Day 2 in the Gamma Cycle is the “Rip’T Up” DVD, which requires either dumbbells or resistance bands, a mat, and a chin up bar (optional). My one pet peeve in these DVDs is that Shaun T never recommends dumbbell weights or refers to what his team members are lifting. When I did Chalean Extreme, Chalene always mentioned what she was lifting for each exercise and often mentioned what her modifier was lifting and her other team members, which helped me ball park my weights better. With this DVD, I just had to guess and hope the fit was good. This, of course, was partial laziness on my part, because all our dumbbells were in my husband’s workout room and I didn’t feel like hauling them back and forth (ugh, can’t believe I just admitted that….on a fitness post, nonetheless!). It would have been more effective if I had more of my dumbbells lying there so I could switch it up if need be (i.e. if the set was too easy/difficult). In this DVD, you use two different sets of weights (a lighter set and a heavier set), so I just grabbed some 10s and 5s and went at it. I would recommend not being lazy and having other weights to select from in order to get more from your workout (and I will next time…I promise).
The one thing that really stands out to me from this workout was arms. Um…ow. You’ll understand why in a moment. The workout starts off by getting your blood flowing with some cardio moves (that we saw in the beta workouts), including split lunge agility, low switch kicks, double switch kicks, high switch kicks, static upper cuts, and jack uppercuts. At this point, I’m starting to smell less pleasant and have a nice bead of sweat forming on my body. Feels good (and you can’t smell me anyway). At this point, we start on some upper body/arm exercises, with some wide rows (optional chin up bar), single arm rows, straight arm flies (on the ground or on the chin up bar), lat pull downs (on the ground or on the chin up bar), reciprocating hammer curls, tricep kick backs with palms up, tricep kick backs with palms down (did I mention my triceps are horribly, pitifully weak?), reciprocating wide curls, single leg shoulder presses, 4 count push-ups, upright rows, 2 count push ups, 90 degree shimmy ups (at this point, my arms are jello and I have no idea if I can even keep eking these out), 90 degree shoulder shrugs (yes, at this point, my arms are giving out and I’m starting to fail), basic shoulder shrugs (OMG…so glad my arms are down and this gives a temporary arm rest break), standing rocketmans (super fun), and reciprocating lawn mowers. Phew…arms are putty at this point. Shaun T thankfully gives us a minor break from our arms and throws in some deadlift combos. We then jump back into some push press combos (with 90 degree knees, scissor legs, etc.) and then into some down dog/plank/push-up combos. At this point, I think I’m in love with Tania, because my body is dying and I need to modify some of these moves. Next, Shaun has us jump up and do some high hooks, low hooks with squat hold, low jack uppercuts, and crossdown punch jacks. I found this an energizing break from the lifting/strength exercises (plus, I love kicking/punching exercises). We then get back down and do some superman and rocketman pulses, then right back up for some single leg dual curls and single leg tricep presses. Back down for some arm push-up jacks (and a knee-in combo), which I was again thankful for Tania. Back up for some 4 count curl presses, followed by 2 count curl presses, and then the much anticipated cool down. Oi.
Overall, I thought this was an awesome workout. My arms definitely took a beating (in a good way) and I felt like a million bucks when it was finally done. I’ve never really enjoyed strength/resistance workouts (I’m way more into cardio), but I found that this one went by quickly and had enough variety and motivation to keep me focused and into the workout. Another well-earned tip goes into my Workout Tip Jar.
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