Kick Ass Workout Plan

How did I just know this topic would be the most popular? Let’s catch up.

I started running, debated over shorts and shoes, completed the C25K program and kept it up for months. Unfortunately, my pesky right ankle would have nothing to do with my running plans. Add in cold winter mornings, a huge dose of laziness, and well, here I am after a stagnant winter and spring.

(My ankle feels great, though. Thanks for asking.)

During the past couple of months, I’ve been taking a Pilates class at my local community center, but my teacher has been less than stellar. It seems she would rather talk about Neti Pots and male Kegel muscles (did you know men can do Kegels too? No? Well, let me tell you about it again and again! And AGAIN.) than focus on the exercises. Plus, once a week is fun, but it’s pretty hard to see results at that rate.

Keep in mind I stay home with Wito, so day classes are out and I’m not really interested in a stinky gym with childcare. However, the motivation is there.

After seeing this post a year ago and this recent one, I decided I just HAD to buy this exercise DVD. (How could I not? DID YOU SEE LINDA’S ARMS? Good God.)

I found a gently used copy on Amazon, and it doesn’t disappoint, considering I am not the cardio-bouncy-dancing type. I don’t find Chalene, the instructor, to be annoying and the routine is challenging yet attainable. Oh, and it will make you sweat. I do this workout at 6 in the morning, before I can give myself the chance to make excuses. Plus, Wito is still sleeping so I don’t need to worry about delivering an accidental roundhouse kick to his noggin.

Earlier this year, I also bought this Pilates DVD (to supplement my Neti Kegel Class) and it rocks. It’s absolutely amazing how controlled movements can make such quick improvement to your body. The DVD has two different sections – one for beginners needing position modification and one for advanced beginners. Within each section is a full workout, plus tons of individual 10-20 minute segments (if you don’t have time for the full workout). I usually do the 30-minute full workout during Wito’s nap.

Combining these two workouts is awesome because you are working your body in completely different ways. Turbo Kick and Jam is more of a cardiovascular workout with quick muscle movements, while Pilates is completely controlled with very little movement. (Honestly, I was shocked at how sore I was after my first Pilates class. It burns, baby.) The combination of the two has really made a difference already. I highly recommend it.

(Plus, no gyms! Just you and the DVD player.)

So, my new exercise plan consists of this:

Turbo Kick and Jam – 2x/week

Pilates – 2x/week

And the kicker. My pinch hitter and seriously the best part of my workouts. The Wii Fit.


(You’ll have to wait to hear about that one until Friday, when I review it over at ParentDish. See photos of me in exercise pants, unsuccessfully trying to master yoga! BONUS.)

As for running, I do miss it and hope to sporadically add some runs into my regimen.  (Although, let’s be serious. I have a drawer filled with 4,000 running-related items and it mocks me EVERY DAMN DAY.  I have to run, if not for that reason alone.)

There you go! My new and improved kick ass workout plan!

Questions? Any other DVDs I should know about for the future? What’s YOUR workout plan this summer? Do tell.

  • Jummy

    June 18, 2008 at 8:06 am

    I found Linda’s post motivating too but sadly I didn’t really act on it. Perhaps the combined power of whoorl and Linda will work.

    Waking up early to workout just plain makes sense—you get it out of the way for the day and don’t have to worry about trying to fit it in later. I just don’t know how to drag myself out of bed…got any tips for that?

    Seriously, don’t think about it. Put your workout clothes and shoes by your bed the night before, wake up, roll over, put the clothes on, walk to the television, turn on the DVD and go. Do not allow yourself to think of ANYTHING during the process. ;)

  • Angella

    June 18, 2008 at 8:15 am

    I have the original Tae Bo video. Billy Blanks in a unitard is disturbing, yes, but the workout is crazy.

    I have been in a boot camp that is almost over, and have started pulling out my other DVD’s. Cardio Boot Camp is one, and ten-minute-toning is another.

    I’m going to stay in shape if it kills me. And it just might.

  • Pam

    June 18, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Linda motivated me into buying the Turbo Jam DVD as well. It really does kick ass!
    My ultimate plan is to do that twice a week and then run on the elliptical twice a week. However, last week I ended up doing about 4 days on the elliptical and no DVDs. This week has kicked my ass and I’ve done nothing.

