Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Bipasha Basu’s Breakfree - Review


I am huge fan of  Bipasha Basu, for those who don’t know her she is a Indian Movie Star.  Her being a star is not the reason I like her, it because of her killer body .  She I am sure has worked her ass to achieve it because when she joined the film Industry she wasn’t that fit, proff right here


When she got into the whole fitness DVD thing I was among the first to buy her DVD. It was an amazing workout video on the same lines of Jillian Michaels.  So when she planned the release of her second DVD Breakfree, I went and pre ordered it through Flipkart. It was my New Year gift and it arrived on the first so thankyou flipkart.

 Now about Breakfree, so as I mentioned this is the second installment of the Love yourself series. The preodered DVD comes with Bipasha’s autograph on it. It is a dance workout unlike her earlier dvd . The audience she wants to target is anyone who finds gym workout. The DVD contains
·         An introduction to love yourself philosophy
·         An introduction to Breakfree: Basically Bipasha’s talk about her idea behind bringing the fitness DVD
·         The Workout
·         And celebrity endorsements and behind the scenes.
The workout is 30 minutes long divided into
·         2 minute warm-up
·         25 minutes of dance , with a 5 minute fast dance routine without instructions
·         2 minute cool-down 
Pros
·         Has a proper warm-up and cool-down .
·         Have some Bollywood moves.
·         Instructions throughout the moves
·         A short 30 minute workout
·         A one minute water break
Cons
·         The instructions are not broken down appropriately for each move.
·         The last dance routine section has no instructions.
·         Doesn’t work out body parts  except for a cardio ( and that too is hardly anything)
·         No attention to form
·         A soon as your body moves to a little faster pace they start relaxing.
·         It is slow paced and boring

I did this workout right after my usual Jillian Michael Body revolution.  So I was already pretty tired .But to be honest I hardly broke a sweat. It was disappointing, I am not that fit and I hardly missed a heartbeat, forget being tired or worked-out. This workout is for someone who is completely out of shape or hasn’t worked ever. Even then the dance moves hardly makes you sweat. The instructions are annoying, not helpful. Most dance workouts that I have seen, teach you the legs, and then add arms. Bipasha expects you to learn all of it together, except for some of the moves where she breaks the moves down. This doesn’t seem like a well thought out video. The dance routine that she does in the end has all new moves and none that were taught during the instruction. So if you are a non-dancer or have got two left feet, learning the moves will not be easy.

Overall there are better dance workouts, like the Cardio Axe from Brazil Butt lift workout.  I don’t recommend this, instead pick her earlier DVD though not a dance workout it is still a good one(Fit and Faboulous).
Of course this is purely a personal opinion, please leave a comment about what you think.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Viral Fever and the Zero Exercise Week

The entire of last week was dedicated to the sordid Viral Fever. Body pain , running temperature and blocked nose kind of dominated it way.  I felt weak and completely hopeless, so the week was zero exercise week. My body needed rest and thats exactly what I gave it.
Food wise I dint  eat much cause of the lack of apetite and that horrible bitter taste that anitbiotics leave you with.
Mom stayed with the princess all the time so I could get some rest in the night but sleep alluded me . I still have  the horrible cough though the fever has gone. I plan to start my workouts from tomorrow from where I left it. Last week I was thinking of adding my runs to the workout but with all the sickness that will have to  wait. The next post will be review of Bipasha Basu's Breakfree workout that I had preordered for the new year.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Round 2 Body Revolution Week 1, and 2

 This week was a organizing week as I got to organizing my 2013. It involved getting chore lists done, planning work stuff, a study timetable and also some uncluttering work. I feel a little more in control of my work and home and life in general.
 So the lack of post for the two weeks. This post is about how Round 2 of Body Revolution has been. I love this workout because even though it’s my second go at it, it still leaves me breathless .To recap, week 1 and 2 was Workout 1 ,Workout 2 and  Cardio 1   one day each and then you repeat the same schedule for next 3 days. Week 2 follows the same routine as Week 1. These workouts left me sore because from the last time I did it, I have upped my weights.  Workout 1 is a lot more difficult than Workout2 and Cardio 1 still kicked my ass. For an advanced fitness level I would recommend that they either skip week 1 and 2 or add other workouts with it because it is targeted for the more unfit lot like me. Jillian does show how to make the moves difficult but I still feel it doesn’t burn enough calories.
 I did add a couple of other DVDs along with body revolution mainly Abripper X and Brazil Butt Lift Cardio Axe. 
I have named 2013 my thirsty year for two main reasons ,one being I want to improve my water drinking habit and two I want this to be a year where I am working my  ass of to achieve my career goals , so thirsty in both aspects. Last year I was too much of a comfort zone person and like Jillian Michael says, Comfort is for sissys , we are here to get uncomfortable. There are lots of changes that I have planned.
 One major change is that I am sending princess over to my parents place till June so I can focus on my career and studies (Cost Accountancy). I know it’s not fair but my parents volunteered do it because they want to spend more time with their granddaughter. I am very lucky to have such wonderful parents. “Love you tons ma and pa.
 So more to come on how I survive the time with princess not being around and also other life changing plans.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Year Resolution and Blog Changes

 2013 is here, wishing everyone out there a Happy and prosperous New Year. And come the 1st of Jan most people spend time making Resolutions health and fitness being a big part of it. But come the 10th of the month and most of those resolutions have either been forgotten or excuses are piled over it. I am no exception in making resolutions and most cases I don’t stick by them due to sheer laziness.  
Why is it so difficult to stick by New Year resolutions?  Something that I have realized over time is we don’t make changes till it’s detrimental to our living. For example when we are about to lose are job we look at learning a new skill. There has to be a burning desire or need for change to happen. Most resolutions aren’t backed with that kind of passion.  I am no exception in this rule. This year’s decision is more of a goal rather than a resolution that will end with 2013
This year I decided that I will not wait for a first of Jan or the beginning of the month or beginning of a week to make changes. I will make them when I think of it, be it Fitness or career or even changes in behavior.  
So the blog will not be just a mere journal of workouts, you will see a lot more things like beauty tips or career updates or ways to inculcate new behaviors and of course fitness. I blog weekly about the Round 2 of Body Revolution so that will still be there apart from that you will some other interesting posts. So please leave a comment every time you like or dislike a post or idea. It surely will encourage me to keep at this.