Workouts: I did pretty good on my w/o's. Two rest days, the hiking one day, and dvds the others.
Today's Tip: Heart Helpers: Dark Chocolate
Both regular and sugar-free dark chocolate decrease blood pressure in overweight adults, according to new research. Consuming just a small amount of flavanol-rich cocoa powder daily can increase blood flow to your skin, making it softer, smoother, and more resistant to sun damage. Quick Tip: Add cacao beans, the source of all chocolate, to your diet for an extra flavanol boost. More on Fitness Mag here.
Today's Review: The Firm Body Sculpt Blaster
Nancy Tucker, 2002 ***** (5 of 5 stars)
This is a 30ish minute strength workout led by Nancy w/ 4 background exercisers, one showing the beginner modifications. The set is the BSS1 set and you will need dumbbells and a Fanny Lifter or other step for this workout.
While this is a strength workout Nancy combines a lot of UB & LB moves to really get your heart rate up and keep it there. A lot of the moves are familiar Firm stuff: clean and press, dip w/ bicep curl, leg press (quite a few sets really and she varies the tempo and adds in bicep curls etc to them), squats w/ overhead press, lat row, lunges, pliets with rows, curtsey lunge w/ outer thigh lift, french press and a quick seated oblique section on the FL.
I really like this workout and the time goes by very quickly! Nancy really accomplishes a lot in a small amount of time. I was able to heavy up for almost every move and actually felt it the next day a bit in my LB. She hits every body part and really moves things along nicely. I would rate this a solid to high intermediate w/o if you heavy up on the poundage.