    So, motivation and regularity seem to be unattainable at times. But, I try not to make myself feel too bad about it. Guilt is not a motivator for me.

  • Valerie

    June 18, 2008 at 8:31 am

    I have that DVD, and I totally blogged about it, too.

  • amy

    June 18, 2008 at 8:32 am

    I cannot wait to read the Wii Fit post! I have got to get one!

    My weekly workouts: Monday-weights with trainer, Tuesday-run outside after work or spin class at noon, Wednesday-power yoga, Thursday-run outside after work or spin class at noon, Friday-weights with trainer.

    I stick to this…exclusively. Week after week. I am very motivated by guilt. I wish i did it…”just to feel good.” Sadly…not the case. I must admit i hate every minute of my workouts. But thank myself over and over once they are over.

    If for some reason i miss during the week…I make myself run on the weekends. I cannot stand the sight of a gym more than i have to…not to mention the smell, the meatheads, etc. etc. so those turbo kick jam, pilates dvds you speak of are appealing to me…if i had more room in my apt. to actually accomplish a round house kick.

    glad you got motivated…

  • a madhouse wife

    June 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I am actually doing the C25K program this summer, which YOU inspired me to do. Tell me it can all work out! I keep thinking though, that as soon as I master it (2 1/2 weeks left) I’m SO done with it. Running is just not my thing.

    But then again, I just bought a new pair of shoes.

    What to do…what to do…

    Do it! Do it! If you don’t have a bum ankle like me, don’t stop. I loved running!

  • rosalicious

    June 18, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Monday – a cardio/weights class at gym
    Tuesday – vinyasa yoga class
    Wednesday – 3 mile run
    Thursday – core/balance/weights class at gym
    Friday – 6 am class so I am free for happy hour :)
    Saturday/Sunday- whatever the hell I want!

    Looking at that schedule you’d think I was some kind of fitness buff….alas, NO.

  • LVGurl

    June 18, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Summer workouts are composed of six-day-a-week tri workouts at 5am. Two days swimming, two days biking, two days running. I have to go that early because a) it’s hotter than hades after 7am, and b) husband needs to leave for work by 8am. So far, it’s all going well!

    Good luck with your program! :)

  • Heather B.

    June 18, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Um, I run. A lot. Well it’s not really running as opposed to looking like an injured fawn trying to find its mama but it is what it is.

    Also, I would really like Linda’s arms so perhaps the next stop is me, the DVD player and an excercise video.

  • Kristen

    June 18, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Like I told Tracey (sweetney) the other day, Linda should be getting a cut of turbo jam sales. I drank the turbo jam kool aid after that post too!
    I try to do it 5x week, switching between Punch, Kick and Jam, Fat Blaster, Cardio Party and Turbo Sculpt.
    I also do Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. That’s a 20 minute work out that will kick your ass!

  • Linsley

    June 18, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I totally bought the dvd too, after reading Linda’s post. I also do the Inhale yoga series that is on the Oxygen channel.
    So my routine is a mix up of walking the dogs, yoga, turbo jam, Slim in 6 dvd’s and pilates. How’s that for mixing it up!

  • ali

    June 18, 2008 at 8:53 am

    i’m a huge fan of winsor pilates. they are simple and don’t take long…but holy cow…my ass? AMAZING.

  • Emily

    June 18, 2008 at 9:33 am

    After I’m done birthing this child and am all fat and happy and have thighs made completely out of ice cream, I am buying the Turbo Jam DVD. It was so easy when Asher was a baby to just pop him in the stroller and do three miles of hills in the neighborhood, but I suspect that won’t be as easy with two. (Although if I could push 40 pounds of baby plus 40 pounds of stroller up some hills, I bet I would look like… well, I don’t know who I’d look like, but I bet I would look HOT.)

    Awesome plan, I think. Also, running is great, but don’t you think it’s one of those things you do best when you really FEEL like running? I personally only REALLY want to run if its a beautiful day or if I stuffed myself with pizza for two nights in a row. That’s when it’s worth it to me.

  • slynnro

    June 18, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I am big fan of the “Of Steel” series. And I just posted cringeworthy pictures of myself doing my thigh toning routine. Embarassing. But I’m already getting emails of praise from those who have tried my workout!

