Beachbody’s new workout program featuring Chalene Johnson is now available. ChaLEAN Extreme. Since I’m a Beachbody fanatic, I of course, had to give the program a try. Before this program reached my door step, I was a P90X loyalist, and was not that interested in trying it out. But after hearing all the great information and workouts included in this program, I had to give it a shot. So here I am. Now I plan on starting an “official” round, consisting of 90 days starting Dec. 29th with a few friends, but since I’m impatient, I sampled a cardio workout this morning, Burn It Off. Before starting the program, I logged into my Beachbody online website, which is free to all of us, to start my online workout, and get eligible for prizes. You never know, I may win. 🙂 It is also a GREAT motivational tool, and I use it daily to track my progress.
So in Burn It Off, be prepared to sweat a little. 🙂 It’s approximately 30 minutes in length. The program starts with about a 4 or 5 minute warm up. After the warm up, you do a series of 5 moves. These moves are high intensity, so you really want to get moving and get your heart rate up. In between each move you get a short breather, and then on to the next move. After the 5th move, you get a much deserved, one minute break. Grab some water, and come back for 6 more moves, with a short break in between, and then the cool down.
Burn It Off, is a interval type cardio program. It’s designed to get your heart rate up, and then bring it down again. Like a roller coaster. Studies are beginning to show that this type of interval training, is burning more calories “long term” than if you did a longer routine of steady state cardio. For example. If you run for 30 minutes, at a steady pace, you burn X amount of calories. If you do an interval workout for 20 minutes, where your heart rate is up and down, and you are raising your heart rate to much higher levels, than you burn a smaller amount of calories (during the workout), but you continue to burn calories longer after the workout, and making it much more effective. As an example. I burned approximately 350 calories during Burn It Off, with a maximum heart rate of 172. I anticipate that long after this workout is over, and as I write this review, I’m still burning away some fat!
So in short, excellent cardio workout, it’s quick, 30 minutes. It’s effective. It’s athletic in nature, so there is nothing difficult to learn, you can jump right in and get to work. There are people on the dvd modifying the workouts so you can follow someone at your pace, and modify as necessary. In addition, I fully expect that next time, after doing this program once, I can really turn up the intensity, and burn off even more calories. First ChaLEAN Extreme review. Excellent.