September 2014

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September Workout Schedule

It’s already past middle of the month and I’m still sorting out my stuff and trying to organize everything what we want to keep and what we want to ged rid of. So far  September was and still is kind of lazy for me and it also shows on my Up application from Jawbone. BTW I absolutely love my fitness band.

Jawbone UP

The Jawbone UP is a fitness accessory and iPhone app.
It looks like a simple rubber wristband. But under the rubber is a device that can keep track of how much you’ve moved throughout the day and even alert you if you’ve been sitting around for too long. You wear it all the time, removing it only whenever you need to synchronize the data or charge the wristband, or when you are taking shower or going for swim. It also monitors your sleep patterns during the night. The app has a food diary feature that allows you enter your meals so that you can see if you’re burnjawboneUPing more calories than you’re consuming. And you can also connect with friends and you will see their progress too.
There is also possibility to sync your UP app with My Fitness Pall, Runkeeper, Map My Fitness, Lose It and others
It’s not the newest model and might not be even one of the best models out there but for now it suites all my needs.

So those last 3 weeks I rarely hit my goals. But I’m working on it and slowly getting back on track…at least until we move again. But nobody is perfect and there are always some bad days but important is to keep moving forward.

On Sunday I started with new workout plan – DVDs from Chalene Johnson.
 
Chalene Johnson

ChJ is an American physical fitness authority, choreographer, author, and entrepreneur. Chalene is most notable for creating the exercise video system known as TurboFire, developed and sold by Beachbody. She combined music, dancing, and martial arts as a basis for her workout system. DVD workouts also by her TurboJam, ChaLEAN Extreme, TurboKick, Hip Hop Hustle and newest edition PiYo workout.
I tried some of her previous workouts but they were just to long for my busy schedule or it was just not possible for me where I was living and then I forgot about it. And recently I came across PiYO and I decided to try it out.

PiYo workoutpiyo-info 2

So, what is PiYo? Piyo is a stretch, flexibility and strength workout promising to deliver the same results as Yoga, Pilates and interval training combined. It features all of the benefits that you get from Pilates and Yoga, including flexibility and core training, but with extra cardio and strength training to really make you sweat. No heavy weights or jumping involved so you do not have to worry about high-impact moves that will be hard on the knees or that your neighbors will be complaining about the noise.

Here are the workouts with short description:

Align: The Fundamentals (40 minutes)
Align is an all in one it’s workout that helps you understand the correct form required to perform each of the moves in the PiYo program. It explains PiYo terminology, proper core alignment and also includes modifications for those that require them to complete each workout.
My opinion: more like introduction than and actual workout, but it’s important to go through it especially when you are not familiar with yoga. Because you need to know the moves, do them properly otherwise you are just wasting time.

Define: Lower Body (25 minutes)
This lower body workout focuses on the thighs, calves and buttocks. It works every muscle in your lower extremities, including your hamstrings and quad muscles, to give you long, lean legs.
My opinion: some moves are challenging but in the end I felt like I can do another one.

Define: Upper Body (35 minutes)
If you want the arms to stop flapping in the wind, this upper body workout can help make that happen. It will help reshape your arms by focusing much of the moves on your shoulders, biceps and triceps. This workout will also work your chest and give you upper body strength that most feel is unattainable without weights.
My opinion: same like the previous one, some moves are challenging but in the end I felt like I can do another one.

Sweat (35 minutes)
This is one of the faster paced workouts that works every muscle in your body. It includes a lot of yoga influences done at a dynamic speed to help make you burn calories and sweat for the entire 35 minutes.
My opinion: ok so this one I finally felt like I was really working out and I was sweating too.

Sculpt (30 minutes)
This workout will work your muscles at different tempos to keep challenging them. You will feel the burn as you go through each exercise and hold positions to challenge your endurance.

Core (30 minutes)
Working the core is vital in achieving a long, lean physique and that is exactly what this workout does. It will help you obtain the flat abs that so many hope for. All moves are designed to lengthen and strengthen the midsection.

Strength Intervals (25 minutes)
This non-stop interval workout includes various movements done at a fast pace to help burn the maximum amount of calories. It works every muscle in your body and will get your heart rate up almost immediately.

Drench (45 minutes)
Drench will take you through a warm up and stretch of your upper and lower body, then quickly transition you to a fast paced, cardio portion to bump up your heart rate and speed up your metabolism. It will culminate with a lower body segment to help improve endurance and balance in your legs and core.

Buns (Bonus Workout 25 minutes)
Flat butt be gone with this bonus workout! It will lift your buttocks and redefine your entire backside with a variety of moves that also work the legs and thighs.

