Challenge Accomplished: Fit2B Challenged Week 4

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This is the fourth and final week of Fit2B Challenged. If you are a little behind, don’t worry. You don’t have to do the combinations exactly as written.  So let’s just plunge in, shall we?

Combo #10

Ankles & Upper Body

Insane II

Thigh Workout II

Total Length: 58 minutes

What I Like About This Combination
I really enjoy Ankles & Upper Body as a warm up. Insane II is definitely a challenging workout. I like the Thigh Workout, but the two together seems like overkill. There are too many movements that repeat between the two workouts. Mind you, that is just my personal opinion. These are both good workouts, I just don’t like them back to back. But Ankles & Upper Body is always a hit. It’s short but effective.

 

Combo #11

Basic Aerobics III

Kettle Bell II

Yoga 4 Runners

Total Length: 61 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

I was really dreading this workout. Mostly because I don’t like Kettle Bell that much. Yes, it is a good workout, but for me it requires such constant vigilance of my core that it hardly seems worth it. But I was pleasantly surprised. Basic Aerobics III was great as usual. Kettle Bell II started slow, but once we got into the second half of the video, I started to get in the rhythm and like it a bit more. I would never do this in a gym, but if I’m looking for a combination of cardio and weights, I may return to this one. Yoga for Runners is a great stretch even if you aren’t a runner. I have only run once or twice since my 5K in October and I still found this to be very beneficial.

 

Combo #12

TummySafe Kickboxing

Body Sculpting

Neck Routine

Total Length: 58 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

Tummy Safe Kickboxing is another of my go-to workouts. When I need more cardio than Basic Aerobics but don’t have enough time for Tabata Kick & Squat, this is my choice. It works upper and lower body. While I know I need to be doing weights, sometimes I just don’t have time. I always feel intimidated going into Body Sculpting but I really enjoyed it this time around. I highly recommend the Neck Routine if you suffer from regular neck and upper back tension as I do.

Bonus Workouts

Yoga & Pilates Loaded

Weighted Warriors

We’ve finally finished all the current Fit2B Challenged Combinations, at least until Bethany invents a few more. This has certainly been a challenge for me, both with difficulty and time. I realize how hard it is to regularly guarantee that I will have a hour or more to workout. But I also think that it has been good for my stamina for push myself this way.

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A New Challenge: Fit2B Challenged

The Challenge Begins: Fit2B Challenged Week 1

The Challenge Continues: Fit2B Challenged Week 2

Halfway Done: Fit2B Challenged Week 3

 

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Halfway Done: Fit2B Challenged Week 3

 

 

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This was a tough week to get through. I found myself eliminating most of my other workouts except for the Challenge combinations. Is this good or bad? That depends. I tend to prefer shorter more consistent workouts rather than fewer long ones. There are benefits to both philosophies. My idea is two longer workouts a week with two or three shorter higher intensity ones. But this was a new kind of challenge for me, forcing myself to do longer workouts and still use proper form and alignment.

 

Combo #6

Align It Flat

Jump Change

Kelly’s Total Toning

Total Length: 67 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

Jump change has not been my favorite workout in the past. It tends to bug my knees. That being said, this time around it didn’t hurt me too much. But it still isn’t one of my favorites. It doesn’t seem to flow as well as other Fit2B cardio routines. But it does get your heart rate up. I was also frequently interrupted while doing these, since I did them right after breakfast when my kids were already up. But it was mostly manageable. They even joined me on the floor for some of Align it Flat. Kelly’s Total Toning is still one of my favorite routines. I’ve been doing Fit2B consistently for almost a year and I continually come back to this one. If I have 30 minutes or less and I want a great all around workout, this is the first one I turn to. It gets upper and lower body. Great upper body workout even without weights and she continually reminds you to engage your core so you don’t need to pair this with a Foundational Five if you don’t have time.

 

Combo #8

Insane

Tabata Kick & Squat

Total Length: 62 minutes

What I Like About This Combination: Tabata Kick & Squat is one of my other favorites. It’s my favorite long workout. But I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Insane, since it isn’t as Tummy Safe as Insane II. I remember why,. I really hate burpees. That being said I didn’t even know what they were until recently (other than a seed company).  Bethany doesn’t use many and tries to modify them, but given the choice, I’d stick with Insane II. This is a very long workout. Tabata Kick & Squat is already the longest workout on the site and now this just adds to me. Finding the time was my biggest challenge for this one, but it helps that TK&S is a perennial favorite.

 

Combo #9

Kelly’s Floor Core Routine

Rockin’ Yoga & Pilates

Insane Upper Body

Total Length: 63 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

This is the second time we’ve seen Rockin’ Yoga & Pilates in Fit2B Challenged. Some how every time I do this workout, I discover something I’d forgotten about. This is a backside burning workout. The good news, is that I actually feel like I’m getting stronger because I can actually get through this workout without having to always do the most basic versions of the movements and without having to stop movements early to catch my breath or ease a burning muscle. It’s rather exciting to notice that Insane Upper Body continues to be a challenge as I increase the weight. I’m up to 6 pound dumb bells, and I’m hoping to go heavier eventually, just so I can keep up with my growing son and daughter. It is a struggle right now, but for the most part I can still do the workout. Increasing the weight when you are ready is a great way to make some of the familiar workouts on Fit2B more challenging.

