Patrick Goudeau Presents: Release with Erin Kirk – Yoga DVD Review

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Release is a yoga practice video that is lead by Erin Kirk and presented by Mr. Choreography himself, Patrick Goudeau.

I appreciated this yoga practice because it had something other than your typical sun salutations over and over like many other DVDs out on the market (Disclosure:  Sun Salutations are not my favorite vinyasa flow).

This practice starts out with a dancey type rhythmic warmup.  This was a bit different and sort of had me afraid that I would not care for the rest of the practice but then we went into the Starfish Sun Salute vinyasa flow and my mind changed. This vinyasa was a non-warrior flow and featured triangles and starfish poses.

In this practice you will do lots of fun things like lizard pose, eagle balance, work your core with boat pose and open your hips with pigeon pose.

In the end we get the sweet little dessert known as savasana and enjoy a bit of chanting and singing by Erin.

This practice does allow for someone that is advanced to go to their level of a pose while a less experienced yogi could stay back with the level that is comfortable for them.  Always remember:  Yoga is a personal practice and you should do what is good for your body and not push to what hurts your body.

That being said, I was surprised at how well Patrick did throughout the video.  While he couldn’t exactly do everything the teacher did, he did exhibit that he definitely has been practicing yoga for awhile.

I would give this yoga practice DVD 4 out of  5 stars.  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Namaste’.

DailyBurn Inferno HR Workout Program Review

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DailyBurn’s Inferno HR is one of their latest program offerings. I reviewed DailyBurn previously on my blog (see here:  http://mistransformation.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/review-of-dailyburn-personalized-fitness-websiteservice/ ) and mentioned the classic Inferno program and how much I liked it.  I like that the women in the workouts aren’t merely there for T&A.  Women are the leaders and the trainers.  It’s nice to watch the boys struggle with this one.

In this latest program, Inferno HR turns up the heat and then some.  Once I completed the first HR workout the endorphins kicked in big time.  It was a rush I had been missing.  Boy am I glad to be back at DailyBurn!

Inferno HR is led by Anja Garcia.  Who else but Anja could bring us something this intense?  Inferno HR is designed to be used with a HeartRate monitor that you can purchase through DB and link it to an app that monitors you while working out. You use your computer/roku, etc. to do your workout and then you are monitored on another device such as your tablet or smart phone.  It looks like a really cool feature and the market isn’t exactly flooded with programs such as this.  I did not use the HeartRate monitor feature myself, but sort of judged how I felt on my own and even took my heart rate manually when possible.  I know this wasn’t as accurate but I wanted to see how I liked the program before I invested in it.  If I do another round, I may buy the monitor.

In Inferno HR there are 4 separate workouts and they are all structured differently.  That is why I liked this program so much.  You were getting something different with each workout.  It wasn’t the same mundane thing all the time.

The zones described below are where your heart rate is.  Zones 0/1 being the lowest and zones 4/5 being the highest.  Zone 5 is the max.

Body Blast  – Two exercises 30 seconds of work/30 seconds of rest each maintaining zone 4 – then combining the moves for 1 minute doing 4 reps each move working to zone 5.   (41:45 total time

  Metcon Challenge Three blocks of exercises maintaining zone 4 then 1 minute of Core work in zone 3 and a 1 minute zone 5 cardio challenge.  (52:32 total time)

Tabata POC – Tabata round is one exercise 8 times through with 20 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest working to zone 5 – –  5 exercises 50 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest times through maintaining zone 4– repeating protocol with new exercises.   (51:21 total time)

Build & Burn – Four blocks of  3 rounds of exercises maintaining zone 4 the whole time. (54:06 total time)

You get three active rest days per week total including mobility, yoga and foam rolling.

Anja is a great trainer and likens the workouts to being like your own video game when you can view your heart rate while you are working out to stay in your zone.

After completing the first round of HR I was able to fit back into a pair of my jeans after gaining a bit of winter weight.  I am following this with a round of Classic Inferno and am continuing to get a bit leaner and feeling strong.  I cannot wait to get back to another round of HR.    If these Inferno workouts do not sound like your cup of tea, DailyBurn offers many more programs from True Beginner to Kettlebells, to Tactical Training, Dance and Yoga.  At $10 a month, DailyBurn is a bargain.

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Get Fit Like Fido – – DogVacay.com

Hello out there!  I know I’ve been absent again and I’m sorry but it definitely has to do with the weather and not spending as much time in front of the computer now that it is nice out.  That and I am sorry to report but no workout have really been grabbing at me to review except for the latest program I’ve been doing which I will do in a future post.

I was recently contacted by Priscilla Community Coordinator at DogVacay.com, an online community where dog lovers can connect with one another to find and provide dog daycare and boarding.

She asked if she could share an infographic on my blog that is health/fitness related and I said sure!  I don’t own a dog anymore (RIP Sniffles) but I do love dogs so great!  All I have to do to share this awesome picture is tell a little bit about my own fitness routine.   Have a look!

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Now a little bit about my own routine:  I like to lift heavy.  I have a variety of dumbbells and a barbell at home.   I also enjoy swinging the kettlebell.  I have 5 of those all the way up to 30 pounds.   I like to do cardio kickboxing, plyo, interval training, HIIT and Zumba.

Now that the weather has changed I also like to bike and take walks in the great outdoors.  We just had the most beautiful day I’ve ever seen here in North Central Pennsylvania – warm but no humidity sunny and gorgeous!

