Posts Tagged "challenge"

TurboFire (6 weeks completed)

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Featured, Fitness

Wow, I can’t believe I’m halfway through the TurboFire program!  When I started I thought it would be a long, tedious 12 weeks, but it has really been flying by.  That being said, it was a tough couple of weeks for me!  Even though I felt like I knew the classes pretty well I felt tired and not as motivated.  Not to mention I was watching the scale and not seeing any change!  Despite my lack of motivation, I was able to get through all of my workouts and am happy I did!

Weeks 5 and 6 follow the same schedule which include more strength training classes.   Thanks to some encouragement from my sister, I am really starting to push myself in the sculpt 30 and tone 30 classes and can feel that I’m getting stronger each time!  I’m also noticing that I’m becoming more flexible and continuing to build my stamina.  Plus, this was the first week I could do all of the moves including the burpees, yay!

I was pretty disappointed to see that my weight hadn’t changed over these last two weeks, but I guess seeing my measurements go down makes me feel a little better!  Here’s what I lost!

Arms: -.5

Waist -right under my ribs: -5

Waist-belly button: -2

Waist-under belly button: -1

Hips: -1

Thighs: -1

Calves: -1

TB week 6 post

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TurboFire (4 weeks completed)

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Featured, Fitness

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Wow, it seems like I just wrote my 2 week update on how TurboFire is working for me, and here I am giving my 4 week update!  I am happy to say I am stronger and have a lot more stamina then I did when I started the 12 week TurboFire challenge.  If you read my first post you saw that I had to do the Fire Starter class for a full week before I started the program.  This was partly because I was unable to keep up physically and also because I felt I needed a little more time to learn the moves and steps.  Now, 4 weeks in, I find when she calls out the combos I am able to do them almost without thinking.  Because I have become more familiar with the classes I am able to put more into them and always feel like I’ve gotten a great workout.

In weeks 3 & 4 I had one low hit class and one hit class each week.  These are definitely still the hardest for me.  You have to go with every ounce of your strength and energy for about a minute, take about a minute recovery time, then do it again usually with around 3 combos that you do 2-3 times.  By the end my legs feel like jello and I am dripping with sweat!  These classes are supposed to be effective because you elevate your heart-rate and it stays somewhat raised throughout the day.

The other classes for these weeks included the fire 45 and 55 classes, tone 30 class, core 20 class, sculpt 30 class, and various stretching classes.  I appreciate the variety of the workouts which keeps me from getting bored or too used to the workouts.  My body still feels sore each week when with other workouts I’ve done I don’t feel sore anymore after the first few days.  I have been very strict with myself making sure I get my 6 workouts a week in and haven’t missed one yet. I am eating balanced, healthy meals but still have treats now and then and am not a freak about dieting.  I enjoy food too much for that!

Now for my results so far!  Over the last 2 weeks I have lost 3 more pounds, not a huge number, but I’ll take it!  Whats even more exciting for me is how my measurements have changed.  The bad news is I didn’t get around to taking my actual measurements until week 3, so these changes are only a reflection of what I’ve lost from week 3 to week 4.  The good news is, even in that short amount of time I have seen quite a bit of change.  I did my inches lost a little differently since I am especially watching my stomach/hip area after recently having a baby.  Here are inches lost so far!

Arms: – .5

Waist -Right under my ribs: -1

Waist-Belly Button: -3!!!

Waist-Below belly button (other Moms may know this as the “pooch” area): -2

Hips: -1

Thighs: -1

If I can see this much change in my measurements in a week, I’m beyond excited to see what the next 2 weeks will bring!  If you are working out at home I would definitely encourage you to read Sarah’s post regarding the scale vs measurements and to start recording your measurements.  I was pretty surprised to see how much my body was changing and it has me pumped up for the next two weeks of my TurboFire challenge!  If you want to learn more about the program feel free to ask me questions and check out the details or purchase it with the link below!

