Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Jane Fonda.  The Firm.  The Wofford College gym.  The YMCA.  Inhale Yoga with Steve Ross.  Bootcamp.  Personal trainers.

I seriously had this exact VHS tape.

This is basically the progression of my "workout life."  I've tried most everything -- loved some of it and quickly kicked some of it to the curb.  I really love working one-on-one with my trainer, and group classes bring out the competitor in me.  It's amazing to hit the pavement and take in the fresh air on a nice day.  But, not every day brings nice weather or time to make it to the gym.  Sometimes it's 9:00pm and the first time I've thought about myself all day.  Cue the workout video.  

Purchase video here, and enter code JA15 for a 20% discount.

I've been following Seo Kelleher, owner of Richmond's CO2Fit, on Instagram for a while.  I started following her because I like her daily inspiration and motivation to get moving, but I also love that she's a local entrepreneur following her passion!  Seo is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Turn Cardio Jam Studio in Scott's Addition, and she just released her first home workout video! Fighting Fit is a kickboxing video for all ages and fitness levels.  It consists of 3 15-minute videos that can be used separately (in a time crunch) or combined to create a 45-minute workout. 

My friend (and makeup artist) Emily Hudspeth Greenwald came over last week, and we ditched the fancy clothes and sweat off every last bit of mascara doing this workout.  Here is my honest report of how it went.

The morning:
Full disclosure - I had already worked out earlier that morning.  I didn't expect a home workout video to be terribly challenging.  

The space:
My kitchen.  I am maybe the least tech-savvy person you know (unless you know my mom), and I couldn't figure out how to stream the downloaded video to my TV--still don't think it will work, at least in my house.  The desktop in the kitchen is our second largest screen, so we pushed back a chair and a lamp, and got to work.  It was plenty of space!

Hey, let's take a break and eat everything in my fridge.

The video:
Seo tapes with two other rockstars on each of the video's segments.  There is generally someone demonstrating a lower-intensity version of the exercises and another doing a higher-intensity version.  Seo works for most of the video, but she is busy explaining how and why to do each move.  The sequence is repetitive, giving you ample time to get the gist of the move (if you're a slow learner, like I am).  

The workout:
Emily and I pushed each other to do all 45 minutes.  I underestimated the intensity of the workout and regretted my decision to do 2 workouts in one day, as I could barely move that night.  We did some serious sweating, right there in my kitchen!  (Gross.)  It's easy to follow, convenient, a great workout, and I felt pretty tough after learning all of those kickboxing techniques!

Too sweaty for a selfie!

The verdict:
I'm really glad to have a video I can do on days when getting out of the house for a workout is simply not an option!  I think that I can up the intensity now that I understand the format and am familiar with the moves.  Less learning and more doing!  Thanks, Seo, for letting me try this out!  Oh, and what in the world does this post have to do with personal style??  How about this...you gotta work out if you want to fit into all those cute things in your closet!  

The video is available for digital download and on DVD here, and you can save 20% by using the code JA15.  

As a personal stylist in Richmond, VA, I strive to make wardrobe choices clear and easy for women who are short on time, overwhelmed by their closets, or transitioning from one period of life to another.  Let's connect!  

1 comment:

  1. I am loving this workout when I just need to get up and get my blood pumping for a few minutes. Helps me focus and get back to work or warm up to go out and run in the cold. CO2 Fighting Fit rocks!