In the above graphic I could not help but notice the downward “dog” shout out and that brings me to my yoga practice.  I also have an avid yoga practice both at home and at a studio.  Not just power or more strength based yoga but also restorative and stress relief practice as well.  I’ve even begun meditating and consider this my “mental floss,” if you will.    I do incorporate yoga poses into my cool downs at the end of my workout.

What Have I Been Up To? What Do I Have In Store?

I don’t have a review today. I just wanted to tell you what I have been up to and what I have in store in the months ahead.

First off, I joined a yoga studio in March.  I have been visiting on a regular basis.  The first class I attended was Stress Relief Yoga and it was magical.  I slept so well that night.  I try to go to this class every Sunday night to get ready for the week ahead.

I also have been going to Hot Vinyasa Flow classes regularly.  I went because I wanted the intense heat after the brutal winter we had.  I was chilled to the bone and was hoping this would help.  It sure has.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep attending this through the summer months or not but we’ll see.  The yoga studio has other classes planned that I might be interested in this summer and since I pay per class, I will need to be discriminating on what classes I choose.    The hot yoga classes are heated to 90 degrees.  In my opinion this is the perfect temperature.  A little lower than some of the other hot yoga classes.  90 degrees is just enough to be super heated, but not so intense that you feel smothered by the heat.

I joined this studio literally the weekend that it opened.  That way I didn’t feel uncomfortable going into the studio for the first time.  Everybody was a newbie even if they were already seasoned yogis.  I really like it there.

Here is a pic of me participating in the Stress Relief Yoga class during the meditation portion (I’m sort of in the middle to the right a little hidden from view:

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COMING UP:

In May I am attending a Women in the Wilds outdoor event.  This is a day planned for women to do outdoor recreation activities such as kayaking, canoeing, hiking, archery, gun safety, yoga, and the like.  I signed up for yoga (surprise, surprise), kayaking and a woodburning craft.  I’m excited.  I love doing yoga in the outdoors.

In June, The yoga studio that I frequent is having a yoga marathon to celebrate the summer solstice.

This August I plan on attending the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival once again this year.

On a personal non-fitness level I am also going to see two legends in concert this summer.  First up is Ringo Starr – a/k/a Richard Starkey.  You may have heard of him before!

Second up I am going to see a childhood idol of mine the Queen of Rock n Roll herself:  Ms. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

I’m also attending the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in July for about the 9th year in a row.

I cannot wait to post about some of the above activities and hopefully I’ll have some new reviews for you soon.

Namaste!

 

 

 

Amy Dixon’s Breathless Body 3: HIIT It Big Workout DVD Review

I am finally moved and settled into my new apartment and what better workout DVD to review than one titled:  HIIT It Big! 

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This is Amy’s third installment in her Breathless Body series.  I have reviewed the other two previously on my blog and I have enjoyed both of the others.  The first being my favorite.  This new installment DID NOT disappoint. 

No equipment needed for this workout. 

If you are looking for a mindless cardio workout where you don’t have to follow any routine or learn a lot of moves to complete the workout, then HIIT It Big is the workout DVD for you. 

This workout has 8 different circuits of moves.  Those moves are completed in sets of four using a 40 seconds of work, 20 seconds of rest format.  After each circuit you get additional rest as Amy demonstrates what the new movement will be.  This workout has modifiers for both easier AND more challenging levels.  You can switch back and forth to suit your needs within each circuit.  I mostly stayed at the intermediate level but did go to advanced on a few and even had to drop back for the easier level.  The movements include plyometric (i.e., Scorpion jumps, chug jumps and squat pistol jumps) and bodyweight on the floor moves (i.e., tuck jump jacks and burpee mogels).  There is also a kickbox move circuit. 

After all eight circuits are complete, Amy then throws you for a loop and combines all of the movements completed at 30 seconds each with NO REST in between.  This is what Amy calls:  The Finisher.

BUT you aren’t finished.  Amy gives you 8 minutes of core:  4 challenging ab/core moves performed for a minute each. 

The cooldown/stretch is 3 minutes.  I really felt that this should have been a little longer.  At least 5 minutes.  I really felt that the warm up (4 minutes) and cooldown were both a little short on time. 

3 1/2 stars out of 5.  I liked this 3rd installment of Breathless Body better than Amy’s second offering but I still don’t think it lived up to the original. 

Moving

I am in the process of moving to a new apartment.  I’m not sure if I’ll get any new posts in until I get settled in by April 1st.  I have a lot of work to do between now and then packing.  Such a daunting task.

Thanks for your understanding.

Happy 3rd Anniversary Mistransformation!

Well, here we are at the third anniversary of my blog.   What began as a challenge that was supposed to last for only a few months has become a full time hobby for me.

I have to be honest.  I almost didn’t remember to post for my anniversary.  I knew it was coming up but I thought it was in the beginning of March.  Last night I decided to check to see when the specific date was and was shocked to find out that the anniversary date was actually at the end of February.  I was hoping to be a bit more prepared.

Over the past three years I have gained a handful of followers and I thank those that have been dedicated to reading my posts and promoting them to others (Fitness Blogger Buddies).

Most of the interest in my blog comes from searches through the internet.  I am able to view that in my dashboard statistics.  A lot of people are interested in reading about a certain workout DVD or trainer and search them on the internet and it leads them to my blog.  One of the most popular reads on my blog are my reviews of The Butt Bible (Pauline Nordin).  Even though I wrote about those back in 2011, they are still a popular search/read.

In my Mistransformation blog I hope to give no frills reviews to workout DVDs.  While I am pretty easy to please, I don’t try to sugar coat my reviews just because they are popular.  If there is a blaring problem I do try to point that out.

Thank you again for reading my blog and here’s to working on a 4th anniversary.