You probably already know two things about me from following this blog:
- I like to work out
- I’m pretty lazy when it comes to working out…
Maybe this is you, too, but I know that if someone gives me an excuse, any excuse no matter how ridiculous it is (it’s dark outside, it’s late, the dog is snoring, there’s ice cream in the fridge), I will jump on it and say “Okay, tomorrow I’ll go to the gym!”… which may or may not happen.
That said, since I have a ton of free time until my job starts, and since I spend the majority of my time in the family room (to keep an eye on the puppy while she sleeps/chews on her toys), I decided I didn’t want to spend all my time just sitting on the couch reading/Facebook-stalking/Tweeting.
However, I also didn’t want to do anything crazy….
Enter: 10 Minute Pilates!
The concept behind 10 Minute Pilates is simple: you can do anything for ten minutes, so for ten minutes you will work on (1) butt/legs (2) arms (abs)… and maybe stretching, but I didn’t get that far (look at the commitment!)
Anyway, I did do the hard parts (the first three) and I would say I got a pretty decent workout. For the arms part, you will need either 1 lb., 2 lb., or 3 lb. weights. The video focused mostly on triceps, but also did a lot with shoulders and chest, which I liked (chest press, lifting your weights above your head to work on your shoulders, etc.)
My favorite part about the legs/butt exercise was working on my butt… of course. Not only for butt-toning reasons, but also because it was the easiest to understand of all the moves. I thought the video moved way too fast in between poses, and the camera didn’t focus enough on form so much as it did of the instructor herself… note to camera-people: I don’t care about seeing the instructor’s face, I want to see her form!
I probably could have paused, stop, and rewound the scenes I needed to see again, but it wasn’t worth it because the videos didn’t show or explain enough about the form for me to understand it anyway. Sooo… that was a bummer.
That said, I did enjoy the ’10 minute’ aspect of this video series (I think there’s also 10 Minute Yoga too). When the moves got hard or I got tired, I told myself anyone can do this for 10 minutes… you lazy bum!… which helped me finish out the set. I only did half an hour because I had somewhere to be (plus the dog was demanding to be played with, and you don’t say no to Molly…), but I think I’ll try out a yoga video next time (probably later today!)
I also saw some kickboxing/dance/’Biggest Loser’ workout videos, which intrigued me, so we’ll see. On days when I know I’m not going to the gym, I think I’ll be trying these videos out!