Fit2B Advancing

Week 6 Final Week of Fit2B Advancing

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So I am finally starting to feel a little stronger, but I still have a long way to go.

I still haven’t recovered from injuring my foot after my run more than a week ago, so I think I’ll settle for some time on the stationary bike or brisk walking when it comes to my cardio.

That being said, I was terrible about cardio this week. Other than marathon grocery shopping and laundry washing and folding there weren’t any specific cardio sessions in my week. But I was determined to at least get through the three recommended workout days this week.

Warm up – Totally Transverse, then Yoga for Runners and Jump Change

Yoga for Runners

I used the Tummy safe refilmed version of this, rather than the original. Overall, it was a nice stretching routine. I probably enjoyed it as much as Simply Stretching II, but it’s considerable shorter which is nice if you don’t have much time. I appreciate that Beth Learn doesn’t rush through the movements but really gives you time to focus on the stretch and slowly get yourself into and out of the various poses.

Jump Change

Jump Change is a high intensity workout, though not the first time I’ve done it. This time I did have the added challenge of doing the opening squats with my 33 lb two year old wrapped around my waist and sitting on my abs during the modified incline planes. Other than that though, I found it better than the first time I tried it. I did break a sweat. Though I had to be careful not to overtax my knees, which have been aching recently for no reason that I can think of. I liked that it was high intensity but not long. I have trouble maintaining good form with long high intensity workouts, but this was a good length so that I was able to really focus on each movement and not just fail with exhaustion.

Weighted Warrior & Kelly’s Core Cardio

Weighted Warrior

This is the second or third time I’ve done Weighted Warrior and it is a good workout. I like the inclusion of weights because it adds a level of difficulty to the workout, but it isn’t so hard that I can’t control my core when I do it. Workouts like this one have helped me to learn to control my core when lifting significant weight (such as my son or daughter) and still keeping good alignment. It’s so tempting to arch the back, and open up the rib cage when lifting something that feels too heavy for me. Now I try my best to maintain good alignment and keep my core engaged. This is a good upper body workout but still good stretches and strengthening for the legs. But definitely not a beginner workout.

Kelly’s Core Cardio

It seems fitting that I would be highlighting a workout from Kelly Dean, since I’ll be spending a lot of time with her videos in the next few weeks as I do abdominal rehab with the Tummy Team. This is one of my favorite workouts with her. The cardio level is excellent but it isn’t too long so I can really focus on maintaining proper form during the hula hoop sequences. Yep, that’s right, hula hoop. Not using a real hula hoop mind you, it actually reminded me a lot of the Wii Fit hula hoop workout. I used to hate that, but this wasn’t so bad and it definitely helped me keep my hips flexible and moving.

Mula Bandha and Hold It

Mula Bandha 

I’ve done Mula Banda many times before, though I still wonder if I’m doing it quite right. But I enjoy the workout predominantly because of how calm and soothing it is.

Hold It

So I keep thinking that I’ve done this workout before, but I don’t think I actually have. I was still sore from doing Weight Warrior earlier yesterday, so this was a nice workout. It is difficult, but not high intensity. Slow sustained movements are some of the hardest in my experience. It reminded me of the kind of stamina I used to need during difficult barre workouts in ballet class. Each movement is sustained for 5-10 breaths. Definitely a challenge for the core and the balance. 

Rather than plowing on to Fit2B Challenged, I’m going to take a break and do some abdominal rehab courtesy of The Tummy Team. Come back next week to check out the details and for a coupon code to join me as I work on rebuilding my core.

I will still be exercising, but I’m not going to be pushing myself as hard. Instead I’ll be taking on the Fit2B Studio 30 day movement challenge and providing periodic updates on my progress. If you’d like to join me, you can head over to the member forum and join the challenge.

Thanks for following me as I worked my way through Fit2B Advancing. I think I’ve like to come back to it in the future, and really focus on doing the suggested cardio each week. Please join me next week as I take it down a notch and focus specifically on ab rehab with the Tummy Team.

Starting Slow: Fit2B Beginning Week 1

Building a Habit: Fit2B Beginning Week 2

I’m Finally Enjoying Myself: Fit2B Beginning Week 3

Diastatis Awareness and the Tummy Safe Path

Kicking It Up A Notch: Fit2B Beginning Week 4

Fit2B Beginning: Final Week, Longer and Stronger

Pressing On: Fit2B Advancing Week 1

Fit2B Advancing Week 2: Maintaining the Foundations

Fit2B Advancing Week 3: Lots of Upper Body

Fit2B Advancing Week 4: New Workouts and Some Discouragement

Fit2B Advancing Week 5: Almost Done

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Fit2B Advancing Week 5: Almost Done

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My order of workouts was kind of all over the place this week, in an effort to make sure I did something as often as possible.

