When my SIL first introduced me to Jung Dayeon’s Figure Robics workout, I must confess I didn’t think much of it. I mean, how could this be called working out? I scoffed when I read the advice on Jung Dayeon’s 30 Day Workout Challenge that suggested trying 5-10 minutes a day for the first two weeks before extending your workout time to 10-15 minutes.
Insanity – now that’s a workout – but this here is like a walk in the park, or so I thought… Nevertheless, I gave it ago anyway since I’m kinda lazy like that and I figured a light workout was better than no workout. I picked up the only FigureRobics DVD series that had some English on the cover and away we went.
The workouts have several names which sort of indicate the kind of workout it entails. For example, they have:
They are only 30 minutes long, but make no mistake, it’s actually quite an intense 30 minutes – as I soon discovered after my first FigureRobics session. Despite the fact that we used no weights, my arms were in such pain it was difficult to turn the steering wheel in my car. The next workout I tried was the FigureMat. After that one, I couldn’t lift my legs when I had to get out of the car.
Alright, I take it back – Jung Dayeon’s workouts may look easy but they aren’t. And when I tracked one of the workouts, I discovered that I burned almost as many calories in half an hour of FigureRobics than I do in an hour of rowing!
For one third of the workout time, I was at my maximum heart rate. I don’t think my Wii Fit or Rowing sessions have ever looked like this (most of the time, I’m in the light to moderate – well I did tell you I was lazy):
Working out everyday for an hour is tough, but 30 minutes? That I think I can do. I think we’ll be sticking with Jung Dayeon for a while…
About Jung Dayeon
Jung Dayeon is a Korean Mum who made a sensation when she lost 20kg in 3 months and became known as “momjjang ajumma” – or mother with the striking figure. She launched a series of fitness programs and books that inspired many Asian mothers to follow in her footsteps.