It’s already Wednesday, people! Man, I love me a good Monday holiday – makes the week go by so much faster. Wednesdays are usually like second Monday’s though. You wake up on a Monday and damn, it’s only Monday. Tuesday you start to feel like you’re getting somewhere. Then Wednesday hits and you’re all – it’s Wednesday? I thought it was Thursday. Arg, the weekend is still so far away. Am I right? I know.
Wednesdays are also usually the day when my alarm goes off and I think, “Hmm… I already woke up early and worked out two days this week. Can’t I just sleep in today? I don’t want to schlep out in the snow (again) and trek through the puddles (again) with my gym bag, work bag, lunch bag, and umbrella to balance on the icy sidewalks (again).” It really has to stop snowing, friends. Fo. Real. Anyway, I never want to miss my workout, but sometimes a gal just needs a little extra beauty sleep.
Well, now there is a great workout solution for anyone trying to beat the Hump Day Blues or anyone legitimately short on time.
Say hola, amigo nuevo (hello, new friend – FYI) to MASH Up Conditioning.
The lovely ladies behind MASH Up Conditioning (Stacy & Jamie) connect with Girls Gone Sporty and sent me their Tempo DVD to try. This DVD is made up of 7 workouts. Each workout is only 15 minutes long and has 5 minutes of Mind/body, 5 minutes Strength & Agility, and 5 minutes of High intensity intervals. M-AS-H! Get it? Ahhh it’s all coming together now!
Mind/Body helps prevent injury and provide core strength, Agility and Strength strengthens muscles and increases your metabolism for up to 48 hours post workout, and High Intensity Intervals stimulate production of human growth hormone (HGH) which promotes fat loss and also provides anti-aging effects, contributing to vigor and optimal wellness. Bazinga!
All of that combined creates a workout that is supposedly 5-6 times as effective as regular steady state exercise!
The great thing about these workouts is you can combine them however you like. You can do just one 15 minute workout or combine them for 30, 45, or 60 minute workouts for over 100 different workout combinations! Heck, you can do all 7 in a row if you want. Does that make it 35x as effective?
What? It doesn’t work like that? Shucks…
So far, I’ve tried 4 of the 7 workouts, and I’m really liking them! They are actually really great cross-training workouts for runners. Jamie and Stacy recommend doing the workouts 2-3 times per week and doing your other favorite workouts the rest of the week – so it won’t take over your life. Runners can still run. Yogis can still… yogi?
Anyway, after doing 2 back-to-back, I felt the burn and was left a little sore – a sure sign I was working muscles that needed some working! The fifteen minute workouts fly by, but you are working hard the whole time. If you’re in a time crunch (or want to sleep in… or just want to avoid the snow…) 15 minutes is really all you need for a good burn. I’ve even learned some new moves from these fit ladies.
My only slightly negative comment about these videos has to do with the different levels. I like that the program shows a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level for each move, but the instructor always starts with the beginner method. Many times, the camera zooms in to the beginner, so you can’t even see what the intermediate and advanced people are doing. I like to do the intermediate and advanced moves, so it was little frustrating to have to wait 10, 20, sometimes 30 seconds (each move is only a minute long max) to see what I needed to do. I wish the camera just stayed wide on all three people the whole time. Once I do the workouts a few times, though, I’ll know what to do, so it’s not a deal breaker for me.
Overall, the MASH Up Conditioning Tempo have the Fitful Focus Stamp of approval! And want to know the best part? MASH Up Conditioning is offering a free DVD program to one lucky Fitful Focus reader! Saaweeet!! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!!
NOTE: MASH Up Conditioning provided me with their product free of charge in exchange for a review as part of the Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador program. That said, all opinions expressed in this blog are my own and I would never support a product I do not believe in.