Well, that was disappointing...
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Ever turn on a new workout video and know immediately that you were going to hate it? That happened to me today.
I’ve had this set of four Gaiam videos for more than a year and just tonight finish trying out the last of the four. Honestly, I don’t LOVE any of them. Only two are tolerable and the one that had previously been in last place jumped two notches after doing the two remaining I hadn’t tried yet.
The video is Gaiam’s Cardio Bootcamp and I can’t possibly tell you the instructor’s name, but she is a perky cute blond with an annoying personality.
Maybe it is just me and it probably is, but any video that starts with live drummers in the background automatically sets me on edge. I only have one video with drummers that I actually enjoy, even then I am actively mocking the drummer whenever he comes onto the screen. Even that video appears in my line up less and less as I’ve found others I like more that are sans drummers.
Second, the two men in the video are handsome enough to add some interest, but again, I’m not sure what it is about female instructors that they can’t dress their men decently. This video is in 3, 10 minute segments. In the first and last segment the men are wearing camouflage. Must be because it is a “bootcamp” video, but really, it was annoying. In the second segment one poor man was in a black shiny tank top that looked like bad fake leather. It was sad.
I’ve mentioned the instructor’s annoying perkiness, but in addition she was REALLY bad at giving instructions and things changed up really fast sometimes. The routine also seemed somewhat schizophrenic, bouncing from one exercise to the next with something thrown in for no good reason.
Finally, I am coming to hate “bootcamp” videos that incorporate moves that no bootcamp instructor on the planet would ever dream of adding to their repertoire. Dance moves are great in some video. I don’t like them in my bootcamp videos. Pilates moves are AWESOME, but I can’t see any bootcamp instructor telling his/her trainees to do pliés. Okay, so I see you threw in a few weight training moves while you were dancing around doing ballet and popping up like a badly behave cork, but in my mind strength needs to be a prominent part of a “bootcamp” video, not the afterthought.
I think I’ve probably skewered the thing enough, but I think I’ll only do that video again if I happen to forget how bad it is. So now, it’s time for bed and I’m just irritated-lol.
I’ll remind myself that overall this week was a HUGE success with a big weight loss. Over the course of the week I’ve worked out in some way every single day including so pretty intense house work. During the week I’ve done 5 60-second planks, 250 squats, 500 crunches (125 regular, 125 reverse, 125 left oblique and 125 right oblique), 100 jumping jacks (that was pretty huge because I hate jumping jacks almost as much as tonight’s video) and 100 push-ups. That’s a pretty incredible week and those were all on top of my other workouts. So, one bad video will not be the end of my incredible week!!
Tomorrow is a running day and some flat out normal, using weights and no bouncing, strength training workout and if I’m up to it after all the rest of the house work that remains to be done I’ll throw in some yoga to get the kinks out.
Ah…something to look forward to!