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6/9/08 10:27 A

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I haven't been on this forum in a while because I just got back into exercising the way I should be. If you would like to continue this challenge, let me know and I will include it as a team challenge.

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i need help on building up my abs it seems like everything i'm doing is not helping my abs

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11/14/07 11:14 A

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I'm back. Here is what I did yesterday:
32 Dumbbell upright rows
24 Arnold Style Shoulder Presses w/dumbbells
24 Bent arm Side Lateral Raises w/dumbbells
62 Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks
16 Tricep Dips on the Step
64 Dumbbell Chest Press
64 Dumbbell Chest Flys

288 crunches
32 Modified Planks

I think we will count total number of crunches but please let me know individual counts for the specified ab exercises listed in the challenge.

Edited by: MLEBLANC at: 11/14/2007 (11:17)
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Thats what I was thinking!

I wish they had the routine written down somewhere, but I have checked the website lesmills.com and asked at the gym and no one does...

Oh well - its ok. Just chatting is motivating too, without the points!

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11/9/07 10:55 A

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That would make you the winner everytime. emoticon Try to calculate the minutes/reps for just your biceps, triceps and shoulders and your abs next time.

I am glad this challenge is helping you improve your conditioning and fitness. I am to please.

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Michele - At bodypump last night I tried to count all the reps we did - almost impossible!!! We truly are at it for a good 45 minutes (if you take out changes and breaks, and the instructor is TOUGH, he's been teaching for YEARS!) If I use your calculation of 32 reps per minute (which is about right) that would be 1440 reps in 45 minutes.

I know one day he said we did about 150 squats alone!

Maybe I don't want to know how many we do!!! BUT, after spending a week back hard into HIIT and more cardio mixed in with my strength training, I can already tell a difference!

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11/8/07 10:50 A

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Just wanted to check in. I will be posting some new exercises for the next week, so keep checking out each forum. And yes, I will be doing counts tomorrow! Everyone did great, and if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

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11/7/07 2:16 P

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That sounds good, mixing it up will always help with a plateau. If you gym offers a boot camp class, try that when you want to concentrate on HIIT/Weight training.

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Hey:

In doing a lot of weight training videos/DVDs, I've found that it takes about a minute to do 32 reps of any exercise, so use that as a base, it might be easier to figure out how long you do the reps as opposed to counting reps. I hope that helps.

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Michele,

I am going to have to figure out how to score my workout for this challenge. 3x a week we take a bodypump class (weight training set to music) for about an hour. We typically do like 6 minutes of squats (with very few rests) and entire songs for triceps, biceps, lunges, abs, etc.

If you haven't heard of this, you can check it out at LesMills.com but its pretty popular. The problem is counting all the reps and remembering what they were to score!!!!

Oh well, the important thing will be the motivation I get from you guys to help me break this plateau!!!!

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Hi girls! Sorry its been so long! Its been crazy busy!!!

I seriously have to recommit to this! All summer I feel like I have basically stayed the same, and need to get past 130!!!!

So, I think we are going to mix it up and concentrate more on HIIT and cardio one week, then more HIIT and strength training the next...

Any ideas? I think my body is too used to what I have been doing lately (and I have been close to the top of my calorie range as well!)

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11/2/07 11:41 A

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11/1/07:
Dumbbell Shoulder Press on Ball: 32
Dumbbell Shoulder Side Lateral Raises on Ball: 24
Dummbell Shoulder Circles on Ball: 24
Tricep Dips with Dumbbells: 64
Dumbbell Reverse Flys on Ball: 32
Standing Tricep Extensions with Dumbbell: 32
Tricep Kickbacks: 40
Bicep Curls: 32
Concenctration Curls: 32
Hammer Curls: 32

Abs:
Reverse Crunches with Ball: 28
Oblique Twists: 48
Side Planks: 48



Edited by: MLEBLANC at: 11/2/2007 (11:42)
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11/2/07 11:37 A

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We are almost done with the second week of the challenge, team mates!! Please continue to post your progress on the challenge threads and I promise I won't take as long to post the results as last week! emoticon

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11/1/07 10:24 A

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Here are the totals for the Advanced Challenge, Week of October 23rd to October 28th:

DaiseyDuck: 78 points
MegFreel: 102 points
Michele(mleblanc): 114 points

Everyone did so well!!!