  • martymankins

    June 18, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Your plan sounds great. I think I need to find a Wii and get WiiFit, since I have a 3 yr membership to Bally’s and never go (why is that so common?)

    Running is one of the best things for any exercise plan, since the cardio and weight toning benefits are so good for anyone.

    I’ve never done pilates, but the gym has several classes available. I’d have to do a trial run before investing in any DVD program.

  • Jora

    June 18, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Thank you –this may be just the motivation I needed. Seriously hard to get exercise with a toddler and nursing babe. An exercise program I can do in-house? No excuses.

  • jen

    June 18, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Whoorl…do you ever watch that show Workout on Bravo!?! Well Jackie made an exercise DVD that I just found out is available on OnDemand through Comcast cable (I don’t know if you have that). But seriously, she has an arms, legs and abs set of exercises that are the best! I think I like doing it because I saw the making of the workout DVD and I know the trainers are in the same amount of pain that I am (but there pain comes from doing this set of exercises 47 times and mine is being out of shape!). Check it out and thanks for sharing your routine.

    Isn’t Pilates amazing!

    XX- J.

  • Angel Smith

    June 18, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I have that DVD…I guess I should get my ass in gear, ha!

  • Kerri Anne

    June 18, 2008 at 10:27 am

    I LOVE Turbo Jam, and own three different videos I think, but haven’t done it since we moved to the apartment we are currently in. We are a tad cramped for space and being that the building is (charming! and amazing! and also) super old, I’m pretty sure our downstairs neighbors would hate me three minutes into it. That being said, it totally kicks your ass, and I miss that.

    Chris and I were doing the weights, cardio, weights, cardio, weights, cardio routine on alternating days of the week (with Sundays as rest days), and it was also totally working, but of course very much requires a gym membership.

    More and more I am realizing that I miss road and trail running, and want to get back into it (I had a foot injury awhile back that left me fearful of pavement pounding), and as a matter of fact I just bought two of your afore-recommended running tanks. Here we go!

  • sweetney

    June 18, 2008 at 10:28 am

    sundry brainwashed me into the Turbo Jam as well — just got mine a few days back but have yet to do it. somehow, i’m intimidated as hell.

    however, the wii fit? OMG LOVE. esp the free step. free step + TV watchin’ = CRAZY DELICIOUS.

  • Catherine

    June 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

    WHEERRRREE did you find a wii fit??? I can’t find them anywhere but on amazon or ebay and I refuse to pay TWICE what it’s worth. Help!

  • Abigail M. Schilling

    June 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

    So encouraging! I’ve been doing the elliptical at the gym five days a week which has been really great cardio, but I’ve been wanting to supplement it with something. I went to a couple yoga and pilates classes, but a) I hate having to be on their schedule, and b) I suck at some of the moves so I end of wasting some of my time (although, I’m sure that if I stuck to it I would eventually get better). DVDs/Oxygen channel, HERE I COME! (It never occurred to me that I could DVR workout shows. Brilliant!)

    Sidenote: Pilates was the worst experience of my life. It was just excruciating. I think I’m more of a yoga-er.

  • The Over-Thinker

    June 18, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I’ve heard the best stuff about Wii Fit. My co-worker owns it and whenever she speaks of it, she lights up and sounds like a human infomercial.

  • Kristin

    June 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I can’t wait for the Wii fit review! I used to run, even ran a 10K and then my husbands schedule got crazy and running with a double jogging stroller that weighed about 100 pounds just didn’t appeal to me. So I pretty much quit. I did go run the other night for 15 minutes but then I did not sleep well at all. Maybe I should try the early morning thing, except one of my kids gets up early too. Now, you have inspired me to run in the morning, I could get up at 6 and be done by 6:30. But that totally messes up my showering at night routine. And, we just joined Lifetime because my husbands company pays for a large chunk of the membership! But, it doesn’t open until September.

  • Camels & Chocolate

    June 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I’m training for a marathon in August (eek!), so I run four days a week, anywhere from 7-milers to 20-milers. Then three-four days a week, I also alternate between Bikram yoga classes and boot camp. You want to tone up quickly? DO BIKRAM. It rocks and you sweat off a couple pounds per class! Love!

