This morning I was determined that I would use the DVDs I bought some *muffled garble years* ago, so I woke at 5:30 AM and dressed to work out. I then went through the house and opened windows to let the cool breeze in, because I knew I would be sweaty and most likely, stinky. Then I stretched for ten seconds (I'm hardcore like that), took a deep breath, and put in the DVD.
Can I just start by saying that Jillian is not my style? First of all there's her clothing, which is a tad skimpy. And she kept fixing the top of her pants, to make them lower. Which ended up putting the top of them juuuust below her pelvic bones. This is not a workout I would do with my hubby. Ever.
Then there's her personality. I'm not a fan. She's the kind of woman who (seems to) like making men look bad. She challenged the men in this video waaaaay more than the women. One woman she didn't even talk to once. That, to me, is not cool.
Anyway, to the actual exercising...nowhere on the box does it say that the workout is aerobic. I'm serious. It does say that Jillian will help you burn "twice the calories". Right before you start to exercise, she explains she will be working lower to upper and back and forth to keep the blood shunting between those regions of your body. This helps you burn twice the calories (so she claims). The only way to do this is through constant aerobic movement.
Did I mention I have asthma?
Probably you can tell this is only going downhill from that statement.
I did make it through about ten minutes before I felt like passing out, so I suppose that's commendable. And of course right after I sat down she said "Don't you DARE stop on me. You bought this DVD, you obviously want to take this step, so get back up!!"
I wanted to punch the screen, right on her big mouth. But I couldn't get up.
So, I glared at Jillian for the rest of it, panted, and then turned it off. I did my own exercises for abs that I used to do at the gym many moons ago, then some leg lifts and other stuff. I am very technical.
My question to you is this: what exercise videos have you used in the past (or present) that you love and where the trainer isn't trying to kill you? I need some advice. Because I will not be doing this video again. Maybe when I get to the States I'll have a giveaway and Jillian can try to kill someone else for a while.
Leave me your best advice please!!