Review: The January 2013 DailyHiit 30 Day Challenge

Day 1:  hiitbody FIT TEST

This is the first day of the challenge.  The goal is to do each exercise for 50 seconds and write down how many you did of each.  Here’s my results:

  • Squat Jumps – 26
  • Push Ups (box) – 18
  • Burpees – 5
  • High Knees – 44
  • Back Lunges (step version) – 22
  • Tuck Lunges – 13
  • Tricep Dip – 16
  • Surfboards – 12
  • Half Burpees & Monkey – 5
  • Switch Jumps – 18
  • Side Lunge – 24
  • Frog Jumps – 10

Opinion: Obviously a nice group of baseline exercises that will be revisited at the end of the 30 days to see improvement, although I was surprised there are no crunches included.  My form was pretty weak, and I have difficulty with balance.

Number of times I cursed in German:  None, I was too busy trying to make sure I was doing the exercises right

How I felt the next day: Mild general soreness, nothing of note

Day 2: hiitreps Scream and Shout

Four exercises done in 50/10 (50 seconds of exercise, 10 seconds rest) for 3 rounds.  The exercises are frog jump & burpee, burpee & knee tuck, one leg push up jump, and switch lunge burpee.

Equipment used: Equalizers, sandbag

Opinion: I thought this was way too advanced for a second day routine.  Most of them I was forced to modify as I couldn’t even complete one full exercise once.  She does suggest modifications, but for a couple of them (especially the one leg push up jump), I had to just do a straight push up and no jumps.  I was annoyed that for the burpee & knee tuck, I needed the Lebert Equalizer.  Since I don’t have them, I had to skip the tuck part entirely because I had nothing else around the house to to that with.  I would have liked an alternative suggestion for people without the gear.

Number of times I cursed in German: 5, would have been more except I modified the exercises to fit my level of fitness better

How I felt the next day: Abs and quads were more sore than the day before

Day 3: hiitwkend Take The Challenge

Exercises: kick, lunge & tuck for four minutes, or for an alternative, lunge & kick for four minutes.

Equipment used: Equalizers

Opinion: Much happier that there was an alternative because the first exercise required the Equalizer again.  Felt like I could keep up and stay on target.

Number of times I cursed in German: 2

How I felt the next day: Butt was killing me!

Day 4: ACTIVE REST DAY

You’re encouraged to do SOMETHING active, like take a walk, but no video workouts.

Opinion: Good timing, I liked having a rest.

Number of times I cursed in German: 0

How I felt the next day: Ready to go for the next video

Day 5: hiitbody Rock Hard

Four exercises, 50/10, including Pogo Left, Pogo Right, Switch Lunge & Twist, Reverse Curl & Touch Toe Abs

Equipment used: Ugi Ball

Opinion: I needed to modify the pogos by using a chair to help my balance, I did not use weights for the switch lunge & twist, but overall a good workout.

Number of times I cursed in German: 6, those pogos kill after a while

How I felt the next day: my butt and upper quads were really sore

Day 6: hiitlean Drop It Like It’s Hot

Five exercises, fifteen reps each, including Maneaters, Wide Grip Pushups, Windshield Washer Pull Ups, Low Squat Press, 3 Point Row Back Fly

Equipment used: hand weights, Equalizers

Opinion: Had to modify everything because I don’t have the gear.  Maneaters made me huff and puff, I could do the Wide Grip Pushups by using my treadmill as a base, I could not do the pull ups at all because I simply had no gear, the Low Squat Press (even without weights) was rough on my quads and the back flys really hit them hard.  I didn’t sweat much, but felt my leg and shoulder muscles most of all.  Walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes to feel like I got a more rounded exercise routine for the day.

Number of times I cursed in German: 0

How I felt the next day: Holy CRAP did I underestimate this exercise routine.  My left knee was causing me problems and my lower back was hurting, so I ended up taking a couple of ibuprofen.  I am hopeful that it doesn’t cause problems for my Day 7 routine.

Posted on March 11, 2013, in Fitness, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Update: After giving it some thought, I made an appointment with my physician to talk to them about not seeing any change physically or on the scale after 30 days of HIITing. The nurse did seem quite surprised when I described what I was doing and that I was doing it 6 days a week, and the doctor suggested running some bloodwork to check my thyroid although he didn’t suspect a problem with it from the palpation he did. One good thing is that my blood pressure had previously been calculated at 120, and yesterday it was 104. I have to wait a couple of days for the results of the tests to see what the next step is, and for now I need to get myself back on track. Since I did the Fit Test yesterday, I am starting with Day 2 again today. Wish me luck.

    • Hiya,

      Did you end up seeing anything in the bloodwork that was abnormal? I’m seriously considering trying the 30 day challenge (may actually make it a 60-day due to fitness level) but I’m personally concerned that the change I want from hiit I may not get after reading this. Did you complete a second round?

      • Hi Lauren,

        No there was nothing abnormal with the bloodwork. After consulting a few different people (doctor, physical fitness instructor, friends who are physically active), we theorized that only HIIT workouts may not be ideal for me. I did find better overall results when I was consistently running on the treadmill, so I think doing more cardio and offsetting it with some HIIT work would be more advantageous.

        Unfortunately I fell off the wagon, and am working my way back to my previous activity level. Happy to report in when I mix the both for a while.

        Good luck to you!

  2. Hi there,
    So I may have an answer to your jump rope problem. I had the same problem. Low ceilings. I purchased a piece of equipment from Power Systems called an Airope. I was skeptical and didn’t want to pay 37.00 and shipping for something I wasn’t sure about. Power Systems had a deal at CHristmas & gave one away as a free gift w/ purchase. Score! I am a personal trainer as well and use it with all of my clients either due to indoor conditions, or lack of coordination. Keeps you from getting tangled up. 🙂 Hope this helps.

    P.S. I don’t work for the company either 😉

  3. where do you find the adjustments to the workouts, like for not having the equipment or beginner?

    • Sometimes the host gives an alternative to the exercise they are doing, but more often than not I would simply do a different exercise that was related to the work they were doing. For instance, the burpees were extremely hard for me (and still are pretty difficult), so instance of trying to get ONE or TWO done in the 50 seconds, I would do box or knee pushups. I remember she did one exercise where she made a V with her body, but it was at a side angle – that was ridiculously hard for me – so I just did curls for that. There were several exercises that I just could not do without having gear, like knee tucks using the Equalizers – I just don’t have the space and furniture to approximate the equalizers, so I did high knees in place of them. (Although tucks WITH the Equalizers are very hard on my wrists, so even though I have the Equalizers now I still don’t like to do them). HTH!

  4. thanks that really helped im gonna do day 6 in a bit and seeing the modification you did is really helping me adjust what i need to, ive been sore every morning, but other people and myself have strated to notice a bit of the difference 🙂

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