Hardcore on the Floor
This workout is available only if the program is purchased through a Beachbody coach. It is an all-body workout designed to strengthen every muscle from head to toe and can be added to days that you are doing other workouts in the series for increased intensity.
 

What I like on the DVDs: There is a modifier- Michele in every workout. What’s awesome is she does the moves from a side view where as everyone else is facing forward. It is really nice to be able to see how each move looks from the front and side.  It greatly helps with correct form.  In addition, you always have the option to go in to Child’s Pose between moves in the event that you need a little break.

What do you need for the workouts:
NO equipment is necessary!!
Exercise mat or yoga mat is recommended. And most of the workout you can do barefoot.
 

I’m following the basic plan and so far I tried only the introduction and first 3 workouts, today I’m supposed to repeat Define: Lower Body but I think that I will add to it another workout and see how it goes. And of course I’m not following the diet plan, but I’m trying to eat as clean as possible. I’m hoping that this workouts will help me with flexibility and strenghtening my core.
 

And I will have to change up the calendar to go with my needs and moods 😉 and of course I will be posting updates regarding the workouts and my progress.

 

Peace and love, G.

April – August 2014

I’m back with updates!

This is going to be one very very loooong post.my personal organizer
So I was offline for some time because I was pretty busy with school and learning German. But I managed to past my A2 level test without any problems (and I skipped the level A1 completely 😉 )And in July we some-how decided to leave Austria so the life got again crazy. On the end of the last month we moved all our stuff to my Moms, where we are staying until beginning of October, when we will be moving back to UK. Looks like German speaking country is just not for us – at least not for now.
With all the cleanings I’m also cleaning up my computer so I want to upload all my workout calendars too. For now I was marking everything into my personal organizer which I created myself. I just bought A6 folder for myself and I printed out calendar. This way I have my own unique organizer which suites to my needs with beautiful green pages.

APRIL 2014G - april-2014

So I was continuing with Zwows also this month with some breaks due to sickness.
1.4.2014: ZWOW 32: 8 min and 24 sec, no run 2x 5.5kg
2.4.2014: ZWOW 33: 3R + 3SPLL-R             (SPLL – most difficult)
3.4.2014: ZWOW 34: 13 min and 39 sec      (1.-3. 5.5kg, 4. 16.5kg)
4.4.2014: ZWOW 35: 12 min and 29 sec, 5.5kg (PS with chair, DB from 2nd R modif.)
7.4.2014: ZWOW 36: 9 min and 16 sec, 2x 4kg (little bit heavy for the punches)
8.4.2014: ZWOW 37: no breaks, but I was keeping up with Zuzka
9.4.2014: ZWOW 38: 13 min and 28 sec, DS- 5.5kg
10.4.2014: ZWOW 39: 9 min and 45 sec, 5.5kg
11.4.2014: ZWOW 40: 9 min and 48 sec, 2x 3kg        + 10R (15/45) = 1247
14.4.2014: ZWOW 41: 14 min and 6 sec, 5.5 kg
15.4.2014: ZWOW 42: 12 min and 51 sec    + 10R (15/45) = 1277
16.4.2014: ZWOW 43: 2R + 25 SSU          + 10R (15/45) = 1286
17.4.2014: ZWOW 44: 10 min and 5 sec, 4.5kg
18.4.2014: ZWOW 45: 13 min and 1 sec, 2x 3.75kg  + 10R (15/45) = 1341

