In the past few months I have made small changes to my overall diet and exercise routines. I’m trying to eat more simply – less processed foods, more fresh stuff, and have been trying out HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts to see what kind of results I get.
I discovered the BodyRock/DailyHiit people, who have HUNDREDS of videos up on YouTube (their channel is here). They began a 30 Day Challenge back in January, but I wasn’t able to start it at the time. I was glad I waited, because someone created a 30 day calendar with all the names of the videos in order, so I printed it out and have been working from that (CLICK HERE for the calendar PDF) – I am happy to credit whomever made it, but when I tried to find where I got it, I just couldn’t locate it again. While the DailyHiit website is chock full of information, the organization is still lacking in some areas (Facebook comments are ripe with “where do I start!?!” and “how do I find XYZ?!?”).
Not sure if HIIT is right for you? I know I was a little nervous about something that was “high intensity”, but I found that there are a lot of modifications that can be done to stay at your level and you can work up to the harder stuff as you gain strength and muscle. Besides, just look at LisaMarie, one of the hosts of the videos… she’s lean and strong, and they love to post pictures from people who have transformed themselves. Plenty of people that look like me have gotten a lot out of it, so why not try it out!
I figured if anyone wants the challenge in order, you can also come back here to go day by day. Since this will be a very long post, I will break it up into pages so it doesn’t crit you with a wall of text. Also, I noted what pieces of equipment they used each day. The majority of exercises can be modified to not using equipment, although there are some that you will just need to substitute another exercise in. By the end of the challenge, I already had or purchased a yoga mat, a sandbag, and a set of Equalizers. They also use a set of these PowerBlock SportBlock hand weights, a weighted jump rope, and I noticed that they also use these grip pads. You can read my review of the Equalizers from the link. I did not purchase the same sandbag they use, and the only real difference is that the one I have does not have a center handle for doing evenly-weighted swinging. Aside from that I love the sandbag, I think it’s my favorite piece of gear. I love the design of the hand weights they use, but at $160 for the set, I am going to have to make do with something else for now. I never got the jump rope, I simply do not have the space in the room I exercise in to use one without taking out light fixtures. I will likely pick up a pair of the grip pads, however, I have found times when those would come in handy for sure. Now on to the 30 day review…