My countdown of weeks left at work officially started this…
I have made one of my goals for 2016 to be more consistent with my exercise. Running is great for me over summer because when daylight savings is here I can run after work before it gets dark but over winter I find it too hard to fit in and usually let my fitness slip. I had seen Daily Burn advertised on Hulu and thought I would check it out. If you want to come and join me here’s a referral link.
Daily Burn is basically the Netflix of the fitness world. There is a brand new workout everyday that you can stream and do it live or you can do it on demand later. As well as the new daily workout there’s heaps of different programs already loaded and ready to go so you can focus on what you want to work on in particular. For a small h subscription of $12 US it’s cheap as chips. The first month is free when you sign up too so why not try it out for a month to start with and see how you go.
The beauty of Daily Burn is you can access it from a range of devices. Because I have a Samsung Smart TV that is set to the US region I have the app on the TV and can play them on the big screen. If I’m trying to distract Mr3 with the TV while I do my workout I can play it on my laptop, iPad or iPhone. Basically all you need to access the workouts is an internet enabled device and an internet connection. I love that I’m not tied to any one place (Like a gym) or device (like you would be with a workout DVD) and can do it on whatever device I have handy when I’m ready and have time to get it done.
I find the app on the TV interface is a bit clunky and not terribly functional. It works and you get the workout you’re supposed to do that day but it’s not a very good interface if you want to do anything else. It does let you enter your numbers and feeds that back so you still get the interaction. My favourite way to access and view the videos is on my laptop. The site works much better (as is to be expected) and you can enter your stats, it gives you immediate feedback and gives you a progress report as you go.
I had a good look through all of the programs and decided that the Cardio Sculpt was the one that most suited what my fitness goals are at the moment. This program combines cardio and body sculpting work to get you good results. I had been haphazardly doing some resistance training with dumbbells at home but thought a proper program would get me better results.
Some of the programs require equipment to do some of the workouts to their full potential but you don’t have to have them. The workouts alone without the equipment are still quite challenging. The only things I don’t have that is required for this program is a medicine ball and a pull-up bar. I haven’t needed them in the first couple of weeks but it may be a good excuse to add them to my stash of home gym equipment when I do need them.
Cardio Sculpt is a three-month program but has three distinct phases as you go through where the workouts change as you get further along. I’ve been doing it for two weeks now and I’m really enjoying it. There have been three different workouts that I cycle through and two different rest day ones that I do too. I think in the second month I will get a new batch of workouts for that month. They encourage you to come back everyday and the workouts range from 10 to 50 minutes. On a rest day you may do 10 minutes of yoga for example. It’s all about making it a daily habit.
When you start playing a workout it tells you how long it is and has a countdown timer at the bottom right-hand side of the screen at all times, great if you’re in a hurry or just wanting to get to the end! During each workout the also have a Daily Burn challenge with one exercise like a plank or push ups. You enter how many or how long you did them for at the end of the minute and it tracks your progress you go through the program. If you use any device apart from the TV it shows you your progress as you go and at the end shows you a summary of how long the workout was and approximately how many calories you have burnt doing it.
I’m looking forward to carrying on with Cardio Sculpt and seeing how much my body changes over the three months of the program. After a week and a half I noticed a muscle in my shoulder that’s getting bigger that I’ve never noticed before. I also already have more definition in my tummy which means the constantly sore abs are paying off!
If this sounds like a bit of you why not go and sign up and give it a try? Here’s a link to sign up!
Have you already been doing Daily Burn? What do you love about it most? Comment below I’d love to know what you think too!