Awesome idea .. and if you can't do these exercises (or some of them) take some time and go to the Healthy Lifestyle (button) to the Fitness page .. there are exercise for Lower, Upper and Core. You should be able to find an appropriate sub there.
This reminds me of one of the workouts my husband does with the Navy, it's called Fit Deck. It is a deck of cards with different exercises on each card, you turn one over and do that, it's fun, I got to work out with them once. We stood in a circle, everyone had 8 cards each no one could look at their cards to prevent change-ups, each of us took a turn with a card and leading that exercise, WOW what a workout! I've been asking my husband when can we do that again!
Mixing it up is key. Since my employment situation makes it impossible to have a gym membership, I rely on my library of fitness videos. I have a variety to choose from (Firm, FitPrime, Leslie Sansone, Denise Austin, Get Ripped, and more). I try to mix them up constantly so I'm always getting a different workout and it has made a difference in my results. Plus - I do not get burnt out and bored by doing the same routine. Mixing it up is good for both the body AND the mind! (plus, I comb discount places like Ross and Marshalls for fitness DVDs - I have found many high end workouts that would have cost $15 to $20 at a regular store for $3 to $5. Just an extra tip to those on a tight budget that prefer home fitness!)
I have been doing the same routine that the personal trainer introduced me to since September 4. I have increase the amount of the weights twice. I plan to keep the routine going gor 90 days. I notice that I am not able to get my heart rate up to 130 any more as in the beginning. I am only able to reach 120-125. I realize my body is getting use to the routine and a change is needed soon.
11/8/2008 8:39:45 PM
As a personal trainer specializing in functional fitness I like the idea of the chart very much. It allows my clients to design their own workouts within practical parameters, thereby giving them a participatory role in the creation of their program. When we participate in exercise on that level we take 'ownership' of the workout - which usually leads to more commitment. Nice job!
I think this article is right on! A girlfriend of mine and I have started walking/jogging a couple of evenings a week (just to shake things up a bit) and I noticed real change already. I sent her this article so we can incorporate more into our workouts. I am also changing my strength training routines as well. - Thanks, Wanda
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