Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Puke-in--a-bucket workouts


Yep, puke-in-a-bucket workouts. That's what my friends at the VF Video Fitness internet forum call hard workouts, workouts that may push you a little to the edge, that may make you want to puke. Barf. Vomit. Pass out.

Call me masochistic but I love those sort of workouts. Yes, they have a high dread factor for me but, I feel a great sense of accomplishment when the workout is over. I feel like an athlete, like it is so worth the pain.

Yesterday in the post I received Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred - three thirty minute workouts on one DVD. Level 1, 2 and 3 - with 3 being the toughest.

Internet fitness friends tell me these are puke-in-the-bucket workouts - if you do Level 2 or 3 or two or more levels combined.

I was sad last night - I knew I couldn't do these with my current cold/cough/flu. I bemoaned this fact to Greg, when he called from the UK. I knew he'd understand, fellow workout freak that he is.

But today I had a bright idea! A first, I am sure!

Why not do Level 1 but keep it low impact and use lighter weights ( 2 and 3kg - 4 and 6 lbs).

That's what I did! A perfect short but effective workout for when I am not up to par. Might do the same tomorrow with Level 2..and when I am fully recovered from this can't shake it flu, I'll try the workouts high impact. Truly almost throwing up style, I hope!

From the Collage Video website, where this DVD is rated as advanced -


Three well-structured aero/tone interval workouts led by “The Biggest Loser” trainer. These fast-paced exercises will keep you burning fat as you sculpt muscle. The programs build in intensity; you can start with the intermediate level and work up to the advanced program (it’s tough! — moves like plyo-lunges and traveling pushups). Each workout has three “cycles.” Each cycle starts with three minutes of multi-muscle and isolated strength training. Then it’s two minutes of non-dancy kickbox and athletic-style cardio. That’s followed by one minute of classic abwork (then — no rest — you’ll immediately start a new cycle). Like on the TV show, Jillian is both demanding and supportive .


Three cycles plus a warm up and a cool down, in each workout. And the workouts build in intensity. Who could ask for more??

3 comments:

Greg said...

Did they look as if they'd be as hard as people said (if done at full intensity)?
Funny you should mention me being a fitness freak...a place I looked at yesterday seemed alright and was VERY convenient for City Hall; then I realised there was no way I could do Tae-Bo in the room so immediately ruled it out!

Leonie said...

lol! Thats something I'd do!! level 1 is definitely not puke in a bucket by itself - esp not low impact like today but not even high impact, I think. Will wait and see what the other levels are like on preview...

HopewellMomSchool said...

You Rock if you're up to that workout!! Tae Bo [spelling?] nearly sent me to the hospital and I was a RUNNER back then!! Still, I'm on track with my workout plan so I've bookmarked these workouts for sometime in late '09.