MAY 2014G - may-2014

 I just love Zuzka Light and her workouts and I will keep doing them over and over again.
5.5.2014: ZWOW 51: 13 min and 36 sec      (only 8 normal DB- rest from my knees)
6.5.2014: ZWOW 52: 11min and 24sec        (PS between door frame- R leg better)
7.5.2014: ZWOW 53: 11min and 28sec
8.5.2014: ZWOW 54: 11min and 20sec, 2x 3.75kg
12.5.2014: ZWOW 56: HK=378, SP=23, DR=7.5, JL=19, PU=15
13.5.2014: ZWOW 57: 15 min and 46 sec ( Killer workout!!!)
14.5.2014: ZWOW 58: 16 min and 26 sec, LP& PU-4.5kg, PP-9,25kg
15.5.2014: ZWOW 59: 15 min 53 sec, 9,25kg
16.5.2014: ZWOW 60: 11min and 54 sec,7.5kg and 2x 4kg
ZWOW 49: 19min and 19 sec, 2x 4kg
19.5.2014: ZWOW 61: 10 min and 23sec, 2x 4kg
ZWOW 55: 2R+ 2GS, 10.5kg
20.5.2014: ZWOW 62: 10min and 38sec, 10kg            + 15.45km BIKE
21.5.2014: ZWOW 63: 2R+ 20Step Ups, 5.5kg and 13kg
22.5.2014: ZWOW 70: 2R + 1 OAPU
23.5.2014: ZWOW 65: 19 min and 21 sec
ZWOW 64: 2R + 18 R&R (+2 after time), 13kg (but it felt too heavy)       +25km BIKE
26.5.2014: ZWOW 56: 24min and 9 sec        BDP (20reptile,40one leg push up)
27.5.2014: ZWOW 67: 2R + 20 SDL
ZWOW 68: 3R + 4JL, 2x 3kg
30.5.2014: ZWOW 46: 11min and 47sec, 2x3kg
ZWOW 47: 5R + 7FW/BW, 2x3kg
ZWOW 48: 5R + 2BPU, 2x3kg

JUNE 2014G -june-2014

This month I was trying Zuzka Lights ZCUT Power Cardio & Strength DVDs. I was not following with hers schedule because it was nothing for me so I created my own and it was definitely fun and I will return to those workouts which I liked. Maybe I should form some kind of rating… I will make note for myself.
2.6.2014: ZWOW 69: 19min and 10 sec, GS-10.5kg, PP-13kg    (DB- first 10 reps each round normal)
   ZCUT Power Cardio W1: 8min and 45sec
3.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W1: 10 min and 48 sec, 2x 3kg
4.6.2014: ZCUT Power Cardio W2: 12min and 15 sec
    W3: 3 rounds
5.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W2: 10 min and 52 sec, 2x 3kg
   W3: 12 min and 57 sec, 2x 3kg              (killer for my arms!!!)
10.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W4: 11 min and 40 sec        (modif. PS- hold chair)
11.6.2014: ZCUT Power Cardio W4: 30, 74, 44, 43, 82         (last 10 push-ups from knees)
W5: 9 min
12.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W5: 13 min and 7 sec,        (1st & 3rd 2×7.5kg, 2nd 2x 3kg, 4th 3kg)
13.6.2014: ZCUT Power Cardio W6: 150, 94, 26, x (no break)
   Strength W6: 11 min and 5 sec, 2x 3kg
16.6.2014: ZCUT Cardio W7: 38, 74, 12, 115, 29       (didn’t like the workout!)   + 15R (40/40)
17.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W7: 14 min and 48 sec, 2x 3kg           + 4km RUN = 22min and 25sec
18.6.2014: ZCUT Power Cardio W8: 12min and 58 sec
19.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W8: 11 min and 37 sec, 2x 3kg           + 4km RUN = 22min
20.6.2014: ZCUT Power Cardio W9: 11min and 21sec
   Strength W9: 10 min and 57 sec, 2x 7.5kg            (killer – heavy weights!!!)
23.6.2014: ZCUT Cardio W10: 11min and 11sec
24.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W10: 12 min and 10 sec, 2x 4kg and 15kg       (15kg- too light)
25.6.2014: ZCUT Power Cardio W11: 12min and 12 sec
30.6.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W12: 13min and 21sec, 2x 4kg

JULY 2014G - july-2014

1.7.2014: ZCUT Power Strength W11: 12 min and 23 sec, 2x 4kg
3.7.2014: ZCUT Cardio W12: 11min and 48sec
4.7.2014: ZCUT Power Cardio Bonus Abs W: 6min and 55sec
   Strength Bonus W: 11 min and 9sec
 
7.7.2014: ZWOW 71: 23min and 59sec, 2x 3.75kg
8.7.2014: Z SHRED 1: 14min, 2x 3.75kg
10.7.2014: ZWOW 71: 23min and 37sec, 2x 3.75kg
11.7.2014: Z SHRED 1: 14min, 2x 3.75kg
 
28.7.2014 – Insanity – Fit Test
Switch Kicks – 100, Power Jacks – 52, Power Knee – 100, Power Jumps – 50, Globe Jumps – 11, Suicide Jumps – 20,
Push-up Jacks – 20, Low Plank Oblique – 65

G -august-2014

AUGUST 2014

This was one crazy month. So we were organizing our move from Austria to Slovakia , I was finishing my German course and we were with all this stress doing crazy Insanity. And of course I only found my results from the first fit test, but I know I did better the second time.
Ok. I think that’s it for this post and c u with my next one.

Peace and Love, G.