Workout Wednesday – Working On My Fitness

Although I have always aimed at keeping from french fries to flax seeds a food blog, sometimes it’s fun to explore other topics that not only interest myself, but my readers. And it allows me to tap into all the great information you all have to share as well. So today (and perhaps other Wednesdays in the future?) I’d like to talk about fitness programs. Mainly, because I’m in search of one.

I’m generally really good about getting out and doing something physically active most days of the week, but I don’t really have a fitness plan. And I think I’d like one. But where to even begin? There are so many out there, it’s hard to wade through all the options and find what is right for me.

For example – ages ago I was sent Thrive Fitness to check out.

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At the time that it arrived, I was swamped in school and the Olympics, so I couldn’t devote the time to reading the book and trying it out. Once school settled down, I gave it a go. I liked the alternating cardio and weight days, as well as the inclusion of HIIT type workouts. Some of the weight training moves were great, while others just didn’t do it for me. Ultimately though, I never felt motivated throughout the whole experience. I’m not sure why – perhaps it’s just because it was a book, perhaps it was the specific moves, or perhaps I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. For whatever reason, it left me still in search of the right program for me. I want to feel fit and strong and healthy. I’m not looking to become a body builder, or lose massive amounts of weight. I just want to be the best physical me that I can.

I have been looking at a variety of programs (most of which I’ve found through the blog world), and have compiled a list of ones that intrigue me.

P90X

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Obviously a favourite of many in the blog world. I like that this is a whole system, with a definite plan. I like that it contains such a variety of DVD’s. And the fact that it’s on DVD is great – I find videos much more motivating that just reading a plan in a book or magazine. This one also gets a thumbs up, because I don’t have to order it online – I’ve seen it for sale at a few stores in the mall. The downside is that it requires a set of weights and a pull up bar, which I would have to purchase over and above the system itself.

Insanity

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A relatively new one that seems to be taking the blog world by storm. What I like about this one over the P90X is that it requires no equipment, which means no extra cost to me. It’s an important factor for a student! It sounds pretty intense, and I want something that is challenging, but I worry that perhaps it might be too challenging? I would also have to order it online, which means added costs for shipping, taxes, and duty.

Body For Life

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I only really looked into this one after seeing Mama Pea’s awesome results! I took the book out of the library, and gave it a read. I like the workout plans, as they are really heavy on strength training, which I secretly love. But fear that I’ll fall into the “books aren’t motivating enough” problems I had with Thrive Fitness. Definitely the most economic option on my list though.

Inside Out Method

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This new DVD series is by The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper, so it gets bonus points right there. Who doesn’t want to work out with Bob every day? There are 4 DVD’s in the set, including cardio, strength, and yoga. Each DVD has 2 different workouts on it, one shorter for those days when you don’t have alot of time. I don’t know if it comes with a “plan” for how to use all 4 DVD’s, but I’m sure it would be easy enough to work out yourself. I haven’t heard much in the way of reviews on this, but the price is definitely right. Not sure if any extra equipment is required – I’m thinking some weights are probably used though.

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So that’s my list as it stands right now. Currently I have my Zumba nights, and I’ve been enjoying Jillian Michael’s “No More Trouble Zones”, as well as getting out for walks whenever I can. But I don’t feel focused, and you can only do the same thing for so long before you need to mix it up, not just for your motivation, but to see results.

Help a girl out – do you have any thoughts on these workout plans? Have you tried any of them? What did you think? Is there something else you would also recommend?

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6 Comments on “Workout Wednesday – Working On My Fitness”

  1. highonhealthy
    July 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I’ve never tried any of those but you have sparked my interest in the last one! Until just now, I hadn’t heard of the new Bob Harper series.. hmm. I’m extremely tempted to try it. I thought about P90x but I also don’t like the idea of buying the extra things. As for Insanity.. it sounds awesome but maybe a little bit too hardcore for me.

  2. July 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    Aww, thanks for the recognition. Guess it’s not a secret anymore, huh? 🙂

  3. jessica
    July 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    Your site is fun to read, but pleaseplease make the font bigger/bolder! I feel like a 90 year old trying to read it sometimes!

  4. July 8, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    I think the Insanity workout sounds awesome. Personally, I try not to get into a specific routine because I’m pretty busy with the kids and get anxious if I have to skip a day. Anal, I know! I get 4 days of cardio at the office gym but need to get back into strength. I brought my laptop to work today to start the 30 day shred again. We’ll see how that goes!!

  5. July 8, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I really like the sound of Bob Harper’s and I like him as a person so win win

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