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5/20/11 10:43 A

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Hurt my foot yesterday on the treadmill so back to being creative to get some exercise in w/out walking - not going to be easy but I'm a fighter and will get through this!



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5/11/11 8:41 P

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Doing well getting back into my routine - I was exercising every week but wasn't quite getting in all the days. I've recommitted to getting it all in even if I have to sacrifice sleep.



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4/15/11 9:29 A

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Have been changing up my routines with extra stepping and also running up and down my steps in my house - about 12 steps total. Amazing how tiring that is but I think my body needed a change and new challenge.



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4/11/11 12:06 P

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Wow, who knew painting could be such a work-out! I was strong and kept at painting yesterday for 10 hours w/only a couple of small breaks. Today is quite telling as my body feels like a truck ran it over. I would never have been able to keep at it yesterday if I wasn't in the shape I am. I'm so glad for getting in good health and able to tackle these things on my own. I think today is a rest day as my body is telling me this. Tomorrow will be aerobics and strength training.



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4/9/11 10:17 P

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Had tons of energy today which felt so good. Worked out for 75 minutes w/aerobic and stepping and then an hour of strength training. Then tonight I volunteered at my church to help clean and vacuum - another great excuse to exercise!



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3/19/11 7:51 P

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My workout today was helping a friend move. Started at 9 and didn't stop until about 5. It was pretty steady but if it were boiled down to constant moving and climbing up and down 18 stairs to her apt. it would have been at least 4 hours of exercise - quite enough! =)



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3/12/11 2:33 P

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Did 30 minutes on the Gazelle, 25 minutes on the stepper, 15 minutes floor aerobics and then cool down and stretch - total 90 minutes.



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3/11/11 10:01 P

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Did 75 minutes aerobic and 55 of strength training and stretches. Good workout today.



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3/6/11 3:17 P

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I'm completely back to the fitness level I was at before I got sick and even more. We received a free Gazelle machine from friends and I really like it and can feel new muscles being worked. Had an awesome workout last night - great week last week with aerobics and strength training.



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2/3/11 6:59 P

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I'm still not quite ready for the exercise routine but I did get out today and walked around in the mall. Then I went shopping at Walmart. I'm tired now but I'm glad I was able to at least walk today.



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2/2/11 11:27 A

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I've been sick with the flu and finally am getting better but still left feeling tired and coughing. I'm so bummed that I haven't been able to work out. My energy level is still pretty low and just doing housework tires me out so I'm not up to working out yet - hopefully by this weekend. I hate the fact I've lost 2-3 weeks!



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1/11/11 2:18 P

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Introduced interval training today (did a little before but not often). I read an article about it this week and understood it a little better. I did 4 sessions of really pushing myself in aerobics for as long as I could before backing off to my usual high energy level until my heart rate came down. I can feel the difference - I like the energy that comes from this.

Aerobics - 60 min
stepping - 20 min
stretching - 10
walk cool down - 30 min



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1/10/11 5:24 P

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Did 140 minute workout today. 1 hour of strength training and the rest in aerobics and cool down.



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1/7/11 12:00 A

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Started something new Tues and did it again today. Had to switch up the cardio somehow so I've been going out in the freezing cold and jogging up the hill in my back yard - up and down for 20-30 minutes. I can feel it in my legs so I guess it's a good change. Did my strength training too.



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12/30/10 7:58 P

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Today:
15 minutes on stepper
45 minutes floor aerobics
10 minutes walking
50 minutes strength training & stretching as follows:

2 sets each:
Seated leg extensions with band
Low mount leg curls with band
Chest press with band
Low mount reverse flys with band
Low mount double crunches with band
Crunches with twist
Close arm wall pushups
Low mount hip flexor with band
Low mount reverse crunches with band
Bicep curls with band
Stretches afterwards.




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12/29/10 12:37 P

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The exercise got forfeited during Christmas but back on track today. Will feel good to get my workout and strength training in.



