Prayfit: 33-Day Total Body Challenge
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Healthy in Body. Strong in Spirit. PRAYFIT 33-DAY TOTAL BODY CHALLENGE is a 33-day system designed to reshape your body in 33 minutes a day over 33 days. The workout includes a combination of strength, cardio and core for highly efficient calorie-burn, plus weekly "PrayFit Minute" faith-based devotionals to inspire your success. Perfect for any fitness level – your goal is to improve steadily each day, one rep at a time, building your fitness and bolstering your faith.
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No equipment is required for this program, which is good and it could easily be done in a living room or bedroom or even at the park with the itunes version. Watching the DVD all the way through before trying the workout, I found myself thinking that it looked simple and should be fairly easy, then I quickly remembered that's what I thought about the 'book' exercises, too, before I tried them!
The DVD gives you the option to workout with Jimmy's instructions or just the music, which I thought was a great feature (though I can't see myself using it). Most DVD's (and I've tried a lot of them), can get really annoying listening to what the instructor says- over and over again. But Jimmy is very encouraging and ties in a lot of stories and struggles from biblical characters that really get you thinking about his mandate to view our "health as a means of praise." In other words, this is the sort of encouragement I want to hear everyday.
Here's a brief overview of what you'll find in the DVD-
Here, Jimmy gives an explanation of the 33 day total body challenge, "that will have you building strength, burning fat and improve your overall level of conditioning in just 33 minutes a day." Just like the book, the workouts are progressive, which means you try to do a little more today than you did yesterday and so on. The program targets upper body, lower body and core as well as cardio. There's also stretching, called "flexibility" work. Each exercise is preformed in a modified manner by one of the workout participants for those who find it difficult to do the standard exercises.
I admit, I'm the worst about getting a warm-up in before I start working out, I usually just start and then regret not taking the time for it, so I'm glad it's built into the program. The warm-up includes basic exercises like jogging in place and jumping jacks.
In this section you will do two rounds of four exercises for 30 seconds each, which seems simple enough. None of the exercises are complex and Jimmy shows you how it's done before you get started and coaches throughout, giving tips on the how and why.
There are 3 challenges in the program and this is where you track your numbers to try to beat your own record the following day. It's basically, how much of a given exercise you can do in 33 seconds. The challenges fall in-between the main exercise groups of Strength, Cardio, Abs and Flexibility. Again, the genius here is, it doesn't matter if you can only do 5 push-ups in 33 seconds or 45, your total is YOURS to beat, you are competing against yourself, so it's for all fitness levels. Inside the DVD jacket is a handy workout journal to track your totals from day to day. Additionally, there is information there about the website, Prayfit.com.
This section repeats the program format of 2 rounds of 4 exercises for 30 seconds each. Some of the exercises used in the warm-up are used again here. I love the 'jumping rope' without a rope, why didn't I think of that before?
This section includes your basic ab exercises, nothing funky and still no equipment required. Jimmy does the exercises much slower than I typically would which at first seemed easy, but it really forced me to focus on the muscles being worked instead of just tearing through them like I have the tendency to do. By the end of the ab portion of the program I was definitely feeling it. The double crunch might be new and therefore difficult for some but the modified version is very doable.
This segment is really just stretching and it made me remember how good it feels to stretch after a workout. Much like 'warming up', I tend to just want to do my workout and that's it, forgetting the important pre and post work. The stretches aren't difficult, but doing them showed me how far I've slid backwards in this area since my Tae kwon-do days, I definitely want to reincorporate this for renewed "flexibility."
There are 4 PrayFit Minutes on the DVD and are easily accessed on the main menu. These are short, encouraging 'video devotions' if you will, given by Jimmy, that serve to encourage the viewer in their new or renewed quest for health.
The DVD is very easy to follow, Jimmy gives the viewer plenty of time to get situated for the next exercise, he's very encouraging and his passion for fitness is contagious. Though I work out regularly, I was sweating up a storm by the time I finished and really felt like I had worked out. I will be doing the PrayFit 33 day challenge with a group come January 2012, so I'll be able to give a report on how I feel after doing the program for 33 days.
My only complaint was the DVD `menu music' was so awesome I was hoping it would be the workout music, too! It felt like a `call to battle' and was very motivating, which I'm sure is what Jimmy is trying to do, call people unto the battlefield- to get serious about their health and fitness.
Build your body like a solid foundation so that you may be better able to serve the Lord.
In a certain sense, this is a Bible-based workout. "Prayfit: 33-Day Total Body Challenge" is about exercising for approximately 33 minutes a day for 33 days in order to improve your health and heart. The concept of 33 refers to the number of years that Jesus was on earth about 2000 years ago.
Throughout the workout, Jimmy Pena gives us quick inspirations and encouraging snippets from the Bible. Workout is for the beginner to intermediate. Mr. Pena instructs 3 women and one man, and one of them shows easier moves. This is a solid workout and I enjoyed it and I liked Mr. Pena's positive attitude and encouraging messages. No equipment is needed, except maybe a mat for the abs workout.
Total time (about 34 minutes)
Prayfit Warm Up (about 3 minutes)
Jog in place
Prayfit Strength (about 7 & 1/2 minutes)
Prayfit Cardio (about 7 minutes)
Prayfit Abs (about 8 & 1/2 minutes)
Prayfit Flexibility (about 8 minutes)
This DVD also includes brief motivational messages.
Week 1: He moves you (44 seconds)
Week 2: Worthy of a frame (1 minute)
Week 3: Change in heart (1 minute, 9 seconds)
Week 4: Live to sell it (1 minute, 15 seconds)
The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because he says it's four exercises for 33 seconds in each category (strength, cardio, abs, flexibility) but I quickly discovered he gets to chatting a little too long on the first round of abdominal crunches and you do it for closer to 1 minute 15 seconds.
This is the first time that I've ever felt compelled to write a review... I hope it helps encourage someone to give it a try. It really is a tolerable and very "do-able" DVD