Today’s Workout: Squeeze

Have you ever heard this catchy workout line:  “If you don’t squeeze ’em, no one else will?”

Back in college I used to attend Jazzercise classes with my mom when I was home on Winter break and that line was the favorite of a very bubbly instructor.

Today’s workout was Squeeze:  30-Day Body Transformation with Tracy Effinger.

This is a 50-minute workout that includes a warm-up and targeted exercises for arms, shoulders, abs, legs, thighs, back-side, and rounds out with a cool-down/stretching segment.

You do need a pair of light weights for this…and my light, I mean no more than 3 lbs. My shoulders were on fire using just 3 lb. weights!

Effinger also uses a fitness ball (the squishy kind that looks like a kick-ball), but I don’t have one and still felt the ab exercises without one.

The workout is one that requires concentration because you need to be mindful of “squeezing ’em”–i.e. engaging your muscles.  I like that I can’t zone out during this and have to just focus on the workout.

I first tried this a couple of years ago and barely made it through the workout…this time around, it seemed much easier.  That’s a good fitness-level sign!
It’s worth a try and is available via Netflix.

What’s a muscle group that you find burns when you use light weights?
For me it’s shoulders!  Maybe it’s the years of swimming…I have strong shoulders but notice that they feel workouts immediately.

Today’s Workout: Hemalayaa: Beautiful Belly

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I was doing this in my living room last week:

But you know what?  It was fun, it was a good way to unwind after work, and it was a real workout!  My abs/core were so sore the next day–good sore.

I’ve seen the Hemalayaa:  Beautiful Belly on Netflix but always discounted it thinking that it wouldn’t be much of a workout.  It popped up on Hulu and I finally decided to give it a try.

It’s about a 45 minute workout including a warm-up and cool-down and a variety of cardio and core work.  For plank enthusiasts, there are planks!

It was fun to let loose a bit and dance like no one’s watching.  Well, this guy was watching and tried to climb in my lap when I was on the floor for the floor work:

Always wanting to be right by me.

Have you ever tried one of Hemalayaa’s workouts?  She has a number of Bollywood-inspried DVDs available via Netflix, Hulu, and Acacia.

And Hulu is a great source for at-home workout options.  Here are a few pages to search:  Get Fit, Stay Fit; Yoga for Everyone; Dance and be Fit.  There are two down-sides with Hulu, though–short commercials (I supposed the up-side is that you can take a H2O break) and the workouts aren’t always available – they expire but then tend to show up again a couple of weeks later.