Friday, October 4, 2013

Fitness Friday: Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno

Let me first state that I bought this DVD, Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno. I was not sent it to review. I am choosing to share my thoughts on it with you because I want to. I even pre-ordered this DVD from Amazon and tried it right away when it was delivered. When the Fed Ex guy came I was so disappointed to find out that it was a package for my husband and not my dvd, but I knew there was still a chance it would delivered by USPS or UPS. It was in my mailbox! :)

There are 2 workouts on this DVD and like all other Jillian Michaels workout DVDs the workouts increase in intensity as the number increases. Plus, like all other Jillian Michaels workout DVDs I have ever done, she makes you work hard and sweat a lot in a short amount of time and this one does not disappoint. I love her Yoga Meltdown DVD and it tends to be my go-to yoga dvd. Even though I love to go to fitness classes and run with friends, my favorite two videos have been Yoga Meltdown and 30-Day Shred (yes, another Jillian Michaels DVD). Yoga Inferno is certainly going to be in the rotation a lot when I can't get somewhere to workout and don't want to run on my treadmill.

Just like Yoga Meltdown, Yoga Inferno offers 30 minute workouts and you work very hard for those 30 minutes.

Thoughts of Workout 1:
It was fun to see what new moves she came up with, like skater planks. It makes sense, but I would have
never thought of them before. And one-legged mountain climbers might not have been my favorite exercise in this workout, but they sure did make me sweat! My first impression of this dvd was from workout 1 and I very quickly realized this was very different from Yoga Meltdown. She had a sequence of poses we would work through at a rapid pace and then had cardio bursts to get your heart rate up. My first couple minutes of doing this I thought, "Wow! If this is our warm up I can't imagine how much faster we are going to get with the workout!" She does have 2 people (like most of her videos) doing the workout as well and one is showing the beginner version and modifications and the other is showing advanced positions. I tried getting a picture to show how sweaty my abdomen was after this 30 minute workout. Good workout!

Thoughts of Workout 2:
Workout uses weights, and has the same short cardio bursts throughout the workout between sets. Although, with the use of weights comes slowing down of the poses so that you are utilizing the power of the weights and it becomes a strength-stretch exercise rather than cardio-stretch, which is what workout 1 and her Yoga Meltdown is more like. I chose to use 5 pound weights (yes, I have the Jillian Michaels weight set) but I think I would use something heavier next time, maybe the 8 pounds that comes in the set. You don't use the weights constantly; you put them down for the cardio spurt and for about half of the poses. My initial reaction after doing workout 2 was that I liked that one even more than 1, but I did like one too. My only complaint is that was hard to do plank rows with this weight set because there was not enough room to put my fingers all the way around when it was on the floor. So, my issue is with the weights not the workout. I may have to use my 10 pound weights for that exercise since they are not like that (not part of the set.)

*Pay no attention to the child playing in the background. :) Sometimes he does parts of the video with me and other times he plays independently. At this point he was playing with some cars and hiding them under the pillow.


The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Wow looks intense! I can just about get my head around hatha yoga :) Good selfies- looks like the dvd worked you really hard.

Lame Shrill Owl said...

Thanks. She packs a lot in to a 30 minute video. So, if I only have a short time to workout I like to pick one of my Jillian Michaels videos.

Meegs said...

Whoa, looks intense! I might have to give it a try!

Jessica said...

I've heard Jillian Michael's videos are pretty intense.. I'm scared. But I should probably get it anyway.

Ashley S said...

Love her DVDs!!! I always feel great after her workouts.

Missy Homemaker said...

I loved her first yoga dvd too. Will have to get this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Unknown said...

I love how you seem to have a passed out child next to you, as you sweat it out!

Ja @Ja on the RUN said...

I have been wondering how her dvd is like. Seems pretty intense!

Unknown said...

I had no idea she came out with another yoga dvd- so excited to try it out. Thanks for reviewing.