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2/6/14 10:12 P

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Weight lifting would be a good complement to belly dancing. Have you ever tried doing a weight circuit like they have at Curves? It is also women only, which might be helpful for you.

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Currently learning: Mexican cumbia, danzón, Cuban rumba

Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, ballroom rumba


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2/5/14 6:51 P

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I take ballet 3 times a week (90 min per class) and I have a bad knee. Since I've been back it's definitely helped my stamina, strength and I enjoy it so much more than the gym. I do still go to the gym about 2 days a week.

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1/8/14 6:53 P

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okay, well i'll try barre3 first and see how much upper body moves there are. other wise i'll look into a band workout as right now my shoulders are soo weak and weights sometimes hurt them

and i'm in pt for weak ligaments in my knees



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1/8/14 6:41 P

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FYI: Barre increases lean muscle. I'm more toned than I've ever been. The workout INCLUDES push ups and planks among other things. It's the most muscle challenging workout without completely annihilating your joints and body, in general. If you don't think so, I don't think we're talking about the same thing.

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1/8/14 4:09 P

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I'm in Physical Therapy right now and I do A LOT of exercises with bands, ball and a small balance thing. And it is all targeted at rebuilding my stomach muscles. As I get stronger....they change me out for a harder band. It is also low impact for your joints which is good. The exercise ball I have also has a harness/band contraption for when I am stronger. And I have hand weights. For weight bearing....I would go with the band/hand weights option. You have more control of increasing the resistance.

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1/8/14 3:53 P



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My personal opinion is that, while barre work is fabulous exercise, if you want to increase lean muscle you need to do what would be considered traditional weight bearing types of exercises too.

So, you might consider adding some body weight exercises to your routine, like pull ups, push ups, plank, squats, lunges, etc. This is assuming you don't want to work with free weights or resistance bands.

Climbing stairs is a good weight bearing form of exercise that helps increase lean muscle and strengthens bones.

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1/8/14 3:42 P

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thats the answer i've been wanting. is barre work alone enough to build bones? or do I need resistence other than bodyweight?



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1/8/14 10:39 A



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BRENNA84,

If you want to increase lean muscle, you need to strength train. If you're working out at home and don't have access to a variety of weights, then buy a set of resistance bands. You can find them for cheap at any Walmart, Target, Sears or even TJ Maxx. Resistance bands are a great way to strength train.

Coach Nicole has a bunch of short strength training videos using bands posted in the fitness section. This is an example of a simple routine you could do at home with bands.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou0n5aO_K9Y

You really don't have to do a lot to get started. a 10 minute strength workout with resistance band would be a good way to slowly ease into a regular strength training program. One day a week is all you need to start. How much you do later would depend on your fitness goals.




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1/7/14 8:45 P

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right now I can only do dvds and online clases.

there are skype lessons available. However - I have already had formal training from teachers before so I already had a base to work on.

tell me where you're located and I can ask around for dancers in your area.



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1/7/14 8:03 P

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I was going to reply in a similar fashion. Find something you like, add minutes over time. Anything that makes your joints hurt.....I wouldn't keep trying to do. I walked 90% of my weight off. Now though, w/your recent post.....do you take belly dancing classes? Or do you have a DVD or youtube instructor to recommend? I've always wanted to take belly dancing. Still recovering from surgery so couldn't go full bore right now....but it's on my list!!!! My body adapts to exercise very quickly. I was just complaining that 5 miles walking 6 days a week (in addition to PT exercises) isn't doing it anymore. Am at a plateau that feels like it will Never end. emoticon

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1/7/14 6:59 P

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the reason why it is sooooo hard for me is ~ I love belly dancing. I study it. I do it for emotional release and I study it artistically, as a student. I will probably always consider myself a student or a serious student in this particular artform.

I love it to pieces. As such most days I end up doing between 50 to 80 minutes of it a day. and need a cross-training form of exercising to build my muscle because I am NO longer losing weight with JUST belly dance.

thanx.

and I just ordered barre3 and the ball, as well as balletone the workout. thanx.



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1/7/14 4:56 P

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I have been doing Barre religiously for almost a year now. I would HIGHLY recommend, especially if you have joint issues. It is almost as low impact as doing nothing at all, but is very challenging and strength building. It has completely changed my body. It is also the only exercise I have ever totally fallen in love with. I tell everybody to try it, but particularly with you, it sounds like it may be just what you're looking for. Good luck and if you try it, I'd love to know what you think!

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1/7/14 4:19 P

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I think there are a couple components to this - first is finding an exercise you WANT to do, because that's the exercise that you'll still be doing in 3 months, that you'll put your shoes on in miserable weather to do, that you can be excited about. If you want to do ballet/pilates/yoga, you should go for it - but we can't really know if it's "better" for you.

The other side of this is start slow. A lot of the fitness programs like Insanity, P90x, Fitness Blender already require a good amount of physical strength and stamina, and while motivated beginners may be able to keep at it and see success, for a lot of folks it is overexercising and exhausting and is just too much. If you're not used to exercising (and even if you are but are suddenly doing completely different training), you have to crawl before you walk. Walk before you run. Bike half a mile before you bike 10 miles. Learn the beginning yoga poses before you go to a 90 minute hot yoga class. And if something is far too challenging (and especially painful, as exercise should not be painful!), it's very ok to go down a step and slowly build from there.

Do something everyday that your future self will thank you for.


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1/7/14 4:19 P



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Brenna,

Perhaps you're trying to do too much too soon. How often were you doing the blender fitness routines ? If you were doing them every day, then yes, that may have been far too much for your body to handle.

Many people, when they decide they want to lose weight and be fit, tend to be very gung ho. They say I'm going to exercise every single day. What happens ? With time, they end up frustrated, injured and burned out.

A person should slowly ease into a routine so that their exercise will become just that, a routine.

Do you like taking a daily walk ? Walking is wonderful low impact cardiovascular exercise and a great way to increase strength, stamina and endurance. Why not take a daily walk. I walk every day as part of my routine. Then maybe you could consider doing the blender routines once a week to get started. Give your body time to adapt to the new routine. With time, you might add a second day of blender workouts.

Can you do ballet/pilates/yoga ? Sure, those are all wonderful forms of exercise. But once again, don't try to do too much too soon. SLOWLY ease into a routine. that might mean you walk every day for 30 minutes, do blender once a week and maybe yoga once a week. that's it. You add more as your strength, stamina increases and not sooner.

You don't want to end up injured or burned out.






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1/7/14 3:58 P

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i have really tried to do fitness blender but I am thinking that maybe its TOO intense for my body. often times it makes me way toooooo tired. like i'm overexercising.

does anyone know of a way to GENTLY increase my strength and stamina over time?

not to make me exhausted constantly?I would love to know?


would switching to mostly barre/ballet/pilates/yoga strengthening be better for me? more therapeutic for me?

i also have a hard time becaust fitness blender hurts the crap out of my knees. no matter how much I try to adapt it.


arghhhh. so frustrating.



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