As I sit here, with sweat pouring down my face, my body feeling worked over, and my legs and arms and legs completely useless — dagnabbit, I feel good.
Actually, more than good. I feel great. Even though my rubbery limbs have been utterly defeated, I think I could still sprint across a football field (IF I had to chase down Keanu). This is what it’s like to do a workout with fitness trainer Sydney Cummings on YouTube. At the end, you’re completely spent, but your spirit is totally energized.
I’ve been doing Sydney’s videos for a couple weeks, and I’m hooked!
Let’s do some bear crawls, girl!
Sydney’s a certified personal trainer, a nutrition specialist and a former university high jumper, and her workouts are THE BEST I’ve found on YouTube.
She posts a new workout every day (!), and there are dozens to choose from. Every session is different, which keeps them interesting and always makes them a challenge. She does a combination of HIIT (high-intensity interval training), bodyweight (exercises that use your own weight to provide resistance against gravity), cardio, stretching, and weights workouts, and every one — whether it’s 30, 40 50 or 60 minutes long — leaves me dripping in sweat and feeling strong and accomplished.
The videos — not gonna lie — are definitely challenging, but Sydney often shows modified versions of specific movements for newbies (which I appreciate, because some days I need to take it down a level). She also thoroughly describes how to position your body and what your muscles should feel like as you move through each exercise.
The time flies, too. The workouts are over quickly because you’re working hard at a decent clip, usually with 15-30 seconds of rest every 30-45 second burst of hard effort. I did a 50-minute boot camp style video this morning, and even though it REALLY challenged me (bear crawls!) from start to finish, it was like I blinked, and it was over. I never feel like the classes drag on because they keep you moving.
Just crushed this one!
Most of all, I really appreciate Sydney’s positive, upbeat style. She’s positive, but not, like, in an overly perky faux saccharine sweet way, and she pushes you hard, but it makes you believe you can push through those last few reps, even when your limbs are quivering like salt shakers.
Even though I’m just in my living room when I do the videos, usually at some obscene time in the morning, I feel like Sydney is with me, personally guiding me and encouraging me to push through my limits.
I was so sore the day after doing this mini band workout…
My favorite workouts so far have been her bodyweight-only ones, which don’t require any equipment, but they are still BRUTAL (in the best possible way). You get high calorie-burning bang for your buck. Lots of calories burned in a short time.
I also like the total body workouts she does with compound weights, where you’re lifting weights to push one part of your body while working the other parts at the same time. For example, doing biceps curls while lunging. Those workouts combine weights and cardio because everything is constantly moving.
Even though I’m the least flexible person in the world, I still enjoyed this.
Her stretch workouts are also great. They leave my legs and arms all loosey-goosey (and that’s coming from a girl who can barely touch her toes on a good day).
Give one of her workouts a try. I think you’ll like them.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I’m packing for a quick trip this weekend! We’re visiting Hearst Castle for my birthday. I’ve never been before.
I hope I don’t get lost in one of the secret rooms.