How It Went
Day 1: Cardio HIIT Workout With Raneir Pollard
There's something about starting the new year with a blast of cardio that makes me feel especially energized and optimistic. Plus, Raneir's energy was amazing — I literally laughed aloud during this session (my dog thinks I'm insane, it's fine). A trainer's energy is make-or-break for me, and this was such a stellar way to start the program. A few more quick takes:
- Adequate breaks. I loved the pace of this and that there was time to catch your breath and get a sip of water.
- Warmup and cooldown built in. A pet-peeve of mine is shorter classes that skip these fundamental components. I was relieved that this cardio workout didn't skip the warmup or cooldown.
- Broke a sweat! I became acutely aware that my heater was on and promptly opened all the doors in my house . . . you get warm quickly with this one!
Day 2: Ab and Oblique Workout With Jake Dupree
"Snatch that waistline!" Jake Dupree is human sunshine. I'm not gonna lie, I was fighting some savage PMS on day two, and it was so hard to motivate myself to work out at all, but the fact that I could do it in my sweats, didn't have to leave the house, and got to be entertained by Jake was perfect. I also loved that I needed zero equipment for this workout, finished it feeling more energized than when I started, and really felt it in my obliques.
Day 3: Above-the-Belt Workout With Christa DiPaolo
I'm fully obsessed with the warmup in day three, and I'm so happy that, during the cooldown, Christa shared her story about hurting herself from skipping recovery days — this is such an important message that more people need to hear! Plus, the stretching at the end of the workout felt so good that I kind of want to do it every night before before bed.
As for the workout itself, it was another amazingly energizing class (boxing this time!), with adequate breaks and a good pace. Not gonna lie, I was pretty pissed off when it came time to do burpees — I don't know many people who are pleased with burpees — but I felt so good and so sweaty at the end.