Functional Workout

This was a difficult workout. It definitely challenged me. You can make it more or less difficult depending on the weight of the dumbbells you use. You could probably even do it without the dumbbells if you wanted to do a longer workout but while you are still healing from diastasis. I love how Beth Learn uses other objects, like jars of iced tea, instead of dumbbells, so you don’t feel like you have to go out and buy some equipment. I think I’m going to put this workout on my short list to return to later on

I took a walk with my two kids, which probably counts as some kind of cardio and we also took a family walk on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. My daughter did walk most of the way, but with one of us to hold her hand (or in one case carry her piggy back for a few blocks) we did keep a pretty good pace with lots of hills.

Warm up: Totally Transverse then Tummysafe Kickboxing

So I’ve done this workout several times before, so I won’t break it down into too much detail. But what was most memorable this time was the closing series of Gate pose kicks. I really felt those kicks in my thighs and gluts. The first few times I did this workout, I wasn’t that crazy about it, but I think it’s growing on me.

15-30 minute run plus Simply Stretching

Well, I haven’t run since my 5K last year. Not really at all, mostly because to do it I must get up early and run in the near dark, which I don’t like. But one day my husband was home sick and the kids were napping so I figured, why not and I took a midday run. Wish I could do this every day, it felt great. I was able to run without stopping for about 15 minutes and then walk the rest of my route. I was very sore afterwards though, especially my abdominals. I’m going to chalk that up to a good thing because I was trying to really concentrate on engaging my abdominals.

 

Simple Stretching II

Since Simply Stretching is one of the few non-tummy safe workouts on Fit2B Studio, I opted for Simply Stretching II which is much longer but is totally tummy safe. I had run the day before and somehow hurt my foot so I appreciated the ease of the workout. This is a wonderful stretching workout. This is great as an evening meditation or a morning warm up as you get ready to start your day. I didn’t break a sweat much but I definitely felt my muscles in use. I found it soothing and rejuvenating. This is especially nice if you are feeling bloated or tired, perhaps recovering from being sick. Just remember to take it slowly and try and relax the whole way through. This is stretching, but as Beth Learn says you want to go for the “Ooo, not the Ow.”

 

Gentle Blend

So I don’t really have anything new to add about this workout. It is gentle and slow moving. Definitely a great choice if you are a bit sore, as I am from my run earlier this week. It didn’t aggravate the pain in my foot much (also caused by my run) and I felt like I got a good work out and even broke a bit of a sweat. I appreciated the way most movements had multiple levels so you could take it easy or really push yourself, depending on your mood and physical status.

 

Love Handles Lost & Totally Transverse

I’ve done Totally Transverse many times before so I won’t go into any more detail here. But I will say that somehow this workout never get old for me. Now Love Handles Lost was a new workout for me. I think I expected it to be a little more difficult, but it was a good total body work out. Lots of oblique action without twisting a still recovering core in damaging ways. Lots of use of the gate pose, which isn’t usually a favorite of mine, but it is growing on me; especially the way Beth Learn does alternating gate poses going directly from one side to the other. I’m reminded again how much I appreciate her cuing and reminding us how these alignments and positions can be kept in mind in everyday life. Sliding to get in and out of bed, getting up and down off the floor, all things that I do often in my day with small children. I find it easier to remind myself to engage my core doing many of these activities after so many weeks of Beth Learn’s reminders.

Week 5 took me a little longer to finish than I planned (almost two weeks really) thanks to a nasty cold virus that made the rounds of the whole family. Hopefully I’ll be feeling healthier as I tackle Week 6 and get ready to finish up Fit2B Advancing.

 

Starting Slow: Fit2B Beginning Week 1

Building a Habit: Fit2B Beginning Week 2

I’m Finally Enjoying Myself: Fit2B Beginning Week 3

Diastatis Awareness and the Tummy Safe Path

Kicking It Up A Notch: Fit2B Beginning Week 4

Fit2B Beginning: Final Week, Longer and Stronger

Pressing On: Fit2B Advancing Week 1

Fit2B Advancing Week 2: Maintaining the Foundations

Fit2B Advancing Week 3: Lots of Upper Body

Fit2B Advancing Week 4: New Workouts and Some Discouragement

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Fit2B Advancing Week 4: New Workouts and Some Discouragement

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Warm up: Mula Banda

A new workout, hurray!
Yoga and Pilates Loaded – This workout definitely added a nice weight component to what would have otherwise been a relatively easy but relaxing workout. I highly recommend a yoga mat for it though. While Bethany occasionally uses a soft rug, you almost never see her use a yoga mat. But if the workout has anything on your knees, I highly recommend it. I had trouble with the side lifts because my knees kept sliding across the floor and I found the gate pose painful without some support. Next time I’ll definitely pull my yoga mat out for

Basic aerobics III for a bit of quick cardio

 

Warm up – Chair Pilates
I haven’t done this workout since I tried it during Fit2B Beginning, but it was still nice. I recommend it if you are feeling overly tired, sick or recovering from pregnancy or injury. But it still provides a little bit of core work through sitting versions of teasers and similar movements.

