I am an avid health and fitness magazine reader. I love tearing out recipes and reading the articles about the best sports bras for each activity. I’ve never had the time or the will power to follow any of the workout routines. Then I picked up the June issue of Fitness Magazine. The routine sounded simple enough, weight training with some cardio routines, plus Motion Traxx (I LOVE their podcasts) had the cardio routines set to music.
So I decided to go ahead and try it.
Sculpt and Tone: The routine is easy enough. You need 5-8 lb weights and if you are on a hard surface I recommend a mat. It takes me about 45 minutes to get through the entire set and it is a good one. I work up a good sweat about half way through and my arms start to ache a bit on the second round. There is one, the Sumo Squeeze, which I just can’t seem to figure out. I don’t know what I am doing wrong there.
Now, they say you can do the cardio routines either following the weight training or separately.
Cardio Option 1: Cardio-Sculpt Combo: Anyone who can do this back-to-back is a star in my eyes. It is an interval routine with sprints, squats and pushups. I tried doing this a day AFTER I did the sculpt routine and my arms were begging for me to stop. Two minutes of pushups? Come on!
Cardio Option 2: I Like to Move It, Move It: Solid sprint interval. I was able to do this post-strength training. I was huffing and puffing and bright red. It felt really good.
Cardio Option 3: This was a killer. I liked that you can do it on the treadmill or on the bike, which helps me with my cross training efforts (I am not so good at that).