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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Okay, let's try this again. Jari Love Get Ripped 1000. Will definitely be an addition to my "shredding" collection. I am spent in a way that I haven't been in a long time. Could only get through half of it before I collapsed. That almost NEVER happens with me.

All the principles of using weights to burn off the initial carbs then cardio to burn the fat are all mixed into one DVD. Weights for a few minutes then intensive cardio for about 1 minute on and off all the way through a 60 min workout. For me it was an intensive interval/circuit training workout. LOVE IT. emoticon

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SWEETALEE 7/1/2008 4:15PM

  Hey Sue, I stopped by on Angela's page to say hi and after seeing your post, I read your last 3 blogs.

I don't find Cathe as tough as she's made out to be. I consider her to be an advanced instuctor yes, but you can actually do her workouts. She gives you a break in her weight training workouts. Amy Bento is good but she pushes u too hard with hardly any rest period.

But I have to agree, circuit/interval training is really the best. Its why I also enjoy The Firm workouts so much. Most of them are interval/circuit training.

I was amazed at how well I could squat with ease after working out for a while with the Firm.

I plan on previewing Jari's again, I did but cant remember why I didnt get any. Maybe after the baby.

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SMILES4383 6/29/2008 11:17PM

    Circuit training is the absolute BEST. Nothing is too difficult at a few minutes at a time...and 60 min over in no time.

(")_(") Terri

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I'm not worthy!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Just did half of Jari Love's Get Ripped 1000. What an extremely humbling workout for me. It took me 57 mins to get through31 mins of her workout. I had nothing left. I can barely type emoticon I'll write later when my hands stop trembling.

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KRHEMMER 6/28/2008 11:12AM

    I LOVE that video and do it at least twice a week. It is a great workout. I remember being where you are when I first started. It was so hard that I absolutely dreaded it and was wiped out for some time afterwards. Keep doing it and you will see awesome results guaranteed! That video has reshaped my body so much.


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I'm in Love

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I got 2 DVDs in the mail a couple days ago (thank you Netflix) and decided to try one this morning. Jari Love: Get Ripped. Very good workout, cute chick, I could get into this.

At the end I decided to pop in and review the 2nd one. Get Ripped 1000 which in corporates a step. TOTALLY DIFFERENT VIBE. PARTY IN THE HOUSE!! TONS OF OPTIONS, MODIFICATIONS, INFORMATION ! WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS WOMAN?? !!!! I'm in love!! I got onto Collage and previewed the rest of the series and I HAVE TO HAVE THEM!!!

Okay, I'll calm down now. Here's my take. Since I'm switching my focus to building muscle, I think she's a great place to start. She's tough but not as scary as Cathe is to me. I especially love the interval training in Get Ripped 1000.

My buddy Cooltwinmom3 made me a 4 week FIRM/Cathe Rotation but I think for the first 2 weeks I may squeeze Jari into some of the Cathe slots. I'm such a Cathe coward. emoticon

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ENCHANTEDMAMA 6/26/2008 9:10PM

    Wow, thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to check that out when I get into the videos! emoticon

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JBONAR 6/26/2008 1:40PM

    She's the only dvd I can stand! I love her too!
Slim n Lean and Ripped n Chiseled are good ones too!

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What's wrong with me???

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Okay, I did Lower Body I this morning from BSS2 I think. It was a standing workout with the little steps and Lisa Kay. TORTURE!! emoticon Not just because it was hard but because I was BORED BORED BORED!!!! I don't know what it is with me and the FIRM. Most of the instructors put me to sleep emoticon. I got through half of it then switched to Turbo Jam Lower Body Sculpt

I guess it's because I'm such a spaz that I like instructors that are the same way. In Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs and sometimes even in Taebo, the instructors are talking and cracking themselves up through the whole workout. It makes me forget about how hard the exercise is. emoticon

The FIRM instructors sound (and sometimes look) like robots to me. I must be in the minority because EVERYBODY seems to LOVE them. I'll keep trying though. I have enough of a variety that I can just use the ones that I like. So far the Transfirmer DVDs rock. emoticon

Eating's been going well these last few days. Lost those pesky weekend pounds as of this morning. Craving and eating salads and sushi. I have to try making my own again. That's an expensive habit and they don't use my brown rice. I only eat the cooked and veggie rolls so it's not that hard.

