DailyBurn: Workouts for Real People

I mentioned in the Tabata article (Tabata – Total Annihilation of Body A la Tortuous Agony) that I was using a program called DailyBurn. It was one of the apps that I saw on our Roku so I decided to check it out and learn what they offer.

I had to get on my laptop to sign up and had to enter credit card information. There is a 30-day free trial. You can cancel anytime within that 30 days at no charge.  However, after that you will be charged $12.95/month from that point on. For what is offered, I am happy to pay it. (Please note: the card used will be charged a dollar which gets refunded. This is to make sure you are using an active card.)

Signing up involves inputting your current weight, goal weight, gender, and age. After you answer a few questions about your fitness level and your goals, DailyBurn recommends a workout program for you. They know what they are talking about! Do the one they recommend. Learn from my Tabata catastrophe.

For me, they recommended their Cardio Sculpt program. My goal is to lose weight and gain strength so naturally this was a perfect fit.

I do want to mention some of their other programs for those who might be interested. There are five different courses that are for those needing an advanced workout. You know, the kind that would kill a normal human, but makes you feel alive? I assume. I really have no idea as I have never been at that level and will continue to avoid these for the foreseeable future. One is of course the Tactical Body Training which is the Tabata Hell I mentioned. Another is called Black Fire and the picture scares for me some reason…like if I fail (which I would) he is going to beat me with that stick until I learn to man-up.



Thereinferno_hr is also Inferno and Inferno HR. The latter’s picture reminds me of a medical show. I guess because of the heart rate and colored overlay.


The last is Live To Fail. It is literally working out until failure. I am sure you know, but just in case, failure is an exercise term meaning “If I do one more, I will puke and die.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum is a program called True Beginner. I have thought about trying out one of their workouts, but I am in such a good place with Cardio Sculpt that I don’t want to chance getting seduced into something easier. From what I can tell though, it looks like a wonderful place for those getting back into working out or wanting to start getting healthy to start out.

Whatever you like to do, there is a program for it. Move is a dance workout. Pilates Phase One is available for beginners and there is a Pilates Phase Two for when you have mastered the first one. There is also Yoga.

One that I think is really awesome is the Beautiful Belly program. I know what you’re thinking. “But…I want to get rid of my belly, not compliment it!” BeautifulBellyNo worries. This is a program specifically for pregnant woman. They have yoga workouts listed for the whole pregnancy and for post-natal. I wish I had known about this when I was pregnant.

I almost forgot to mention a little extra information. When you choose a program, DailyBurn will provide you with a sample menu and recipes that will help you reach your goals faster.

The reason I say this is a workout for real people is because of those who are working out with you in the videos. They are not just going through some moves and pretending to work out. They are really doing it and sometimes they have to drop-down to a modified version of the exercise they’re doing or they might even have to stop for a few seconds. Many times throughout the workout, the instructors always say, “If you have to stop, go ahead. Take what you need and get right back into it.” Seeing these fit-looking people going through exactly what I am allows me to not feel bad if I have to stop for a few seconds in the middle of push-ups or revert to the child’s pose push-ups for a couple.

Every time I have done one of these workouts in Cardio Sculpt, I come out of it feeling energized and pleased with myself for making it through.

No matter what your fitness level you are, what life-stage you are in, what activities get you motivated, DailyBurn can help you reach your fitness goals. If I can do it, anyone can do it! It’s completely free for 30 days so sign-up and give it a try. Challenge yourself and be amazed at what you can do!

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Tabata – Total Annihilation of Body A la Tortuous Agony

I have started the DailyBurn program and I will talk more about that later. What I want to speak of first, is the first workout I tried from the DailyBurn library.  It is the first workout from the Tactical Bodyweight Training program taught by Cody Storey and is called Tabata 1.

