Bringin’ It DVD-Style

I’ve got a system down now. I’ve been working from home full-time since late last year. It’s wonderful because I pretty much never miss a workout anymore. I get up early, log onto my computer, check my work email and deal with any emergencies. Then I go downstairs and fire up a workout DVD and give it all I’ve got. A quick shower and I’m back on the job before most of my co-workers have even logged on for the morning.

So when Melinda contacted me and offered me a big stack of Jillian Michaels workout DVDs she wasn’t using anymore, I jumped at the chance. (THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!) She also had several Bob Harper DVDs. I’d never heard of Bob Harper so I googled him and the connection is The Biggest Loser, he’s another trainer from that show.



Here’s my admission: I’ve never seen the Biggest Loser – TRUTH! Are you surprised? As far as I know, I AM the biggest loser – I’ve already lived it, I lost 200 pounds and have been keeping it off for over 12 years now! I lost it before that show was even a glimmer in some producer’s greedy eye. So I don’t need to watch it – I’ve already done it. What I need is a show called The Biggest Maintainer!

I’m already living it. Hmm…maybe I should pitch that!

Except the reality is that the Biggest Maintainer is not very exciting – there’s no transformation, no before and after pictures, and the only goal is to go about your daily life staying the same. Can’t see that driving too many ad sales. Oh well.

So this morning I did one of my new DVDs – the Jillian Michaels Ripped In 30. It’s basically the 30-day shred extended pack – 4 more 20-minute workouts with her usual formula (3 cycles of 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio, 1 minute of abs, plus a warm up and cool down). She has new ladies helping her this time and she’s definitely more sassy on this one. I was able to do the “badass” moves on at least some of them. I started with level 1 today, which is still a great workout even if you’ve already done the 30-day shred. Also I like the cool-down on this one better.

And finally, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this stack of DVDs, it’s that female trainers have to look sexy, approachable, and have visible abs, while male trainers just have to look vaguely menacing. I feel like that says something about our culture.


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