22 Minute Hard Corps Review

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Please indulge a moment of extreme de-motivational energy, but here goes:
I hate push-ups and burpees.
Whenever one of these two exercises pops up on part of my current workout, I tell myself, “burpees aren’t that bad…”, until I do a couple, and yup, sure enough, I was right, full on hate. Same with push-ups. I’m not sure why I hate them so much more than any other moves (some of which are more painful or harder), but that’s just the way it is.
That is all, now onto some positive workout related info….

Anyway, I am currently working out with a Tony Horton workout called 22 Minute Hard Corps. I decided to start this new program because for the past few weeks I’ve been feeling very unmotivated to commit myself to another 60 or 90 day workout with a program I have completed several times in the past couple years. I was randomly mixing up workout between P90X3, Piyo or a quick TurboFire HIIT, and (big surprise) I wasn’t feeling like the workouts were beneficial. I guess following a program is better than doing random workouts, who knew…

I have found that the best solution to solving low motivation is spending money on a new workout program, so I was looking around on the BeachBody.com website and found a new boot camp/military style workout called 22 Minute Hard Corps. I really like it so far, and the best part is that it’s only 22 minutes long! Don’t think that because the workouts are only 22 minutes long this workout is easy, it’s not.
While each workout is only 22 minutes, they definitely get the job done! 22MHC includes as a lot of basic moves we all remember from gym class like pull ups, squats, lunges, some plyometrics, bear crawls, gorilla crawls (a killer leg workout) as well as the afore mentioned push-ups and burpees.
I also really like the fact that all the people on the DVD are from differently military branches (nothing but support for our men and women in uniform!), and they do all the workouts wearing a 22 Min Hard Corps shirt, camo pants and combat boots. The workouts are done in a cadence reminiscent of military drills (at least the ones I have seen on TV), with everyone counting plus a little drumming music in the background. The cadence is something I had to get use to as I’m not use to doing a workout by this style. Tony goes around counting and motivating the others. There are three rounds with 5-7 moves and a 22 second break. During the first round, there is someone to show a demo of the move including a modified version. There’s also a killer ab workout that’s done on the cardio days.
I highly recommend this workout for its intensity and relatively quick time table – it’s quick and gets the job done! The change I made that helps me get through it is turning on upbeat music in the background because I don’t like hearing the cadences. If you’re someone who is short on time or has a toddler running around, this is a great workout. Another plus is the required equipment is very basic, just a pull up bar, jump mat, and weights (or a sandbag), plus water and a towel…..

Here’s a preview of the workouts!

 

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Insanity: Max 30 Review

Just when I thought my workouts couldn’t get any more intense, I welcome Insanity: Max 30 to the mix. This is my first Shaun T (creator of Insanity, Rockin Body, Hip Hop Abs, Insanity: Asylum Volume 1 and 2) workout and I must say, this is the hardest cardio workout I’ve ever attempted. In the past I have cursed Tony and Chalene between labored breaths, but Shaun T has topped them all (it is very hard to cuss Shaun T-there just isn’t enough time between breaths!) Looking back, their workouts seem like a walk in the park and I feel like a sissy for even thinking those old workouts were tough.

So, to date I finished my first two weeks of Max 30, however, I took off the second week due to a horrible cough that left me hacking up a lung when not doing cardio, so I thought it would be best for my body to rest. Note to self: when you feel even the slightest bit sick, take some time off; this workout will make you full on sick very quickly.

Max out [maks-out] verb, to stop or fail for the first time in the workout“.
The point of this workout is to “max out” then record the time where you have to stop and rest (it doesn’t mean quit). I see how long I can take a beating from Shaun T-this means I go as hard as I can for as long as I can from the starting point. I’m sure my spectators (dogs, baby and cat) wonder why I keep putting myself through this agony. Part of the reason I like this system is that the workouts are all different and include plyo, lots and lots of squats (I thought there were a lot of squats in PiYo, but boy was I wrong), burpees (different variations), push ups, ab work (three times a week is a 10 min ab routine) tabata (workout for 20 seconds rest 10 seconds), and tons more moves. Even the warm up which crazy hard-I always feel like I will max out early. Take a breath, then onto the actual workout. Each set lasts a few minutes, including repeats of 4-5 of the moves three times and then a quick break (20 seconds, just enough time to flop on the floor like a gasping fish) then there’s another beating. There is a two minute cool down at the very end, so the workout last 32 minutes. Remember to always cool down!

Take away after a few weeks:

-Shaun T is always right there, in my face, talking me through the pain, even when I don’t want to hear it! Most of the time, I’m waiting-either for that long 30 min to end, or for those precious 20 second breaks to start.
-Did I mention the workout is only 30 min? Perfect for me with a 17 month old baby who thinks being cooped up in her pack and play while mom works her butt off is totally ruining her life! At least she can’t talk yet and tell me exactly how she feels. She does find it entertaining to see me huffing and puffing during a “water break” (she probably would call it lying on the floor whimpering, but what does she know).
-There is a modifier in every workout to accomodate all intensity levels. Sometimes I choose to focus only on the modifier throughout the whole workout, much more manageable for days when I am feeling lazy.

