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Whew, finally Week 6. It took me forever and a lot of breaks to get to this. But It feels good to get somewhere. As we get ready for some big changes and transitions, exercise has often been on my mind, but rarely fits into my schedule.
Kelly’s Floor Core
So this workout big time depressed me. Not because I couldn’t do it, though it did require some concentration. But because as soon as I laid down and gently engaged my abs, with a little counter pressure from my hands, I could feel the deep, sagging trench that is what’s left of my abdominals. Sure I’d love to have a flat stomach again (lying down gives the illusion of this) but I don’t want it to be concave in the middle. Deep separations are discouraging to deal with because they seem to take the longest to heal. I also find any workout that involves lying on the floor the whole time to be very difficult because my kids try to tackle me. So it’s a rare choice for me for several reasons.
Still not loving this one, but I was able to add some weights this time. I think I’ve gotten so use to full body workouts, that this one doesn’t feel like enough bang for my buck.
This workout felt a bit easier than last time, which was encouraging. I always remember it being harder and longer than it actually is. This is a nice workout, with some weights so it does give you that extra punch, but I would not describe it as high intensity. For under 20 minutes I felt like I was gently pushing my limits without over taxing myself. I felt energized, not exhausted and I could still engage my core afterwards.
I found this workout encouraging, mostly because despite my seemingly immoveable diastasis, my pelvic floor seems to be in decent shape. But a review is always helpful. Definitely take Beth’s advice and write down the exercises so that once you learn them, you don’t need to watch all the teaching portions of the video anymore. They are very informative, but repetitive once you know the routine.
I won’t be labor this further, since I’ve reviewed this workout recently. Love it, love it, love. It really is total body. If I had to pick only a handful or workouts that I would do for the rest of my life, this is one of them.
I forgot how much I love Tabata. Yes, it can feel repetitive but I see it as ideal for moms. It’s intervals so you can stop and change a diaper, wipe a nose or stop a fight without totally throwing off your whole workout. It also helps if you are still getting back into shape because there are breather breaks built in. I’m looking forward to moving on to the other, more advanced Tabata workouts as I get stronger.
Three New to Me workouts for my two Bonus Days
Another new routine I’ve been looking forward to. Usually I think of chair routines as too easy. This one is a little more work, but definitely still a good workout if you are working your way make to exercise again. It is listed as a M (moderate) workout, but I definitely think it leans easy, so don’t be afraid to try it out. You can use the chair more or less for balance, depending on what you need.
This is definitely an unusual workout, but it’s a short, fun add on to something else. You could even do it alone if you only have a couple of minutes. It’s mostly stretching but there is a little more to it than that. I look forward to trying it again.
I have been so excited to try this workout, and this is the first time I’ve felt strong enough to attempt it. It’s simple, and it gets the blood pumping. It’s just 7 series of upper and lower body movements, each done for one minutes, repeated 3 times. So kind of like Tabata but with a different structure. It doesn’t take up much space (and doesn’t include any equipment if you don’t want it to). I’ll definitely be coming back to this one.
I’m not sure if I’ll be moving forward, or just doing a little bit more work before trying Fit2B Advancing, we’ll see. (I’m anxious to get to the new 6X6 path and some other new workouts in the challenging category, so that may keep me motivated and moving forward).
I’ve had a lot of setbacks this time around. If you feel like that yourself, be encouraged, just keep trying. Eventually your body will begin to heal and get stronger. It won’t always feel this hard. (I’m talking to myself here too).
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
A. A. Milne
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