Friday, December 27, 2013
Review: Leslie Sansone's Walk It Off in 30 Days
I know I've mentioned it before but I don't know why when you've lost 200+ lbs and have workouts on your wishlist that people will still NOT buy them for you! I think it's pretty clear we use them. It's like people buy you what THEY would want off of your wishlist or something. Anyone else go through this?
Thankfully the Mr came through and got me this item that was on my wishlist.
I'll say that it kind of irritates me though that he has to be the one to buy it because it's like if WE were going to buy it, we could've just bought it any ol' time and not have to wait for Christmas. Sorry, I'm ranting again.
Anyhoo, I saw a clip of Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days and I knew I wanted to add it to the collection. It looked like a good new mix and little more intense than some of her earlier stuff that we own. A friend of mine got it when I put it on my wishlist and she said she really liked it so I was excited to try it out.
It's set up like a 30 day program. You do the "Burn" workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday and do the "Firm" workouts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. Both workouts are 30 minutes a piece.
I got it Christmas morning and by late Christmas morning we were doing the "Burn" workout because we were short on time and it was only 30 minutes long. Yes, please. Right away I had to chuckle because I noticed they had the same option for her that they have for Tony Horton on his videos which is to basically mute them and only have music and cues. Leslie is a very peppy gal and I'll admit when I first got Walk Away the Pounds, I had to mute her and put on some music to tolerate the workout. Since then, she's grown on me a bit and I don't need to mute her anymore but it's good to know there's the option for those who have skipped the workouts in the past.
The setting is a large set with about 10-15 other people of all ages, gender and sizes and Leslie is all dolled up. The Burn workout is some of her standard moves like walking, sidesteps, kickbacks and kicks. There are also some cha cha's and skaters thrown in for good measure. There is light hand weight work for the upper body as well. They use one to two pound hand weights but we used eight and ten pound dumbbells. It was pretty non-stop and she let's you know when the halfway point is and there is a countdown for the last 10 minutes. I think the last six minutes are spent slowing down and stretching more than I like. So I used those six minutes to keep my heart rate up and then stretched a little afterward. If I'm only doing a 30 minute workout, I want the whole 30 minutes to be full of cardio. I burned 515 calories which wasn't a huge burn but you figure if I did my usual 50 minutes, that would've been about 870 calories and I consider that a good burn.
Yesterday we were going to just do a kind of mindless free weights session because I had no capacity to think by the time we got down there. We decided to do the Firm workout and man was it challenging! Part of that was due to the fact that we used heavier weights. She had some pretty light weights and started with several sets of lunges. Most people have you use heavy weights when doing squats to add resistance so I went with 20's and the Mr did 25's. There were several variations of squats with wide stance, narrow stance and side squats. We stuck with the heavy ones for rows and tricep kickbacks. We had to lower down five pounds each for flies but used the heavy weights for most of the workout. The last ten minutes are spent doing some floor exercises like flies, presses and then on to some ab exercises. She does get a little confusing when she tells you to do curls when she means crunches. But all in all, it was a great workout that was fast paced and went by quickly. I don't suggest you do heavier weights especially if you're just starting out with the workout but it's nice to be able to have a good 500 calorie burn for a 30 minute strength session for us.
I know this is stupid but it needs to be mentioned. There's this huge spot on the floor in the back left and we joked that someone spilled water on the floor. But it never dried up as the workout went on. It doesn't look like a logo or a picture and they get just close enough to it to taunt you and then back away from it. If you're weirdos like us, you'll likely spend some of the time wondering what the hell it is. You'd have to see it to know what I mean. If you're easily distracted like us, it might be a fun game to play like guessing pictures in the clouds.
Would I recommend Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days? Yes. I think if you need a quicker workout that hits all of the major points like cardio and strength this could be a good one. I don't know that it's for true beginners but if you've done Walk Away the Pounds in the past, this is a nice little step up in variety. There are a few points where she runs a little to get the heart rate up and jumps around pumping her fist (I couldn't make that up if I tried) so if you aren't into the whole higher impact thing, you can certainly just walk or modify to your abilities.
Did you get any new workouts lately?
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