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And the Winner Is! Best of 2014! Inferno HR from DailyBurn

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 30, 2014 by mistransformation

Inferno HR

At the end of every year I name what I think was the best workout system or workout DVD that I reviewed that year.  This year I have to go with DailyBurn’s Inferno HR workout program led by Anja Garcia. 

Right before I engaged in this program my workouts had become stale.  They felt like a chore and I was just uninspired.  DailyBurn Inferno HR brought back the excitement and endorphins that I had enjoyed previously.

See my review from June 29, 2014:

DailyBurn’s Inferno HR is one of their latest program offerings. I reviewed DailyBurn previously on my blog (see here: ) 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.

2014 in review

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2014 by mistransformation

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

DailyBurn Live to Fail Phase Two with Ben Booker

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2014 by mistransformation


If you go back to my post from November 3rd you can read my review of Phase One from this program.  I am now going in to my third week of Phase Two of the Live to Fail program.

If you read my last review of Phase One you know that a few weeks into the program the Lower Body/ Upper Body MetCon workouts get longer.  The same is true in Phase Two.  Today I found that out and it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I wasn’t expecting to go from MetCon 14 to MetCon 21 so soon.  I thought for sure I had one more week to go until the switch.  I must say that once you move in to the 14 and 21 MetCons you really feel like you got a workout.  The 7 MetCons just weren’t enough.  In addition to longer time the workload in the rounds gets longer too.   For instance when you get to round 2 of (LB/UB) MetCon 14 the workload is 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off.  You do a particular movement 2x.  When you get to (LB/UB) MetCon 21 the round 3 workloads are 60 seconds on with 10 seconds rest.  You do not repeat a particular movement however.  Each movement is done only 1x.  The kicker when you get to MetCon 21 is the challenge round is done for a full 90 seconds.

The strength portion of the workouts in Phase Two are supersets.  The lineups are the same, i.e., Back/Chest; Armforge 2 (bis/tris); Shoulders & Shield 2; and Pillars of Strength.  The supersets are typically a movement each for the opposing muscle groups done back to back with no rest.  There is a 30 second rest however after you complete each superset and a 60 second rest when you complete a round.  There are 4 rounds total and a final challenge round of one movement done for 60 seconds.  In this challenge round you count and track your reps.

The workouts in the Phase Two supersets are longer ranging from 45 minutes to about 55 minutes and the rep count is higher 12 to 15 as opposed to 10 to 12 in Phase One.

I like this program and I think it is solid.  I like Ben.  I have seen definite growth in my muscle.  The only thing I’m not really thrilled with is that I haven’t leaned out at all.  That is really what I’m looking for.  So I’m going to do this program maybe for another week or so and then move on to the brand new program offered by DailyBurn Black Fire with none other than Bob Harper of the Biggest Loser and someone I have reviewed on my blog before.  The Black Fire program looks more metabolic and I am thinking that is something that I need to try to help lean me out some.

Stay tuned in the New Year for my review of Black Fire from DailyBurn.