FRIDAY! May weekends to me are the best because they have the promise of the warm weather and summer that is coming soon!
These summer weekends have always been my favorite because they used to signal end of school year and more time I could spend with Danny. We had a long distance relationship for years (from summer 2004 to May 2008) and the summer would be when I would travel more and go down to Philadelphia or the Jersey shore and hang out with him since I could take long weekends. Now looking back I’m not sure how we did it. It certainly was the opposite of easy, but it was worth it. It was perfect that we got engaged on Memorial Day and married Labor Day the following year because those were always special weekends for us.
Well, now that my fitness post has been sabotaged by my sappy pregnancy hormones…I’ll move on. I’m just excited to head down to the beach tomorrow…
Tuesday night I went to the Bob Harper Skinny Rules book launch. Now, usually going into the city at 5 o’clock isn’t my most favorite thing to do. However, I’m trying to take advantage of fun events because I know in 6 months I’ll be home for a couple of weeks/months before I really am feeling adventurous again. (Side note: I know life isn’t going to stop when baby arrives, but it’ll be safe to say I’ll be enjoying some home time.) With that and the fact I love Bob Harper, I decided to go to the event.
We got to chat with Bob for a couple of minutes and he shared that he loves healthy living bloggers. He was also pretty excited by some of the major weight loss stories in the group. For a ridiculously complete recap check out Meredith’s post. She did the event justice! When we left we got a nice bag with a signed Skinny Rules book inside, Bob’s Total Body Transformation DVD, a candle, some bath salts and a hat. Obviously I’m super excited to read the book, but I was also psyched to try out the DVD. I have many of Bob’s DVDs and I love them all, so I was sure I’d love this one too.
The DVD boats that it will give you a “threshold-shattering workout that annihilates fat and replaces it with lean, solid, power-packed muscle.” It is supposed to be a intense conditioning, high level training DVD that incorporates internals, pylometrics, strenth and endurance. It also has 2 workouts on it, 1 being 60 minutes and the 2nd being 10 minutes for a short on time workout.
I did the 60 minute workout and was fully prepared to modify whatever I needed to for my pregnant self. I actually really loved this DVD (no surprise). I used between 3 and 8 pound weights, rested when I needed to and modified moves accordingly (think push up on knees, side plank with knee down, etc). It IS an intense workout that doesn’t stop the entire time. Bob takes you through intense high interval moves like squat jumps, jump lunges, sprinting in place and more. But he also alternates those moves with weight bearing exercises that will keep your heart rate up, but not bumping out of your chest! (note: I did not let my heart bump out of my chest!)
There are not many modifications in the DVD because it’s supposed to be intense. Bob does tell you if the weight gets very heavy to put it down or choose a lighter weight and he does, in fact, give lighter weights to 2 of the fitness models in the DVD. I think most people can figure out how to modify if needed, like I did (i.e. just do regular lunges, not jump lunges) but if you are a true beginner, I would start with a different DVD. My one CON in the video is I felt like when the people in the video got tired, their form really suffered. I would have rather seen them do push-ups on their knees then see poor form. Maybe that’s just me though?
It’s no secret I LOVE at home DVDs. They give you an awesome workout option when you can’t get to the gym. I can see myself using this many times in the future….like maybe even today.
So what do I have for you? Well, since Danny came to the event with me, we just happened to get 2 DVD’s! (and 2 books, but I gave that to my mom…sorry! )
Bob Harper Total Body Transformation DVD giveaway!
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I’ll pick the winner via random number generator next Friday, May 25th.