Finally a recovery week. My knees and back need the break.
So just what is Core Cardio and Balance, and why in the Sam Hell do I need to repeat the damn thing 5 days in a row? According to Shaun T, it is a chance for our muscles and body to recover while still giving our heart a bit of a workout. Fine with me, but electroshock paddles to the chest would give the old heart a workout a hell of alot quicker than the 40 minutes this DVD takes.
The warm-up is different than anything we have done up to this point. Instead of repeating 7 excercises 3 times for 30 seconds, you simply do 6 excercises back to back for a minute each. A few of these are new while some were done in the other DVD’s. They include
Now it is on to some stretching, but not as much as in the other workouts. Maybe 5 minutes of moderate stretches.
Now the workout, each item is about a minute, but Shaun explains each one and eats up about 10 seconds of the drill showing you how to jump around like a complete idiot.
Ok that was pretty easy, you work up a good sweat, but no where near the drenching you take in the workouts.
Now it was on to Hip Flexor Burners. The name did not sound like much fun, but what the hell, I am a sucker for a new move. You start off just tapping a foot on the ground and raising your knee to above hip level for 30 seconds. Next you pulse your knee up for another 30 seconds, while keeping your foot off the ground, last but not least you then kick while keeping the knee up, foot flexed, and toes off the ground. Your leg is basically on fire and you have to put your foot down a few times to catch your balance or put out the flames.
After that is was Oblique Knee Lifts, which is basically bringing your knee up to meet your elbow on the side. A nice recovery after the Hip Flexor Burners.
I had a feeling that the worst was yet to come, and unfortunately…. I was right. If you are looking for something that burns your shoulders and arms less than the next section of the workout, I would suggest sticking them in the microwave for a good 30 seconds.
You start in a low squat position, Shaun has some fancy fucking dance name for it, but I call it shitting in the woods position. You then stick your arms straight out to the sides and being flapping them up and down like a giant bird. You do this for 30 seconds, then you flap them straight out in front of you clapping your hands in front of you like one of those damn wind up monkeys with cymbals. You have the same pained look on your face as that stupid monkey did, that look that says “Holy Shit, I think my fricking arms are gonna fall right the fuck off!!!”
Now just when you thing the fun is ending, you change to clapping your hands together OVER your head. Your eyes are now just as wide as that damn monkeys and you wish you had real cymbals so you could smash your head between them to knock yourself unconsicous.
Oh yeah, your still not done!!! Next you stick the damn burning appendages out to the sides again, and being doing backwards circles. (for those of us with P90X experience, it is like a pteradactyl backing out of trouble, caaawwww) only these are smaller circles and last for 30 seconds. By now half the people on the screen have either quit, passed out, or just walked off camera cause they have had it. But guess what???? Another 30 seconds only this time small circles going FORWARD. All the while Shaun is walking around feeling up all the frickin hot chicks by tucking in behind them and squeezing the sides and hips. And I thought Tony Horton was big into fondeling Dreya the shemale. He has nothing on Shaun T. The T must stand for “Tappin some o’ that” cause ole Shaun is grabbin more flesh than a catholic priest at an alter boy convention.
That pretty much winds up the workout, there is a small 2 or 3 minutes stretch, but I was busy trying to re-attach my arms to my shoulders so I did not partake in the stretch. I can hardly wait to repeat that hell 4 more days in a row.