Backside Burner
This was a good workout but for reason it didn’t really make my backside burn.
I also threw in a little Totally Transverse just for good measure.

 

Rockin Yoga and Pilates
Ok, so this one made my backside burn. The Pilates side leg series just about killed me. I had to keep stopping to wait for the burn to ease before I continued. This was great because it reminded me of my old Pilates workouts in the pre-diastasis days. (I still love those Ana Caban workouts and I’d love to go back to them if I feel like I can confidently modify movements without causing my diastasis to reoccur). This felt like a “real” Pilates workout. I felt a slight sweat and a subtle burn, which is something I’m used to feeling but not often since starting Fit2B Studio (with the exception of many of the weighted arm workouts). I hope this one starts working better on the Roku, it was down the day I tried and I had to use my laptop, because I’d definitely do it again. This could easily become a favorite of mine.

 

Wellness Day: 20-30 Minutes cardio plus Dumbells workout.

I chose Jump Change for my cardio workout. It is definitely a good cardio and high impact. I mean high impact in the positive way, as in help to improve and preserve bone density not the negative way as in you want to die afterwards. That being said I probably didn’t get the full benefit of the workout. During the first half my two year old spent the whole time saying “Belly!” and repeatedly uncovering and touching my stomach. During the planks he kept pulling up my shirt and blowing rasberries on my lower back and finally during the incline plane he sat on my abdomen and bounced up and down.
So I admit it, I didn’t really finish the Dumbells workout. I got interrupted by my kids and never really got back into it again.

This last week has been a real struggle for me. I just can’t seem to fit in solo exercise and my kids don’t make exercise a fun or pleasant prospect. I haven’t done any of the extra cardio days again.
So I’m officially bit discouraged. I keep telling myself that anything is better than nothing but I feel like I should be stronger and doing more by now. Only two weeks left to the challenge and then I have to decide how I want to move forward. Do I want to repeat the whole rotation and add back in cardio? I’ve started having the desire to run again; just not in the early morning, but there is only one day that I can do a late morning run without the kids nor any evenings when I can get out before dark, not sure how I’m going to pull that off. But for now I’m going to keep pushing through this challenge. Week 5, here I come.

Starting Slow: Fit2B Beginning Week 1

Building a Habit: Fit2B Beginning Week 2

I’m Finally Enjoying Myself: Fit2B Beginning Week 3

Diastatis Awareness and the Tummy Safe Path

Kicking It Up A Notch: Fit2B Beginning Week 4

Fit2B Beginning: Final Week, Longer and Stronger

Pressing On: Fit2B Advancing Week 1

Fit2B Advancing Week 2: Maintaining the Foundations

Fit2B Advancing Week 3: Lots of Upper Body
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Fit2B Advancing Week 3: Lots of Upper Body

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WEEK 3 GOAL: Three Studio Workouts + 1 Daily Double

Totally Transverse II, Balanced

Still loving Balanced. I’m encouraged to see that my strength is improving because this definitely was a little easier than it was a few weeks ago, though I still struggled with the final shoulder press reps. While it does feel slow moving when you are itching for a fast workout, I high recommend opening with one of the Foundational five. I find that my core is much more engaged when I start with one of those. Today I used Totally Transverse II as a warm up.

So I skipped a whole bunch of days this week and I didn’t like how it made me feel at all so I did a bit of a catch up day.

Warm up – Mula Banda

Ultimate Upper Body
I’d forgotten that I had done Ultimate Upper Body before and it actually felt a little easier this time. Hurray! I finally feel like maybe I’ve building a little bit of strength.

Kickboxing 
I’ve done Kickboxing before but it is a good solid cardio workout if you are looking for something a little longer than any of the basic aerobic workouts.

Warm up- Totally Transverse

I know that this has more teaching in it than Totally Transverse II but I actually like this video better, though I can’t put my finger on why. It’s still one of my all time favorites.

I’m finding that I’m having trouble fitting in my cardio days so I’m adding extra cardio to each of my workouts whenever possible, so help fill that gap. Today I did Basic Aerobics III again.

 

Warm up: Mula Banda

Tabata Ball workout

So this was an unusual workout. It’s not available on Roku, which makes it a little more inconvenient to me, since I do the majority of my workouts on Roku, but I still enjoyed it. I did not do it with a weighted ball, though I would consider purchasing one to make this workout more challenging in the future. I think I’ll definitely try this one again.