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JOURNEII 6/26/2008 10:13AM

    Hi I'm new to SP and found you on the WW's team. You look great! I'm going to add you as my friend ( hope you don't mind emoticon)

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LISADWALKER 6/26/2008 7:32AM

    Shaun T! OMG, I thought this was going to be easy, but first day was yesterday and I don't rememeber the last time I sweat so much! Here's to hoping that I too get that rocking body!

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SMILES4383 6/25/2008 11:00PM

    emoticon I gave up the Firm a while back for Cathe. I still do my Jiggle Free Abs how that feels. Robots...too funny.

emoticon Terri

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KSTYLEFITNESS 6/25/2008 2:39PM

    Yum! Sushi! I only eat the veggie kind, and my kids could eat it everyday. Weirdos! I LOVE the Firm, but yeah, some of them are kinda boring. I have like 20 of them, and maybe only do 8 of them. The older ones just suck. I like the ones with the thrsnfirmer and firm box. Need to get the sculpting stick though.

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GOGETCONNIE 6/25/2008 10:47AM

    Yum sushi. I haven't made my own in forever, but reading your blog just reminded me that I have a sushi kit at home and our new grocery store has sushi grade tuna.

Thanks for the reminder. I'm salivating now.

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ENCHANTEDMAMA 6/25/2008 10:05AM

    Wow, you're doing GREAT! Keep up the awesome work.
Exercise is always better when you enjoy what you're doing.

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Cardio or Weights for Fat Loss??

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

About Jorge Cruise’s 8 Minutes in the Morning book. He totally advocates weight training over cardio for fat loss. He agrees that cardio has benefits and he's not against it but for fat loss, weights are more effective. His program makes a whole lot of sense when you look at it.

Apparently the afterburn from cardio only really lasts for an hour but the afterburn from weight training lasts almost 15 hours because the body has to rebuild all the muscle fibers that were torn. The book has to be for beginners because it only suggests that you work 2 muscle groups a day for 8 mins total but I think he did that in the interest of time. I think I can get the same (or better) results by working similar muscle groups for 30 mins (FIRM) to an hour (Cathe,) on a staggered basis. This way, I am weight training and getting the benefit of the afterburn every day instead of the 3 days/week I was before. I also read that if you’re going to do cardio (running etc.) you should do it AFTER your weights. The article blew my mind so much that I had to cut and paste it at the end of my blog. I don’t know if you’ve been doing it wrong but I have.

So in short (I know, too late) I’m going to be doing a lot more, Cathe and FIRMing these days. I got sick of falling over the “Fanny Lifter” so I bought the Transfirmer incline step at the beginning of the year and I LOVE it. Currently I’m doing the DVD’s that came with that (Supercharged Sculpting, Aerobic body Shaping and Ultimate Calorie Blaster) as well as the Jiggle Free Arms, Buns and Abs series. The JF Abs is a bit of a waste because I don’t think Allie is at her best but the other two are good. I also realized that the videos from the FIRM Box can be done on it so I bought the lot on e-Bay for practically nothing and I love them too.

It’s still torture to listen to their canned phrases (This is fun!) and watch their plastic expressions ESPECIALLY after doing Turbo Jam and Taebo but if I want the results I suppose it’s the price I have to pay. More than you wanted to know I’m sure but I had a lot to say emoticon.

Cardio Training For Fat Loss - Should I Do It BEFORE or AFTER My Weight Training For Best Results?
Training for fat loss is not easy and proper cardio training is an important part of the process. But if you're doing your cardio at the WRONG time, you could be shooting yourself in the foot! Find out the best time to do it and why.

When it comes to fat loss, one of THE most frequently-asked questions I get is "to maximize fat loss, should I do my cardio before or after my weight training?"
I know there are times when I like to be kept in suspense…
But I'm not going to do that to you here…
Physiologically speaking, if maximum fat loss is your goal and you want to incorporate cardio into your training schedule, you're better off doing your cardio training immediately AFTER your weight training.
Here's why:
1. When you do weight training first, you have more energy and strength for that weight training.
I know cardio junkies won't want to hear this, but intense, QUALITY weight training is actually MORE effective for fat loss than cardio training. Why the emphasis on quality? Well, if you go to the gym and just flail around with light weights for 30 minutes, it's not really going to be very effective for fat loss.
However, if you really put some effort into it and train hard, the metabolic boost you get from weight training (in terms of not only calories burned while doing it but the increase in metabolism after AND the increase in muscle mass you get from weight training) is greater than the boost you get from cardio training. And, when compared to slow, long-duration cardio training, that boost is MUCH greater.
So by performing your weight training FIRST, while you're fresh, you're going to have more energy to put into it and you're going to be stronger. This will increase metabolic and muscle mass stimulation and therefore overall fat loss. It's a win-win situation!

