Last week was a crazy one so I’m double-posting. I promised another Tabata review, but didn’t have time before the weekend’s R.I.P.P.E.D. Instructor Training certification class,  so here are the goods on both tabata and R.I.P.P.E.D.

Fitness instructors
It’s official, I’m RIPPED certified! That’s me with Terry Shorter, the creator, and my fitness instructor co-worker Yvonne.

Tabata review

I’m still on the fence about Tabata training. If you missed my first review of trying out tabata, check it out first. Switching it up for last week’s second session I cycled jumping jacks with running on the spot. My calves were burning by the end, but I still didn’t feel like I got an amazing workout.

Truth be told, I only did one set for 4 minutes because I knew I had R.I.P.P.E.D coming up and didn’t want to be sore. There will (possibly) be a third Tabata review sometime in the near future.

I just don’t think you can get fit in 4 minutes, nor do I believe you’re getting the cardiovascular benefits of a longer workout.  Tabata might be something I add to my regular workouts, or something I do in a pinch when I honestly only have 5 minutes. I’m curious to hear others’ opinions of how they incorporate Tabata into their workouts so if you do, let me know!

R.I.P.P.E.D review

In a previous post, I told you guys that I was going to get R.I.P.P.E.D. certified. R.I.P.P.E.D. which stands for Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet, was an interesting day. It is definitely a good workout, there’s no doubt there!

I knew it was going to be a new way to work out, but what I didn’t know is that it’s choreographed to music. The class is like a modern-day aerobics class, but instead of sweatbands and leotards, there’s MMA kicks and plyometrics.

Honestly, it’s not for me, and here’s why. I am a ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants’ instructor who never has a plan for my classes. My teaching style is that I do whatever I want and my classes are never the same. I love my teaching style because I never get bored and am able to switch things up on the fly. I know that most people can’t teach this way, but it’s what I do and my students love it. 

For me, R.I.P.P.E.D. is formatted in such a way that it does not allow any alterations This is awesome for people who like to know exactly what comes next. And those who love to lesson plan. That’s just not me. As someone who loathes aerobics, I am not a fan of choreographed exercise routines. But if you are, try a R.I.P.P.E.D. class because you will LOVE it and it will kick your butt!

Overall, I’m glad I did the class as I learned some new moves that I will incorporate into my classes. Plus I now have the final CEC’s I needed for my BCRPA certification to stay a certified fitness instructor.

And there you have it, my tabata review and my review on the RIPPED workout-style. Now you’re all caught up!