So, as you know, I’ve been running with my hubby…we started running 2 minutes, walking 2 minutes, now we are up to 10-1-10-1-10! Our neighborhood is rather hilly & several spots on our route are a doosey.
Most of the time we try to run when we have a sitter or when my brother is here, but more and more we have had to run with the kids (I received a double jogging stroller for my birthday a couple of months ago–it has a rain cover and everything so really I’m out of excuses…that’s a scary feeling!).
Running with the kids in a jogging stroller is difficult, I did the math, and between the weight of the stroller and the weight of 2 kids I’m essentially pushing the weight I’ve lost.
It’s funny, as much as I’m pretty much hating every step as we go up the big hills I always feel like it’s ‘poetic justice’/my cross to bear/ a reminder to never go back.
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Tonight on the Biggest Loser the contestants spent 30 days at home…preparing for the challenge that lies ahead when they go home for good. They were visited by their respective trainers and worked to overcome obstacles…mostly mental. They also got the news that they would be doing a marathon in 3 1/2 weeks! I did a marathon in 1999–I trained for 8 months and it was brutal, plus I WALKED. It’s nothing to scoff at! It was pretty dramatic with several past contestants making cameos and to help support the final 4.
Tara came in first (big surprise!) with a time of 4:55–she rocked the house! Helen, remember she’s 48, finished in 5:49! Mike, with an injury was forced to walk the entire course, he was really bummed and even said he didn’t think it should count, but he finished in 8:58. Ron, fighting his knees, injuries, high blood pressure the whole way finished in 13:16. There wasn’t a dry face–including mine! Each contestant won $10K to donate to charity–nice touch.
Ron’s son (Mike’s bro) got some tips from both Jillian and Bob and seemed like he was on his way to making some life changes.
At the final weigh in Tara and Helen both won their trip to the finals. Big congrats to Tara who never once dropped below the yellow line.
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As promised my review of the Jillian Michaels SHRED workout!
Over the past few days I’ve had the opportunity to do Jillian Michael’s SHRED workout levels 2 & 3 a number of times. The workouts are arranged into a warm-up/cool-down couching 3 circuits, each of which includes 2-3 routines of cardio, strength & abs. Is this workout for you? Only you can decide, and to do that you should be armed with information…so, Here’s the SKINNY:
1. Cardio workout–Utilizes the popular ‘interval cardio’ training–good variety including high knees, squat thrusts, oblique twists, speed skater, jumping jacks, cardio plan jacks & double jump rope (all on level 2).
2. Core workout–Excellent, not only are abs included on every circuit, several of the strength and cardio segments also incorporate core.
3. Strength workout–You will need a set of hand weights. I made the mistake of using my 10 lbs. weights and ended up with a sore back the next day. When doing the video 2 days later, I realized the women on the video were only using what appeared to be 3-5lb weights. When I switched to my 5 lb weights my back felt better, but then I didn’t feel like I got a good enough bi-cep workout when doing hammer curls. My best advise is to have your weight set handy so you can mix and match weights to your personal strength per exercise.
4. Flexibility/stretching workout–If you are not in great shape you will need more stretching than the video offers
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Here are 2 excellent interval cardio moves you can do to help jump start your workouts! These are intermediate/advanced moves–but do what you can–start today and just try it, even if you can only do 1 or 5 seconds–if you decide to do nothing– in 6 months you still won’t be able to do these moves, but if you start today you may be rocking the “squat thrust” and turning heads at the gym instead of your stomach turning thinking of putting on your jeans….
From Jillian Michaels (aka Biggest Loser Rogue Trainer!):
Interval Cardio Moves
Want more bang for your exercise buck? Interval cardio training is an awesome addition to any strength-training routine because it burns a ton of calories, works the cardiovascular system, and builds muscle. It’s all about doing short amounts of cardio with an intense amount of effort. You should do in between your weight-training exercises if you really want to maximize your workout. Here are two of my favorite interval cardio moves to get you started
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