Friday, November 27, 2015

Cize Mini Round Day 1: Crazy 8's


Cize Mini Round Day 1: Crazy 8's

I've decided to go through one week of Cize. I'm going to do each workout once. I never wrote my final blog post about Cize, so I have to redo the workouts so I can remember what each routine was like. I"m also going to record myself doing the Cize it up round. It's hard for me to describe the moves so the video will help with that. I've never even posted a picture of myself on the blog, but I'm going to post videos of me doing Cize. This i so far outside my comfort zone. I might chicken out of the videos for the harder workouts where I look even more uncoordinated. Hopefully i won't though because I really want people to understand that this program is totally doable for big people like me. 


Day 1 was Crazy 8's. It's been well awhile since I've done this workout. I remember it being fast, but it seemed even faster today. Since I went low carb, my heart rate has been faster than normal so I'm sure that has something to do with it. I've heard that it only lasts for a little while, but it's still pretty fast. I was breathing heavy during this entire workout. I actually had to take some breaks while they were doing the Cize Bounce a few times. 


I love that this workout has you doing the same simple steps several times before moving on to the next one. This is really the only routing in the program that has you repeating them this much. There are 8 moves and you do them for 8 counts each I believe or it's two sets of 8 counts. 


The moves are all very simple and you learn them slowly. In the video, you can see that the first move is called the Low High. First you learn the feet which is basically just a cha cha to the left and a cha cha to the right. You do it slow first and then you do it tempo. Once you've got the feet figure out, he adds the arms in.

After the Low High, you learn the Box Step which is basically just hitting the four corners of a square. Once again, he teaches the footwork first and then has you add the arms which is just lifting your hands in the air and then bringing them down slowly. 


After the Box Step there's a move called The Trip. You're supposed to sort of bounce on your left leg as your right leg goes back and then you kick it front. I don't bounce on my leg because of my balance issues. I just planted my left leg. I also tapped my right toe down a few times because my balance really is terrible. 


After The Trip, there's a move called Baseball. Your feet are out wide and you cross your hands near your right hip and then you lean a little to the left as you open up your arms. You repeat the move a few times. 


After Baseball is the Up Down. You arc your hands up and over your head to the other side as you step to the other side. You cross your arms in front of your chest and hug yourself as you squat down come up and squat down again. Then you arch your arms up and over as you step to the other side and do the same thing. 

After the Up Down is The Throw. you step one foot back and reach your arms out in front and then pull them back. I kinda of think of it as hugging someone and pulling them in. Then you turn to face the other wall and do the same thing. Then you go back to the opposite wall and put your hands up high. Then you do the other side with your hands up high.

After the Throw is the Criss Cross. Your feet are a bit wide. You bring one arm up and cross it over your chest then you bring up the other one and cross it to form an X. Then the first hand goes down by your side and then the second hand goes down by your side. Then you jump up and land with your feet crossed in the center and then jump out and land with your feet wide again. Then you drop your head in your hand and then stand back up again. I like this move now that I know how to do it. I hate jumping repeatedly, but doing this move gives me a little bit of an exercise high.


After the Criss Cross is Row the Boat. it's the final move. You cross your left foot in front of your right and then step out with the right and then cross in front of the left with the right then step out with the left. You do that as you walk up towards the TV four times. Then you step back with some attitude. The video cut off before I stepped back, but I didn't want to redo the video just for a couple seconds of my walking backwards. 

Crazy 8's Cize It Up

After you learn all the moves and you've done a few practice rounds with all the moves you get a water break so you can catch your breath before you Cize it Up. The music changes to a real song instead of just electronica type stuff. The music gets louder and Shaun T talks less. In this routine, He calls out the moves, but in future routines, he doesn't. You can still see the names on the screen though and that helps at times. We went through the whole routine three times at the end. This is a video of the second time.


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Polar M400 Screen Shots

Here are the screen shots from the workout. There's a bit of a difference between these and when I did this on Day 1 of my first round of Cize. I'm not really sure what's up with the comment on there about Extreme Training Load. I most certainly did not workout for three days. 





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10 comments:

  1. Love the video! The Trip is my least favorite- sometimes it feels unsafe. Best to modify it.

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    1. Totally agree with you on The Trip! If my balance was better or if I wasn't 100 pounds overweight, maybe I could handle it, but for now, that leg is staying planted!

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    2. Thank you for sharing you video!!!!! I am totally motivated!!! Started Monday (two days ago) and getting better and further each day!!! This is an amazing workout and very fun!! It actually doesn't feel like a workout, just a whole lot of dancing. And, yes, I was breathing hard, too, but i feel like I will only improve each day. I look forward to doing Cize!!! Have fun!!!

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  2. So cize and PiYo are easy enough to do with 130 lbs extra on your frame?

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  3. So cize and PiYo are easy enough to do with 130 lbs extra on your frame?

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    1. They aren't easy, but they are doable. I had to modify more stuff with PiYo than I did with Cize, but I did modify a little with Cize. Most of my modifying in PiYo was for the push ups. I did them all on my knees. I didn't go as deep in the lunges as they did either. I had to take breaks during some of the moves.

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  4. Thanks for your reply. These two programs seem the most interesting to me.

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    1. They are both pretty amazing programs. I'm not sure which one I like more, but Cize is a shorter commitment so if you think a 4 week commitment is more doable and will get you pumped about working out, go for Cize. I think it's probably a more fun workout than PiYo. Shaun T is amazing and Cize didn't have any push ups or lunges! I'm not a fan of push ups or lunges. If you sign up for a Beachbody Club Membership, you get 30 days to try On Demand for free. Cize and PiYo each have a sneak peak workout on On Demand so you could try a full workout to see if you think you'll like one more than the other. If you decide to buy one of the programs, you'll have access to it On Demand before the DVDs make it to your house too. If you decide you don't want to pay for the club membership, just cancel before the 30 days is up. It's super easy to cancel using the live chat feature too so you don't even have to make a phone call to cancel. If you want to sign up for the club membership you can do that here http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/TBBClub?referringRepId=448043. If you do sign up, check out Rockin' Body too. It's an older dancing program that Shaun T did. I loved the program.

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  5. Ok I need help....
    Just tried this for the first time today. And I kinda feel stupid because one move is overthrowing me. It's so simple but I'm overthinking it. I can't get the cross step down. I keep wanting to use both legs but it seems like they are only crossing with the left and I just can't get it... Can Anyone out there break this simple move down more for me because I feel like a idiot right now lol . Thanks

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    1. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. First off, I'd like to say that it's totally okay to feel like an idiot doing Cize. I felt like an idiot for the majority of the program, but I had fun. Cize and Rockin' Body were about me letting go. I was in a room by myself with the TV. No one could see me. Nothing mattered!

      Okay, so did you figure out the move? The cross step messed with my head for a bit too. One of the videos explains it better and he talks about weight changes. I hope I'm talking about the right move here. Okay so your weight is on your right foot right now. When the left foot lands, your weight is on your left foot and you take your right foot out to the right side and tap it out to the right. Then you step it across in front of the left and put your weight on the right foot. Then you step your left foot out to the left and then cross it in front of the right again. Rinse repeat. I'm going by memory here though so hopefully I didn't screw things up too badly here. When I originally read this, I was thinking you were talking about a different move and I was trying to figure out how to explain it. When I re-read this, I think I've got the right move now!

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