Review: The January 2013 DailyHiit 30 Day Challenge

Day 13: hiitlean Suit & Tie

Six exercises, 15 reps, three rounds – Alternating One Arm Squat and Press, Lateral Front Shoulder Raise, Row Tricep Extension, 2 Point Bicep Curl Shoulder Press, Upright Mountain Climbers, Spiderman Push Ups

Equipment used: hand weights, Equalizers

Opinion:  I was again hampered by not having gear, but modified the exercises enough to get a pretty hardcore upper body and core workout.  The first exercise was more quad work because I don’t have weights and simply tried to do the motions for arms, the same for the second exercise.  The Row Tricep Extension was VERY difficult for me – I modified to being in a plank position from the knees and just using my arms and still needed rests.  The 2 Point Bicep Curl Shoulder Press felt GREAT to do even without weights, the Upright Mountain Climbers were fairly easy for me to do at this point so I added a few extra.  The Spiderman Push Ups were way too advanced for me, so I did regular push ups… very proud to say I did not do box push ups, have graduated to the knees 🙂  They encourage 3 rounds of this but I could only do two rounds before I threw in the proverbial towel.  I did 10 minutes of walking/running on the treadmill to make up for it though. (Edit: I went back later and did another 20 minutes on the treadmill)

Number of times I cursed in German: I lost count at 12, and began making rude observations about the host’s mother (lightheartedly, but I did it)

How I felt the next day:  Fighting off a tough case of heartburn, so that is what’s grabbing my attention most, but overall I think general muscle stiffness is all I am dealing with.

Day 14: hiitcore Sweet Nothing

SEVENTEEN exercises, 50/10, two rounds suggested for hardcore workout – Belly Buster, Core Climber, Backside Boost, Rear Raiser, Tush Tightener (Left), Tush Tightener (Right), Booty Pop, Kick Ass Toner (Right), Kick Ass Toner (Left), Dimple Creator (Right), Dimple Creator (Left), Rad Roll Up, Ball Sit Up, Ball Cycle, Side Sculptor (Right), Side Sculptor (Left), Switch Ball Abs

Equipment used: Ugi Ball

Opinion:  This was never-ending, and I definitely broke the record with cursing.  The host uses an Ugi ball for these exercises (and at $129 for the CHEAP ones, I am planning on making my own), so I had to modify EVERYTHING.  Most exercises were ok for me to do, I felt ab muscles or gluts working hard, but some were incredibly difficult.  The Tush Tighteners require a good deal of balance, and I was all over the place, trying my best not to just simply fall over, and grabbing the wall for stability.  The Side Sculpters – those were IMPOSSIBLE for me, even just using my own leg weight.  I was able to do perhaps TWO, only getting my bottom foot about an inch off the ground.  The position I needed to be in, plus the weakness of my muscles… OH how I cursed.

Number of times I cursed in German:  I believe I got up to 16, and did not so lightheartedly curse the host.

How I felt the next day: Lower back is pretty sore, butt is killing me.  My sandbag arrived in the mail, hopefully I will get to use it in a routine soon. 🙂

Day 15: hiitmax Cuter Butt

TWENTY exercises, 50/10, two round suggested for hardcore workout – Run or Skip, Switch Lunge with Oblique Chop, Run or Skip, Alternating Sandbag Swing, Run or Skip, Sandbag Deadlift & Half Burpee, Run or Skip, Weighted Squat Jumps, Run or Skip, Clean & Press + Squat & Press, Run or Skip, Elevated Under Knee Pushup, Run or Skip, 10 Plank Shoulder Touch & 10 Toe Touch, Run or Skip, Goblet Squat & Press, Run or Skip, Tuck Elevated Arm Abs, Run or Skip, Upright Row & Half Burpee

Equipment used: jump rope, sandbag, Ugi Ball

Opinion: Loved this series of exercises!  It got me sweating without feeling so weak that I couldn’t do a lot of the exercises.  I did remove the half burpees, changed the Elevated Under Knee Pushups to regular push ups from the knees, and I did not do the Plank Shoulder Touches at all, just did toe touches.  Aside from that I was able to keep up with the video, and was happily able to put my new sandbag into practice.  I filled one inner bag with about 3 pounds of weight and then stuffed it with extra bedding to keep it from being completely unbalanced, wanted to do smaller increments in weight so this was a good start.

Number of times I cursed in German: 4, I was starting to get a major headache about halfway through

How I felt the next day: Think I need to drink more water, the headache may have been from dehydration and the past few days I have had to slather lotion on my arms because they have been so dry (Midnight Pomegranate from Bath & Bodyworks, if, you know, you want to get me some).  My back and, oddly, my left lower calf is very sore.  I am officially halfway through the challenge!

Day 16: hiitreps Day Light

Seven exercises, 10 each, three rounds – Step Up & Press (Left), Step Up & Press (Right), Half Burpee + Jump, Scissor Jumps, Lunge + Press (Left), Lunge + Press (Right), Plank Side Abs

Equipment used: sandbag, step, floor sliders (they look like those things you can get at Bed Bath & Beyond that help you move furniture over carpeting)

Opinion: A lighter day of exercises, because I had to modify some exercises severely.  I do not have any step stools or platforms that I am comfortable stepping onto, and chairs are too high for me to step to, so a lot of these were more of a march.  I also removed the burpees (unless I am already on the floor doing another exercise, getting up and down quickly is very hard for me) and did straight push ups, and for the Plank Side Abs I substituted Mountain Climbs in.  I am sure I made these exercises easier because my lower calves are very sore today, but I did do all three rounds.

Number of times I cursed in German: 0

How I felt the next day: Like I am hitting a brick wall.  My left lower calf in particular is continuing to give me trouble, and I keep getting a nagging feeling I am not doing something I should be doing, like drinking a LOT more water, or not pushing myself so hard, or doing some yoga stretches…  My days are getting a little more busy, however, and I am still trying to make sure I fit these in.  Will keep pushing.

Day 17: hiitwkend Girl On Fire

One exercise, four minutes in length – Wall Walk + Push Up OR the alternative, Wall Plank + Knee Tuck

Equipment used: none, unless you count the wall

Opinion:  WTF?  You need to see this video to believe what she wants us to do (It’s only like 45 seconds long, so go click it).  Walk backwards up a wall until you are in a handstand position, then walk back down the wall to a plank position before doing a push up.  She looks like a freakin SPIDER MONKEY!  So I’m like ok, I will just do the alternative because I know I would hurt myself severely just trying ONE of those.  People, when I tell you I laughed, I mean I laughed while trying to do the alternative Wall Plank + Knee Tuck, and then continued laughing for a full minute after I gave up.  I tried, I think I got 2 tucks before my feet slid off the wall and I fell to my knee.  Oh how I laughed.  I’m sorry, I’m so so sorry, but this was just ridiculous.  I can’t imagine trying this exercise again until I’ve lost at least 75 pounds.  I will make sure to get my butt on the treadmill though, I do need to do some sort of workout.

Number of times I curse in German: 0, I was laughing too hard.

How I felt the next day: I felt good that I did the treadmill work, and still giggle when recalling the looks on peoples’ faces when I described the video.

Day 18: Active Rest Day

Opinion: I could probably do some treadmill at least, but I already suspect I will need to take advantage of the downtime.

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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