When I made the decision to end my gym membership, it was one that luckily was not made in a rush. I didn't have the time to commit to going to the gym that I did when I was in school. Therefore, the next best thing are workout DVDs. Unfortunately for me, I forgot (how silly of me) that I don't like doing the same thing over and over.
Don't get me wrong, I love my two Biggest Loser workout DVDs. When I first started Cardio Max, I was addicted; same with Power Sculpt. But now that I have been doing them for nearly two months, it is getting both repetitive and a little boring.
My body has been so tired lately. All I want to do is sleep, not workout. Again, don't get me wrong, I love to workout, just not the same repetitive motions over and over again. I had two rest days last week from the Biggest Loser workout series (on those days I did Zumba instead).
I have talked about joining another gym, which is definitely a possibility because not only is it closer, they offer discounts for college students but I do want to finish out my two Biggest Loser DVDs. When it comes to the DVDs, I only have two weeks left on Cardio Max and four weeks on Power Sculpt. I have come too far to give up on the DVDs. I have been seeing some results with the workouts but know that I will see more if I continue to push myself. I just have to give my body the time it needs to rest from all of the repetitive motions.
By saying repetitive motions, I am not implying that in a negative way. Those same repetitive motion are essentially what achieves results but the same motions can tear down muscles which need time to repair themselves.
I have tried switching up the order in which I complete the workouts. If the DVD plays in this order - warm up, 1, 2, 3, cool down; I will complete the workouts in this order - warm up, 2, 3, 1, cool down. Changing the order gives my muscles more time to warm up which helps me (section 1 feature lunges, which are my weakest point because I have injured my knees before, doing the sections out of order gives the muscles in my knees time to warm up) in the long run because I avoid an injury.
One of the biggest improvements I have noticed while completing the workouts is that my endurance is up. When I started I would often do two or three reps of an activity and then watch as everyone else completed the rest on the DVD. Now I am not only able to go longer (essentially completing more reps) but I am able to transition into the next portion without stopping for a break. This definitely comes from those repetitive motions in the workout.
So where am I?
Right now I am torn between taking a week off from the Biggest Loser to give my body time to adequately rest and substituting something like Zumba. But, I know how I am and if I take a week off from Biggest Loser, it will take me forever to get back in the swing of things.
I'm leaning more towards completing the various sections out of order (still completing them all) so that I can finish the DVDs on a strong note. That way my body is not used to the same thing and I am still getting in the workout that both my body and I deserve.