Friday, February 25, 2011
Today I felt like a SparkWarrior !!! My workout was Tracy Anderson's Omnicentric day 11-21. OM Gosh !!! What can I say ??? She totally blew me away with today's workout. The first set of workouts I though were challenging and gave me mild DOMS. Her moves are totally different from other workouts which I really enjoy as they work the muscles differently and give me great results.
Today was a NEW CHALLENGE !!! Honestly I though the first workouts left me wanting more of a challenge. I felt they were good workouts but today I was sooo very challenged by Tracy. She starts of this DVD with her Frantic arm flapping. It was much faster than the other DVD in comparison. It made my arms burn with fatigue just using my own bodyweight. Then she adds on the weights to the movements and continues to work the arms at really odd angles that totally fatigue the muscles.
Next Tracy moves on to the standing ab work. It was faster and even more challenging today and a bit difficult to see the angles she moves at. You have to keep your hips still while moving from the ribcage in different positions. It will take some time to catch on to this series.
The floor ab work was different again from the first DVD. She throws in new angles and movements to the workout. The hip, glutework section was super challenging. She does this part on all four's normally. Well some of her work was done with one arm behind your back while your pumping your leg up and down and to the side with your other leg and arm being used for balance. I couldn't balance myself, my balance is bad enough having multiple sclerosis. So I modified using both hands down on the floor as I didn't want to plant my face in the yoga mat. She finishes the butt and leg work on your side doing some unusual leg raises. My leg was so fatigued on the left side, I was unable to complete all the reps. My arms were shaking today from holding my body up. My hips and butt muscles were burning during the workout. This DVD will be great for shaping the butt and the hips. It feels like it's burning the saddlebags off.
By the time the DVD ended I couldn't roll over. My body was totally spent. I was able to reach the cellphone and call my husband for help off the floor. My body become one with the mat. My husband literally picked me off the floor with his big strong arms. My HERO !!!
The other workouts I have done this week has been more Omnicentric, Physique 57, walking the local trails, Tracy Anderson's post pregnancy workout (my abs are still sore), and Jennee McCormick Ballet Barre Workout.
The Ballet Barre Workout was a virgin for me. The whole dvd is 45 min. long. I managed to do it for 22 min. She is a great instructor that is really tough. She does lots of plies, calf raises, and single leg raises in various positions. She uses proper ballet language and seems to have a good form. My inner thighs and quads were sore from doing this workout. That is a tough spot to workout and get sore. So its a new must do DVD on my list. I need to work the inner thighs more often.
My strength still has not totally returned from the flare. Its been difficult to get through a 20-30 min. workout lately. I still have to break up my workouts during the day to get in enough exercise time in to make a difference with my body.
Laugh loud, be ever so kind to everyone, hug your loved ones, often... and fall in love.. with each and every day...
Friday, February 18, 2011
Magic is happening all around me today. The sky filled with fluffy white flakes of snow that landed all around my normally hot, sunny town. It's so beautiful to see everything covered with a layer of white. The poor little hummingbirds were flying around today wondering where there nice weather went to eating there nectar from the feeder. They zipped around as the clumps of snow fell nearly as big as the birds weighting them down as they flew. One was hit on his tiny green head by some hail. He shook his head looking rather puzzled then zipped off for shelter out of the storm.
Our grey squirrel was eating outside today at the bird feeder, the poor dear was covered with a layer of snow. His fur was soggy from all the snow. By the time he moved on, he had to shake of at least a 1/4 inch or more off of his wet fur. The birds were taking refuge under some of the oleanders which are blooming, trying to avoid the worst of the storm. My cat sat by the sliding glass door shaking her paw, the signal it was too cold.
My workout was inside due to the change in weather. Feeling a bit alone exercising I grabbed my kitty and put her in the window where she could watch the snow fall. Part way through the Physique 57 DVD she jumped down. The dvd had me move from doing leg lifts to the floor doing pushups. My exercise attire is shorts and an exercise bra due to my lack of tolerance to heat. The window was open with the fan blowing in the icy air. As I was attempting to do the pushups on my tipie toes my cat walked under me tickling my stomach with her tail as I struggle to hold the plank while giggling so I wouldn't crush her. It was fun, but I realized I couldn't workout with her in the room for her safety.
Later in the evening I did Tracy Anderson's Omnicentric DVD. Her unique twist on moves made my saddlebags and buns burn !!! I kept checking the clock and thinking just a few more min. and I will be done. Just a few more min. Today was easier than the first day. As I was doing the workout, I kept thinking she is a genius in her own short ways. She knows how to target those muscles that other workouts seem to not hit. Its so unique to have a workout that does that.
One of the moves Tracy does you are positioned on all 4s. You lift your leg to the side of you but you never put your leg down except to briefly tap the toe, but not to rest the foot. You continue on like a oil well moving up and down repeatedly in this position. While most people would be content with just doing this, Tracy adds in a twist. Tracy has you draw your leg in to your waist bent and you don't put the leg down to the floor. You balance and then extend it back out again. So not only are you working your butt muscles, but your arms, thighs, saddlebag muscles whatever they are called and the abs. This exercise is the one were my saddlebags burn and tests my levels of strength, pain, and endurance.
This is the system that I am doing along with Physique 57. If you are up for a challenge this is a good one !!! It feels like its burning the fat off the saddlebags and buns.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
What is a Girl to do when she has Butt Cramps or sore Butt muscles ??? OUCH !!! $%@$^@^% It hurts to sit down. Slowly, carefully I have to lower myself down when I have to use the loo. It's cold seat is unpadded and unforgiving of my tender pink backside.
