Written on May 9, 2012 at 9:31 am , by Karla Walsh
May’s Top Workout DVD: Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix
Best for: Intermediate exercisers looking to sweat away stress
Why it’s a star: Having one of those days when you always seem to switch lanes in traffic as the other lane starts to move? Or perhaps you forgot your sports bra at home when you were planning a lunchtime gym run? Punch out your frustrations with kick-butt trainer Jillian Michaels, who leads you through three quick yet effective martial arts workouts that focus on upper-body, lower-body and abs, respectively. Jump from jab-cross-kick combos to lunge kicks to sit-ups to keep your heart rate high while sculpting from head to toe. As you know, Michaels doesn’t tolerate excuses, and there really aren’t any during this workout—you can even complete one while dinner is cooking!
Where to get it: $13, amazon.com
Find more new, calorie-burning kickboxing picks on page 22 of our June issue—on newsstands May 15!
Written on January 30, 2012 at 11:47 am , by Jenna Autuori
When Tao Bo master and creator, Billy Blanks, stopped by the FITNESS offices a few months ago he created quite a stir! Women were popping out of their offices and cubicles to get a sneak peak of the man himself, as Billy and I tried out moves from his hit new workout, PT 24/7 in our conference room. Not only was Billy super-fun to hang with, but we have a shared passion for martial arts, and anybody with a butt-kicking background will always be on the top of my list. (I spent 10 years practicing Shotokan karate growing up!) After our February Express Workout shoot, I sat down with Billy for a little one-on-one.
Why did you decide to create the PT 24/7 DVDs?
I wanted a 30-minute workout with strength and cardio combined. People complain they don’t have time for both, so we put them together. The plan includes a rotation calendar for when to do the workouts and an eating plan too. We called it 24/7 because within 24 hours you’ll feel the difference and within seven days, your body starts to change.
For someone who is unfamiliar, how would you describe them and how they are different from other DVDs?
Tae Bo as a whole is a basic workout that will help you recognize your true self, change your body and your attitude. PT 24/7 will teach you how to put together a physical fitness program and make healthy living a lifestyle, not just something you do for 60 or 90 days. It builds you up mentally and physically.
Do you have any tips for readers trying this Express workout?
Pick out basic moves first. I really recommend the gloves that come with the PT 24/7 kit because they help you feel like a fighter and give you confidence. The gloves that come with the system, with bands attached, are easy to pick up. It’s really interactive with the bands. The moves in this workout and the DVDs will test and challenge you, but you’ll quit if you’re not engaged.
What do you do to exercise when you have just 15 minutes?
I take the gloves with bands and do punches. I use them for push-ups (with bands looped behind your back, hands in triangle position), military press, squats and lunges. You can really do everything with them and combine moves together, like a military press with a side lunge. Your core gets involved when you work multiple muscles.
Written on January 19, 2012 at 11:49 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern
Keeping a balance between realistic action scenes with “the Hollywood of it all” was one of the obstacles technical adviser and mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer legend, Greg Jackson, had to overcome in the new movie, Warrior. The film, which stars Tom Hardy (who you may recognize from Inception), shares an inspiring story about two brothers fighting for their family.
Jackson grew up in a family of wrestlers and has developed 10 world champions. He was responsible for ensuring the authenticity of the MMA aspects in the film, which was released on DVD last month. Besides the jabs and takedowns in the cage, Jackson found it important to convey the culture (specifically the coach-fighter bond) of the MMA world. “We’re real people and we have normal lives. We’re not these extreme and crazy, as we’re sometimes portrayed,” Jackson said.
Here are five tips from Jackson to train like the stars.
- Shop around. Go online and find a reputable school in your area that provides kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling classes. Make sure it is an atmosphere that you feel comfortable in before committing.
- Exercise smarter. Explosive training and the work-to-rest ratio is the key to success.
- Keep an eye on your plate. “One word: diet.” According to Jackson, you can exercise all day long but if you really want to lose weight, it’s all about what you put into your body.
- Allow for recovery. Greg refuels with protein like MusclePharm Re-Con. A tall glass of chocolate milk is another great alternative!
- Find a “why.” “Inspiration is our most precious commodity,” Jackson says. “Everyone has their own muse.” Find what moves you and don’t give up.
Now tell us: Which movies or characters inspire you to get active?