Today’s Workout: Exhale: Core Fusion Body Sculpt DVD

Happy Friday!

The Winter snow finally started to fall in Wisconsin and last night was perfect for an at-home workout.  I use Netflix mainly for workout DVDs and I had
Exhale:  Core Fusion Body Sculpt at home.

Source: Acacia

Core Fusion was created by Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp and they are founders of exhale mind/body spa.  There are a number of workouts in the Core Fusion line – Pilates Plus, Abs & Arms, Thighs & Glutes, Bootcamp, Yoga Energy Flow, and more.  I’ve done the Pilates and Yoga workouts and loved them.  Thighs & Glutes – not so much.  I was sore and in pain for a few days.

Core Fusion Strength is a great go-to DVD for a 50 minute strengthening, stretching, and muscle endurance workout.  You will need 1 set of light weights (3-5lbs), a mat, a chair, and a towel or stretch belt.  There are 5, 10 minute modules:
1.  Upper Body –  Very targeted movements that engage muscles you may not even know you have.  Even with the 3lb weights, this is a tough one.
2.  Thigh Sculpt – Moves that work to increase endurance and power in your muscles.
3.  Gluteus Sculpt – Ouch.  During these standing leg lifts I always think about a Jazzercise instructor from my hometown…her favorite line was, “If you don’t squeeze ’em, no one else will”.  During this segment you can hold on to a chair or counter, but I balance to add core strengthening.  Your back and abs are certainly engaged during these glute exercises.
4.  Abdominal Sculpt – Another Ouch.  This is like holding at the top of a sit-up for about 10 minutes.  Fred even says, “This will be the most difficult ab work you’ll ever do.”
5.  Stretch – Spend the 10 minutes at the end to stretch.  Most of the time I skip the stretching segment at the end of a DVD, but with the Core Fusion workouts, you need to stretch to gain the full benefits of the workout.

The instructors emphasize posture, specific movements, and strength in stillness and alignment, positioning and how much you can do in the exercise while remaining aligned.    You can view the DVD intro online and hear more from the instructors.

A selection of Exhale DVDs are available on Netflix, for purchase at Acacia , and on Hulu (search Get Fit, Stay Fit in the Hulu search and the Exhale Core Fusion:  Get Lean and Toned is available for viewing).

I’m hopeful that there’s enough snow on the ground so that I can dust off my snowshoes this weekend!

What are your weekend workout plans?

*Disclaimer:  I am not a personal trainer or medical expert.  The views expressed are my own and should not be taken as medical advice.*

Gym Pet Peeves & Rules

Gym pet peeves and rules are a hot topic as more people join gyms at the start of a new year.

Yesterday TODAY Show Health  asked Twitter followers :  What’s YOUR biggest gym pet peeve? Messy weight rooms? Dudes who GRUNT! when weight lifting? Tell us with the hashtag #gymgripes!

Replies included:
– people who sit on a machine and read without really working out
– not being able to get a parking spot or treadmill in January when the resolution folks hit the gym
– people who don’t wipe down machines (this one seemed to have hit a nerve with most folks)
– people who smoke outside of the entrance

My quick reply of gym pet peeves:  stinky feet at yoga, swimmers who leave puddles throughout the locker room (my wicking socks are good, but not that good!), and the people who will glare at you if you take their “spot” at a group class.  I certainly have my “favorite” bike that I try and get when I go to a Spin class, but I always look at the opportunity to try a new bike as an opportunity to experience the class from a different point of view!

Last week Thursday, Jason Gay wrote a funny piece in the Wall Street Journal called The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym.  A few of my favorites:
– No one in the history of gyms has ever lost a pound while reading “The New Yorker” and slowly pedaling a recumbent bicycle. No one.

– Yes, every gym has an over-enthusiastic Spinning instructor who hasn’t bought a record since “Walking on Sunshine”.

– You can take 10 Minute Abs, 20 Minutes Abs, and 30 Minute Abs.  There is also Stop Eating Pizza and Eating Sheet Cake Abs–but that’s super tough.  (On this one, I have to disagree with ‘stop eating pizza’…pizza can be healthy!

Yoga Buddies

There are 24 additional Rules…all highly entertaining and oh so true.
It’s helpful to have the gym membership, but it’s also relaxing to have the at-home workout option…especially when I get to practice yoga with my Yoga Buddies watching my every move.

What’s your biggest gym pet peeve?

TODAY Show Health and Jason Gay are on Twitter:  @todayshowhealth, @jasonWSJ.