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6/5/13 4:19 P

Lol @ your imagery Coannie! Well sounds like you did great, regardless. Just the fact that you even tried an exercise titled Extreme Shred shows you're no wimp. emoticon I was also sweating and breathing like a dog. But I will keep at it, alternating with easier workouts of course, and take breaks when I need too.

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6/5/13 4:15 P

Lol! Ms. Ruth I totally hear you! Points taken, and thank you.

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6/5/13 4:10 P

Thanks! That makes me feel a lot better. I will take breaks and take it easier.

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6/5/13 11:40 A

This morning, I tried to do JM's Extreme Shed and Shred part 2. By the middle, I was lying on my mat, in a pool of sweat, just watching. I had hardly slept last night, am PMSing to the max, and my body just wouldn't cooperate. That is fine. I did as much as I could, with the beginner prompts, and called it good. I'll have a nice walk later this afternoon.

I love Archimedes' advice to you, and she's a pro!

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6/5/13 7:56 A

I so totally agree with Archii-- the people in the videos are not overweight, nor are they out of shape. These are fit people who've spent weeks practicing, so they can do the moves correctly without looking like they're fixin' to melt into a puddle of sweat or stop breathing altogether.

Another thing I've found is, lots of videos that include strength training, will imply that you're supposed to do the video for 30 days straight, or so many weeks straight. With strength training (even if all you're using is your body weight-- like crunches, for example) you really need to take a day off in between sessions working the same body part(s), to let your muscles recuperate. Regardless of what Jillian Michaels says.

And I've found that the first time or first few times or whatever, that I do a new video-- well yes indeed it may be hard for me to keep up. Doesn't mean I'm a failure or there's something *wrong* with me. Just means it's challenging. I may press pause or I may just stand there with my mouth hanging open while I gasp for air, and just watch for a little while. Til I feel like I can rejoin them. I try to focus on my form, and even if I can only manage 2 reps while the gals on the screen are doing 8 or 10-- well I'm doing the best I can, and in time my best will get better.

For me, it's all about progress. If I can't make it through the video, the next time I'll try to make it a few minutes longer. If I can only do those 2 reps, the next time I'll try to do 3. Really, if I could make it through the video just fine on the first go-- well I really wouldn't be benefitting from it.

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6/5/13 5:20 A


High intensity workouts are exactly that, high intensity. A good high intensity workout should fatigue anyone from a beginner to advanced exerciser. So, don't beat yourself up if you have to hit the pause button to take breaks.

I work part time as a group exercise instructor and teach a couple of high intensity classes. I regularly tell my students, take breaks when you need them. Yes, it is important to work to fatigue, but you have to learn to listen to your body. If you work too hard, you increase your risk for injury.

If you're new to regular exercise, your body will get stronger with time. People assume that the minute they try a workout, they should just get it. This is not the case. You have to understand that the people in the video practiced these routines for weeks. So, yeah, they make it look easy. As you continue to do the video, you'll become more comfortable doing the routines.

As the old cliche goes, how do I get to Carnegie Hall ? practice, practice, practice !!

Also, you don't want to do too many sessions of high intensity exercise. You want to have a mix of routines that include a couple of high intensity workouts as well as low impact, low intensity workouts too. Too many people assume they have to kill themselves to be healthy, not true ! Walking is fantastic cardiovascular exercise. Take a daily walk, take yoga, martial arts, dance lessons, play golf, etc... It's all good.

Because you have to understand that the benefits of exercise go way beyond burning X calories in Y time.

Exercise should be fun because when we enjoy doing something, we look forward to doing that something each and every day.

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6/5/13 3:28 A

It sounds to me that your workout video is a little more intense than you are ready for. Perhaps aiming for something that still raises your heart rate, but not to that point, and allow your fitness to increase before tackling it. It is a good method to help reduce the risk of injuries or other health issues caused by 'punching above your weight' so to speak.

Good luck,

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6/5/13 2:39 A

"Pressing Pause" That is definitely what I've had to do with yesterdays Jillian Micheals's 6 week 6 pack Ab video. It is SO intense! And it seemed like it was going so fast! I don't know what that's all about. I tried my best to keep up with the cardio tempo of that video, but I also didn't want to have a heart attack so I had to press pause in order to go from 'standing' to the 'floor exercises' and vice versa. But it's not just that workout, there are a few other high tempo cardio workouts that I've gotten into that I just must take a second to walk in place while catching my breath.

I try to alternate my workouts so I don't get in a rut. I also cut myself some slack some days and do the walking in place exercises which I love! They give you a good workout, without wearing you out. I really like aerobic cardio type workouts, kickboxing videos, walking outdoors, walking in place, yoga, strength training videos that depend on my own body weight (no equipment), and swimming.

I guess I'm just venting. Does anyone ever get winded with high intensity cardio workouts? What do you do/or think to keep you motivated even when you are out of breath and sweating bullets?

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