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 30 day challenge, bodyrock, daily hiit, dailyhiit, exercise, exercise routines, fitness, health, high intensity interval training, hiit. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.