I'm brand new to dailyburn, so I thought that I'd try working out the dailyburn way, at least for a while. I've been doubling up on the videos most days, trying to keep my exercise time in the 60 to 90 minute range. I usually do a more challenging work out in the morning and follow up with something lighter in the PM.
Great stuff so far. I'm very impressed!
Oh, heck, yes!
This kind of thing goes in phases for me. Sometimes I just don't have the energy to do the full court press and I just don't feel like getting up in the AM and working out. Lately, the basement (where I work out) is cold in the AM and I really have to push myself to get going!
I usually just get up and push play and most of the time I feel better afterwards. If I really just can't muster the strength (I'm just too tired), I dial it down and do a light work out or yoga. I always try to do at least a short workout, so I don't miss a day completely. (Using Daily Burn you can go for a low intensity or short option.) That often gives me a boost and I can come back to a full work out later in the day.
I'm a kettlebell nut, so I like Cody's complete kettlebell circuit (and for a fast pick me up, his KB in 9 comes in a close second)
I really love Ignite. It's right up there with programs like Beachbody's Insanity. This is a high-intensity, advanced program, however. This is not something you'll want to start with if you are just starting out with exercise. It's high intensity/maximal energy from start to finish.
One word of caution, Ignite is also very hard on the knees. Given that there is a lot of plyo and platform work you will have to make major adjustments if you have knee problems.
Other than that, I say go for it! Anja will kick your butt!
Whatever the cause is, you may well have strained or injured your lower back. The pain is your body's way of telling you that.
I would recommend backing off from Inferno for now and going with a lower intensity program and make sure you do some stretching/yoga to fill in. If the pain persists, you should see your doctor.
I tried it and didn't think that it did all that much. The brand I had used was Jarrows, a respectable name in supplements.
As far as the weight loss goes, one of the reasons that this supplement may not have worked so well for me may be a dosing and/or timing issue. I looked up some studes and the recommended dose was anywhere from 80 to 1050 mg of green coffee extract per day. After a three to six week period, the average weight loss in the studies was somewhere around 1.5-2.5 kg (3.5 to 5.5 lbs). I lost only about one pound during my trial period.
Most studies used the supplement two or three times per day with meals. I took a 400 mg capsule twice daily, but was not careful to take it before meals. I stuck to my usual modest calorie restriction (I wasn't using the Ignite program) and exercised 30 to 60 minutes (my usual routine) over the trial period.
I think if I tried it again, I'd up it to 800 mg three times per day and take the supplement with meals. I would also try to restrict my calories a bit more and might see what the green coffee extract might do in combination with other supplements.
It looks like DBK has just gone live. I'm going to finish up my last week of Inferno and then jump right into KBs! I can hardly wait!
I have had some recent problems with the video streaming. When I start up a video it seems to stutter and at times the Dailyburn app on my iPhone 4 crashes.
The solution seems to be to start the video, allow for the stutter. If it makes it to the first exercise segment, I close the program. When I restart the program, I choose to resume the video and then the streaming seems to work okay.
I am using the same WiFi (wireless N) set up and same iPhone 4 I have used since beginning the Dailyburn and this is the first time I've had any problems with streaming. Basically, this started over the past week. I don't think it's about the bandwidth on my side--that seems to be the same and I haven't changed up any of my equipment.
I guess the bottom line is that you should listen to your body and make sure that you are not straining.
Core training is important, but you need to make sure that you are able to recover between workouts. There is always the temptation to over do it when you are enthusiastic about working out, but you have to save a little for the next day. If you over train, you will put yourself out of commission for a while and you won't be able to work out at all.
That said, I believe that YankDownUnder's advice was exactly right--listen to your body...
Before each video you enter your weight. After you are done, the program will tell you how many calories were burned.
Unfortunately, there isn't a way to choose a video based on the number of calories--you only find out after you complete the videos. Generally, the short videos (0-20 min) burn 100 to 200 calories; the medium (20-40 min) burn 300 to 400 calories; and the long (40-60) burn around 500 calories for me.
I look at the calories burned as a ballpark estimate of calorie burning. It probably varies depending on how much effort you put in, how many reps of each move you do in a given period, and what variations you end up doing. It's nice to have the estimate, though.
For me, it's hard! I just take it one day at a time. I don't worry about yesterday's work out or tomorrow's work out, just today's.
I try to go with the Nike "Just Do It" or the P90 "Just Push Play." I find that I have about 1000 excuses for not working out on a daily basis, but if I just get started all the excuses go away. Motivation is less important for me than just getting up and going. If I start, I end up finding the energy to finish.
You don't have to feel like you have to have a perfect workout every day. Some days you'll be able to bring it and others not so much. If you don't have time for a long workout, do a short one. If you don't feel like you can go at full tilt, do an easier workout or stretch. But when I miss my workout altogether, I feel worse for it--my energy level is down and I feel blah.
It isn't completely consistent. I look at it this way:
'Easy'=beginner to intermediate
'Medium'=intermediate to advanced
All the workouts usually have two to three variations that can be done for each move. This allows for some variability. At first, I figured that I could skip the 'easy' workouts, but they are still good for variety given that you can step things up by using a harder variation of a move. You can step up some of the 'easy' workouts even a notch higher by holding on to a light (3 to 5 pound) dumbbell in each hand while working out, speeding up some of the moves, and working though some of the teaching/resting periods (this works well with Blast and Burn, Kicking with Keaira, Metabolic Hip Hop, and Box and Burn).
And some of the so-called 'medium' workouts can be just as challenging as on of the 'hard' workouts if you do the hard variation or increase the weight lifted. The "Metabolic Maximizer" and "Animal Core" workouts (both really great) are two workouts that are as difficult or even more difficult than the 'hard' workouts if you do them using advanced variations. On the other hand you can tone them down if you have trouble getting through by doing the 'easier' variations or a combination of 'hard' and 'easier' variations. Very versatile!
The major difference that I have seen is that the 'Easy' workouts generally give you more recovery time between moves and circuits. The 'Medium' and 'Hard' workouts have only a short transition time between moves and generally pause for less recovery time between circuits. Being an all-time klutz, the higher level workouts don't seem to take more coordination. As noted above, moves that require more physical strength, usually have alternate moves that can be done until you build up to the more advanced move.
What I like about these workouts is that they can be done on multiple levels.
I think the key is to just keep moving! Try out one of the shorter, easy videos. If you can't keep up, that's okay. Modify to make the movement easier: don't raise your legs as high, eliminate a jump, instead of any variation of push up on the floor push against a higher table or even the wall.
If all else fails, just do a light jog in place to fill in or step side-to-side or front-to-back. But if you just keep your body moving for the whole time period, you'll get something out of it.
After doing the videos for a while, you will gain strength and stamina and you'll be able to participate in the exercises more and more. But just keep yourself moving. I think that's the most important thing.
The best thing about a home video is that no one is there to look down their nose at you if you're not keeping up or you have to really modify an exercise.
Keep up the good work!
This might help:
It may be that the Nexus 7 has the most updated operating system (Android 4.1 'Jellybean', as opposed to Android 4 'Ice cream sandwich'). Sometimes it happens with a new device.
My guess is that if the Dailybun people haven't fixed already, it will be fixed in the near future.