I felt so good, in fact, that I decided to finally try the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga DVD I had purchased a few weeks ago. I wasn’t in the mood for a full-on, heart-pounding workout, but I was ready to earn a few APs, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
As some of you know, I am a huge fan of Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga. The main reason is because the poses are held for much longer. I think the movements are much slower because of the heat, and thus, I can keep up really well. I can’t make all of the poses, but I can do most of them pretty well. I leave the yoga studio drenched, but feeling as if I have just had a great massage, or stepped out of a nice, warm bath. Really relaxed and soothed. Plus, the next day I always feel that “good sore” in my abs.
The first thing that I really liked is that in the menu, you can customize your workout. You can select which levels you want to add (from 1-3), as well as a warm up and cool down. The times of each are listed on the side, so you know ahead of time exactly how much you’re in for.
Not knowing what to expect, I selected a warm up, the level one workout, and a cool down. These totaled 30 minutes, which was a great amount of time for what I had in mind for this evening.
The warm up was awesome. Lots of deep breaths and wide arm movements. It got my blood flowing and made me feel alive, which is the point, right? Then came the actual workout which was sort of a “flow” style of yoga. You moved from pose to pose fairly quickly, and after just a few minutes, my breathing was definitely quick. I didn’t really sweat, but my heart rate was elevated. I really like the way Bob led the yoga class - just like any good instructor he was quick to say that wherever you are (whatever you can do) is exactly where you should be for your body. It takes the stress out of not being able to get into certain poses perfectly. (I am a perfectionist at heart, and hate it when I can’t do the moves the way they show on the DVD). The cool down was completely relaxing and made you feel as if you had just accomplished something pretty awesome with your body.
Overall, I would say my fitness level is such that I should include at least level 1 and level 2 into my workout if I have the time. Level 1 was nice, but it didn’t make me feel like I was really pushing myself that much. (We’ll see if my muscles say differently tomorrow). I only watched level 2, but it’s a great combo of yoga, pilates, and ab work. This level is where you use the water ball that came with the kit I bought - I was wondering when that came into play. (Level 2 lasts 15 minutes). Level 3 is yoga/strength training in which you do the yoga poses while holding light weights in your hands. (Level 3 lasts 10 minutes). I almost feel as if I could do all three levels, but that might be going a bit overboard this early into it.
One thing I really liked about the DVD was that they had past BL contestants on it. Different people were showing different levels of difficulty. For example, Heba (season 6), Michele (season 6 winner), and Bernie (season 5 at-home winner) were doing more modified poses (less strenuous), while Ali (season 5 winner) was doing the most difficult poses, and even going beyond what Bob was doing (the showoff!). (Seriously, Ali is a machine! That girl is so ripped it’s amazing. I’m so motivated by her. She completely transformed herself, and she’s such an inspiration). The nice thing about having different contestants at different levels was that you didn’t feel badly for not being able to get into the poses as well as someone like Ali. There were people like Heba and Michelle to follow, and as long as I felt like I was doing the moves sort of like they were, I felt good about what I was able to do.
I would definitely recommend this DVD for those who want to incorporate yoga into their workout routines, but may not have the time (or money) to join a yoga studio. The poses shown are fairly simple to get into in their modified version, yet difficult enough in the more strenuous version to really add a nice challenge for more advanced people. Plus, it’s so convenient to just pop a DVD into the player and get your workout on - no driving to the gym/yoga studio, waiting for the class to start, and then driving home. The workout is ready to go whenever you are.
I think this yoga workout will be a nice compliment to a few of the other DVDs I’ve recently purchased. Also, one of my friends who is a runner mentioned that once my trainings for the half marathon kick into gear I’ll probably want to do yoga just to soothe my sore muscles and stretch them out.
On a personal note, I have to say that I was really proud of myself for snapping out of my funk and getting in some activity tonight. It would have been just as easy to come home and read a book or watch t.v., but I chose to do the DVD instead. Making positive choices like that is a great example of the lifestyle changes I’m trying to instill. This was definitely a (barefoot) step in the right direction.
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