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Sweatin’ the Nike Training Club – Week 1

 

WOW! Am I going to be sore tomorrow…

I just finished my first session of the Nike Training Club workout challenge. I decided to take the challenge because I wanted to get in shape without going to the gym. I know that sounds like the “easy way out,” but let’s be real – with work, an internship, class projects and trying to have a social life, who has the time to get to the gym everyday? The Nike Training Club can be easily completed just about anywhere including your dorm room.

The app downloaded seamlessly to my iPod Touch and within seconds I had a personal trainer in the palm of my hands. I was a varsity athlete most of high school and continue to workout regularly (though I’ll admit I’ve been slacking a bit this summer) so I chose the “intermediate” level to start. Because I am no longer a competitive athlete and am primarily interested in just staying fit,  the “Get Lean” workout sounded like the way to go. It uses high interval cardio drills combined with light stretching to get fit and slim without adding too much muscle definition. The first workout was 30 minutes (with two 1-minute rest periods) and  appropriately called “The Shredder.” The Shredder also uses light weights (two 10 pound dumbbells and a medicine ball) to maximize results.

The Nike program is SO easy to use – 19 exercises/stretches are listed at the beginning of the workout with titles, times, and photos illustrating each step. Don’t worry, if you can’t figure out how to do an exercise, a short video is available to  answer any questions. Throughout each segment, a voice provides a countdown, tips, and words of motivation. Also, you can choose an existing playlist on your iPod to play during the workout. My playlist included upbeat songs such as “S&M” by Rihanna, “Young, Wild, and Free” by Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg,  “Teenage Dream” (Kaskade Club Remix) by Katy Perry, and “Monster” by Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. Listening to music in combination with the short 30 seconds – two minute intervals made the session go by in a flash.

I was familiar with most of the workout terms (plank, slide and glide, reverse crunches, hip lifts) from my soccer training. Knowing that a number of the exercises were utilized by my high school and club coaches  gave the Nike program added validity and I was completely confident in the approach . Now, I’m excited to see my results!

Stay tuned for next week’s post so you can get the opportunity to enter an exciting Nike Training Club sweepstakes and a chance to win prizes towards your fitness goals!

**The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.**

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Womens via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Womens”


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