Operation Skinny Jeans: Workouts that made the grade- by Katy

Friday, July 5, 2013

Workouts that made the grade- by Katy

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a safe holiday! I will be heading back home on Sunday so we will be back to our regularly scheduled blogging on Monday! I hope you enjoyed meeting 5 new bloggers and I will see you soon!


Hi Operation Skinnyjeans readers!  My name is Katy and I blog over at Adventures in Adulthood.  I’m excited to be guest blogging here as I am also in the midst of my own weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey, and I am a regular reader of Jess’ blog.  I also write about some of my other adventures as a young adult out in the world doing things I haven’t done before (like cooking meals and working full-time and not taking naps in the middle of the day).

Something I have mentioned a few times in my blog is my on-again off-again love affair with the elliptical machine at Planet Fitness.  We go way back – the elliptical has been my go-to workout for years.  The problem with that is that I get bored and then stop working out for long periods of time.  Hence the weight loss journey.
This summer, I have challenged myself to seek out new workouts and expand my exercise horizons, if you will.  I would like to take the time to share with you all some of my findings thus far.

Zumba:  My Zumba experience has been very hit or miss.  Zumba classes depend so much on the teacher that you have because teachers are responsible for developing the playlist and the choreography.  My first Zumba experience in my new area was at a studio where I was the youngest one there by easily 30 years and the teacher made us put on belly dancing skirts and do a dance to “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To.”  I actually went to Planet Fitness to work out after Zumba because I didn’t feel like I had done anything at all.  I had all but given up on my quest for local Zumba when I stumbled upon another dance studio with an instructor who I loved – I left shuffling my feet and sweating profusely (the universal sign of a good workout) and had my fill of Pitbull for the day (my mandatory minimum Pitbull capacity is 3 songs, and this does factor into my evaluation of a class).  Overall grade:  B

Yoga:   It is no secret that I am not a flexible person (at least it was not to my yoga class).  I have little upper body strength, I sweat profusely (and damp palms make it difficult to hold a pose), and I get winded easily and excessively.  In addition, I do not find the soft sounds of the sitar and a babbling brook to be soothing.  I would love to be one day be in good enough shape to enjoy yoga and find it relaxing and therapeutic like so many others out there, but for now I think my yoga pants are going to have to kick it on my couch.  And frankly, there just wasn’t enough Pitbull.  Overall grade:  D 

Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred:  As a fan of reality television, arbitrary competition, and weight loss success stories, the Biggest Loser holds a natural place on my weekly schedule of tv shows.  I am also very big on merchandise when it comes to being a fan of something, so the natural progression was to purchase Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred on DVD.  The eerie thing about this DVD is that Jillian Michaels seems to have identified the pieces of the workout that I will struggle with, the points that I want to take a break, or the moments where I pause to get water, and then berates me for doing any of these things.  My favorite quote from this DVD is, “This is a 20-minute workout, you don’t get a break!” since it usually hits at a time when I’m about ready to take a break.  Overall, I like this workout because it is quick but effective and I can feel myself getting stronger each time I do the workout – it’s just a matter of sticking with it and not getting bored of doing the same thing over and over!  Overall grade:  B+

I have a laundry list of other workouts to try this summer, so if you’re interested in hearing more about my experiment (and also enjoy reading awkward anecdotes!) then feel free to check out my blog!
Thanks to Jess for letting me guest post and thanks for reading! 

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  1. I like that Jillian workout for the exact same reasons you listed. haha

  2. I love zumba! I suck at it, but I laugh the entire time so it counts for something! Yoga is hit and miss depending on the teacher and class. I love yoga, and I will never be the type of person to flow into a handstand effortlessly (or in fact, ever). The teacher that I really enjoy has never played any "yogic" music, we listen to general top 40 music put into an awesome flow play list. She must spend more time working on that than I can imagine, but it's always awesome. Not sure where you live(checking out your blog shortly) but look for hip hop yoga (Im sure there are DVDs) - it's a totally different experience and a lot more fun ;)

    I have a love/hate relationship with Jillian. I HATE her in 30DS, I can't even do the DVD anymore because she annoys me so much. But I love her in her body revolution DVDs, which are also short.

    1. I would totally be willing to try out some hip hop yoga! I live in kind of an earthy crunchy area which I think is how I ended up in more of a sitar and babbling brook class, but I will definitely YouTube some hip hop yoga workouts and see if that changes my mind. I'll also check out Body Revolution - I want to like Jillian Michaels so much because she seems to really want to help me get in shape, but she gets kind of unbearable in 30DS.

  3. I love Zumba! I have taken several different classes from several different instructors and you are right it certainly does make a difference. But if you shake what your momma gave you it is a good workout!! :)

  4. Hi there! I'm a new follower to your blog! This post seriously made me crack up! Couldn't agree more with you on the grade for yoga! haha! I don't know if I'll ever enjoy going to yoga. And like you said, Zumba can be a great class but it is TOTALLY dependent on the instructor! Would love for you to check out my blog!

    1. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog! I followed you as well and I'm looking forward to watching your fitness journey unfold!

  5. I tried the Insanity work out once and almost puked part way through it! I happen to like really intense physical activity and challenging myself to push past my physical barriers but I could only keep it up for a short period of time because it was literally too insane!


  6. Great reviews, I love the 30 day shred!


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