This was a tough week to get through. I found myself eliminating most of my other workouts except for the Challenge combinations. Is this good or bad? That depends. I tend to prefer shorter more consistent workouts rather than fewer long ones. There are benefits to both philosophies. My idea is two longer workouts a week with two or three shorter higher intensity ones. But this was a new kind of challenge for me, forcing myself to do longer workouts and still use proper form and alignment.
Total Length: 67 minutes
What I Like About This Combination
Jump change has not been my favorite workout in the past. It tends to bug my knees. That being said, this time around it didn’t hurt me too much. But it still isn’t one of my favorites. It doesn’t seem to flow as well as other Fit2B cardio routines. But it does get your heart rate up. I was also frequently interrupted while doing these, since I did them right after breakfast when my kids were already up. But it was mostly manageable. They even joined me on the floor for some of Align it Flat. Kelly’s Total Toning is still one of my favorite routines. I’ve been doing Fit2B consistently for almost a year and I continually come back to this one. If I have 30 minutes or less and I want a great all around workout, this is the first one I turn to. It gets upper and lower body. Great upper body workout even without weights and she continually reminds you to engage your core so you don’t need to pair this with a Foundational Five if you don’t have time.
Total Length: 62 minutes
What I Like About This Combination: Tabata Kick & Squat is one of my other favorites. It’s my favorite long workout. But I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Insane, since it isn’t as Tummy Safe as Insane II. I remember why,. I really hate burpees. That being said I didn’t even know what they were until recently (other than a seed company). Bethany doesn’t use many and tries to modify them, but given the choice, I’d stick with Insane II. This is a very long workout. Tabata Kick & Squat is already the longest workout on the site and now this just adds to me. Finding the time was my biggest challenge for this one, but it helps that TK&S is a perennial favorite.
Total Length: 63 minutes
What I Like About This Combination
This is the second time we’ve seen Rockin’ Yoga & Pilates in Fit2B Challenged. Some how every time I do this workout, I discover something I’d forgotten about. This is a backside burning workout. The good news, is that I actually feel like I’m getting stronger because I can actually get through this workout without having to always do the most basic versions of the movements and without having to stop movements early to catch my breath or ease a burning muscle. It’s rather exciting to notice that Insane Upper Body continues to be a challenge as I increase the weight. I’m up to 6 pound dumb bells, and I’m hoping to go heavier eventually, just so I can keep up with my growing son and daughter. It is a struggle right now, but for the most part I can still do the workout. Increasing the weight when you are ready is a great way to make some of the familiar workouts on Fit2B more challenging.
Only one more week to go and I can put this challenge behind me. It’s been a wild ride and I’m looking forward to charting a new course after the new year.
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