with trainer Jillian Michaels
You will love it if:
In these workouts, Jillian adds dynamic, repetitive movements to traditional yoga poses in an attempt to elevate the heart and add a cardio component. However, moving into and out of the poses also gives your muscles a bit of a break. I find that holding a static pose, as is done in traditional yoga, causes more muscle fatigue because my muscles do not get a break. And the challenge of holding a static pose elevates my heart rate just as much as Jillian’s method of moving into and out of the poses.
As with most of Jillian’s workouts, each workout is broken up into circuits that are repeated through twice. There are two models performing the workout while Jillian provides encouragement and instructions on proper form. One model does the advanced version of the moves while the other demonstrates the modified version. To make the workout accessible to Spanish speaking audiences, users also have the option of doing the workout with a Spanish voiceover.
You should be able to lie on the floor with your arms overhead and with your arms stretched out like a T.
If you can do burpees and lunges easily, you should be able to tackle this DVD. You will be getting up and down and moving into and out of yoga poses often, but other than that, the level 1 workout is not very strenuous. For the level 2 video, you will need a lot more flexibility and balance, as some of the yoga poses are quite advanced.
What NOT to Expect
Do not expect a relaxing, mindful yoga meditation. This workout is meant to mix repetitive movements with yoga poses to give yoga more of a “workout” feel. I personally thought it was a bad mix, but it might work for some. It does not leave you feeling as stretched out and limbered up (or relaxed) as a typical yoga video. Also, do not expect your muscles to be more challenged or your heartrate to be more elevated than they would be if you did a typical yoga video with static poses. Holding a challenging static pose will elevate your heartrate just as much as moving into and out of poses in a dynamic fashion.
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