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The Bad Workout

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 in Featured, Fitness

We’ll be starting a workout challenge later this month so I thought I’d write a quick post on bad workouts. There have been several days where I’ve felt like I didn’t push myself hard enough or I wasn’t as strong as I could’ve been and those thoughts lead to disappointment and usually, another ‘bad workout’. Yah somedays I’m not going to feel like a fighter in my combat workout and somedays I’m going to be the girl about to throw up in the corner of the gym from running stairs.
Working out isn’t always going to be fun and smooth…it’s a struggle! Especially for those who haven’t made it a regular part of their day. When you have these not-so-fun days, do not get discouraged! As a matter of fact, you should be more encouraged that you didn’t give in to your body telling you to stop or maybe even those closest to you telling you to just stop because you’ve done enough. Trust me….if you make your workouts non-negotiable and stick with it to the end no matter how much you’d love to stop and relax, you’ll have a priceless feeling of self satisfaction! Soon, you’ll be addicted to that feeling and it will bring you back again and again to the gym or your own living room to work it!
If you’re not sure where to start…go to the Women’s Health Magazine printable workouts and choose what you’d like to work on (cardio, strength, swimsuit season!). I’ve attached a link to a workout I love and believe would be a great starting point! So don’t wait for the challenge…get to work! :) click on the blue link below to check it out!

At Home Workout!

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Yes You Can

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in Featured, Fitness

I may not know much, but one thing I’ve learned is if you want to get in shape, you have to work for it! I’ve seen so many people on the fence about eating right and working out. They’re scared to commit to a lifestyle change. They’re scared of what people will say. They’re scared of failure.
I think fear is normal, but it’s NOT an excuse! We often fill our own heads with negativity and that really can effect our workouts and eating in a big way. It’s so important to stay positive and always tell yourself you CAN and WILL do it. You’re stronger than you think!
If you’re new to working out, start slow. You want to push yourself but don’t overdo it or you won’t ever want to workout again! I look forward to my workouts but I know not everyone is that way. Work your way up and find your “soul mate workout” as Chalene Johnson would say.:-) Do you enjoy running outside? Kickboxing? Strength training? Zumba? Find something you can enjoy and commit to! It is important to mix your workouts up, but I believe if you start with something you actually enjoy, you’ll be more willing to try new things and stick with it.
We’re going to start a workout challenge within the next week or so. If you feel ready to commit to a short challenge to stick with a workout program, let us know! I’ve participated in several weight loss and workout challenges and they’re a great way to stay motivated and make some positive changes! You can do it! :-D

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Combat Week 2 DONE

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 in Featured, Fitness

Les Mills Combat Ultimate Schedule Week 2:

Week 2 is done and I’m still loving Les Mills Combat! In the first week, I lost 3lbs and at the end of week 2 I’m down 2 more. I also decided to check my measurements out of curiosity and am down 2 inches in my hips and almost 2 inches in each thigh. Woohoo!

I’m not just loving Combat for the weight loss, the workouts are fun and challenging. I like that the trainers offer modifications for a more challenging workout. I just finished the Upper Body Blow Out which is one of the 4 extra DVDs that come in the Ultimate package. I definitely recommend anyone interested in completing the Combat challenge buy these extra 4 DVDs! I love working upper body but this workout had my arms shaking halfway through. It starts with push-ups and plenty of shoulder presses and ends with weighted upper cuts (ouch!) and mountain climbers. Definitely brings the burn! :-P
The HIIT Power workout is still the toughest for me. The drop squats and jumping alternate lunges kill me every time and the track with a million Burpees is the best (worst)! My goal for week 3 is to be able to complete the track without taking any breaks. The finale of this section is 16 Burpees with drop squats and push-ups with each rep. Crazy Dan also adds a jump before the Burpee, so maybe that will be a goal for week 4. :-)
I can’t believe I’m already 2 weeks into this challenge and can’t wait to see how my body changes in the next 7 weeks!

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