Hey guys! Today’s post is coming pretty late in the day, and I promise it is for a good reason.
For the last two days, I somehow got elected to assist and keep this crazy horse under control during his appearances. His name is HOOPER, he is the official mascot for the Detroit Pistons, and is quite the entertainer. Being his assistant is a fun side job to take on from time to time, and let me just say that there are rare boring minutes of it.
Some of you might have seen the photo I posted on Instagram today as proof. Just another day at the office… no big deal. 😉
As I settle back into a normal work day at home, I wanted to share this week’s recap of the video workout series I have been doing since the beginning of March.
XTrain Workouts: Week 3 Check-In
Last week I shared how it is difficult for me to stick to one specific workout program for thirty days. I am a bit of a gym floater who likes to mix up my workout routines and take a variety group fitness classes to keep things new and exciting.
After three weeks of training with Cathe, I am becoming very familiar with all of the workouts and DVDs. Almost too familiar. I am starting to memorize some of her lines, know what song is coming on for what exercise, and already know how much I do or do not like the workout set for that day.
My favorite day of the week is cardio kickboxing. It includes 42 minutes of cardio kickboxing and conditioning + 14 minutes of triceps and upper body strengthening + 10 minutes of core + 5 minutes of stretching, totaling 71 minutes.
(Lots of kicking, jumping, shuffling, jabbing, push-ups and sit-ups.)
My least favorite days are still the two focusing on legs. I think they are equally as important as the others, but just seem a little more boring and repetitive to keep working out the same area!
I do, however, enjoy how a lot of the exercises take me back to my barre training days… and have noticed a bit of a plumper booty as a result.
Scott and I like to call it the “barre butt”, and both agree that I officially have one again.
Tabata and HIIT workouts take up the other three days, and I always finish with a good sweat each time.
This week in particular has gotten me to appreciate stretching at the end of the videos. Nothing has changed in the workouts from the previous weeks (except the order of days), but I especially liked the eight minute cool down/stretch Cathe took me through during the Cardio Leg Blast DVD.
That workout must have been one of my skip days last week, because I totally forgot about some of the new stretches she showed me. Loved them!
Overall Thoughts – One More Week
Whew! One more week to go… and to be honest I feel like I have not gotten everything I can out of my three weeks completed. As you found out last week, it is really hard for me to stick to a schedule of six workout days a week, especially on specific days the program suggests.
This week, I was hoping to complete all six workouts and only resulted in five. One of those days, I only got half way through the DVD before having to leave, so I don’t even know if I should count it.
I have never been one to workout six days a week, so I knew this was going to be a huge challenge going into it! For me, a good week includes four workout days and on a great one is five. For that reason, I can’t beat myself up too much, I guess. I have consistently completed at least four to five workouts all three weeks.
I have truly enjoyed the XTrain workout series so far. I still feel challenged and pushed to my limits in a lot of exercises, and that is a great thing to say after three weeks of rotating the same workouts.
I do have to admit, however, that I am looking forward to getting back to running and Fitness Pilates at my gym. I miss it.
Until then, I have Tabata, HIIT, kickboxing, and this handsome man by my side to the thirty day finish line!
*Disclaimer: The XTrain Workout Series DVDs were provided to me, free of charge, from cathe.com through my ambassadorship with FitFluential. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and simply exchanged sharing my workout experience for product. As always, all thoughts and opinions in this series of reviews are my own. Please see my full dislaimer before starting any kind of new workout routine.