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12/21/10 11:45 P

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Going to be hectic w/ getting ready for Christmas but I'm still sticking with the exercise - hope I can throughout the entire holiday.



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12/11/10 8:59 P

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Doing well with getting in my routines. Didn't exercise today but will tomorrow along with strength training.



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12/6/10 7:53 P

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Having a tough time getting back into the swing of things since Thanksgiving vacation. Did workout 3 times last week and strength trained only once. Was suppose to do both today but life got in the way so am focusing on tomorrow! Hate getting out of my routine!



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11/15/10 6:56 P

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Today I did my strength training and my aerobics. Total was 2 1/2 hours. Felt really great!



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11/14/10 4:06 P

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Today was suppose to be exercise free but I ended up helping my son clean the outside of a van he was doing for a friend. I realized an hour into it that this was exercise and a pretty good workout! lol

So, I did this for 2 hours, enjoyed the beautiful day and got to help my son - not to bad for a Sunday!



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11/13/10 10:20 P

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Worked out for 90 minutes doing the stepper and stair jogging and floor aerobics.



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11/9/10 8:02 A

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Yesterday was as follows:
10 minutes stair climbing
15 minutes on stepper
5 minutes on stepper machine
30 minutes floor aerobics
15 minutes walking
45 minutes strength training & stretching as follows:

2 sets each:
Seated leg extensions with band
Low mount leg curls with band
Chest press with band
Low mount reverse flys with band
Low mount double crunches with band
Crunches with twist
Close arm wall pushups
Low mount hip flexor with band
Low mount reverse crunches with band
Bicep curls with band
Stretches afterwards.

Today I plan on doing:
40 minutes floor aerobics
10 minutes stair climbing
10 minutes stepping machine
15 minutes stepper
10 minutes walk - cool down
10 minutes stretching



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11/5/10 7:23 P

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Another Great Work-out today as follows:

10 minutes stair climbing
20 minutes on stepper
10 minutes on stepper machine
30 minutes floor aerobics
10 minutes walking
60 minutes strength training & stretching (3 times a week) as follows:

2 sets each:
Seated leg extensions with band
Low mount leg curls with band
Chest press with band
Low mount reverse flys with band
Low mount double crunches with band
Crunches with twist
Back extension
Close arm wall pushups
Lying tricepts lift
Low mount hip flexor with band
Low mount reverse crunches with band
Bicep curls with band
Stretches afterwards.

Edited by: 7777BEV at: 11/5/2010 (19:24)

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11/4/10 11:29 P

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Had a fantastic workout! Had so much energy that I HAD to workout! Did high energy floor aerobics, running up and down stairs and stepping. Total workout was 105 minutes.



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10/26/10 8:54 P

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Great Work-out today as follows:

20 minutes stair climbing
10 minutes on stepper
10 minutes on stepper machine
45 minutes floor aerobics
10 minutes walking
55 minutes strength training (3 times a week) as follows:

2 sets each:
Seated leg extensions with band
Low mount leg curls with band
Chest press with band
Low mount reverse flys with band
Low mount double crunches with band
Crunches with twist
Back extension
Close arm wall pushups
Lying tricepts lift
Low mount hip flexor with band
Low mount reverse crunches with band
Bicep curls with band
Stretches afterwards.



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10/24/10 7:21 P

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Here is my routine for today. I will do this routine 3 times a week and on the other 2 days I'll do the same minus the strength training:

30 minutes stair climbing
10 minutes on stepper
5 minutes on stepper machine
45 minutes floor aerobics
10 minutes walking
45 minutes strength training (3 times a week) as follows:

2 sets each:
Seated leg extensions with band
Low mount leg curls with band
Chest press with band
Low mount reverse flys with band
Low mount double crunches with band
Crunches with twist
Back extension
Close arm wall pushups
Lying tricepts lift
Low mount hip flexor with band
Low mount reverse crunches with band
Bicep curls with band
Stretches afterwards.