Do you have a favorite cardio workout?

My Max times for the first two weeks...not too bad!

My Max times for the first two weeks…not too bad!

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P90X3 Review

It has been 9 months since I’ve done any intense workouts and now it’s time to get back to it and start P90X3! I’ve been wanting to do this workout ever since it was released in December. Through some subtle and not so subtle hints, my wonderful husband got it for my Christmas present.
I have said it before, but the most exciting aspect for a new mother (besides the fact that it is fun) is that it only takes 30 minutes. I don’t know of a better way to get a full body beat down and be back to changing diapers in the time I used to take to warm up. The workouts may be quick, but afterwards I attack the poop blowouts and projectile puking with renewed vigor.
Enough with the background, here comes my review from the first full month of regular use: the first workout is called Total Synergistics (works all body parts), and afterwards I felt fantastic all over (the next day was a different story, can you say sore without laughing?)! Some of the moves were a little difficult, like push-ups, not because they are complex, but because my upper body strength has dropped to the point where I feel like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory trying to do pushups. Not to worry, soon I will be back to the toned, rock crushing, one-armed push-up doing workout monster I was before this baby nonsense.
The nice part is that for those Sheldon moments, I was able to modify and keep up with the others in the workout and pause when I needed.
I have noticed about other workouts in X3, is that there are hardly any breaks, except usually one 30 second rest or a minute and then it’s go time again. This is nice because there isn’t any time to be bored (or realize how winded I am). Most of the exercises are either a minute long, or doing a set number of reps so it is easy to keep up with the video.
Personally, I have a hard time following schedules, but after completing several sessions with P90X, I have found following the scheudle that is included really helps get the best results. After day one I was starting to feel sore and can fully sympathize with anybody who is starting a new workout regime in the new year. The nice part is, after a few days the soreness has mostly gone away and I can attack each workout with full intensity, which is key to getting maximum benefit for the time spent.
So if you haven’t figured it out already, I highly suggest this workout for anybody, not just people with a time constraint. Remember, Christmas and the New Year snuck up like nobody’s business, and beach season is slyly peeking around the corner waiting for us to turn our backs for one second.

5 things I am LOVING about P90X3
1) Workouts are short and to the point. No need for long hour long sessions of cardio/weights
2) Tons of new moves
3) Yoga is shorter (this way i actually do the whole workout)
4) There is a Pilates workout now!
5) There’s a separate warm up DVD that’s included on the main menu of each workout

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Until next time…Ryann

First of many…

It was 2007 when I saw the P90X infomercial for the first time. The one armed pushups caught my eye, I mean who doesn’t want to do one armed pushups? Ever try to do a one armed pushup? I immediately dropped down and tried, but ended up doing a one armed face plant… It was clear that cool exercises like this would turn my boring workouts into something lot more fun! As tends to happen, motivation faded between ordering it and finally getting it in the mail and I must admit that stack of P90X DVDs sat on my shelf and gathered dust. It wasn’t that I sat on the couch and ate potato chips from a bag carefully balanced on a growing gut, but I had good intentions attempted doing other work outs, including, but not limited to bootcamp with friends (aka gossip hour), classes at a gym (wow, boring…and the looks when you show up late…), making up my own work outs (yes, as productive as that sounds…) and I even joined a gym (hoping that the steep monthly dues would act as motivation – not even close, it became a nice place for an occasional walk and shower). Needless to say, none of those things worked (shocker!).

There are always excuses for not working out (I have a list in case you need any), and the inevitable consequence for those excuses is rationalizing the result. See if any of these fit: just “getting older,” just slowing down, stupid metabolism….

Finally, I stopped paying to drive to the gym to take a shower, and decided to give P90X a shot. On May 23, 2011, I pressed play and that one little click was the start of new and great strides I made for my fitness and health. Just between friends (promise not to tell anybody??) the first few workouts were REALY HARD, and the day after soreness was even worse (ever have it hurt to wiggle your little toe?). Despite my better judgment I kept at it, and it wasn’t long before I started to notice toned arms (which way to the beach?) and even some abs (six pack here I come)! The bottom line is that I never thought I could get into great shape by doing a work out from the comfort of my own home (it doesn’t seem fair), but it has happened and I love everything about my new body! It sounds cheesy, but there is no caption here, no fine print about “being a paid actor”, but P90X worked for me, and it can work for anybody with a TV and a few spare minutes every day.

What’s your favorite work out?

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Until next time…Ryann