  • Becky

    June 18, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Turbo Jam DVD? Check!
    Wii Fit? Check!
    Gym membership? Check!

    Actually using any of those things? Um, no. But the kids use the Wii Fit all. the. time. As soon as no one is around to see my BMI flash on the screen, I’ll be trying it out.

    In August I will start training for another century (100 mile bike race) with Team in Training. We’re in the midst of bathing suit season though…I’ve got to stop being so lazy and start working out now. Here’s hoping that you’ve provided the kick in the butt that I so sorely need!

  • Jolie Steele

    June 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    between you and linda advertising for turbo jam, I just might need to get me some!

    my usual workouts have been running at the park (on soft dirt), elliptical machine, and open gym basketball. I’ve always been scared to try pilates but it sounds like it’s worth it!

  • Lara

    June 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I am trying the Couch to 5K thing myself. Very very slowly, that is. I do each week twice. (if that makes any sense). So far, not so bad.

    So…you are loving the Wii fit, huh? Does it seem like real exercise or does it seem like a video game? Because i totally want one, I think.

  • Jackie

    June 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    It has been a decade or 2 since I used a fitness childcare.

    I’m pretty picky & didn’t find issue with them, but none were in California. Only in the midwest.

    Lift Wito 20 times in a row 3 times per day !

  • kat

    June 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    so what you’re saying is i should stop using my treadmill as a place to hang my clothes… ;)

  • Nicole

    June 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I cannot motivate myself to work-out at home to the TV. I just cant. I belong to a gym with child-care, so my week looks like this:

    Monday – Bootcamp (running and drills and general ass whoopin)
    Tuesday – Sculpt Interval (75 min. or=f cardio and strength intervals)
    Wednesday – Yoga for an hour in the am and run in the evening
    Thursday – sculpt interval again
    Friday – usually I play with my kids and we get a pizza for lunch
    Saturday – couples bootcamp with my husband (starts with a 2 mile run then various drills together, surprisingly an aphrodisiac *wink, nudge*)

    I am training for a half marathon, so three days a week I do my run on my training schedule from Runners World, thats usually later in the evening when the kids are in bed. I did pilates after my first son and really loved it. I am getting really bulky with all the running, so I should incorporate it into my schedule.

  • Karen meg

    June 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Awesome plan!!! Very intense – you are so disciplined. I am looking for a Wii fit, but where the heck can you find one?

    I try to get to the gym 2 -3 times a week; yes, stinky gym with childcare, but I’m one that needs the class to keep me motivated. I like the hip-hop aerobics, so should give the Turbo Jam a try; I used to do the pilates/yoga and weight class, and need to do that again.

    Mind you, with the 3 times hip-hop a week, I’m the lowest weight I’ve been in over 10 years (even less than pre-kids); the thing about the hip-hop is the dance, I find I exercise my mind with the choreography while I get a workout. Two for the price of one!

  • rebecca

    June 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I LOVE the WiiFit! My husband and I are pretty competitive, so it’s getting us both motivated to exercise a lot more than we did before we got it. Can’t wait to hear your reviews. Thanks for the added motivation in those DVD recommendations.

  • Mocha

    June 18, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Bicycling up to 23 miles like I did 2 summers ago.

    My butt feels pretty sore but it’s fitting better in my shorts already. It’s only been a week!

  • MommyTime

    June 18, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    We just joined a (non-stinky) gym with a great daycare that the kids love — art projects, things to climb, etc. I am working out 3-4 times/wk running intervals on the treadmill, doing the arctrainer, and some weights. I really want to add 2 Pilates classes/wk as that’s my favorite exercise, but they’re all at inconvenient times. I do find that the consistency of going a lot is motivating in itself. It doesn’t hurt either that the place has a lovely outdoor pool, so I can take the kids swimming every day after I work out. It becomes a whole morning worth of activity for us all. I am very motivated by your sense of how quickly Pilates is making a sculpting difference to your body…maybe I’ll get myself off the couch for that one next week. :)

  • jonniker

    June 18, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I run, too, but MAN I want those arms. Also, I can’t run year-round here in twelve-foot drifts, so I think these videos are in my future. I can’t wait to hear about how they work for you.

