Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lindsay Brin's Shed 5 Fast

As I've mentioned before, I exercise in the morning before I go to work. Most days, this works for me. Some days, either because I was tired or because I need to get to work early, I don't have as much time to work out as is required by many of my DVDs. Most of the P90X videos that I do are normally an hour or more.

I am always on the lookout for new routines that I can fit into my schedule. When I was given the opportunity to try out Shed 5 Fast workout, I was really excited. The DVD is led by Lindsay Brin - a mother of two. She is focused on helping mom's get in shape and lose pregnancy weight. I like that she understands how limited a mom's time can be and she even references it in the cool down about taking a few more minutes - since this might be your only time for you today. She is very encouraging and it's hard not to guess that she has a background in cheerleading.

The Shed 5 Fast workout is a total body workout that combines toning and cardio (kickboxing) in one workout. This "interval training is the most efficient way to burn calories." The DVD comes with two workouts, one that is a weight loss challenge and one that is an interval burn. Within each workout, there are two women in addition to Lindsay Brin. One is doing a beginner level and the other is doing an advanced level of the exercises, while Lindsay Brin leads and shows the intermediate levels. This is nice for those that are at different levels and can see how to approach each exercise at their level. Also, as you progress, you can move from one level to the next by following a different woman through the workout.

When I received the DVD, I was excited to try it and substituted it for my regular workout the next day.

In completing the first day of each workout, I was reminded of why I struggle with aerobics, step aerobics and many other DVDs. I am not very coordinated. I struggle with trying to watch and do the workout at the same time. I am challenged by the transitions required to go from one move to the next. I seem to fall behind and then am trying to watch to catch up. I spent time watching and then trying to do the workout, finding myself a few steps behind and then getting frustrated. The good news is that with these workouts, as with aerobics, step aerobics, and other DVDs, if I continue to do it - I do get the hang of it. I guess I'm memorizing the workout, allowing myself to transition more easily between moves and get better coordinated at completing the moves.

My experience is that the DVDs were providing me with a decent workout. They weren't as strenuous as other DVDs that I have been doing, but they get my heart rate up into the zone and I did some serious sweating during the workout. I didn't feel it much in my muscles the next day, but that could just be because I have been working out daily during the week for almost a full year now and I don't feel every workout from my regular routine as much as I used to.

I like that Lindsay Brin is a real person and she shares based on her own experiences. She has a website at Twitter or reach out to her on FREE meal plan, which can help you shed those last pounds even faster.

She was kind enough to offer a 20% off coupon for my readers:
Moms Into Fitness also just launched a 60 Day Slimdown program for moms that want to commit to 5 days a week, complete with Fitness Tracker, 3-phase Meal Plan and workout calendar. Get your body back with Moms Into Fitness DVDs! Learn how to fire your core from the inside-out to create a flat stomach again.

Lindsay Brin
Title: Lindsay Brin Shed 5 Fast
Price: $15.99
Put out by: Moms Into Fitness

You can watch a trailer here:

No compensation was received for this post. I did receive a complimentary copy of Lindsay Brin's Shed 5 Fast, so that I could try it and share my experience.