I did not do today's Summer Shred. It was almost 30 minutes long. It included 100 kettlebell swings for time with a 44 pound bell, 6 minutes of HIIT, and then a ladder of dive-bomber push-ups and reverse burpees. The ladder seemed pointlessly brutal. Sometimes I'm up for brutal, but today with my screwed up sleep schedule and hellish news week, I was not.
I thought to myself, "Self, how can I still do swings and dive bombers but make it fun? And approximately 15 minutes shorter?"
After my warm-up, I still did the 100 swings for time with the 44lb. Usually when I'm going to do 100 swings, I'll do 20 on the minute for 5 minutes. Today, I just blasted. I got 60 without stopping, then 20, 10, and 10. Three and a half minutes. Not bad! Next time I'll stand around even less.
After that, I did a 12 Minute Body Workout that included dive bomber push-ups and burpees. So, my own take on what was scheduled. Maybe I'll be feeling more ambitious and knock out the ladder from hell next time the scheduled workout comes up, which should be like a week from Saturday.
Ooooh aweseome - how did we go so long without a thread for this! This should be fun cuz let's face it - some of Zuzka's workouts are hilariously difficult!
I want to let you know, Skwigg, that I took your advice about a year ago and I turn off the video immediately after the workout and I basically don't read one word that she writes to avoid the carb-phobia, carb-earning whatever-it-is talk that she does. Works like a charm. I have never ever heard her even mutter the word, which for me was the ticket to enjoying these fun, effective and efficient workouts!
I did Summer Shred 16 today. It actually ended up being like 23 minutes for me. (I didn't take breaks when she did and got through it a lot faster.) It was still pretty intense! I'm definitely looking forward to a nice and easy stretch and tone workout tomorrow. I also completely ignore her nutrition advice, but I love, love, love the workouts. I love not having a gym membership and being able to roll out of bed, into workout stuff, do the workout barefoot (I hate working out in shoes!!), and get on with my day. I'm easily in the best shape I've ever been without all the little aches and pains that cropped up when I was doing bodybuilding style workouts.
I subscribed for like 3 weeks a couple months ago and I could not wrap my head around the concept of not doing traditional lifting with one day of rest in between. So I quit and right now I m into kettlebell...Do you feel like you have improved your shape and/or endurance a lot with these workouts?
I've noticed a lot of improvement in muscle definition and overall leanness. I feel like I recover better from shorter workouts and my appetite feels more under control. I was worried I would lose endurance for things like long hikes and runs, but that hasn't been the case. Particularly on hikes with really steep sections, I find my heartrate regulates much quicker and I don't get winded and gas out. My husband hates this since it means he has trouble keeping up with me. Lol. I haven't convinced him to try her workouts yet. All the butt lifting talk weirds him out.
Do you feel like you have improved your shape and/or endurance a lot with these workouts?
Yes x 100. I'm leaner, stronger, more flexible, recover better, enjoy my workouts more, and have crazy energy and endurance. I can just randomly walk 20 miles like it's nothing and not be tired or sore the next day. I've been doing Zgym workouts daily for over 2 years without a single day off. I still feel better and recover better than with longer traditional lifting sessions 3-4 days per week. That probably has something to do with the fact that I'm not depleted from dieting, but in terms of workouts, nothing hurts. Not ever. No joint pain, no back pain, no lingering fatigue, no nagging little injuries like when I was doing traditional lifting. That is the greatest gift! Well, that and being able to eat whatever I want. And loving the way I look. And having the strength to lift a sleeper sofa over my head.
Zuzka and these workouts aren't the right fit for everyone, but they've changed my life for the better in so many ways. I just looked though my fitness photos taken over the last two years of only doing her workouts and I sure don't have any complaints.
It's funny because do you guys recall how many fitness books and programs I followed and reviewed over the years? Dozens? Hundreds? All of that program hopping completely stopped when I joined ZGYM. I lost all interest in ever doing anything else. Not only that, but I'm so paranoid I save every new ZGYM workout as an individual Note backed up on multiple servers and devices so I'll have them in case Zuzka vanishes or a solar flare takes out the internet or something. Haha!
I heartily agree with Happilyfree and Skwigg! I've noticed only positive benefits from ZGYM workouts. For the first time in my life, I have muscle definition forming. Part of that is due to feeding myself well, but another part is definitely from the workouts.
I love how you made the Summer Shred workout your own, Skwigg! I usually don't alter the workouts themselves, but I pretty much always follow my own schedule. Today I did a 15-minute Fat Burn. It's my favorite bodyweight only series because of the variety of moves in every workout. The time flies by!
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Yes, I, too, have gained fitness and definition and what I really needed the most: more SANITY around exercise. They're intense and they're daily, but they're short and like the others said, I don't feel the pains or overtraining (at first I got very very sore, though) that I did with every other form of exercise I do.
However, adaptation is a thing. It's called getting in shape, increasing fitness, gaining muscle, leaning out, but it's what the body is doing when it's getting used to a certain type/style of exercise. So, I do also miss heavy lifting, running and other forms of exercise and therefore I toss those in when I don't like the looks of her workout for the day. There's a litlte too much bodyweight workuts in ZGYM for my personal taste, so some days I do heavy lifting instead and that, too, feels AMAZING to me.
all that being said, ZGYM is my go-to choice for the any given day and I get happy (happyme) on Monday mornings to see my line-up for the week!
Oh. and $9.99/month. Um, if you live in CA, you're stupefied by that deal!!!!!
I almost skipped the Stretch & Tone workout today because it looked fussy. I'm so glad I went ahead and did it! It felt amazing. I loved the ball froggers and the seated shoulder circles with the little weights. I could feel an imbalance from an old rotator cuff injury on my right side. That exercise felt great and improved the range of motion on that side by the second set. I may have to do it more often. I'm glad I kept my 2lb dumbells. They're great for that kind of physical therapy type exercise.
Also, not one drop of sweat formed the entire workout even though my muscles burned. It reminds me of the Pilates studio.