  • Lyndsay

    June 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Ok. DON’T LAUGH. I went to a free Jazzercise class and really liked it. They had good music and it wasn’t a bunch of 80-year-olds like I thought it would be.
    I have no child care at night, but they do offer free childcare. I can just imagine the germs, though. I’m torn. Physical fitness vs. more ear infections and hand, foot, mouth disease? Still pondering.

  • wishcake

    June 18, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Actually, I think I’ve finally found a workout plan that I can stick to. Ironically, it’s the one thing that has given me dry heaves up until this point in my life: running. It’s what has helped me lose those pesky 10 lbs. that I gained after, apparently, eating my way through my early-early-twenties and first two years of marriage.

    The other day I ran 3.5 miles in 45 minutes and I felt like an Olympian. There are hardly words.

    I actually don’t go that often – I’m bad with schedules, for some reason. I try to go 2-4 times a week, running either around my neighborhood or at the gym. I figure that as long as I’m doing something, I’ll feel good about myself.

    For the other few days I SHOULD be doing something, I may have to pick up that Pilates DVD…

  • K

    June 19, 2008 at 6:31 am

    I am a runner. I don’t have kids though and I run on my lunch break. I usually try to get in 15-20 miles of running a week. I work in DC so it’s mostly all flat. I occasionally do a hill sprint workout up Capitol Hill.
    I stay motivated by signing up for races and then training for them. So far I’ve done a mix of 5ks, 10k, and a 15k. I’m now looking into doing a sprint triathlon and possibly a half marathon.

  • andrea

    June 19, 2008 at 8:28 am

    I am literally counting down the days until the end of my pregnancy so I can start to get my fat ass back in shape. I’ve heard such great things about Turbo Jam that I think that will be where I start. Or perhaps I should start by cutting out the multiple milk shakes I drink daily…

  • Amanda Strong

    June 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I’m a crazy running lady after training (and completing under my goal time!!) for my first half marathon earlier this year, so it’s really changed up my weekly routine. Now though, since I’m not training, I’ve gotten a little relaxed…

    Monday: 4-5 miles
    Tuesday: Weights + Belly Dance Class 2 hours
    Wednesday: 4-5 miles
    Thursday: Weights and 3 or 4 miles
    Friday: Yoga/Active Rest
    Saturday: 6-8 miles
    Sunday: Active rest (usually a walk)

    I will give a recommendation for the Firm products. I have been a certified fitness instructor for 7 years and find their videos to be some of the safest that I’ve tried and the easiest to adapt as you become stronger/have more endurance. The music and instructors are not annoying and look like healthy, normal women, not some testosterone shooting freaks.

  • Amanda Strong

    June 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I’m a crazy running lady after training (and completing under my goal time!!) for my first half marathon earlier this year, so it’s really changed up my weekly routine. Now though, since I’m not training, I’ve gotten a little relaxed…

    Monday: 4-5 miles
    Tuesday: Weights + Belly Dance Class 2 hours
    Wednesday: 4-5 miles
    Thursday: Weights and 3 or 4 miles
    Friday: Yoga/Active Rest
    Saturday: 6-8 miles
    Sunday: Active rest (usually a walk)

    I will give a recommendation for the Firm products. I have been a certified fitness instructor for 7 years and find their videos to be some of the safest that I’ve tried and the easiest to adapt as you become stronger/have more endurance. The music and instructors are not annoying and look like healthy, normal women, not some testosterone shooting freaks.

  • Lyndsay

    June 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Do you live in a house that was built on a crawl space? If so, any type of bouncy/beach body exercise video is damned near impossible. The entire house literally convulses and one might think an earthquake had hit my block in Oklahoma. A vase fell off of my armoire and shattered. It was humiliating.

  • In the Trenches of Mommyhood

    June 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the great recommendations. I’m always looking for something to spice up my running routine.
    I just posted on my site about my BFF and how her amazing bod is on the cover of a new workout video–the SWAT Workout.

  • Toast 2 Mom

    June 26, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Hey – great tips! I am new to your blog…stumbled over from Moosh from Indy (the hair contest). I’m lovin’ your site(s). I just started my own little Mommy’s Summer Fitness Challenge on my site. Good to have some ideas to keep it going.