic-ness of working with kettlebells and it’s liberating to feel like I am getting a great upper body workout without one single bicep curl (which is an exercise I happen to love, just not 2-3 sets three times a week!).
Paul Katami’s Kettlebell Drills dvd includes two workouts, yesterday I did the 35 minute “drill’s” one.
- that each drill has a countdown clock of 30-60 seconds so you know exactly how long you have to do each exercise
- the super clear and detailed instruction
- straight up old school kettlebell exercises
- he takes at least 30 seconds to explain and demonstrate each exercise, which is too much lag time for me so I would continue with the previous exercise until he was done talking
- really boring set and little or no music (I don’t even remember)
This dvd is going to be great to add into my rotation. I will probably only do it once or twice a month, any more than that would get boring fast but it’s a great workout. My upper body is just a hint of sore…for now…
I bought both of these from Collage Video, which is where I’ve been buying my exercise dvd’s for years. They have a very extensive catalog, good prices, and the best part is that you can watch clips of all the dvd’s to see the instructors personality, the set, the level, etc. This is a totally unsolicited recommendation for this site, I just like it and use it a lot.
I like Collage Video as well. I bought most of my yoga DVDs through them. Otherwise I find good exercise DVDs at yard sales. A lot of folks buy them in January (all those unkept New Year’s resolutions) but don’t use them so they sell them CHEAP in late spring. The best way I’ve found good DVDs is through my local public library. Our library has a good collection and you can check them out for free, try them for three weeks and if you really like them you can order them from Collage. Thanks for the reviews of the ones you’ve tried out.
I’ve gotten a few from the library too but the collection here is pretty poor. I am thinking of doing a loaning library at my studio. Yard sales are a great idea, I’ll keep my eyes out for them this Spring!
I wish I worked out. However, having an almost 3 year-old girl running around, I think that warrants my share of a little bit of exercise 🙂
Lately, she has loved having me chase her around the house pretending like I cannot reach her fast enough to get the ball that she is carrying out of her hands. It makes me laugh, and she giggles uncontrollably 🙂
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