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You guys are all emoticon emoticon

Edited by: MLEBLANC at: 11/2/2007 (11:36)
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10/30/07 4:39 P

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Hey everyone:

Based on the number of reps each person who has reported this week, here is how I am going to score the challenge:

8 reps: 1 point
12 reps: 2 points
16 reps: 3 points
20 reps: 4 points
24 reps: 5 points
28 reps: 6 points
32 reps: 7 points
36 reps: 8 points
40 reps: 9 points
42 reps: 10 points
48 reps: 11 points
52 reps: 12 points
56 reps: 13 points
60 reps: 14 points
64 reps: 15 points
72 reps: 16 points

This will be the count whether you count per rep or do sets of reptitions. A bonus point will be awarded for those who do the routine more than 2x per week. So if you weight train 3x a week you get an extra point, 4x a week, two points and so on. I hope this is understandable. I will have the counts ready by tomorrow, Wednesday at the latest for the first week

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Edited by: MLEBLANC at: 10/30/2007 (16:40)
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10/30/07 12:55 P

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I'm still trying to figure out how to score this challenge, so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Keep posting your results. Everyone is doing great!!!! emoticon

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10/30/07 12:53 P

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10/29/07:
Arms:
Front Lateral Shoulder Raises w/dumbbells: 24
Side Lateral Shoulder Raises w/dumbbells: 16
Seated Tricep Extensions with Weight Plate: 32
Tricep Kickbacks with dumbbells: 54
Tricep Dips on Step: 32

Abs:
Planks: 32
Bicycle Twists: 32
Reverse Crunches w/ball: 16


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10/29/07 12:35 P

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10/26/07:
Arms:
Lying Tricep Extensions with Barbell-32
Tricep Kickbacks with Dumbbells-32
Barbell Shoulder Press-32
Bicep Curls with Barbell-32

Abs:
Planks-48
Oblique Crunches-64
Reverse Crunches-32

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10/29/07 10:18 A

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Whatever suits you, just do some arms/abs exercises that are challenging for you. You are doing great!!

I will post everyone's results for last week later on today. Keep up the good work.

Michele

Edited by: MLEBLANC at: 10/29/2007 (10:20)
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10/29/07 10:16 A

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Do we have to do the exercises listed in the first post or just any arm/ab exericses?

Yesterday I did:
Arms:
Bicep curls - 3 sets, 12 reps, 20 lbs
Overhead press - 3 sets, 12 reps, 20 lbs
Tricep kickbacks - 3 sets, 12 reps, 20 lbs

Abs:
Crunches on ball - 3 sets, 20 reps
Alternating Leg crunches - 3 sets, 20 reps, 6 lbs
Side crunches on bench - 3 sets, 12 reps each side

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10/25/07 12:09 P

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Wow, I'm excited about this challenge. Welcome everyone. You are all doing great!

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10/25/07 11:50 A

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I'm in. Last night I did the following along with a bunch of lower body exercises:

side plank - 35 seconds each side, 3 sets
side crunches on ball - 20, 3 sets
alternate leg lift crunches - 20, 8 pounds, 3 sets
bicep curls - 12, 20 pounds, 3 sets

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10/25/07 11:03 A

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Great to have you aboard! I'm glad to see that you have chosen your own exercises, as long as they are challenging to you, they qualify.

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I'm in!
However, I am currently in Physical Therapy for a partially torn rotator cuff, so I'm a little limited with regard to arm exercises. Can do bicep curl, tricep press, lat pull-down and rows. I'm increasing the weights so I will use those four exercises as my Arm exercise.
Today:
ARMS:
Bicep curls 3 sets total 15 pounds 15 reps.
Tricep press 3 sets 12 reps each
Lats 3 sets 12 reps each
Rows 3 sets 12 reps each

ABS:
Cross crunches - 75
Lower ab reverse crunch - 60
Legs up crunches - 60

Good challenge - right up my alley!



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Don't worry about that. This challenge will be here when you are ready. Hope you feel better! emoticon

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Sorry not feeling well from 2 days could do only walk for 40 min

I am in control.


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10/24/07 10:25 A

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Glad to see people interested in this challenge:

This is what I did 10/23/07:
Abs
Dumbbell Crunches-32
Modified Planks-48
Reverse Crunches w/ball-32
Crunces w/Twist and Ball-62

Arms
Dumbbell Shoulder Press-32
Lying Tricep Extensions w/dumbbell-32



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10/24/07 12:19 A

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I am in.

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I'm in!

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10/23/07 10:33 A

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Hey! Here's a new challenge for all our HITT Team members. Today is the start of the Arms/Abs Challenge. It's simple really, do the exercises listed below, pick exercises that you are already doing or browse the Spark exercise demos and pick three from there, whatever you decide.

All you need to do is let me know you want to join the challenge, perform the exercises 2 to 3 times a week, and report back on your progress. Whoever performs the most reps is the winner of the challenge. You can report daily or weekly, what ever you perfer but report your progress on this thread.

Here are the exercises for the Intermediate/Advanced members of the team:

Arms:
Dumbbell Shoulder Press on Ball or Step
Dumbbell Reverse Flys lying on Ball
Barbell Tricep Extensions Lying on Ball or Step
Reverse Plank

Abs:
Dumbbell Crunches
Elbox to Knee Crunches
Planks (Any kind, Side, Modified)
Reverse Crunches with Ball

Good Luck!

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