I am so excited to finally be doing a workout recommendation post for you all! This is my first post, but I have been a very active individual for a decade now, so you can imagine how many workouts I have tried! Today I have two recommendations for you to try out the rest of the month. We have two weeks left, so try them out and see if you like them!
Got 45 minutes? Try Ellen Barrett’s Fusion Floor Workout
I’ve been a fan of Ellen Barrett for about seven years now, since I picked up one of her Pilates DVDs with CRUNCH. This is one of her most recent videos, and she looks better than ever. One reason I love her is that she is genuinely chillaxed in her instruction, even during one of her toughest moves. This particular DVD blends Pilates with yoga techniques. But mainly, Ellen focuses on core strength.
You may be excited starting this DVD because it is a workout that consists of you LYING ON THE FLOOR. However, do not think that this will be an easy workout. It is IN-TENSE, challenging, and you will work up a sweat. While she does focus on the core, you get a mixture of balance, core, and strength. By the end of it you feel longer, stronger, and rejuvenated! She takes her time to make sure you are performing the moves in good form, because above all else, good form is the most important. Blah, blah, blah It can help you avoid injury and can make the challenge of body resistance really intense and so on and so forth. She does the entire workout with you! By the end, her hair is all over the place like a normal person who just rolled around the floor for forty five minutes…it’s really refreshing…at least to me.
The forty to forty-five minutes of this workout go by fast, and it flows easily. Pilates lovers will fall in love with this one! My favorite move: Scissor crunches. They burn the core but are fun! Plus, you get to LIE ON THE FLOOR! Most of the time anyways.
Got 15-20 minutes? Try Rodney Yee’s A.M/P.M. Yoga for Beginners!
I have just now been getting into the yoga scene. I wasn’t much of a yoga fan when I was younger. I didn’t appreciate the practice because I didn’t have the freakin’ patience for it. It also, I think, was influenced by the different yoga DVDs I have tried. Before I always thought I would enjoy live classes of yoga vs. DVDs, which I did, but never had time for them. I was in college, life was fast paced, and I didn’t want to take the time to get connected with my internal self.
However, now that I am a little older, time and patience with my workouts are coming more naturally. I also found this DVD, and Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman’s instructions are on point. If you’re wondering why this is a beginner’s DVD, it is because this was the DVD that I found to be the smoothest introduction, I have personally liked in an instructor, to yoga practice.
There are two workouts on this dvd, an A.M. engergizing yoga routine, which is instructed by Yee himself, and a P.M. rejuvinating yoga that is instructed by Colleen Saidman. Don’t be fooled by the beginners label. For the less flexible, this dvd can push you. However, both instructors assure you that you don’t have to push yourself too much. So Jesus God, don’t go pulling muscles or knocking a hip out of its socket! It is all supposed to flow easily. The DVD has a pose instruction video that teaches you each pose and the proper form (again, good form is very important!). Also, with each routine, you have the option of hearing the regular pose instruction, no instruction and just the moves, and an inspirational instruction. You can do the pose instruction for the first few times, while you’re still getting used to form and the routine. Then I definitely ask that you try the inspirational instruction. You basically get to the point you do the entire routine with your eyes closed and focusing on your breath while feeling your roots grounding themselves into the earth.
By the end of the routines you feel well-balanced and completely set for the rest of your day. I love to do a long walk/run and then do the energizing routine afterwards as a way to stretch. My favorite move: The cobra pose. Once you wiggle your way slowly into the pose, your back feels so good!
I do also recommend Rodney Yee’s Yoga Core Cross Train DVD for those who want a bit more of a challenge. It works the core wonderfully well, and helps with the focus on your breath!
Those are my recommendations for the month! Please give them a try and let me know what you think! I also love suggestions for new yoga and Pilates DVDs, so if you have a recommendation please post below in the comments section!
Get your exercise on! And, of course, be safe and always consult a doctor before you try anything new.