Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

Time another for another one of these!

If you have seen my other posts with this title, you will know what these are all about. If you have not seen them before-it is pretty simple. I will just be doing a workout video from the Fitness Blender site and compare the calories I burned (according to my watch) doing it to their calorie burn estimate range.

It is just a fun thing I have come to like doing. Read on to see this month’s comparison!

The Fitness Blender workout I chose

Since the last workouts chosen were for the upper body, I decided to do a lower body one this time. I went with the one entitled, “56 Minute HIIT and Strength Workout- Intense Active/Static Lower Body Strength and HIIT.”

This one looked good to me because it seemed like it would be pretty intense. The comments saying that people were shaking for a while after doing it, really intrigued me and made me want to try it, too.

It is a total of 56 minutes long and includes a warmup/cool down.

There are two groups of HIIT with six movements in both of them. Each movement is done for 20 seconds and then you rest for ten seconds. The HIIT portion time takes up a total of 12 minutes of the workout.

There are two groups of strength training which are both done after the HIIT groups. They include six different exercises. The strength training groups are each done twice.

The difficulty level is said to be 5/5 on their scale but it can be changed a bit so that it goes down to a 3/5.

Estimated calorie burn range is 381-597.

My experience and calories burned

Whew! This was definitely a tough one!

I loved the different movements that the HIIT portions had. Lately, I have been doing the same old ones during my own cardio workouts so this was refreshing (mentally, not physically). They packed quite a punch!

The strength training part may look easy when you see it written but holy cow is it not easy at all! The second exercise in each superset involves holding the movement (i.e. sumo squat hold). It is brutal as all get-out.

When I finally got to the cool down, my lower body was screaming. The stretching helped a little but I am still feeling the workout as I type this a day later. Talk about jelly legs!

After being totally done with the whole workout, I was eager and excited to see the amount of calories I burned on my fitness watch. So I turned the screen on, scrolled through to the calories burned section and it read…

450 calories burned!

That number is right within their estimated burn range and I was very happy with it.

Highly recommended workout

This is an awesome, high quality workout. It is one that you will definitely feel the next day or two.

The workout is not complex when it comes to the way it is arranged but it still requires a lot of effort. It definitely is a 5/5 on a difficulty scale so keep that in mind if you decide to try it.

The Fitness Blender workouts can be scaled down with some modifications. The same is true with scaling it up but this particular workout is hard enough as it is.

You can use whatever amount of weight you want but Just know that this isn’t really the right workout for you to be lifting as heavy as you can.

If you are one of those people who thinks they need to burn 600+ calories per workout, this might not appeal to you. It is important to realize though that if you are trying to slim down, your diet matters more. This workout will definitely help you on the way to meeting your body goals with the right food intake.

To conclude this short post

I loved the workout and am very happy that I found it. It will definitely be something I do again very soon (like my next leg day).

This Fitness Blender was just one of their many great workouts so make sure to go to their website and check out all they have to offer.

You can find my last Fitness Blender comparison post here.

Thanks for reading!

#fitnessblender #workouts #fitness #exercise #weightlifting #hiit #cardio #womenwholift #powerblocks

7 Awesome Workout DVDs (yes, those old things) To Try!

7 Awesome Workout DVDs (yes, those old things) To Try!

I am sure that many people think that DVDs are completely outdated but there are still some great ones out there!

DVDs are what set off my love of fitness and staying in shape. I have done quite a few in my life and I enjoyed most of them. In this post, I will be showing you some of my favorites that I think you might like too!

7 awesome workout DVDs

  1. Cardio: Jillian Michael’s Banish Fat Boost Metabolism

Whether you like her or not, she does have some great workout videos. Her Banish Fat Boost Metabolism workout definitely does not disappoint.

This is a 40 minute circuit workout that blasts a good amount of calories while keeping you interested. You will find that time flies by with the intense intervals. It even includes ab work for a complete workout on a day off from weightlifting.

You can find it on Amazon or buy it on YouTube.

2. Cardio and strength training: Jari Love’s Get Extremely Ripped! 1000

Whew! This one is a tough! The 1000 part of the title refers to the number of calories you may burn by doing the workout.

