Archive for February, 2013

Happy 2nd Anniversary Mistransformation Blog

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration on February 27, 2013 by mistransformation

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Today is the 2nd Anniversary of my Mistransformation blog.   I know, it seems impossible to me too!

For those of you unfamiliar with my blog, I started Mistransformation as a blog challenge for the Strong Is The New Skinny group.  It was meant to inspire us to keep a fit mentality from the end of winter into the beginning of summer.  However, I found that I really enjoyed blogging and continued to keep posting……and here we are two years later.  In the meantime, I have inspired others into their own fitness journeys.  This has to be the most rewarding thing for me in the course of my blogging.

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My blog has opened so many doors for me.  I have earned the respect of fitness professionals whose workout DVDs I review and I have met a great group other fitness bloggers along the way.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Stay tuned for more great reviews and posts.  Looking forward to my 3rd Anniversary.

2 Year Blog Anniversary

 

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Anni’s Fierce Force Workout DVD Review

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2013 by mistransformation

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While I do have more Xtrain DVDs to review, I thought I would take a break from that and do a long overdue review of a workout DVD that was released last year.  I finally did get around to purchasing this workout DVD and I am not disappointed at all.

Fierce Force is set up into 4 different circuits.  Lower body, upper body, core and total body.  The way this DVD is set up is that you can do circuits 1 and 2 together, circuits 3 and 4 together or circuits 1, 2, 3, and 4 altogether.  The DVD is also chaptered so you could do them each separately or choose whichever circuits you wanted (I did this one day – I chose to do circuits 1 and 4 and the next day I did 3 and 2 – so I had to choose the chaptered feature).  The first time through the DVD I did all 4 circuits and let me tell you by the end I was spent!  I like that you can choose to do 2 segments if that is all you have time for.  Even doing 2 segments you are getting an intense/effective workout and your heart rate will be up.

You will need a few sets of dumbbells tailored to your needs.  This workout utilizes heavy weights for the strength portions (think 15s or 10s – even 20s if you are a beast) and light weights for the cardio/plyo portions (3s or 5s – if you had to 2s or 1s).  I recommend for the full effect on the strength portions to really “heavy up” – unless you want a more intermediate workout then you could go lighter.  On the cardio portions I would say to lift what you are able and not too much to injure yourself.

Each circuit is set up with 1 minute strength segments followed by a 1 minute cardio/plyo/dynamic segment.  There are 15 second recovery periods disbursed throughout.  After completing a series of movements you will go back and repeat them for each focus group segment.

The movements for each focus group are familiar but effective.  A lot are compound movements and you will definitely feel like you are working.

I found Anni to be a delightful instructor – no nonsense but not overly demanding and definitely encouraging.

I hope that Anni continues to put out more intense workout DVDs such as this!

Cathe Friedrich XTrain: Cardio Leg Blast (Disc 6) Workout DVD Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on February 3, 2013 by mistransformation

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Just as promised I am back with my review of the Cardio Leg Blast (disc 6) workout from Cathe’s XTrain series.

I will say right off the bat that I liked this better than Legs.  Initially this is the workout I was excited about when Cathe announced the XTrain series but after seeing a video of the Legs workout I had changed my mind to wanting just Legs.  Well my mind is changing back again and this is the one that I prefer.

Cathe uses heavier weights in this workout (think #20, #25) and does shorter reps. I would say if this is too heavy then use a lighter weight but please use heavy enough to challenge yourself – just not too much to hurt your back.  Especially if you are not used to a heavier weight.  You could even choose heavier weight if it is available and you are used to it.  After a good warmup, Cathe alternates cardio blasts with strength portions as listed below.   Equipment needed:  Dumbbells (several weights tailored to your needs) Step  (Cathe uses 3 risers – I say tailor to your needs or use what you have available)  Dixie Cups (I don’t use them) and Firewalker Loop stretchy strength band (could get away without this but do buy yourself one for other workouts these things are great).

Round One:

Cardio: Pop squats/jump ropes/plyo jacks   Strength:  Alternating Back Lunges  (#20s)

Round Two:

Cardio:  Touch down jacks/split jumps    Strength: Plie Squats  (one 25#)

Round Three:

Cardio:  Side Explosive Lunges      Strength:  Elevated Lunges  (what I would call a split lunge – you put your foot up on your step)

Round Four:

Cardio:  Frog jumps forward/back/Plie Jacks    Strength:  Wide Stance Deadlifts (#20s)

Round Five:

Cardio:  Plyo Jacks/Air Jacks    Strength:  Squats (#20s)

Round Six: 

Cardio: Dixie Cup Lateral Skates (opt. cups)         Strength:  Step Ups (#20s)

Round Seven:

Cardio:  Power 7/Up Jack Down Jack (w/ a step – could do on floor)   Strength:  Static Lunge  (#20s)

Round Eight:

Cardio:  Fast Feet Shuffle/Jump Rope (step)    Strength:  Plie Squat Step Outs

Round Nine:

Cardio:  Right Leg Lead Jump Ups onto the Step/Straddle Off & Step Down   Strength:  Deadlift w/ Elevated Toes (opt.)  (#20s)

Round Ten:

Cardio:  Left Leg Lead Jump Ups onto the Step/Straddle Off & Step Down     Strength:   Side Lunges (one #15 – I think I could have gone heavier)

Round Eleven:

Cardio:  Step Knee Tap Down/Step Freeze    Strength:  Single Leg Deadlifts w/ back toe down  (#20s)

Round Twelve:

Cardio:  L-Step Into Over Top of Step Six Times      Strength:  Alternating Front Lunges onto Step (opt. — #15s)

There is an adequate stretch as per usual.

I liked this workout a lot.  With the cardio portions it offered the intensity that I like.  I still didn’t feel it was up to the standards of Butts and Guts however.  I would give this one an A-.  I did think it was better than Legs but again it goes back to doing more sets with each movement and working to fatigue.

Besides this “regular” 54 minute workout Cathe offers lots of goodies.  The great chaptering that you all have come to know, plenty of premixes and bonuses and challenges that I will talk about below.

Cathe gives us TWO bonuses in this workout.

First it’s Core #2 (I would venture a guess one of the other videos contains #1).  In this short workout you will fatigue your abs for sure.   Think 60 reps!  Thankfully Cathe lets off a little progressively.  You will work your obliques thoroughly as well. This is roughly about 13 minutes (give or take a few).

The second bonus is Burn Sets Bi’s.  After doing this bonus I now know one thing for certain I am going to purchase the Burn Sets Workout DVD in the XTrain series.  I’m not going to give a lot away because I will be reviewing it but let’s just say I wish that Cathe had done a Burn Sets Legs. It’s all about fatigue.

Challenges:

Cathe gives us two 100 rep challenges:

Scarecrow:  Which is a move where your arms look like they are in a goal post position. You alternate raising the “LIGHT” weight from flat to the goalpost position or scarecrow if you will. Trust me you will feel it.  I started with 5 pound weights but after about 50 had to go down to 3s.

She “re-gave” us the Hip Thrust 100 Rep Challenge that was also on Legs.  This is where you lie on the floor and have your back elevated and using a barbell, dumbbell or weight plate “thrust” your hips up and down.  This is great for the booty!