I’m committed to working toward better health this year. I found 2009 to be an exciting year in some ways, but it was also very hard. There were periods when the stress from my personal life was beginning to take a toll on my health. I can’t let hard times break me and my best defense is to get as healthy as possible. My goal for 2010 is to lose some weight, increase my stamina, and regain some balance.

I love the television show, The Biggest Loser. I have watched every season and many times I’ve watched with tears in my eyes. It’s so exciting to watch people challenge themselves and regain control of their lives and their health. A new season of The Biggest Loser, Season 9, kicks off tonight on NBC, at 8pm Eastern time.

The Biggest Loserprogram is also available for the rest of us, too. You can pick up cookbooks, workout DVDs, and protein water. I’ve used the 30 Day Shred DVD that Jillian Michaels leads. Oh, it’s a killer. If you’ve ever seen her on the show, that’s what she’s like on the DVD. It’s a short, but intense workout.

The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Michelle

Today I tried the Cardio Max workout DVD. It’s hosted by all three Biggest Losertrainers; Jillian, Bob, and Kim. (Whatever happened to Kim? I liked her). I picked the dvd up at Walmart for $9.99. It’s a customizable workout, so you can use it forever.  The Cardio Max is broken down into 5 sections:

*Warm-up with Bob (5 minutes)
*Cardio Level 1 with Bob (20 minutes)
*Cardio Level 2 with Jillian (10)
*Cardio Level 3 with Kim (10)
*Cool-down with Bob (5)

Bob’s sections are all great. He’s cute and charming and he really loves to make you do lunges. Lots and lots and lots of lunges. Here’s the thing about lunges, they are tough and for the first week or so that you do them, they kill your thighs (agony). Then, before you know it, you’ve got them conquered. You can lunge with the best of them and you feel powerful and strong. There’s nothing like them for shaping your butt and thighs. Stick with the lunges. They are worth it.

Bob’s warm-up and cool-down are good, but I added more stretching of my own at the end of the cool-down. I like to really loosen up my back and hips after a workout. (I’m a runner and my hips get really tight).

Jillian is my favorite trainer. I’m such a fan, that I’m even following her on Facebook, but her movements in the Cardio Leve 2 are very jumpy and bouncy. I’m busty and there are few things that I find more uncomfortable than a jumping jack. Yuck. I try to switch them out with something else, but a jumping jack is a dynamic move – I can see why she includes it – and it’s hard to replicate with something else.

Kim’s section is all kickboxing, which I love. Low impact movements, done in a squat sort of position. Like Bob’s section, this one is going to work your butt and your abs with the bent positioning.

With the program being customizable, you can double up on some workouts, skip others, if you want. For example, I could skip the Jillian workout and double up on Kim, which is what I think I’m going to do after today. You can make the workout 30, 40, or 50+ minutes. It all depends on how you program it.

I loved the workout and I’m going to add to my Biggest Loser DVD collection later. When I do, I’ll let you know what I think of those, as well.

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