Thanks Carla-216 I decided to listen to her and just push and see what I could do. I realized I had been underestimating my own strength totally. I started out mimicing her weight choices within 2 pounds or so, and found that there were several exercises I could go haeavier than her , and others I had to tone it down a bit (ie; some of the delt exercises because I have a bad shoulder from losing a hand hold while caving and fell with my arm up over my head). I told myself if I could eek out 12 reps with that weight, the next time, I was going to up the ante so I could only do 10. I think out of all the Beachbody programs I have done P90X, TurboJam, TF etc. I have gotten the most out of this one and love it the best.
I have tried the bands and free weights both. I had weights that went up to 20 pounds and thought that would be sufficient for myself but found that was not even enough eventually. I had to break down and buy heavier ones, I went with the ones that go up to 100 each (Nautilis) because my husband is also using them now. Even on some of the leg exercises, I now use about 45 pounds in each hand. Honestly, if you want to get the max benefit from this program it is one of the best investments you can make. The 2's and 5's may be OK for you now as stated below, but honestly, I would think as you progress you will be a little disappointed if you don't have more. If you still have to go with the lighter ones. . .as stated below. . .listen to Chalene & GO SUPER SLOW and make your 2 pounds feel like 20! Good Luck. I love this program!
Beth, I totally agree with PINKBEANBOO's comment. The 2s will at least let you go through the workout and you can really focus on form with them. Also, Chalene gives pointers on how to make 2 lb feel like 20. Listen to her! :)
I tried using the band that came with the program but it felt like I was wasting my time. I bought a cheap set of adjustable weights, like what Carla has, from my local Wal Mart. Best $20 I ever spent. www.walmart.com/ip/Gold-s-Gym-40-lbs -C ement-Weight-Set/11089970 2 lbers may not give you a good work out but at least you can concentrate on getting your form right with them until you get heavier ones.
I can't say for sure if 2 lb would be a waste of time for you or not. It would be for me. The lightest weight I used when I first started was 5 lb and I quickly progressed to needing heavier weights. I purchased an inexpensive set of adjustable weights at Kmart. They adjust from 5 lb-25 lb in increments of 2.5 lb. I was using 20 lb by the end of Burn, and 25 by the end of Push. I've used them over a year now and they still work fine.
I will be starting the program hopefully tonight! I would prefer to use hand weights, but the only ones I currently have at home are 2 lb ones. I am going to buy a set of 5 lbs, but I don't know if the 2 lbs will be a waste of time or not.
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