Edited by: 7777BEV at: 10/24/2010 (19:23)

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10/22/10 12:18 P

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I've increased my running up and down our stairs in the house to 30 minutes and stepping for 10. I was getting tired of using my stepper. I'm going to put in about 10 minutes on the stepper machine today with the other exercise. I also have several strength training exercises with resistance bands and added a couple more to the routine. All in all it will take about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Time goes fast when I listen to music so no problem there...and it will warm me up on this blustery cold day!



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10/18/10 6:51 P

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Got my aerobics, stepping and stair stepping done. Also did my resistance band strength training - 2 hr. 5 min.



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10/16/10 8:27 A

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Will be working out early today as company is arriving. I'll do 2 hours of cardio - running up and down my stairs in the house for 20 minutes, stepping for 15, walking etc. and also will get my strength training done.



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10/4/10 9:33 A

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Yesterday was a great day for working out and getting in other exercise...
Aerobics 55 min.
Stepping 20 min.
Step machine 15 min.
Raking leaves 2 hours
other yard work 1/2 hour
It felt great getting outdoors and doing other work/exercise! And I got to climb a tree and jump in the leaves with our neighbor! lol, lots of fun!



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10/2/10 8:38 P

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Had a great workout today:
25 minutes of high intensity stepping
10 minutes on step machine
25 minutes strength training
55 minutes aerobics and
10 minutes cool down

Amazing how wonderful my body feels - I'm loving this workout!



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10/1/10 10:27 P

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Been getting most of the exercise in. When I have schedule conflicts I get up early and get at least an hour in - it's a good feeling to adjust my time, sacrifice a little sleep to keep up with my goals.

I'm doing aerobics & stepping 5 times a week and strength training 3 times a week.



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9/25/10 3:02 P

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Had things to do today so got up early and got a 70 min. workout in which I'm grateful for. Usually I take Sundays off but I think I'll workout then and take off Monday for some other things I want to get done.



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9/20/10 9:54 A

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Yea, I know what you mean about getting sweaty! I have to wear a head and wrist band to keep the sweat from getting in my eyes. I look a bit funny lol but it works!

Will exercise Sunday - Saturday this week taking Thursday off. Strength train on Tues, Thurs and Sat.





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9/20/10 7:54 A

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Good job! Sounds like fun. I know when I do the Zumba cd, I enjoy it, but I am SO sweaty after just 40 minutes and wiping between every song (and drinking water too!). Not sure how my body would handle 2 hours (if it could!). Glad you are feeling better.

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Had a great work out yesterday - aerobics and stepping for 2 hours. But my calves are sore today so I may have over stretched them. Trying to decide whether to exercise or not today...



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9/15/10 9:04 P

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Wasn't able to work out like usual since being sick but I'm on track now. Although I can't quite do the level I was - I'm sure in a day or two I'll be back to top notch! =)



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9/8/10 5:13 P

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I've been sick yesterday and today so no work out for me. I learned a while ago not to push your body when its trying to heal itself from sickness - it can only do so much and I don't want to make my healing take longer than necessary. Maybe tomorrow? Hope so. I've been drinking Vitamin water and eating foods w/vitamins and trying to rest. Here's hoping!!!



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9/4/10 11:51 P

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Work outs were great this week. On the days where I had schedule conflicts I got walking or swimming in. I'm learning to fit in workouts even on difficult days.



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This week has been different for me. I power walked on Sunday which is usually my day off. Had scheduling conflicts on Monday and got 1 hour in which is not bad. Today hasn't worked out for me so will just take it off and work-out the rest of the week instead of taking off my usual Thurs. Life is like that sometimes but I'll get it done.



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Keep changing up your workouts - it forces new adaptations in your body which leads to more improvements.

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Yesterday was a great workout day. I began warming up at home for 20 min. and then went w/hubby on power walk. We ended up going 5 miles and I probably jogged about 1/2 mile total. My legs were tired - all of me actually! lol but it was good! I like new challenges.

