Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Step One: Admitting You Have the Problem

So, I’ve become quite a TV workout junkie. First it was New York City Ballet. Then Namaste Yoga. Now it’s All Star Workouts. My DVR is busting at the seams with enthusiastic instructors and workouts that don’t involve running, cycling or swimming. The other parts of my body love it.

And I’m totally sore today.

I used to laugh when I saw commercials for All Star Workouts as I fastforwarded through the breaks in Namaste Yoga. The set is chock full of bright colors and people looking like they’re having way too much fun. But as I was searching for Namaste last week, I found an All Star episode for yoga. And then another one for ballet. And one with Masala Bhangra.

Granted, neither the yoga nor ballet episodes were true to those disciplines’ forms (I don’t know enough about Masala Bhangra, but it was a fun time), but the workouts themselves were butt-kickers. In fact, the ballet episode incorporated weights and bands for a super ballet experience. My triceps and upper back can attest to that.

The episodes are pretty cheesy, and I’m surprised I’m admitted my new thang to anyone but myself (I sneak in my All Star workouts before Neil gets home… but I guess he’ll know now), but you have to give props when cheesy works. Either that or I'm really tired right now.

Well, I needed to even out my upper- and lower-body soreness, so I headed to the rec. center today for a spinning class and a ride on the elliptical. Both have worked well for my left leg, which just hasn’t felt fantastic lately (not worse, just achy from time to time). It’s high cardio impact, but low pressure impact on my legs. Besides, it’s the off season: I finally have time to heal. And learn to ride a bike.

But all this All-Starring and spinning and ellipticaling has wiped me out. I spent most of the day doing freelance work at Susan's (making pretty things in Flash) in Kent while my car was getting fixed at Fred's Automotive next door. And as I sat cradling my pot of white peony tea away from my computer, I swear, I almost nodded off at least twice. So, I think I'll go nod off in a more appropriate place. Like this too, too comfy couch I'm.... zzzzz....


TrainingtoTri said...

hahah - Well then I will admit that in college I purchased Darren's Dance Grooves which took you through choreographed dance routines to such songs as Bye Bye Bye. My male friend and I learned that N'Sync dance and used to do it behind the bar we worked at. yep, good times! I love cheesy workout videos.

DaisyDuc said...

Too funny! I have never tried any of these, but I will have to keep them in mind when the boredom sets in!

JenC said...

Hello, my name is Jennifer, and I own a Paula Abdul "Get up and Dance" video. Ah, confession is good for the soul.

Do what you like and have fun in the off season!

Steve Stenzel said...

Wow, those workouts sound hardcore! Makes me want to bust out Billy Blanks and Tae-Bo!!

Allison said...

I also owned Darren's Dance Groove and Paula Abdul's Get Up And Dance.

I've been strangely drawn to the NYC Ballet workout - how is it??

Joe said...

Hey, American Gladiators is coming back on TV. Maybe you can do some of their bizarre exercises too.

kelsalynn said...

This post cracks me up because I admit I have the same problem!!! OMG! My Tivo is totally full of workouts designated as "keepers" w/ a cute little "K". I'm loving them and gosh darnit, I don't care!!! I'm embracing the cheesy instructors and bad commercials and I'm glad to hear I'm not alone!