Long before I became an official runner girl, I was a yoga girl. I did yoga for a few years and got in really good shape. Of course, running took over (I ran in high school, so I missed it!) and I forgot about/could no longer afford yoga. I still know all of the different poses and understand in general the way that it works. For the most part, I like yoga for a good stretch in between my runs and still try to commit to it a few times a week* by doing some free podcasts in the privacy of my own home.
When I ordered How to Cook Everything Vegetarian (review coming this weekend, hopefully), I needed about $5 more to get my free shipping. I started hunting around for Yoga DVD’s and stumbled across Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown. It was only $8.99 so I figured I’d give it a shot. If I hated it, I’d give it to my mom or my sister.
I own 30 Day Shred and think it’s one of the better workout videos out there. I had to stop doing it because it was really hard on my knees. I’ll probably do it again after marathon training when I have the time to find modifications to the workouts.
Here’s a clip of Yoga Meltdown:
First and foremost, this is NOT yoga in the traditional sense. Michaels does some of the poses, but flows through everything or adds movement to it to make it aerobic. There really isn’t much of the spiritual aspect of yoga, either. So overall what did I think?
I really, really liked it. It was a great 30 minute workout that I could barely make it through. I was sweating and working hard.
There are 2 different levels. Easy and hard. (I’m not sure if those are the exact names of the levels.) She starts you off with some warm ups and then moves on to the harder stuff. I knew I was working hard, but this morning my entire stomach area is sore and my arms feel like they’re about to fall off.
My final verdict? If you can get the video for under $10 go for it.
Today’s Run: 4.3 miles | 45:00 | 10:??
This was a hill workout. Since Florida is pancake flat, I went to the gym to do it. This workout almost freaking killed me. It was HARD. Here’s what went down:
2.0 miles @ 22:00 warm up
8 x :60 – :70 @ 6-7.5% incline w/1:00 – 2:00 recoveries depending on how much I was dying.
.5 mile cool down
My cool down should have been 10 minutes longer, but I just couldn’t run anymore. I was exhausted. I seriously cannot believe how difficult this workout was for me. I was throwing sweat everywhere and even let out a couple of grunts.
Whatever! I have no shame!
* That’s been a whole lot of fail lately!