Thursday, January 24, 2013

MeghanFit (A SarahFit YouTube Channel Review)

As I was training for 26.2, I started to let Cross Training (I capitalize it just because I respect it so much as a necessity that I still haven't conquered) slide quite a bit. I openly admitted it, but I definitely wasn't excited that I was running four days a week but then occasionally only cross training once every 2 or 3 weeks. I knew that it wasn't smart, but at the same time I was just being lazy and lacking creativity. My excuse was that my gym, Lifestyle Fitness, got bought out by LA Fitness and cancelled all my favorite Les Mills classes. I used to do BodyPump and BodyCombat religiously, and that was a downer to find out. It wasn't a good excuse though, as there are literally hundreds of other ways to get in great cross training! I even bought TurboFire and started that (once). I guess because it wasn't habit, I didn't do it.

I could (and will in the near future) write a blog post listing all of the things that I of course know are good options for Cross Training, but for now I wanted to share a recent find that is a great workout for anyone in any stage of their fitness journey: SarahFit.

Sarah is a fellow FitFluential Ambassador, and she writes a fantastic, healthy, and very honest blog. And while I love reading her blog, what I found recently and wanted to share is her SarahFit YouTube channel
I found it on Monday when I knew I needed to get back to Cross Training but didn't have any DVDs or any desire to go to LA Fitness (whose group fitness classes don't excite me). I have a stationary bike at my house, but even that didn't seem that exciting. I had recently been reading Sarah's blog and clicked over to her YouTube page and saw that she does full exercise videos as well as interval demonstrations!

At that moment I needed a video that would exercise along with me. Though I love the Tone It Up girls, they don't always do the whole workout along with you (though they sometimes do, and I admit that it's been a while since I've checked out their they could have added more). I found Sarah's four video series Makeover Workout that had a warmup, an arm workout, a leg workout, and a core workout. All you needed were two light hand weights, which I had in the garage. I knew I needed to just change clothes and do it.

So I did. And I was incredibly pleased. I've only tried this series, but I've done it twice now. It gives me an idea of what her other videos are going to be like as well. I wore my new Polar FT4 the second time, and this was the data that I collected from the workout:
It took a little less than 30 minutes for the whole 4 video series, and I burned around 210 calories (of course, this is just my calorie burn, and it's just an estimate by a heart rate monitor). Because of the nature of the workout, I knew it wasn't going to be a huge calorie burn; that wasn't why I did it. I did it because I need to tone up other areas besides my running parts. These four videos worked so many body parts, and they were great for muscle toning. Doing it two days in a row really made me feel the effect they had on the parts they worked.

And as far as Sarah's videos, here are my thoughts judging from this first one:

+She has great presence. For a while I forgot that I didn't pay to do the DVDs. The video is high quality, and she even captures different angles of her working out, so you can see certain movements and how to fix yours.

+She talks to you while you're working out, just as you're working out right there with her. She encourages you at all the right times, and she seems to be feeling the same burn, shake, and fatigue that you are as you're doing them. She also tells you how to modify the exercises if you can't do what she's doing.

+The one time that I needed water desperately was also the only time in the video that she randomly said between exercises, "Go grab a swig of water if you need it." It was like she saw that I had run over to the counter to get mine. 

+Lastly, and this is my favorite part, for this video at least, she was working out in her living room too. She wasn't on a beach or in an exercise gym with 4 other people. She was just doing what you're doing, so it reminds you that there are many other people that work out at home in their living room (in this video she even still had her Christmas tree up!).

Anywho, I just wanted to share, because I've definitely subscribed to her channel and will be referring to it when I need a quick workout to help in toning up.

This isn't a compensated or sponsored post in any way, and she has no idea I'm even writing it. I just wanted to make sure that I share with you things that I really enjoy myself.

What YouTube channels do you love? 
What do you do for at home workouts?


liana@runtomunch said...

sara's videos are great!

Jessica B. said...

Good find. I will have to check her out. I am always looking for living room workouts.

Beka said...

I have watched a few of her videos! I agree that she has a very down to Earth style. I like that. I've also roamed around Blogilates you tube channel too.

Kat @ S and F said...

I have been doing crossfit or d circuits at the gym...I love blonde ponytails vids

KristaKruseSly said...

Sarah's videos are just what I needed to get my training jump started. She is real--honest--and I love the variety of her short workouts.

Sarah Dussault said...

Awww thanks so much for the awesome review! I don't get many reviews to my knowlege so this was awesome! I'll have to include it my press kit ;) hehe. Thanks for supporting a fellow FFA!

lpnedwards said...

Thanks for posting this! I use TIU and POP Pilates and I'm happy to add another to the list.

Diana Visk said...

I just wanted to share that I also really miss my BodyPump, BodyCombat and BodyAttack classes. I was just talking to my H about this yesterday..I feel like those classes are friends that moved away..that's how much I miss them! I went to those classes on a regular basis for 3 years! I cancelled my gym membership and just workout at home but I miss the group fitness atmosphere.

I've done Sarah's workouts and I really like them. Another blog I like is Blogilates...I do a different ab routine from her youtube channel almost everyday.

Lauren said...

Thanks for sharing :-)

Amanda said...

I like Jillian Michael's 30-day Shred. I did the whole 30-day series once, and now I just do it every so often when I want to do something but don't want to leave the house. It's a great workout.

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