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Deanna Jefferson Fitness Presents H.I.I.T.

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Is your workout routine getting dull? We know the feeling! In this feature, we try out different exercises and give you the scoop.

Workout: Deanna Jefferson Fitness presents H.I.I.T.: High Intensity Interval Training

Cost: $5 to rent, or $12 to buy at vimeo.com

What You’ll Need: Internet connection, yoga mat

Fun Factor: 4 out of 5

The Real Deal: I don’t know about where you live, but it snowed for more than 50 hours straight in Chicago this week…which means a LOT of people’s New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym and whittle their waistline were probably sidelined. But, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, it’s possible to get in an entire workout without leaving the comfort of your home!

One of our contributors recently released an online workout video, Deanna Jefferson presents H.I.I.T: High Intensity Interval Training, and–with nearly a foot of snow on the ground–I decided this would be the perfect time to give it a try.

First of all, I LOVE Deanna for including modified versions in the video. I don’t consider myself to be out of shape necessarily, but I haven’t done an intense workout in a while and, well, lower-impact versions are always welcome!

What I also like about the video is that the exercises are broken down into intervals, so you’re not doing one thing for a long time, which I fully embraced when it came time for burpees…I HATE those things! Not only does Deanna have you do burpees (basically, jumping up and down to the ground super fast), but she makes you do a tuck jump, too! Ugh. There were also push-ups where you clapped in between. Yes, I did the modified version. #NoShameInMyGame

Perhaps the best part of the video is you can do the entire workout (45 minutes) or break it down to include your favorite (or not-so-favorite) exercises when you’re short on time and need a good sweat. Did I mention you don’t have to leave the house? Check out the trailer below and visit @GetJETmag on Instagram for footage of me giving it a try: