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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday's Total Body in Ten

I got this video back in, oh, January or so, and I never even so much as ripped off the cellophane because...I was pregnant? Is that an excuse? Not really. But either way, I had never even opened this DVD before this morning; instead, it was just sitting on the shelf gathering dust for nearly 10 months.

Today is a running rest day, but this morning, Norah took an unusually long morning nap. So, after taking care of the necessary tasks (ie, reading blogs), I decided I had 10 minutes to spare to test out this video.

It has 4 10 minute segments, and each focuses on a different fitness aspect: cardio, upper body, lower body, and balance/flexibility. The DVD is set up so you could combine all 4 workouts into one 40 minute session, or you can break them up and just do the 10 minute segments.

Unsure of how long Norah would nap for, and not being particularly fond of workout videos to begin with, I opted to just stick with a 10 minute segment: upper body.

My upper body is seriously lacking in strength, and my little t-rex arms are only capable of the kind of hoisting and toting that is required to carry a baby around, so I figured this area is ripe for improvement.

The 10 minute workout had me doing everything from bicep curls to push ups in order to work the arms, chest and upper back, and even though it was only 10 minutes, I was spent afterward, and I can already tell that the arms are gonna be sore tomorrow. Personally, I thought it was a good mini-workout and perfect for a person like me who isn't that fond of strength training: 10 minutes was enough time to make me feel as though I worked some muscles but not too long so that I was bored with it.

Granted, the woman who leads the exercises has the disconcerting duplicity of porn star nails mixed with man arms, but the exercises themselves were good, and overall, I liked the program. Next time, I guess I'll have to test out one of the other 4 sections.

I'll probably get around to that sometime in mid-2010.

18 comments:

Marlene said...

How is she doing an upper body workout with prn star nails?! :S

Sounds like my kind of workout. Good for you! Hope you can still lift Norah tomorrow. :)

Wes said...

porn star nails... roflmao... that's too funny...

Amanda said...

Lol at the porn star nails on man arms. I have trouble making myself do workout videos too, I always find something else to do around the house instead. For some reason, your blog format comes across wonky at work so I save them up and read them on my days off. That's why I read a week's worth at once in case you were curious:)

shellyrm said...

LOL prn star nails!

My husband had my soon-to-join-the-Army son and I doing Army push up and sit ups before his 5k run this weekend. I must have t-rex arms too because they hurt like crazy on Monday! I guess I should do that 10 minute workout everyday!

Nobel4Lit said...

Hrm, that 10 min is longer than I often spend doing my arms in the gym. Video noted.

Heather said...

I like the idea of a 10 min strength workout - nice and easy to fit in.

RunnerGirl said...

Porn star nails? Hilarious!

Jamoosh said...

Apparently I am much more virtuous than the average blogger. What the heck are pornstar nails?

Aka Alice said...

LOL at "the disconcerting duplicity of porn star nails mixed with man arm..."

You are such a freekin' good writer. It's among the reasons why I love reading your blog!

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

haha! Wait till Norah gets bigger and wants to do the videos with you..ie ON your mat, TAKE your weights...it's really fun getting pushed out of the way by a toddler, ha!

MCM Mama said...

Glad you got a chance to give your t-rex arms a workout (although just carrying Norah around will become quite a workout before long). LOL at the porn star nails.

lifestudent said...

If we could do all of life in 10 minute segments it would be a lot easier and more enjoyable. Maybe I'll give it a try :)

Rio Runs said...

The nails / man arms visual is just too much! LOL. Well, you got to try something new and be visually entertained at the same time. :)

N.D. said...

this sounds pretty cool - thanks for sharing!

Krissy said...

Ha! So funny, the ladies in those video's always crack me up. I do the "Quick Fix" DVD and it is set up the same exact way, segments of 10 mins. Honestly, the amount of weights I do at the gym on top of my cardio or when I run is 15 mins. tops so the video at home is just enough for me as well. I just don't have time to do it all and I much rather enjoy a run or another form of cardio than lift weights anyday...

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

You are tooo funny!! I have such a hard time focussing on workout videos and not getting distracted by the people with strange voices, poofy hair and abnormally tight abs..

Nikki said...

Didn't ya know? Porn star nails make you stronger!

X-Country2 said...

You're such a rock star. Is there anything you can't do?