Ouch. In one word, that’s how I’d describe my Tuesday morning.
I both saw, and didn’t see, the pain coming this time around. For one, I’ve been running and working out plenty — 8 days in a row, to be exact (but who’s counting).
Tuesday morning, in fact, was pleasant enough, and despite a pretty bad back and achey arms, I was able to get myself out of bed and outside for a 3-mile run around the neighborhood, followed by a ton of foam rolling and a few notable yoga poses I knew would target those problematic muscles that were causing me such angst.
On the other hand, Monday’s workout included a new video that I’ve immediately fallen in love with: Jillian Michaels’ Cardio Kickboxing.
Be warned, this 25-minute workout doesn’t seem all that tough or feel all that challenging as you punch, kick and shout. But the morning after tells a totally different tale.
I’d been on the hunt for a good cardio kickboxing video to mess with during my living room workouts for a while, and I think I can finally say that I’ve found “the one.” If you’re looking for new, high-energy exercises to squeeze into your routine, I definitely recommend Jillian’s for the following 5 reasons.
1. Complement your runs. As someone who gets piriformis syndrome pretty easily, I am always on the hunt for great cross-training opportunities. Kickboxing is a great way to work your glutes while having a ton of fun.
2. Keeping it real. This video is far less structured than Jillian’s typical boot camp-style workouts. She even laughs, forgets where she is, and interacts with her pupils. In a way, it’s kind of like you’re right there with her.
3. Harder than it looks. I’m not going to lie to you; while doing this workout, I actually didn’t feel all that engaged in the routine, and the movements were nothing I’d never done before. And then came Tuesday, when it was obvious that I’d gotten a serious workout the day before. Lesson learned.
4. Kick-butt fun! Sick of crunches, push-ups and burpees? Me too. That’s why I was searching so desperately for a fun routine like kickboxing. (Disclaimer: You will be asked to do 10 push-ups to finish up the workout.)
5. Space isn’t an issue. When you live in Manhattan, space isn’t always on your side. With Jillian’s cardio kickboxing routine, all you really need is the small nook between your couch, coffee table and TV. Sure, I had to move around a bit in order to kick and punch in certain directions, but for the most part, it was totally doable from my humble abode.
- Do you kickbox, and do you find that it’s a good complement to your running routine?