Today is a rest day and my body probably needs it. Will get chores and make a new spark recipe for my family - healthy stuffed shells - mmmm - making myself hungry already!

Tomorrow will be back at strength training and probably walking/jogging again.



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8/19/10 7:32 P

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Every day I've been power walking with hubby for 4 miles. Today I also did a little jogging. Took Tues. off as son had wisdom teeth out. I'll be taking off Sunday. I also have been strength training on Mon, Wed and will Fri. Going great!



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8/13/10 8:42 P

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I've been keeping up with my work out all week which is a relief.
Today I walked with hubby for a 1 hour power walk up and down steep roads then worked out for another hour when I got home on the stepper, step machine and running up and down our stairs.
Tomorrow will probably be similar.




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8/8/10 9:31 A

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This week I'm ready to be back into my routine. The last month was filled with challenges with lots of company, our anniversary party, going away and now getting back into life again. It all was great but isn't there something good about a regular routine?

This week I'll exercise Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat and possible power walk on Sun (maybe today too).

I'll strength train on Mon, Wed, and Fri.

Workouts entail: warm up, aerobics, stepper, stepper machine and cool down. 3 days will have strength training.

Have a great week and stay healthy!




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Not at all! This 2 hours begins with my warm up and ends with my cool down - also includes strength training on 3 of my 5 days. I began small and have worked up to this 2 hours and it is part of my success at losing 82 lbs in 6 1/2 months...and I feel great - that's what keeps me going - I love how I feel when I exercise this long.



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2 hours a day? Seems a bit much...

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Thank you Lynn for your well wishes! Things are going well - party tomorrow - can't wait!!

I've done pretty well with my exercise - missed one day and I've had to cut my usual 2 hrs down to 60-90min but that's okay - all is going well! Look forward to getting back into routine when all the fun and excitement around here calms down.



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Have fun Bev and Happy 25th! Good job on keeping your health a priority :)

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I'm going to be MIA quite a Bit for the rest of this month and into August. Have our 25th wedding anniversary party - relatives coming in and more later on...have so much to do that I can't keep up with all the stuff on Sparks as I usually like to do.

However, my workouts will remain a priority - I won't have time to record them but will do my usual routines -
Cardio
Stepper machine
Step-ups
Strength training with resistance bands
Ab lounger
walking

Hope all are enjoying their summer and staying healthy.



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6/26/10 2:18 P

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Okay, did my cardio and a little strength -
Cardio - 60 min.
Step machine - 25 min. - most ever!
Low impact stepper - 20 min.
Ab lounger - 70
Close arm wall push-ups 20
Walking - 16 min.



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6/26/10 8:33 A

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Thanks, Stingo. I will keep your offer in mind!

Today will be(I'll fill in the times later):
Cardio
Step machine
Low impact stepper
Ab lounger
Close arm wall push-ups

My elliptical broke yesterday and hubby has to look at it. I think something with the chain...not sure. So a lot of times I run up and down my stairs to make up for doing that. See how tired I am. lol



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6/25/10 11:47 P

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Yeah, sadly they are. And yes, kettlebells, not kettleballs. As I said if you wanted to give them a go at my Y, feel free.

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6/25/10 11:40 P

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I just googled kettleballs - it's Kettlebell not kettleball right?

Looked very interesting! Got me thinking about those now. You said they are expensive?



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6/25/10 2:36 P

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Well if you're in the W-B area again, let me know, I can get you a day pass to the Y to show you what a more fully featured gym can offer, including the kettlebells.

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6/25/10 9:48 A

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Thanks Doris and Stingo!

I live in Clarks Summit. We have a Brown's gym and it is always packed and looks intimidating! lol - Seems all I ever see come out of there are skinny people. emoticon
There is a Planet Fitness about 15 minutes from me and they seem very appealing. I guess I know I'll remain consistent working at home - no excuses for "getting" there. haha But, would like to visit a gym sometime with someone so I don't feel so lost.

