Review: The January 2013 DailyHiit 30 Day Challenge
Day 7: hiitreps Taken 2 The Limit
Four exercises, reps not timed, including Push Up & Punch (5 each side), Shoulder Lift & Burpee Push Up (10x), Drop It Like It’s Hot (10x), and Tuck Jump & Squat Jump (10x). Repeat series 3 times.
Equipment used: hand weights, sandbag, Ugi Ball
Opinion: I did the first exercise without weights and doing a box push up and felt very comfortable doing it, was able to the reps without stopping. For the second exercise I pretended to have a weight and completed the motions, did a box push up and needed to pause a few times before completing all the reps. For the third, I again pretended to have a weight and went through the motions, also needed to stop a couple of times before completing all the reps. For the last exercise I removed the tuck jump, I just can’t do that yet, so I did more of a modified jumping jack and squat, stopping twice for a rest before completing the reps. Though my ibuprofen was working well to combat yesterday’s leftover soreness, I did not do I third round to try and avoid further injury. It was a good all-around group of exercises, I sweat like hell, and feel like I got a solid workout.
Number of times I cursed in German: 2 – would have been more but I was too busy making sure I was doing the middle exercises properly and not missing too much of the steps.
What I noticed after 7 days: When getting into the shower, I looked at myself sideways in the mirror and noticed an indentation on my stomach that hadn’t been as obvious before. For a brief moment I could see where my stomach should be. AWESOME.
How I felt the next day: Sore, and still need to boost myself with ibuprofen. Determined to do complete cycle of the next video.
Day 8: hiitmax Painfully Delicious
Eighteen(!) exercises, 50/10, including Run or Skip – High Knees, Pull Ups, Run or Skip – Criss Cross, Row + Press Leg Lift + Cross, Run or Skip – Standard Jump, Frog Abs, Run or Skip – Low Squat in & out Legs, Exploding Star, Run or Skip – Side to Side, Woodchop Twist (Left), Run or Skip – Twist Abs, Woodchop Twist (Right), Run or Skip – Side Outs, Elevated Push Up + Knee (L&R), Run or Skip – One Leg (Left), Sandbag Kick + Lunge (Left), Run or Skip – One Leg (Right), Sandbag Kick + Lunge (Right).
Equipment used: jump rope, hand weights (the crazy expensive ones), Ugi Ball, Equalizers, sandbag
Opinion: This was a really hardcore routine to get through, I was almost thankful the wireless router in our house started acting up and made me take a break halfway through. Many of them required modification… I do not have room to use a jumprope where I exercise, so I did the best I could pretending I was using one anyway, and anything to do with push ups I again did the box version. I liked the woodchop exercises a lot (again, no equipment, just did the motion). The exploding star made me want to kill someone. The last four exercises were the hardest on my knees and ankles, and I am sure I will be taking more ibuprofen tomorrow.
Number of times I cursed in German: 8
How I felt the next day: Surprisingly I did not need to take ibuprofen. Slightly sore, but felt better than I have in a few days.
Day 9: hiitcore Killer Six Pack Abs
Five exercises, 50/10, including Step Out (L+R) + Half Burpee, Jump In & Out + Ski Abs, Chuck + Tuck, Overhead Abs, and Arms Up and Down + Push Up
Equipment used: Ugi Ball, sandbag
Opinion: The first exercise was difficult only because for some reason my right big toe felt like I had pulled something almost immediately, so I had to go very carefully with it. The second was very difficult for me, I skipped several ski abs to feel like I was doing something. The Chuck + Tuck felt good, although again without gear I just mimicked the motion, and the same with the Overhead Abs. The last exercise was a killer for me, shifting into the child’s pose was harder than I thought it would be. Overall a very good ab workout that worked some extra muscles too. I went for two rounds to see if I could get better form the second time around.
Number of times I cursed in German: 0 🙂
How I felt the next day: Left shoulder is bothering me, probably because I went into and pulled out of the child’s pose with the left side first. Stepped on the scale to see what was happening there and was disappointed to see virtually no change. This could be due to water weight (it’s my time of the month right now) or that I am gaining muscle mass which weighs more than fat (which is often used as a consolation for those seeing no change on the scale). I know I am feeling muscles tightening, but clothes aren’t fitting much differently either. I guess I will just be on a longer road to fitness.
Day 10: hiitwknd Locked Out of Heaven
Three exercises, as many as possible in 4 minutes, including 8 High Knees, 8 Quick Knees, and 8 Mountain Climbs.
Equipment used: Equalizers
Opinion: Relatively easy exercise routine. I often lost count, so I just did until muscles started to burn, then switched to the next. Used a chair to do Mountain Climbs. Rested twice when my legs got really sore. Will be heading back into the other room to do some treadmill work.
Number of times I cursed in German: 0
How I felt the next day: Felt no soreness whatsoever
Day 11: ACTIVE REST DAY
Opinion: Good day for a rest but since I have the time available I plan to do some more treadmill work anyway.
How I felt the next day: A little disappointed, I got so busy I did not get my treadmill work in like I planned. I am about to head in for Day 12, though…
Day 12: hiitbody Ho Hey
Eight exercises, 50/10, two rounds – Sandbag Swing, Elevated One Leg Push Ups (L+R), Sandbag Swing, Side Plank Lift (Left), Sandbag Swing, Side Plank Lift (Right), Sandbag Swing, and Get Ups
Equipment used: sandbag, Equalizers
Opinion: I LOVED this workout. Sandbag swings I used an empty plastic case with a handle in place of the sandbag (however, I think I am ready for the weight as these were fairly easy, so I’m making a purchase today) and it felt good. I wanted to push harder with those but I was limited on the gear. The push ups I needed to modify to box push ups, the ones in this exercise are just way too advanced for me. The side planks were fairly brutal, and I even modified by going down on my elbow and knee – still very difficult but not so harsh as to make me cry. I did not do a full stand/jump for the get ups, but I did complete sit ups and was really pleased to go the entire 50 seconds without needing a break. Again, that’s where having the sandbag would help with a little more resistance that I appear ready for.
Number of times I cursed in German: 6, and it felt AWESOME.
How I felt the next day: Lower back is a bit stiff and sore, but looking forward to doing this round of exercises again at some point. Did order a sandbag, should be delivered tomorrow (yay Amazon Prime trial period!) and excited to try it out. Hoping Saturday’s exercise is light enough that I can give it a try then. 🙂
Posted on March 11, 2013, in Fitness, Reviews and tagged 30 day challenge, bodyrock, daily hiit, dailyhiit, exercise, exercise routines, fitness, health, high intensity interval training, hiit. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.