I'm loving Michelle Dozois' PeakFit System...which isn't a surprise given my love of her Peak 10 videos. But I was a bit nervous about the Pure Strength videos, of which there are two. I followed the recommended schedule of workouts and began with Pure Strength 1.
This workout uses a resistance bank (provided with the System kit), light weights (I used 6.6), and heavy weights (I used 8). I was excited about using the resistance band...but the band does not like me. I can barely do curls with it, the resistance is so tight. I'm hoping this becomes easier as I progress but as it is....I'm definitely using my muscles!
Michelle begins with a warm-up that targets all of your muscles. She then starts the workout with back exercises. My arms were almost shaking after all the bent-rows Michelle takes you through. Eek!
Next up, your chest. You go through pushups and chest flies, which I hate. I could barely get the band extended enough to do a fly properly. Good grief! Repeat the back and chest series.
Legs is next and I was excited. Michelle takes you through squats and lunges using the band. Wow! I didn't think my leg muscles could hurt so much! And then your aching legs must do step through lunges with heavy dumbells. Oy.
Arms are next, beginning with tricep side push-ups. My arms were shaking again in no time! Tricep kickbacks, lateral raises, and curls follow. Along with some pain - ha! Repeat legs and arms.
Michelle then lets you, thankfully, cool down and stretch. This workout clocks in at a little over 50 minutes. Even though there is no cardio, it made me sweat a lot. I like it but it's definitely tough. My arms have always been a struggle for me to strengthen so maybe this will help. In the meantime, it'll be painful. For a clip, click here.
Bottom Line: This is a great strength workout - tough but never boring and always effective.