Monday, November 16, 2015

NEW Workout Stuff From Zuzka!

Finally! Something new!

Zuzka is introducing a new series for the holiday season. I'll admit I am SUPER interested in her jump rope/KB series as well as the upper body one. I love jumping rope, but for whatever reason it is REALLY bothering my feel lately. I have a new part time job where I am in heels a lot, so I think my feet have had it. I have extremely flexible feet and ankles (weird - right?) so I don't have a lot of arch support, so jumping rope has been driving my poor feet crazy!

Here is what Zuzka has to say:

The Lifted Butt Series is over for now, but we are going to re-visit these workouts eventually as we always do. Many of you ZGYM members have been asking for some type of holiday workout series that would be super challenging and get you through this hectic time of year. Reading through your comments and suggestions, it’s pretty obvious that we have two main camps in the ZGYM. One that loves jump rope workouts and any type of jumping cardio moves, and one that prefers more traditional strength training without any jumping what so ever. At least we can agree on two things:
  1. We all want the workouts to be X-tremely intense
  2. We all want the workouts to be short, because no one has time to spare during this time of year.
The good news is that we don’t have to choose between two different series if we can do both. No one will be left behind.
I would like to give you a heads up about the equipment you’ll need for these two series.
Jump Rope Cardio Kettlebell Extreme (JRCKX) 
  1. Jump Rope
  2. Kettlebell
  3. Exercise mat
Black Diamond Workout Series – Upper Body & Abs (Black Diamond)
  1. Pull up bar
  2. Balance ball
  3. Dumbbells (at least 10lbs each, I’m using 12lbs)
  4. Kettlebell (I’m using 26lbs)
  5. Hand towels (x2) for those of you who have a hardwood floor, and 2 old DVD cases for those of you who have a carpet. We’ll be doing some sliding exercises.
It’s a very useful yet inexpensive exercise equipment that most of you have probably already at home. If not, you can get them in any sporting goods store or on Amazon (with Amazon prime, you can get it delivered to your doorstep the next day) from $10 to $20. Make sure to choose the proper size ball for your height. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
4’11” to 5’4″ height: 55 cm diameter ball
5’4″ to 5’11” height: 65 cm diameter ball
5’11” to 6′ 7″ height: 75 cm diameter ball
Pull up bar is also one of the inexpensive workout equipments that you’ll find extremely valuable and use it for the rest of your life once you get it. The only problem that people may run into is where to mount their pull up bar. You have a few options. You can get the pull up bar that simply hooks into your doorway and uses leverage instead of screws to adhere. Or you can get one that you can permanently screw into a doorway or even on a flat wall. Your other options include a dip station, equalizer, or my favorite – two chairs and a broomstick :)  I don’t have a pull up bar in my studio, so I will be using the one Jesse has in his man cave / garage.  Can’t wait for all that fun! :)

I am loving the fact that she will be using a pull up bar! Woo-Hoo! Pulling exercises as many of you know, is typically missing from Zuzka's and BR's workouts, and I think they should be included more often. I am glad to see that it is here. 


  1. this series looks interesting for sure! finally pullup workouts, and off course now when i´m not a member anymore ;). it would be great if she would share the first workout on you tube, if they are as great as they sound i would go back to her zgym :D

  2. I´m so glad Zuzka decided to do upper body series, and I´m also glad to see the first w/o is free. It looks pretty good, although I would ditch the lunges completely, and just use heavier weight, you know, because I really like my split routines to be... split routines. =D These kind of special focused workouts are a different kind of challenge to your strength for sure. =D

    I wonder will we notice even greater muscle tone on Zuzka´s arms after this series... She obviously builds arm muscle quite easily.

  3. I think it was really weird she kept saying that she struggled with pullups and havent done them in ages, when she in other videos says she does a few everytime she uses the bathroom? The workout was good enough, I liked it - only one lower body exercise (the lunges), but either she is faking it for the beginners or she is lying about doing pullups going to the bathroom? It's none of my business, but ARGH i hate when Z or BR says something and then says the complete opposite - never know what to believe! But i may get a ZGym membership again to see the upper body workouts :) Cleaver on her behalf to make the first of each series free to drive traffic

    1. I think both sites often talk out of both sides of their mouths, but they still keep me interested - or used to until now. I have lost a lot of interest lately, but perhaps this new stuff from ZGym will inspire me. Who knows. I am bored with my own workouts lately too, but I think it has more to do with this time of the year than anything else. It is getting cold, gets dark super early, so I'm not as motivated to do anything!

  4. It's great to see she is incorporating pull ups....but I lol at the giant pull up bar in he living room. I just find that too funny. It looks so odd to me.

    1. Ha Lexxie! I wonder if she put it there for filming purposes only. I have mine in my basement hiding. Maybe I would do the everyday if I had it in plain sight. I do them 2-3 times a week as is and that's enough for me right now!

  5. I did the Xtreme Jump rope workout monday and it was awesome! Tonight I will do the black diamond workout - I so love this workout name!

    BR is still publishing random workouts with no vision... I signed up for the beginner class and it stop at workout 24.Don't know why.

    1. is the xtreme both cardio and strenght or?

    2. It's swings, cleans, overhead squats, snatches and jump rope in between. This one was a 12 min 30/10 HIIT format.

    3. Thank you, it sure sounds interesting, maybe i have to give the zgym a new try out :)

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    1. Karoline- do you have a ZGym membership again?