December 29, 2011
Discovering New Exercises: GaiamTV
Hello POPsters! How are you all doing today? I’m having a pretty good week of working out. I’ve been training extremely hard to get in shape (yes, I DID just say that!!!) – ahem – to get in shape for something that may be happening in early Jan. Not confirmed yet, but either way, what a good way to push my limits to the moon. Hahaha. If you’ve noticed my recent Facebook posts they’ve all been like “glistening with sweat!” or “off to the gym! gonna kill it!!!!” I love love love working out to my fullest potential. It makes me feel sexy and strong.
Lately I’ve been bringing a paper with me to the gym. It lists out my exercises and how many reps and sets I should be doing. It’s like having a personal trainer without having a personal trainer. It’s amazing how much harder I workout when I paper is yelling at me vs. me yelling at me. You’d think a fitness instructor like me could push myself all the time – well it’s not that easy! I can push you, but pushing me? It takes extra, and I mean EXTRA effort to tell myself to go super low and to hold and keep pulsing. Not to say that I don’t grimace and say inappropriate things under my breath (oops did I just say that?)
Anyway, I love changing up my workout routine. It’s necessary to keep your body guessing and engaged at all times. You burn more calories and the workouts are A LOT more effective. I do 1 hr, 5-6x a week of weight targeting different parts of my body every day. Then repeat the weekly routine for about 4 weeks. Then change it up again. So where do I find new moves? Aside from the basic bicep curls, squats, and lunges, it’s almost like a fitness Neverland out there. Some of my top places to look up new moves are: YouTube, DVDs, Bodybuilding.com, taking other instructor’s fitness classes, creepily side eye-balling guys in the weight room, and most recently GaiamTV!
A lot of you asked me a while back if I had ever tried Jillian Michaels’ videos. I never got myself to buy any of her DVD sbut was SOOOO happy to log into my GaiamTV account last night to see her stuff along with like a billion others in their DVD library. I immediately turned it on and studied her moves. Then kinda got intrigued by her as a fitness instructor and kept watching. Haha. She’s pretty bootcampy-entertaining. Not MY PERSONAL STYLE, you know I’d rather smile at you while telling you to do 8 more, but still, she has great on-camera presence.
I am literally writing up my workout for tonight’s bootcamp class at Bally’s so I wanna share with you what I’ve got planned! Here are some new moves that I will be playing with tonight!
#1. Dumbbell on neck, lower your chest keeping back straight, then up to standing
#2A. Deadlift to Upright Row
#2B. The upright row part
#3. Side Lunge with front raise
#4. Chair pose with shoulder extension
#5. Plie jumps – start in plie then point toes lift up and then come back down plie
#6. Jumping jacks with alternating front leg kicks
#7. Knee to nose (after doing walking planks!)
#8. Start w/ arms at 90 degree angle, lift chest and extend arms straight forward
#9. Lunges around the world w/ bicep curls – start with cross over lunge, to front lunge, to side lunge, to back lunge, to curtsy lunge
#10. Scissor Jumps! Start in plie then jump up and cross ankles, land in plie again.
#11. Chest flyes with 1 legged bridge pulses!
#12. Hop side to middle to side!
WOWWW!!!! And those are just SOME OF THE MOVES. These are from Ripped in 30 Week 1 and Week 4 videos – I have yet to take a look at the ones in between but I am in love my new subscription to GaiamTV. For fitness instructors, I think it’s almost essential. I mean, honestly, it’s hard to “invent” new moves all the time. Getting that spark of inspiration from other fitness professionals is really key in keeping your classes up to date, fun, and fresh.
I never saw Jillian’s DVD before because I didn’t wanna pay the $14.99 or whatever it was for each one. GaiamTV fortunately gives their subscribers access to their complete video library for $9.95/mo. I mean, wow. Some of my fave Pilates instructors are in there – like Mari Windsor of Windsor Pilates and Ana Caban! (I used to religiously do their workouts back in high school! That’s how I got started in Pilates btw! At home DVDs!) There’s workout videos, yoga videos, health videos, and all sorts of documentaries too. I am so excited to discover even more new moves! YAY!!!
And you know what else I am excited about? I announced today on Facebook that I AM FINALLY going to be making a POP Pilates DVD. And…the app!!!! I spoke with a friend about the app and we were able to work something out. I’ll be getting input from you guys from time to time as the app develops, but yeahhhh!! 2012 will be fun!!! As for the DVD you guys told me you want a 1hr full class versus like 5 mini segments (ie. 10 min abs, 10 min arms etc etc.) – I think that’s smart because you can get the mini’s on YouTube. I also asked on Facebook if you wanted just me to be in the video or if I should have other students in it too. What do you think? And where do you think I should film? Let me know in the comments below!
As always these videos, DVDs and apps are all made FOR you BY you so your input and ideas are taken very seriously! So tell me what you wannnnnttttt!!!!!!
OK off to workout then teach Bootcamp!!!! I am going to workout like a maniac today again! I’m wiggling out of my computer chair to gooooo – okay bye! Love ya!
DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post for GaiamTV. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. And just so you know, I’ve been a long time fan of Gaiam 🙂