The structure of the workout is cardio intervals with strength training after them. There are beginner, intermediate and advance modifications so you can make it as easy or as hard as you want.

The running time of the workout is 75 minutes. The nice thing though is that you can choose to break up the exercise moves to end up having multiple workouts that focus on different things.

This workout will definitely have you reaching your goals in no time when paired with a sensible diet. You can find it on Amazon.

*If I remember correctly, I burned around 600-700 calories whenever I did this workout back in the day.*

3. Cardio and strength: Cathe Friedrich X10

This DVD is pretty amazing when it comes to giving you a full body blast in a short amount of time. There are multiple premixed workouts on it that you can pick from or have one longer workout.

There is equipment that is used in some of the workouts (a cardio step and gliding discs) but you can modify things and do without them.

If you are one that likes long workouts, this may not be the right one for you. If you are looking for a quality workout, than this is one you should consider. You may not see a ton of calories burned on your fitness watch but you will definitely get a good afterburn.

You can find this on Amazon and on Cathe’s website.

4. Strength training: Kelly Coffey Meyer’s 30 Minutes to Fitness: Muscle Definition

This was the DVD that really got me into strength training. It has you using light weights but it is still effective as you are free to add in heavier ones if you want more of a challenge.

There are premixed workouts target different muscle groups or individual ones. You can also choose the full body, longer option for a more intense workout.

You can find this workout DVD on Amazon and on Kelly’s website.

5. Strength training: Cathe Friedrich’s Slow & Heavy

Wowza! This offering by Cathe is a real burner. It involves lifting weight really slowly which may have you screaming after a while (I may have).

There are three workouts that focus on different muscle groups or you can put them all together to have a great full body workout. All you need are some dumbbells of different weights and then you are able to make the workouts as easy or as hard as you want.

You can find the DVD on Amazon and on her website.

6. Strength training and cardio: The Firm’s 500 Calorie Workout with Kelsie Daniels

This is a fun, intense and fast moving full body workout. It has a runtime of 60 minutes. There is a warm-up and cool down included.

Light weights are used but you can modify things so that the weight can be heavier if you want. As I recall, there are some tricky moves but you will get the hang of them better after doing them multiple times.

One thing I love about this workout (aside from it being great) is that the trainer is black. I do not usually like to make things about race but I think it is wonderful to see a fellow black person who is passionate about staying in shape.

With modifications to make it harder, I remember burning really close to 500 calories each time I did the workout.

You can find the DVD on Amazon.

7. Mari Winsor: Pilates

Mari Winsor is an amazing Pilates instructor. I used this DVD a lot (and will use it again soon!) and saw wonderful results.

There is one full workout (runs around 50 minutes) and an express workout (runs 25 minutes). You do not have to be an expert to do the workouts as they are great for beginners too. There are three different people showing three different levels of difficulty so you can follow along with what they are doing.

You can find this DVD on Amazon.

I highly recommend these!

These were my favorites back when I used to do DVD workouts and I think many others would like them too. They are great for those that do not want to take the risk of going to a gym right now.

There are so many other good DVDs out there and I plan on getting some to use as a part of my exercise routines.

Collage Video is a wonderful site to visit as they rate and review pretty much all workout DVDs on the market. You can also buy some through them. If you still have a DVD player and are interested, you may want to check them out.

Let me know if you have done workout DVDs and if so, which ones.

Thanks for reading!

#workout #fitness #homegym #dvds #cathefriedrich #jarilove #mariwinsor #cardio #pilates #strengthtraining #diet

Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

I really like Fitness Blender and all they have to offer in terms of at-home workouts. Their videos have given me the inspiration to formulate my own workouts that I feel are best for me.

Every one of Fitness Blender’s workouts videos has an estimated calorie burn range. Just out of interest, I have decided to do one of their workouts every once in a while and wear my fitness watch to see how many calories I actually burn.

This post will be the first comparison I do. Read on if interested!

Fitness Blender workout done: Daniel’s Upper Body Strength Workout for People Who Get Bored Easily

This is one of their many upper body workouts they offer. It is catered towards people who do not like a lot of repetition in their workouts.