Daily Double: Totally Transverse II, Insane Upper Body

I did these two back to back, starting with Totally Transverse II. Insane Upper Body was again challenging; but still doable without any major pain. This actually didn’t feel too hard to do one right after the other because I already got in the habit of adding one of the Foundational Five each day. Nice to feel like I’m keeping up. I’m still not getting my cardio days in, so I’m going to try and keep doing a little bit each day, whenever I can. My goal is a minimum of 30 minutes of activity most days, minimum 5 days a week. How are you proceeding with your fitness goals? I’d love to hear about it.

Starting Slow: Fit2B Beginning Week 1

Building a Habit: Fit2B Beginning Week 2

I’m Finally Enjoying Myself: Fit2B Beginning Week 3

Diastatis Awareness and the Tummy Safe Path

Kicking It Up A Notch: Fit2B Beginning Week 4

Fit2B Beginning: Final Week, Longer and Stronger

Pressing On: Fit2B Advancing Week 1

Fit2B Advancing Week 2: Maintaining the Foundations

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Fit2B Advancing Week 2: Maintaining the Foundations

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Most of these workouts recommend a short warm up of some kind. I thought this would be a great time to review the Foundational 5.

Warm up – Totally Transverse. This was the first workout I did on Fit2B Studio and I still like it a lot. She explains everything well and it really is a great core workout.

Yoga and Pilates Blend is no longer available, due to technical glitch, so I substituted the recommended Gentle Blend. Kind of a bummer as I was looking forward to a new workout. But the Gentle Blend was actually I better workout than I anticipated. I think I always forget how hard it is, despite how soothing and simple it appears to be.

Warm up – Basic aerobics. I wanted a good 10-15 minute warm up in lieu of the recommended walk. This worked perfectly. It got my heart rate up and I felt quite warm going into the next segment. Basic aerobics continues to be my go-to warm up. I get a little bored with it at times, so I try not to use it more than once or twice a week. But it’s reliable and a good 15 minute workout.

Kelly’s Floor Core Workout is a pretty good one. Though I definitely prefer vertical core work. Kelly mentions in the workout that the core is strongest in the standing position and I believe it. Even when my core was engaged the excess skin and fat around my midsection sagged to the side with gravity. I never thought I would feel more flabby laying down than standing. It was a discouraging workout, mostly because I had trouble properly feeling my core muscles, I often had to splint them with my hands to make sure I was doing the exercise right.

Warm up – Today I used Totally Transverse II as my warm up. I’m really enjoying returning to the Foundational 5 as my warm ups. It really helps me to engage my core better heading into these more challenging workouts.

Weighted Warriors – I’ve never done this workout before but I enjoyed it for a couple different reasons. I hate weights. But I also want to get stronger so I like that Bethany incorporates weights into some of her workouts. I liked Balanced a lot and so far I enjoy Weighted Warriors, though I think I might need lighter weights. But I’m going to keep trying to push through and hopefully soon I’ll be needing some heavier weights. I’ve had strong legs in the past, ballet training helped with that. But upper body has never been really strong and I’d like to be able to more easily manage my children. My 30 lb two year old still needs to be carried, especially with road and sidewalk conditions having been so bad this winter. I see in the schedule that I’ll be doing this workout again next week, and I’m looking forward to it.

Warm up – Mula Banda
I was feeling a bit ambitious today, so I thought I’d do a Mula Banda warmup, and then move on to Basic Aerobics 3.  Basic Aerobics 3 is a fairly new routine and I really enjoyed it. It is feels a little more choreographed and little more fun than the original Basic Aerobics that I usually do. It’s become my new go-to short cardio or warm up.

Insane Upper Body. This is a great upper body workout. I don’t like terms like shred and insane in my workout title, I’m looking to strengthen and care for my body, not destroy it. But this is a great upper body workout. Definitely one of the most challenging upper body wise that I’m done so far. But if you’ve made it this far, you have no need to fear, it won’t be insane, at least I didn’t think so.

I’m officially challenged. I was still feeling sore from Weighted Warriors the day before and then I tackled Mula Banda and Basic Aerobics III as my warm up. I finally feel like I’m really advancing. Bring on week 3.

Starting Slow: Fit2B Beginning Week 1

Building a Habit: Fit2B Beginning Week 2

I’m Finally Enjoying Myself: Fit2B Beginning Week 3

Diastatis Awareness and the Tummy Safe Path

Kicking It Up A Notch: Fit2B Beginning Week 4

Fit2B Beginning: Final Week, Longer and Stronger

Pressing On: Fit2B Advancing Week 1

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