It's so my fault, I totally deserve it and I really don't mind. It's the rewards of making progress. Yesterday, I worked out doing Physique 57 which totally focuses on the Butt, thigh's, calves, quads, and saddlebags. The quake started in as I was part way in to the dvd. Its a quivering of the muscles where they start shaking due to the intensity of holding the muscles in certain positions while working them really hard. Its a super tough workout. The quivering made me feel like jelly.
Then I followed it up with Tracy Anderson's new series of DVDs Metamorphosis Ominicentric. Ohhhhh, oooooooh !!!! You have got to get this set of dvds along with the P-57 dvds. It's another set of DVDs worth investing in !!! (Well really you are investing in yourself.) She has four different sets of DVDs to choose from depending on your body shape and where you carry your body weight. There are 10 workouts that come with the set along with menus and a workout plan and a online community. I use spark though because I love it here !!! Your my spark family.
It's a great new workout that works the whole body. First was a tough arm segment where you move in a weird strange, bizarre manner like a drunken bird flapping your wings in a random manner without weights until they feel like they are going to fall off. Then you grab weights and flap some more until you are exhausted. Just then you switch to a standing ab routine where you have to keep your hips still and move from your ribcage. At the moment when you feel like dropping, its ok to drop to the floor. LOL. For at that time you move on to ab work on the mat. She has so many different ways of doing crunches that my abs are sore. She does not do them like any other instructor, her moves are different. They are weird and bizarre, but effective. That is why I like her workouts. There isn't anything like them out on the market that I have seen.
Now that your abs are sore, its time to make your butt sore !!!
Down on my hands and knees I faced myself in the mirror, attempting to replicated the challenging donkey kick-like moves. Tracy has so many delicious variations that made my saddlebags scream with pleasure of being worked for the first time in there life. They didn't know what hit them. Heck, they still are sore today and they never have been sore from many workouts other than P-57. So this is a very special workout in my eyes. It has great potential to reshape my body in the way it needs to be shaped !!!
My BUM was equally delighted with squals of pleasure as I moaned as I tried as hard as I could to keep up with all the reps. I don't know the names of all the moves, but they are extremely effective. You will feel the burn in your bum !!!!
Between the Barre workouts, Physique 57, and Tracy Anderson I should be seeing more improvement in my strength and shape.
BUTT CRAMPS Hurt like the Dickens !!! If you have ever had them and you have to jump up to keep from screaming in attempt to try to stop it from getting worse. Oh, it hurts so bad. You pound on the butt muscle while you moan trying not to scream. Well, besides taking your vitamins and minerals there is a trick I found to help.
Target sells some Pretty, PINK tennis balls. Lay down in BED. The bed gives with your weight it is better than the floor. Then put 2 balls under your butt and gently lay on top of them to tolerance of weight. Gently roll the balls under your butt muscles to massage the area. As tolerated put more weight down on the balls as you are rolling on the bed. Do in private. Moaning not allowed, even though it feels oh, so good. It helped to relieve my muscle soreness after doing the barre workouts. They give me the biggest DOMS in the butt muscles. Hopefully this tip will help you out.
She who tightens and firms her glutes the most is the winner !!!
From the lady who is determined to firm and tone all her trouble spots.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I CAN SEE, I CAN SEE !!! My big green eyes have been opened in new ways and are seeing discoveries that they never have been before. Some of the things they see are quite pleasant and others well - - not so pleasant.
My eyes were opened by one very special LOOKING GLASS that I love. I never imagined that I would enjoy having a giant mirror to view myself when I exercise. It opens my eyes and shows me so many things.
The mirror is very SPECIAL. IT has character and age and stands tall, yet it is wide like a lady, so if it were a person it would be a she. It has a story to tell me. It's my magical, mystical, golden wooden framed, Wonderful Ancient yet wise LOOKING GLASS that I can seek wisdom from. It has a special place in the room watching over me, reflecting back all I do, so I can be the best that I can be while I exercise. It is amazing what a difference it has already made in my workouts.
She now sits in lazily, propped at an angle, against a wall in the exercise room. She looks on grandly in a lady like manner seeking to show me how I can improve as I exercise. She has opened my eyes in so many ways. Now as I move my body during exercise I can see that I need to work more on improving my form. I though I was going deeper than I am when I do single leg squats. Instead I only go down 1/4 of the way instead of 1/2 the way the ladies demonstrate on the DVD. My dvds will have a longer life since I have so much more work to do improving my form. Thank goodness to the looking glass !!! She never frown or disapproves when I get into weird positions to exercise like when you do the fire hydrant on all fours.
The mirror also shows me how WIDE my Waist and BUTT is. (Now why did she have to go and show me that? Or that little patch of cellulite?) Even though the measuring tape has shown a 6" decrease in my backside and I am very excited and pleased with the decline in the numbers, there is so much more work to be done. The mirror is very honest and does not hide anything from me. No longer is my lower half of my body hidden from my site. She was not very kind to me in showing me how I looked.
Today's workout was P-57 Thigh and Seat Booster. YEA !!! It was quite the challenge for me.
Followed by Tracy Anderson's Ominicentric muscle structure week 1. Her workout was mostly mat work that I found to be very different. It challenged different parts of my legs, butt, and saddlebag areas. It had a nice ab section that I felt, and my arms were burning with the arm work. My arms were so tired doing the arm work I pulled out my teeny, tiny purple one pound weights as I didn't feel up to using anything heavier.
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