Ripped In 30 (Round 2) Results! (and exciting things!)

One of my goals for the month of September was to complete Ripped in 30 again. I’m happy to report that I did just that! I found that it was a bit easier this time around since I am 25 pounds lighter than the first go at it.

My results this time around weren’t as crazy awesome as the first round, but I am still SUPER happy with them! In fact the ONLY place I lost inches was my waist, but I feel incredibly stronger after finishing it and I can tell that my biceps are more profound.

Ripped in 30 Results

Ripped in 30 Results

I ended up losing 2.5 inches from my waist! How awesome is that? It is one of my trouble areas, so I’m always happy to see it getting smaller!

My next challenge on deck is going to be Insanity!

Insanity

I was lucky enough for a super awesome blog reader to read my birthday wish list and send it to me! Not going to lie, I’m a wee bit scared, but I’m ready to take on the challenge!

Enough about fitness!

Mr. B and I spent the weekend with my cousin, her boyfriend, and their adorable son! It was a great weekend and it was so nice to get away for a short time. Friday night was spent at a piano bar in Chicago and Saturday was just a relaxing day. I can’t wait to head back there next month to help celebrate little man’s 1st birthday!

Lauren, little man, and I!

Lauren, little man, and I!

Oh and you should totally check out Lauren’s blog too! She blog about her adventures with Weight Watchers and that cute lil guy of hers!

How’s life in your world?

Life for me is crazy good! How could it not be with this guy by my side?

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Ripped in 30 (round 2!)

About a year ago I tackled Ripped in 30 and had some pretty great results. Well, I’ve decided to tackle it again to see what results I get this time. I’m at least hoping to build some muscle and reduce my body fat percentage.

Like all of the other workout DVD challenges I’ve done, I’ll be posting my before pictures and my measurements. I won’t be reviewing the DVD weekly this time around though because I already did that in my first go through of Ripped in 30. You can go back to those posts to see what I thought about each week.

Ripped in 30 Before Pictures

Ripped in 30 Before Measurements

The plan for the month is to do Ripped in 30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Wednesdays will be a rest day with either yoga or a walk. Sundays will be a yoga day. I will also be doing bike rides throughout the month to reach my goal of biking 100 miles in the month of September.

On Monday, my mom, sister, brother’s girlfriend, and I all got together and wrote out plans for activity on a calendar for this month. We are all trying to improve in that area, so working out a plan was great. We’re also sending each other accountability pictures throughout the month and when we hit our goals, we’re going to spend a girl’s day together and get facials!

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It is great having a group work towards a goal together! I’m excited to see how we all smash our goals!

Completing Ripped in 30 and biking 100 miles isn’t my only goal this month. In fact I have a few others and I posted them up on Instagram last night. And Kristine from KDLB had a great tip of making it my lock screen on my phone! So, I did just that and am reminded of my goals often! Here’s what else I’m working on this month….

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I’m excited to see what Ripped in 30 brings along with how I rock all my other goals!

What are you working on this month?

Do you have a supportive family that you can set fitness or health goals with?

Turbo Fire: The Final Results!

Another great workout video challenge has come to an end! This past Saturday was the last day of my Turbo Fire challenge. I won’t lie, I’m glad it is over! Not because I didn’t like Turbo Fire, but because I was just kind of getting sick of it. Lol.

90 Days is a super long time for a challenge and since I have exercise ADD, it didn’t help. Towards the end it became much more easy to skip out on workouts and do something else. There were a couple of days that I did some Jillian DVDs along with them because I just didn’t feel like doing parts of the Turbo Fire workouts. Also, my foot injury put a damper on the challenge and made it hard to get back into my full groove after it was healed.

But for the most part, I did all the Turbo Fire workouts, which I am a pretty big fan of! These past 30 days reintroduced the HIIT workouts, which are some of my favorites. I love that they are short, but still super tough.

My all time favorite workout though was Fire 45, it had some really fun moves and great music. I can be caught singing “Boom I got your boyfriend” at various time throughout my day. I never really became a fan of the Fire 55 video though. Not because it was tough or the music sucked, it actually had some great moves too. But, for some reason the thought of 55 minutes of cardio seemed daunting to me. I probably wouldn’t have thought anything about it if it was labeled differently, totally a psychological thing. Lol.

I also lost my interest in the sculpting and toning videos after a few times of doing them. I just didn’t feel like I was getting a good enough ‘burn’ from the resistance bands. So a few times I skipped them and did Jillian’s Ripped in 30 instead. I’m sure if I would have gotten a stronger band it would have helped, but the one that came with the kit sure wasn’t enough for me towards the end.

All in all I did really enjoy Turbo Fire and the different types of workouts. I will be incorporating them into my regular workout schedule for cardio and will totally be doing the HIIT when I need a quick workout.

PROS:

* The music is great and really upbeat. Since you were doing a different video everyday, you really didn’t get sick of the music like in a Jillian DVD
* Chalene was super encouraging throughout the workouts and not ‘mean.’
* There was a girl (Ali), who always showed you the low impact version of the moves which helped when I was dealing with my foot injury.
* The moves were easy to follow after a few times and learning the terminology. There were also breakdowns of each Fire workout to learn the moves too, which helped a lot.

CONS:

* I am not a fan of workout DVDs that show a countdown timer. Sometimes I felt like I’d check it every 30 seconds on days I just didn’t feel like working out. There were also days where I didn’t even pay attention to it.
* The sculpting and toning videos were fine in the beginning, but soon didn’t seem challenging enough
* I didn’t like how the core video didn’t make an appearance in the last 30 days.
* There was one annoying chick who was in the front row of the videos who seemed WAY to energized to be doing the workouts. Lol
* Sometimes Chalene said some really cheesy things, but by the end I was saying them along with her. 😉

All in all it is a great workout program and I do recommend it for anyone who already has been exercising for a while. The only workouts you may have trouble doing would be the HIIT videos. But, in the book you get with the program, there is a 9 week prep workout schedule that helps get you prepared for the HIIT workouts. I also totally suggest wearing shoes, at least during HIIT because you don’t want to end up with a foot injury like me. Although  I will say that moving around on the carpet is tough with shoes. But, I got over it. 😉

Now here’s the part you’ve all really been waiting for….results!

Brooke: Not On A Diet's Turbo Fire Results

Brooke: Not On A Diet's Turbo Fire Results

Brooke: Not On A Diet's Turbo Fire Results

 

Final measurements:

Calf: 15 1/4″
Thigh: 20″
Hips: 38″
Waist: 30″
Arm: 11″
Bust: 34″
Weight: 151.8

I lost a total of 9 inches and 11 pounds! Pretty freaking impressive if you ask me! 😉 My stomach looks much more tight to me which makes me extremely happy and my butt looks great!

My next challenge will be announced next week and this one Mr. B will be joining me! 🙂 Can’t wait to share with you guys!

I was given Turbo Fire from a reader. All thoughts and experiences are my own. If you’d like to order your own copy of Turbo Fire, you can find it here. Also, please remember I am not a fitness expert, so workout at your own risk after consulting your doctor.