Especially when it comes to working out.
My next challenge has been the 22 Minute Hard Corps workout that I'm doing with my buddy virtually. I love a good workout program & I love doing it with someone.
The bad thing is? I'm really NOT enjoying this workout program.
Something I'm learning - not everything is for everyone.
Just like I really really REALLLLY am missing running.
But if you say running to someone else, they want to run far away from me & my talk of running.
& that's OK - not everything is made for everyone.
& I'm really really REALLLLLY not enjoying this plan.
I wanted to list why I'm not enjoying this one - just in case someone was curious about it - & these are obviously just personal opinions. I know a lot of people are really getting great results from the program & LOVE it... but for me? I'm rolling my eyes every time I press start. But again - why I'm not feeling it:
No Warm Up
... well, let me take it back. There IS a warm up, but you have to watch a separate video to do the warm up - & granted it's not that big of a deal to watch it & then go to the workout you are currently doing. But what irritates me about it is the warm up is like 11 minutes long. & its not like a real warm up. Like, there is a move to help with hamstrings (which mine have been messed up since I was in 5th grade) & its so fast that I think it HAS to cause more damage than to help stretch out anything. Most other Beachbody workouts have a warm up that takes about 2-3 minutes before every video - why is this so different? What would it have hurt to add that into the beginning of these workouts?
... I've said it 1,000+ times before, especially when it comes to running, that my body RUNS on music. I need a beat. I need a good song. Good words in a workout is even better. This workout? Basically no music. Just people counting in military fashion. There may be a slight beat with it, but not like real music. ... & that leads me to my next issue.
... Oh my gosh - I have literally thrown videos away on workouts that can't keep a beat. & these workouts? They go SO FAST on one round & then the next round, they slow down, only after Tony Horton tells them - but then they'll speed up again & then get faster & faster & faster... it's just not smooth or consistent. For someone like me, that needs a good steady pace for knees & injuries, the inconsistencies of it doesn't work well. Not to mention, they finish the video like 5 minutes ahead of time where they move so fast in the first rounds.
... I will say, the first video, Cardio 1 & Resistance 1, there did seem to be some good modifications & they would take the time to show the person & the move that was going to be changed & what it would look like. The other videos? I think there is a whole video where we NEVER see the person modifying, though they do mention to follow them. & there are some moves that show absolutely no modifications for some of the most complicated moves that are horrible for someone with injuries.
Injury Prone Moves
... OK, this is just me - but its about my workout. But some of these moves, one in particular called a Gorilla Crawl, literally hits on every pain in my body. You have to squat till your butt is basically hitting the ground, which I can't even do if I have my knee brace on. & then it aggravates my low back to be in that position - & then you move your arms across the body, putting your body weight on it & move like a gorilla, back & forth. Hello Bicep Tendon holding my whole body weight. I just feel frustrated & defeated in moves like this. & again, no other option to do.
Ab Video Sucks
... I love the ab videos on both the 21 Day Fix programs & also love both of them on the Hammer & Chisel programs. This one? Feels like a waste of time. First of all, its 11 moves done 11 times. But by the time they show the move, 11 moves is NOTHING. Like do 11 crunches & then wait another minute before doing another 11 crunches. I walk away feeling NOTHING. It just really feels like a waste of total time
No Cool Down
... not really. In a video that is big on making sure you're done in 22 minutes, they dont leave any time for a cool down. & this works a lot of leg muscles & I've been walking around with the most sore quads lately ... & then realized that we're stretching NO QUADS at all in this thing. Just a few lean over stretches, some chest stretches that last maybe 10 seconds & maybe a hamstring stretch if that is even time allowed. To me, stretching after a work out is KEY - especially as injury-infested as I am.
So... needless to say, I'm not the biggest fan of this program.
On the positive side - it is a total SWEATFEST. I walk away from each workout with a soaking wet shirt & my forehead glistening. So its obviously doing something.
I'm just not enjoying it though... & enjoying it is part of why you want to work out, right?
Some people would say no - working out should be miserable & hard. But I've had so many programs that I've LOVED that I disagree with that thinking.
Am I going to continue with it? I'm not sure... I hate to leave my buddy hanging - though I know I'm going to still be working out every day - doing SOMETHING - & cheering her on every day - so I know she'll understand. & if its working for her, I'll cheer her on even more knowing how hard it's been for me.
We'll see where it leads me.
... where are my running shoes?
Ever do a program you didn't like?
Do you like running?
What's the most fun you've ever had working out?