Today’s Workout: Elite Forces

If you’re a somewhat regular reader of the blog, you know that I like my at-home workouts.  They’re great when I only have 45-60 minutes to workout and don’t have time to get to the gym.

This workout was another one of my Netflix finds – Elite Forces Fat Burning Workout by Gilad is a 52 minute workout that includes a warm-up, cardio, toning, and cool-down. You do need at least 1 set of medium weight dumb-bells.  The exact workout includes:

Warmup:  8 minutes
Cardio:  32 minutes
Toning:  7 minutes
Cool-Down:  2 minutes

The cardio has you jumping around with lots of jumping jacks, plyometrics, jump-rope moves, and boxing punches.  I didn’t have high-hopes for this workout but let me tell you – my arms and shoulders were so sore the morning after.  And I broke a sweat.

The workout DVD was filmed on location in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – the crew is working out on an aircraft carrier.  There is a bit of a cheese factor with the DVD but if you can get past that, you’ll get a great heart-pumping workout.

Gilad is hard core–he was a record holding decathlon athlete in Israel and a fitness officer in the military. Later, as an Olympic hopeful in 1980, he trained and competed alongside some of the best athletes in the world. He has released countless DVDs and is a good go-to for abs and toning.

Do you have a favorite workout DVD?

Today’s Workout: Kelly Coffey-Meyer: 30 Minutes to Fitness

I have been relying on my trusty Netflix subscription for workout DVDs which help me shake things up a bit during the week.  If you’re in need of an at-home workout with weights, then check out Kelly Coffey-Meyer:  30 Minutes to Fitness —if you have 30 minutes or 60 minutes for a workout, then check this out.

There are upper-body, lower-body, abs and core exercises.  And a little light cardio, too.  I think this is an intermediate workout but could easily be modified for beginners.

You’ll need at least 1 or 2 sets of weights–I used my 10lb and 8lb dumbbells and even threw in a 12lb dumbbell for one set of bicep curls.  A step is optional.

There’s something about this workout that makes me really push myself to complete all of the reps with heavy (for me) weights.  Two moves that I don’t necessarily enjoy but know are good for working my muscles are the push-ups to 1-arm plank move and the nose, hips, downward dog move.  The nose, hips move is kind of like doing a push-up, plank, and downward dog all in one swift move.  You feel that one!

I’ve always wanted to sing in a band–just once.  One night as a singer–that’s all.  I’d even be happy with one song.  Now I’m thinking of a new “want”…I want to be a back-up workout-er in a workout DVD.  My spandex, high ponytail, dumbbells and I will be standing by.

Visit CoffeyFit for more information on Kelly and her workout DVDs.

What’s an exercise that you don’t like to do but you know is really good for you?