Monday, June 7, 2010

That Place In Your Head

I had never heard of Jackie Warner but the title pulled me in since I've never had a personal training session and wonder whether or not I should sign up for a few.

I later learned from a coworker that Warner had a show on Bravo. Chalk my unknowing up to that fact that I don't have cable tv which I go without in order to maintain other elements of my luxurious (not) lifestyle.

I didn't really pay attention to the As Seen On TV. Although, the silver shorts and the six pack did capture my attention. I popped the DVD in and haven't looked back since.

If you wear glasses while you workout, don't -- at least not while you're doing Jackie Warner's workout because they are going to get all wet and slip and slide off of your face.

Personal Training with Jackie: Power Training Circuit is no-frills and Warner gets to the crux of the matter in no time starting off with a light jog, kick squats and chain breakers for the warm-up.

I also like the presentation. Before the actual routine, there's a screen to let you know what you're about to get into:


The Moves:

  • Sissy Squats
  • (done while standing on weights)

  • UFC (a drop, get on a knee, get up and crouch, get down again, then up sequence)

  • Front Lunge

  • Power Burn

  • I think that I heard myself whimper through the chest and back portion of the program. Ditto for abs. I'm doing a straight leg crunch in the picture and because Warner hits the abs so thoroughly, I had to really tune in when she was saying, "Go through the burn; believe it or not -- after awhile it gets numb."

    While it didn't get numb, it definitely helped to be talked through the rough spots. There's also a point when she says go to that place in your head...

    Here's how Warner hits the abs:

    Upper Abs

    The Moves:

  • Straight Leg Crunch

  • Legs Up Crunch

  • Tall Sit Up

  • Power Burn (Repeat of Straight, Legs Up, Tall Sit)

  • Lower Abs

  • Reverse Crunch

  • Tummy Tuck (oh, the inhumanity)

  • Single Leg Jack

  • Power Burn (Repeat...)

  • Obliques

    The Moves:

  • Sumo Side-to-Side

  • Windshield Wipers

  • Side Plank

  • Power Burn (Repeat...)

  • I've come to really like this workout even though I know that it requires stepping up to the proverbial plate. I know that It's going to be rough but it's good to be challenged, right?

    When you're doing a challenging workout, what is your self-talk like and what's one of your favorite workout DVDs?


    1. Ive never done a workout dvd... used to have richard simmons sweatin to the oldies when i was a kid though :)

    2. Oh my goodness that sounds intense! I don't have a current workout DVD but this one sounds great. Scary - but great!

    3. I don't think I've ever reached a place of numbness, but often I reach a place where it doesn't hurt any worse. It helps when I realize "this is as bad as it's going to get."

    4. @midlife_swimmer,

      One thing you can say about Richard Simmons is that he brings it energy-wise.


      Trust me. It is scary but in a good way. ;)


      I was trying to tell myself that today during Kate's class -- this is a bad as it's going to get. At least, that's what I was hoping anyway...

    5. Im NOT a dvd woman but I LOVELOVELOVE me some jackie's dvd.
      its one of two I actually will do.


    6. @Miz,

      I'm definitely enamored with the Warner DVD. I like to do the full circuit and but it's also nice to do the 15-minute circuits, especially the upper body one.

      I went back through your archives because I remembered seeing a review that you did and I liked your take on Warner's DVD.