This particular workout has three groups of strength training-no cardio. Each group focuses on two areas of the upper body (chest/back, shoulders/lats, biceps/triceps). There are eight exercises in each group.

The exercises in the groups are done back-to-back for 45 seconds each. There is a water break/longer rest after each group. The workout also includes a warm-up and cool down.

The duration of the entire workout is only 39 minutes due to the fast pace of the strength training. The weight you are to lift is entirely up to you and what you are able to handle.

This workout’s calorie burn estimate range: 227-404 calories

My take on this workout and my calorie burn

I usually do bursts of cardio with my strength training workouts to add in some extra calorie burning. This workout’s cardio-like activity comes from moving fast. A little bit of a change for me!

Despite it looking kind of easy, my arms definitely got really fatigued before the workout was over. It is actually not something I am used to when doing strength training.

Having my arms tired only part of the way through the workout seemed like a great sign to me!

Upon completion of this workout, I felt like I got a wonderful workout in even though there was no cardio. I had a feeling I was going to be sore then next day and I sure was.

I loved the way the workout was set up and I can definitely see how it would be good for someone who finds more traditional weight lifting to be boring.

My calorie burn for this workout (according to my watch) was only 120 calories. So despite feeling like I was working hard, I did not burn as much as Fitness Blender’s estimated calorie burn range for the particular workout. Bummer

I still really enjoyed this workout though and I would recommend it to others!

In conclusion

While I liked the workout and it did challenge me, I did not reach the calories burned estimate. What I plan on doing is taking this workout and making it my own. I will do a post about my changes to it in a few days.

Have you done Fitness Blender workouts? If so, did you like them?

Thanks for reading!

#fitnessblender #homeworkouts #homegym #powerblocks #weightlifting #fitness #exercise

Resistance Band Workout + Review

Resistance Band Workout + Review

Working out with resistance bands seem to be a very popular thing right now. From influencers selling them and pretending that they use them (yes, that was shade) to resistance band workout articles popping up everywhere.

They are the in thing and for good reason.

I decided to take out my resistance bands and try a workout that uses them. In this post I will talk about how it went for me.

Resistance bands: What and why

Resistance bands are just that-bands that provide resistance. Because of this, using them gives our muscles some work.

There are many options when it comes to buying resistance bands. Some of them are looped and others have handles. The latter ones can also come with door anchors to do certain exercises with.

You can buy just one resistance band or a few different ones that have varying levels of resistance. They will be equivalent to lifting certain amounts of weight so make sure to read the product description carefully so you know what you are getting.

Some benefits to using resistance bands are as follows:

  • They are great for home workouts as they do not take up much room.
  • They are cost effective. This is because they can replace a bunch of dumbbells.
  • They help with strengthening the muscles just as dumbbells do.
  • They are lightweight which means they are easy to move around when you have to store them away.
  • Great for easing back into strength training after breaks from it due to varying reasons.
  • Great for easing into strength training if it has not been done before.
  • Great to bring along on trips.
  • Great for changing up your workouts.
  • Can provide great stretches.
  • Allows for better control of strength exercises.
  • Can be added in with dumbbell workouts.

Resistance band set option (with door anchors):

Resistance band loop option:

The resistance band workout I tried

I was Googling resistance band workouts and found one from Coach magazine. This is a fitness/health magazine and is based in the UK. It is targeted towards men but that did not deter me!

The workout is geared towards the upper body and includes cardio components. It is a circuit that has four exercises which include lateral raises, overhead press, bicep curls and band pull-aparts. Each is done for 30 seconds with 30 seconds of cardio in between each instead of a rest.

The article states that each circuit should be done four times. The workout will take around 20 minutes to complete.

My thoughts on this workout

I am really tied to my PowerBlock dumbbells so I was worried that I would not get a good workout session in with the bands. Fortunately, I was wrong as it was a wonderful workout!

The following are the things I liked about it:

  • Different- It was a change from my usual strength workouts which made it pretty darn fun for me.
  • Simple and quick- I can see this as being a great workout for someone who wants something relatively quick and not complicated to do.
  • Totally customizable- I can make this workout even harder, substitute strength moves, add strength moves, add weights etc.
  • Effective- I did feel like my muscles got a good workout. I even had some soreness the next day.
  • Easy to grip- I have been having a harder time gripping the PowerBlocks recently for whatever reason. The handles on the bands I used for the workout, were easier and more comfortable to grip.

