This was a great week. The longer workouts did make it more difficult to fit everything in, but I was definitely feeling up to the challenge strength wise. I’m excited to finally see concrete progress and I look forward to seeing where I can go from here.
I continually find that the step aerobic routines are some of the best cardio I can get on Fit2B and this workout is no exception. It adding fun new elements to step aerobics and is definitely more complicated than Basic Step. I found myself on the wrong leg more often than not, but I kept going anyway and got a great workout.
This is the first time I’ve been able to complete this workout almost as written using my actual 15 lb Kettle bell. I did have to substitute my heavier hand weights for the shoulder stars. (This is a combination of the fact that 15 lbs is a little bit too heavy and that my kettle bells is especially large and awkward, even for its weight.) But other than that, it definitely had me sweating but I was able to finish it without injuring myself.
This workout is quite long but not unreasonably difficult. This workout incorporates wonderful aspects of kickboxing within the framework of Tabata. The beauty of Tabata is the built in rests. This allows for a longer and more difficult workout without constant motion. This may be one of the longer workouts on the entire site, but is still quite doable.
I was wise enough to do this with my lighter weights, because this was quite a workout. I really enjoy step aerobics (at least Beth’s version of it) and the addition of the weights gives this workout exactly what I need to get my heart pumping but still give my muscles enough resistance. I can’t wait to come back to this with heavier weights.
This workouts is long but also slow and sustained. This means that it feels even longer than it actually is. That may sound like a bad thing, but I would argue that depends on what you are looking for. This workout is slow moving but yet still taxing on the body. If you are willing to invest the forty minutes I think you will find that this will provide a good opportunity to strengthen your whole body but while still leaving you feeling calm rather than amped up afterward.
I am really enjoying devoting one day a week just to stretching. This has been a hard thing for me to prioritize. When I have time to exercise, I want to make sure I’m burning serious calories and seeing a real benefit. But I’m noticing a positive benefit to regular stretching too. While I overall feel more energetic when I do cardio or weights, when I strength I feel more relaxed and controlled in my thoughts and emotions. It helps me decompress at the end of a long stressful day. Simply Stretching is longer than I would typically devote to stretching but the benefit was definitely worthwhile.
It’s the end of Week 6 and it’s safe to say that I feel inspired. I’m starting to see a slight change in my separation, my strength is increasing and I’ve even seen a small drop on the scale. (I’m sure that is partly influenced by my recent prioritization of healthy eating habits as well). Instead of dreading exercise, I am mostly looking forward to it. I’m still not succeeding at getting up early, but I am managing to fit it in most days. I’m excited to keep getting stronger to keep up with my family and be able to do the things I need to do in life. That’s pretty much what Fit2B is about for me. Yes, I want to be healthy, of course I’d like to look good. But mostly I need to be strong enough to live the life I want and right now, I feel like I’m on the right track.
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