That's not to say you can't do a couple of minutes of cardio as a general warm-up before starting into the weights...just don't do an entire cardio session before weight training. Always keep in mind that the weight training is the REAL engine behind your fat loss efforts.
And if THAT isn't enough to convince you to do cardio after weights, I've got another reason for you…

2. Performing weight training first decreases available blood sugar and puts the body in "fat burning" mode.
When you train with weights, you're performing short, intense muscle contractions. Glucose (blood sugar) is the preferred fuel for driving these intense contractions. As you go through your workout, your body gradually uses up its readily-available supply of sugars and starts mobilizing fat for energy.
Here's the key…mobilizing bodyfat for energy is a process that takes time. If you do your cardio first, your body will be initially working on that blood sugar before getting started on the bodyfat. By the time you're done with cardio and move to weights, THAT is when you're in the optimal fat-burning mode.
But the problem is, fat is NOT an efficient fuel for weight training. By doing cardio first, you use up all the "good" stuff for weight training and force your body to make do with a less powerful fuel source. Your weight training workouts will decrease in quality and your cardio efforts won't be as effective for achieving fat-burning, which is your primary goal!
So basically, you're shooting yourself in the foot TWICE!

Think of your body as a hybrid gas-electric car. This car uses gas to provide more power for acceleration and electricity to provide long-term power for maintaining speed.
Now think of blood sugar as gas and weight training as powerful acceleration. When you press the pedal (performing weight training), you're going to get much better acceleration when you're using the proper fuel (i.e. gas).
If you try and power the acceleration with electricity, you'll go forward but not nearly as quickly as if you were using gas.
The bottom line is this…perform your weight training first so you use up the "fast" energy first. Then, by the time you hit the cardio, you're ALREADY in fat-burning mode and every single second you're doing that cardio is going to be burning more fat than if you did it first.
These two reasons apply no matter if you're doing slower, long-duration cardio or high-intensity interval training (which I recommend). The key thing to keep in mind is that WEIGHT TRAINING is what's going to help you change your body FAST…cardio is a useful tool for improving your results but it's NOT what drives your fat-loss results.
And that being said, if you absolutely feel you MUST do your cardio first, I'm NOT going to tell you it's the worst thing in the world…the fact that you're doing SOMETHING trumps doing nothing ANY day of the week!
But if you're looking for maximum impact for the time and effort you're putting your training, DEFINITELY hit the weights first and cardio after.
If you're interested in more articles and information on fat-loss, interval training and programs, check out the following links:
How To Lose Fat NOW - A Basic Fat-Loss Program That You Can Put To Work Today!
BASIC Nutrition - A Quick, Common-Sense Guide To What You Should Be Eating to Stay Healthy and Get Results Right Now
What Do You Mean Low-Intensity Training Isn't The Best For Fat Burning?
The Insider Secrets of Interval Training - Learn How Now!
8 Week Cardio Interval Training Blast! Get Increased Fat Loss AND Take Your Cardio Fitness To A Whole New Level

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SEBARNETT25 6/26/2008 3:04PM

    First off, great information! Love it..secondly you look great! What an inspiration to others. I am going to add you as a buddy- hope you don't mind. I am trying to find others out there who are focusing more on bodybuilding then losing weight.

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NIKEGIRL1967 6/25/2008 9:15AM

    Thanks for this info. It is actually very motivating for me as I am on cardio vacation due to pulled iliotibial bands on both knees. I was concerned that I would not be able to lose any weight without cardio.

Keep up the great work; you look AMAZING!!

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COOLTWINMOM3 6/25/2008 8:53AM

you are so on point with this!!!!
Thank you!

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DIVALINDA 6/24/2008 11:02PM

    Thanks for sharing the info. The trainers at my gym recommend that you warm up for about 10 minutes on the cardio equipment, and then do your weights before you do any cardio. Isn't it all easier when there is some agreement among the 'experts'?

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SMILES4383 6/24/2008 8:55PM

    I do my Cardio and weight training on opposite days to give me enough glycogen to get me through both! :o)
Very informational post..thanks.

emoticon T.

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SECRETO58 6/24/2008 8:39PM

    You look awsome girl! Keep up the good work. I wish I could focus as good as you on my weight loss journey, but I am a lot older than you. Not that I should use age as an excuse, but it doesn't help either.

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