Thursday, September 13, 2012
Review: Jillian Michaels - Yoga Meltdown
Overall, I like it. It's faster-paced than other yoga I've tried and isn't too long, even if you decide to do both workouts in a row. Heck, after doing P90X yoga a few times that lasts 92 minutes a pop, anything is short. Yoga Meltdown gets you stretched and gives you a feeling of a workout without impact.
The video comes in two levels:
Level 1 (approx 35 min): In this workout, you'll do a lot of sun salutations (a lot of standing, getting into a plank, and then arching your back for upward dog, then opposite for downward dog, etc.). Also, you will get into some basic warrior poses and "rept it out" by pulsing in the pose, increasing your heart rate.
Level 2 (approx 25 min): This workout incorporates some of the moves from Level 1 but adds on some actually pretty challenging poses like crow and even wheel (basically a back-bend, which I haven't been able to do since middle school). There more core work in this one to the point where you feel like you're in an ab-sculpting class, but in a good way.
Jillian's demeanor in this video is a little awkward. The first time she said, "Melt your heart to the sky," I kind of had a "WTF" moment. But then later she breaks out of that, thankfully, though you will see her bark orders at the other backup girls and make fun of them.
The claim that you can lose up to 5 lb a week (as it says on the box), seems kind of far-fetched to me. First of all, you'll probably burn about 100 calories per workout (I used my heart-rate monitor), but as far as I'm concerned, if you do BOTH levels (about an hour) seven times in a week, you can burn off 200 x 7 = 1400 calories, which is not even half a pound worth of burn. However, if doing yoga makes you more "zen" and keeps you on healthy habits, I guess you could possibly lose more. But five pounds?! Not sure.
If anyone has any questions about this, or any of the other videos (including other Jillian ones) I've reviewed on here, let me know! I've worn a hole in most of my discs!