Yeah, I'd like to check out the kettleballs at our get-together. I still have to google them. Stingo, seems your workout is very involved - way to go on your program. You have it together!

The one thing I've thought of buying is resistance bands. They seem inexpensive and I think I'd like the new and different routine. I've seen a couple intro videos from Coach Nicole about them.

I've been to Wilkes Barre but I'll have to check out your town, Doris. Heard of it but not sure where it is.



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6/24/10 11:01 P

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They're basically cannonballs with handles lol. The idea being that the instability will help with building your stabilizers as well as the targeted muscles. If/when we have a get together I plan to bring a few with me so people can try them out. I love them myself, but they sure ain't cheap.

Bev, yes, that's all considered strength training. The program I'm on is an upper/lower split, so I'll work my upper body Mon and Thurs, and lower body Tues and Fri. (Wednesday is a rest day.) The exercises selected target the various movement patterns of the body... like the Upper Body workouts, they target horizontal push (bench press), horizontal pull (row), vertical push (shoulder press), vertical pull (lat pulldown). These four are the compound movements because the muscles around more than one joint need to participate to get the job done. The last three are isolation exercises to hit the triceps (pulldowns), biceps(curls) and lateral raises (shoulders). Heh I could go more indepth but I think I've said more than enough for now lol.

If you're in W-B area, I can show you what the Y has to offer, which is quite considerable.

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6/24/10 10:26 P

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Hey Bev, Stingo will be the best one to discuss kettleballs. I googled them myself.

Where do you live? I can get you a free pass to my gym, it is in Brodheadsville. It's an older gym, but you get the job done :)



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6/24/10 10:16 P

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Thanks, Doris, I sure will check out coach Nicoles videos. I figured it was time to bump up the strength training but I guess I just need to push myself to do it. I'll look into the next step...

Curios... what are kettleballs? I'll have to "google" that one. I've never been to a gym. I like to work out at home for time sake and save money but I am curious about all the gym has to offer. I think I'd like to go to one some day.



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6/24/10 9:59 P

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Hi Bev

Try some of coach Nicoles workout videos on Spark. Dumbbells is a great start, but, if you can do more than 12 reps, it is time to use a heavier one.

Stingo, believe it or not - I still have not tryed kettleballs. My gym keeps saying they are going to get them. They are starting P90X classes soon, I would love to try it, I was going to get the dvd's. Once I get my thyroid issue out of the way, I'm going for it. Ever try it??



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I'm new to the strength training thing although I think it's been a couple months now. I had Sparks set me up since I didn't know what I was doing. I think I might be ready to advance with it. They have each exercise listed to do 2 sets of 15-20. I've increased a couple by myself though - like the ab lounder and wall pushups. I have trouble w/ my knees so can't do the regular push-ups on the floor but I like the way the wall ones work my arms.

Here's what I do:
Close-arm wall push-ups 2 sets of 25 each
Ab lounder - 2 sets of 50 (new to this amount)
Lying Leg curls - 2 sets of 20
Lying Triceps Lifts - 2 sets of 20
Back extensions - 2 sets of 15 (I hate these)
Lying single leg raises - 2 sets of 15
Lying abduction - 2 sets of 15

I don't have any equipment except dumb bells so this is the program they came up with for me. It is amazing what a difference I feel and see in my legs and arms.

Stingo, Is all that you listed on your log considered strength training? Have to admit I didn't understand it all - looked involved though.



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6/23/10 4:24 P

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That's a long time to be working out. What was your strength training? (And did you do it before cardio?)

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6/23/10 2:46 P

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Today I worked my butt off - lol. I have a goal I want to meet for our anniversary party in July and I'm going to give as much as I can to get there!
Stepper machine - 20 minutes - this is the most I've ever done on here
Elliptical - 20 minutes
Ab lounger - 100 Twice as much as usual
Step-ups - 10 minutes
Aerobics - 85 minutes
Walking - 20 minutes
Phew! I felt great though when I finished. Also got in my strength training.



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