Review: The January 2013 DailyHiit 30 Day Challenge

Day 19:  hiitplus She Makes Me Go and hiitbody Thrift Shop

Hiitplus video is four minutes of Push Ups + Knee Tucks, hiitbody video is 50/10, three rounds – Squat Knee Twist (right), Squat Jumps, Shoulder Squat Lift, Diamond Star Jump, Diamond Lunge, Squat Knee Twist (Left), Squat Side Kick, Push Up Extended Knee (L+R)

Equipment used: Equalizers, Ugi Ball, sandbag

Opinion:  For the hiitplus video I modified to the push up + alternating knee tuck.  I tried doing that on my knees, but found that trying to do the tuck was too difficult so went to a regular pushup.  It was harder to do for muscle strength, but easier to do the complete exercise.  I mistakenly clicked the wrong second video, and instead did hiitlean Dont Worry Child (which is for tomorrow’s workout so I will switch it up).  I was able to get through a round of the exercise but I felt like taking the day off yesterday set me back a little, I was hurting by the end.

Number of times I cursed in German: 2

How I felt the next day: Having done the wrong video I actually felt off sync.  Intellectually I know it’s no big deal, but it really did bother me, and I knew getting back on target would actually take some effort.

Day 20: hiitplus Tight Hot Sexy and hiitlean Dont Worry Child

The first exercise is 4 minutes of jumping sideways through tipped over Equalizers, pausing in-between to touch the floor.  The second exercise would have been the hiitbody Thrift Shop I swapped out except that I got a business call after the Tight Hot Sexy routine and was unable to get back to finish the workout.

Equipment used: Equalizers, sandbag

Opinion: No opinion of the second workout since I just could not return to it, but I did like the first exercise.  It was a good cardio workout and got my heart pumping.  Looking forward to doing that one again.

Number of times I cursed in German: 1

How I felt the next day: Developing small twinges in my lower right back that I am hoping go away.

Day 21: hiitplus Make It Hot Make It Happen and hiitmax Sexy Lean Legs

The first exercise is 4 minutes of reverse pull ups.  The second routine is 50/10, three rounds – Skip or Run, Push Up + Touch Toes, Skip or Run, Squat Jump Forward & Back, Skip or Run, V Abs (video cuts out but you can hear her talk), Skip or Run, Monkey Push Ups + Star Jump, Skip or Run, Reverse Pull Ups + Extended Leg + Knee Lift, Skip or Run, Tricep Extension + Chest Press + Extended Legs

Equipment used: Equalizers, jump rope, sandbag

Opinion: I have no way of doing the reverse pull ups, so the first video was worthless to me.  The second routine was a great workout, I did all the Skip or Runs, I removed the Touch Toes, V Abs (way too advanced), and did an alternate exercise for the reverse pull ups/extended leg/knee lift.  The Monkey Push Ups + Star Jumps were KILLER.  I thought she was smoking crack when at the end of the video she recommended repeating the video twice more, once was more than enough to almost make me cry, especially with my back hurting.

Number of times I cursed in German: 5

How I felt the next day:  Oh yeah, back hurts.  Husband was kind enough to try massaging it.

Day 22: hiitplus Love Me and hiitcore Hot & Fit

First exercise, 4 minutes – I don’t know what to call these but the host is using an Equalizer like a spider monkey again.  Second routine, 50/10, two rounds – Push Up + Plank & Under (Left & Right), Straight Ugi Abs, Plank Ugi Touch + Up & Down Elbows, Knee In & Over Ball, Ugi V Abs Touch, Mountain Knee + Tricep Push Up

Equipment used: Equalizers, Ugi Ball

Opinion: The first exercise would have been nearly impossible for me to do even WITH an Equalizer, but I ended up modifying it to the floor, lifting the top leg and tucking it, two minutes each side.  Such a simple move but it was killing me by the end. The second video utilizes the Ugi ball (my homemade Ugi ball is not finished yet so major modifications)… for the first exercise I did push ups from the knees and then lifted each arm up, then under like she does in the video.  It was a good one to help stretch my shoulder muscles out a little.  Second exercise I did sit ups, and felt my right lower back really straining so I had to be careful with what I was doing.  The Plank Ugi Touch + Elbows exercise was not in the cards for me, so I did some push ups.  The Knee In & Over Ball I modified to making a V and tucking both knees at the same time – that was a killer on my abs and back so rested often.  The Ugi V Abs Touch felt really good, you simply make a star shape with your body then touch opposite hands and feet.  For the next exercise I had to modify severely, doing high Mountain Climbs and knee tucks in almost an upright position.  I did get through two rounds.

Number of times I cursed in German: 6, mostly due to my back twinging.

How I felt the next day: Woke up feeling VERY stiff and sore, I am hoping the exercises today are more gentle on my back.

Day 23: hiitreps Yolo

Eight exercises, 50/10, three rounds – Agility Run, Burpees, Backward Lunge Press (Left), Backward Lunge Press (Right), Windshield Washer Push Up, Tricep Dip, Core (Left), Core (Right)

Equipment used: Equalizers

Opinion:  Just when I thought I was losing steam and would fall off the exercise wagon… LOVED this series of exercises.  Had to modify slightly, but not so much that I felt like a weenie.  I was able to do nearly everything, even the burpees and dips (couldn’t do a lot without resting, but I still did them.  Proudly did all three rounds as suggested.

Number of times I cursed in German: 1

How I felt the next day: Sore, but not too bad.

Day 24: hiitwkend Lean Tight Body

Five exercises repeated for four minutes – 8 Mountain Climbs, 2 Ski Abs, 1 Push Up, Clean & Press, Woodchop (L&R)

Equipment used: Equalizers

Opinion: Liked this set of exercises a lot, without an Equalizer I had to use the arms of my treadmill.  Not as deep of a workout but it does nicely in a pinch.

Number of times I cursed in German: 0

How I felt the next day: My upper arms near the deltoids are really sore!

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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