Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Montenegro Method - Fitness DVD Review

I'm officially injured.  And it comes at a time of year that is good in the sense that I don't have any races planned, but bad in the sense that I need my running to keep my mind happy during the winter days.  At any rate, I'm taking a few days off as my IT band is becoming chronic, and I'm trying to find an appropriate treatment provider to work on it.  In the meantime, I'm cross training to attempt to maintain some fitness.  Weights, yoga and fitness dvds are my standbys right now.  I want to share my new favorite workout with you.

I won the Marta Montenegro Method 3 DVD set from Brooklyn Fit Chick, check out her blog HERE.  I am particularly fond of the Strength and Endurance dvds, each of which contains three workouts.  The workouts are about 20-25 minutes long, which makes them easy to fit in during a busy day.  They are tough!  The first time I did the first of the Strength workouts, my glutes were so sore I was feeling it for four days!  You will need a light pair of free weights for this workout (I've been using five pound weights).  The first Strength workout focuses on arms, the second on legs, and the third on core.  I would compare the Strength dvd to Jillian Michael's Shred, only more challenging.  Also, I have to admit that I like Marta's calm, matter of fact persona better than Michael's in-your-face attitude.  The Endurance dvd workouts are also extremely challenging - they will get your heart rate up within seconds of getting started.  I particularly like that they involve plyometrics (movements of jumping expulsion) which help build speed in runners. 

If you are looking to get a maximum workout all-round value for your time, you can go purchase the Montenegro Method HERE.  It's definitely a worth-while workout for these long winter days. 

6 comments:

Home In The Hollow said...

Those sound like great DVDs and knowing you, you will maintain strength & endurance not only for running but also your state of mind!...:)JP

Tiggeriffic said...

I use 2 gallon milk jugs to lift and I walk my living room/kitchen. and I do gentle tai chi for stretching.. It all works... Glad you have something to help you with your exercises you are in better shape than I... I have now lost a total of 30 pounds and have 15 more to go.. I want to get to 160 pounds.. I am now at 170.. Yeah~!
Have a tiggeriffic day~! ta ta for now from Iowa..annieptigger@aol.com

Angela said...

Hope you get better soon!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Callie said...

You can TOTALLY have apple fritters if you did those DVDs! :) Those are really hard!
I'm so excited to have stopped by your blog. I love reading about other's exercising routines.
Thanks for stopping by mine!

laughwithusblog said...

I'm trying to convince my husband to get me a Wii. That's good for exercise right? I seriously need to make a fitness plan and then get with it!

Texan said...

Injuries, never fails it seems. Not being negative just seems they love to lurk around the corner.

I am dealing with one as well, shoulder, had the MRI, see the orhto Friday. Never got to start my yoga due to this shoulder. Can still run, just do not swing this arm 100%. Now if I can just get rid of this crud so I can get back to running!

Someone that knows me said I got the crud because I was refusing to slow down so my body was forcing me to. Ok so I have and now I neeeeeed to run! Like you the running does as much mentally for me as physical. Crud coughing and running not a good mix... Here is to us both feeling 100% again!