Cody Storey
Cody Storey

Now, at the point that I decided to try this I had no idea what Tabata was. From the screenshot picture my thought was that it was some random martial art. The five minute preview didn’t look all that bad. I know now never to judge a workout on the first five minutes when they are only doing warm-ups. The instructor said it was only 4 moves, 8 rounds of each move, twenty seconds of work followed by ten seconds of rest. I thought, “Twenty seconds at a time? I can handle that!”

DailyBurn had suggested another workout program for me, but I needed a medicine ball for the first workout so I decided to go with Tabata 1 instead since it requires no equipment.

The workout starts off with some pumped up music and instructor Cody Storey saying a bunch of random things that make no sense because of the lack of context. Example – ” Control. Ninety Thirty. Tabata one. Four. Five. Four. The engine is on fire.”

Workout starts with bouncing back and forth. Easy enough. While bouncing, Cody introduces us to Nikola, Jose, and SayQuon who will be our workout companions. Next, we do some Spinal Rocks. These look easy, but I found them to be incredibly painful on the back.  I was working on a yoga mat on a hardwood floor so that could have been the problem. Next up were Shin Boxes, the Frog, Leg Saws, and Squats. These were all fairly decent. Spinal Circles were next which did make me slightly lightheaded.  Finished up with Chasing Arms and Arm Screws. All in all this was a good warm-up not meant to kill you.

Then we went into the agonizing hell actual training.


Cody explains that each of our work out partners will be performing at a different level (1, 2 or 3), but does not explain which is easier. I assumed it was Level 3.

I could not figure out the Quad Press at all. It doesn’t look difficult! I don’t know why I was having issues. This exercise made me wonder if my legs and arms are somehow not proportionate to my body. The last couple rounds I was just rocking because I wanted to feel like I was doing something. Regardless my upper legs were burning.

There’s a one minute rest period which seems like a gift from the heavens.

Next up was lunges. Since I thought Level 3 was easiest I started out at that, but Level 2 ended up being easier for me so I switched to that. Then the instructor mentioned “dropping down a level” and that Level 3 was crazy making me think I must have been wrong about it being easiest

Push Ups were fine. I did Level 2. All our workout friends ended up dropping down to Level 1, proving that it was actually the easiest all along. Twenty seconds does not seem like a long time, but when you’ve already done twenty seconds a few times it gets harder and harder

Another rest and next was Sprawls, which is basically a squat into a plank and back up again. At this point, I said, “Oh hell no!” I was done.

Walked around the house a bit to cool off. Had my shower and after workout drink and was okay, just a bit jelly-legged.

Then the next day came.

Holy screaming leg pain!


I cannot begin to to explain the hell of this day because of my legs. As long as I had been walking around a while and on a level surface, I was okay. However, bending down hurt a lot. It was so fun at Wal-Mart as Sylar, who was sitting in the cart, kept accidentally dropping his coins. Finally, I told him to put them in his pocket because I was not going to pick them up again. The parking lot was fun, as well. I never noticed it before, but the parking lot is slightly sloping. It was a downward slope to the car. It was one of those situations were I actually started laughing because I felt like I was trying to walk on slightly cooked noodles. It was ridiculous. I was glad I had made the decision not to go to Dollywood that day. I would have died.

Sitting down was the worst. Once I was actually in the seat, I was great, but the getting there was killer. I walked up to my couch in the living room and just looked at my seat and whimpered. I debated just standing up all night. In hindsight I should have because Sylar picked that night to call me into his bedroom four or five times after I had put him to bed. It did allow me to experiment with different ways of sitting down. As it turns out, all ways hurt and one way hurt so badly that it actually brought tears to my eyes.

I did some research and it turns out Tabata is for people who are already fit and even then most people do not suggest it. The day after my day of hell I felt well-enough to try one of the workouts that has been suggested to me by DailyBurn. I made it through and it was a great work out.I felt energized afterwards so I will be sticking with that program.  I will talk more about that in another article.

So take one thing from this article – do NOT do Tabata! Unless you are super fit or want to experience intense pain in the form of jelly legs.

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