I did not wear my fitness watch during the workout so I do not know how many calories I burned. I do know that I was working hard during the session and got my heart rate up.

This workout is one that I would highly recommend. You can find it here:

I will be using resistance bands again

I plan on incorporating resistance bands into my exercise sessions from now on. The workout from Coach magazine is also something I will do again with some adjustments that will make it harder and even more effective.

Do any of you use resistance bands to workout with? If so, let me know what you like about them!

Thanks for reading!

#workouts #homeworkouts #homegym #fitness #weightlifting #resistancebands #strengthtraining #safeathome #coachmagazine

Here Is How I Get Through My Tough Workouts!

Here Is How I Get Through My Tough Workouts!

I love to workout at home. It is more “relaxed” that way. There is no waiting for equipment, having to hurry up so someone else can use the equipment, possibly getting sick from some infectious person that decided they needed to workout, having to listen to annoying people chatter etc.

Another thing I love about working out from home is the ability to turn on whatever I want for entertainment! It really helps to make my workouts successful.

If you want to know what I have used and currently use as entertainment during my exercise sessions, then read on!

Before college- magazines and music

When I first started working out on a weekly basis, I would read magazines on the cardio machines. This meant that I was not getting the best cardio work in that I could. I mean, who can read when they are doing high intensity intervals?

At that point in time, I thought steady state cardio was great for my fitness. It was extremely boring though so that is why I read magazines while doing it.

I was so naive back then!

When it came to doing weightlifting at the gym, there was only one TV and quite a few other people there. This meant that I would most likely not get a choice on what to turn on. I was at the mercy of what others wanted which always seemed to be some awful program.

Because of not liking what other people picked on the TV, I decided to just wear my Ipod on my arm and listen to a mix of songs while lifting weights.

College days-Nothing!

During my time at college, I loved going to the gym.

I was somehow able to get through my workouts with absolutely no entertainment. There was no television, no music that would be playing, no magazines and I did not feel like bringing my Ipod with me.

I got in some awesome workouts despite not having the extra boost of motivation from TV and music.

After college

When I graduated and moved back home, I started going back to the same local gym I had gone to before.

This time I was armed with the knowledge that having a great workout meant that I would not be able to read on the cardio machine I was on. Because of this, I did tough cardio sessions-keeping them short but effective.

For the weightlifting at the gym, I was used to having no entertainment. That meant I just did whatever I was going to do and left. No music and no hoping I would get a turn with the TV.

Fast forward to now

Ended up working out to this zombie movie on Netflix before making this post!

I have been working out 100% at home since I got my first house in 2012. I ended my gym membership and bought Powerblock weights (they go up to 50 pounds per hand) that I still use.

For my very first workout in my first home, I put on a show that I liked at that time (I think it was Dog The Bounty Hunter, haha!). It was really fun and I have been putting on shows during my workouts ever since!

I do not care what any one has to say about having the TV on while working out. It motivates me and I still get quality exercise sessions in each week.

When I close the door to my bedroom each night I exercise, it is my special time. I get to do something that is healthy for my body while watching things that make me happy. It is my definition of self-care.

So here is what I have been turning on lately:

  1. Monk (Amazon Prime)- This was one of my favorite shows a few years ago and I decided to start watching it again.
  2. Paternity Court (Roku channel)- The trashiness keeps me going.
  3. Golden Girls (Hulu)- I love this feel-good show!
  4. Working Moms (Netflix)- Super fun show!
  5. X-Files- Has been my favorite show since I was seven!

I will have to look through the streaming services and compile a list of other shows to watch soon!

Exercising is fun to me

Saying that might sound really weird to some, but it is true. I have figured out what makes it tolerable for me.

It is important for everyone to find ways to make exercise something they can do each week! You do not have to necessarily be excited about your workouts but at least be able to get through them and be consistent.

What do you watch/listen to when you workout?

Thanks for reading!

#exercise #fitness #homegym #weightlifting #hiit #health #netflix #hulu #amazonprime #roku