Bonus Workouts

This week I also did Ultimate Upper Body and Kickboxing. Just a few additional things to round out the week.

Only one more week to go and I can put this challenge behind me. It’s been a wild ride and I’m looking forward to charting a new course after the new year.

 

A New Challenge: Fit2B Challenged

The Challenge Begins: Fit2B Challenged Week 1

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The Challenge Continues: Fit2B Challenged Week 2

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This week time has been my biggest problem. The workouts are difficult, but manageable if you can set aside enough time to do them. (Of course, you always have the option of doing them at different times the same day).

 

Combo #4

Core Wake Up

Pilates & Yoga Loaded

Tabata Ball Workout

Total Length: 59 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

I’ll admit to being pleasantly surprised by this. It was not as hard as I thought. Don’t get me wrong, it is almost a full hour of movement which can be quite difficult if you aren’t used to it. But both these workouts keep things interesting so you don’t get bored. The hardest part was trying to find a whole hour to do them. (6 AM has become my workout time, again). Both use weights, which I was concerned would be overload, but they actually complement each other quite well, because they use weight in different ways.

 

Combo #5

Rockin Yoga and Pilates

Tabata

Total Length: 62 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

I went into this workout feeling nervous. It is really long. But it is also very well balanced. I didn’t feel like I was overworking anything. Rockin’ Yoga & Pilates was mostly floor more, and most of Tabata was standing so I felt like I got a good balance.  Since these combos are so long I haven’t been doing as much of the Foundational Five as I would like, but Tabata has us doing some great belly breaths during the breaks between sets, so it almost felt like it was integrated. Good long workout without exhaustion afterwards. It was almost relaxing at points.

 

Combo #7

Weighted Warriors

Peaceful Blend

Total Length: 66 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

(These combos are out of order for a very good reason. My left knee has been bothering me a bit and I know from experience that Jump Change tends to irritate my knees. Hence why I’ve only done it once or twice).

This is a very long combination. I was reminded about an important lesson of movement. Slow movement is often more difficult than fast movement. Peaceful Blend is very slow, which makes it relaxing in theory but it also requires slow sustained movement, which is very taxing on the body.

I think the hardest thing about the Peaceful Blend is the frequent gate poses, which still are very challenging to me. The soothing nature of the workout is mentally nice, but sometimes I found myself wishing certain movements were over a bit faster. While this didn’t use to be one of my favorite routines, as I start making a mental short list of workouts for my next pregnancy, this will definitely be one of them.

 

What else did I do this week? This week I filled in my extra days with Kickboxing, Kelly Dean’s Wall Workout and Body Sculpting Outside. With two weeks done, we only have two more to go.

A New Challenge: Fit2B Challenged

The Challenge Begins: Fit2B Challenged Week 1

 

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The Challenge Begins: Fit2B Challenged Week 1

 

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I hope those of you in the United States enjoyed our turkey, pumpkin pie and other traditional Thanksgiving foods last week. As the year is coming to a close, now is our chance to finish out strong and go into the New Year feeling confident. Welcome to Week 1 of Fit2B Challenged.

 

Combo #1
Totally Transverse II

KettleBell Workout

Backside Burner II

Total Length: 58 Minutes

What I Like About This Combination:

When I first saw this combination I’ll admit I was a little worried about how long it would take me. But it actually wasn’t bad. I usually do a core workout anyway and the KettleBell Workout isn’t very long and it isn’t super intense either. It’s a great intro to Kettle Bell. For the first time, Backside Burner actually felt a bit easier. My son sat on my lap while I did the thigh thing and I was still able to rotate with a larger range of motion and keep my core strong. The only downside I can see if that this is also one of the shorter and less intense combos in the bunch, so it will get harder from here.

 

Combo #2

Align It Flat

Basic Aerobics II

Love Handles Lost

Total Length: 61 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

I like this combo, but it was a little heavy on alignment reminders. I love that Love Handles Lost spends time practicing good alignment, but that also means that it makes Align It Flat a bit redundant. I think I’d rather see it paired with something else. But over all a good workout without being super hard. This is a great one to start with actually, even though it’s second, to see if you want to try Fit2B Challenged. Basic Aerobics is always a hit because it’s good solid cardio. I come back both Basics Aerobics II and Basic Aerobics III time after time.

 

Combo #3

Pilates In Pajamas II

Gentle Blend

Ab Attack

Total Length: 64 minutes

What I Like About This Combination

This is a good combo, but similarly to Combo#2, I find it a bit redundant. Gentle Blend is really a complete workout all by itself, and there is a lot of overlap between Pilate in Pajamas II and Ab Attack. I think would have preferred to see something like Insane Upper Body or Ultimate Upper Body workout combined with Gentle Blend, or maybe one of the Basic Aerobics routines. There was just a bit too much repetition for me. But it was definitely challenging.

What did I do the rest of the week? I did Kelly Dean Total Body Toning and Kelly Dean Total Body Stretching.

If you are looking for any additional workouts I also recommend Kelly Dean Wall Workout and Body Sculpting Outside (Roku only), for short but effective workouts.

Week 1 down, 3 more to go. Next week it’s going to ramp up quite a bit so get ready.

A New Challenge: Fit2B Challenged

 

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A New Challenge: Fit2B Challenged

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I’ve been using Fit2B Studio consistently for almost a year. I’ve reviewed Fit2B Beginning and Fit2B Advancing. I’ve highlighted the Relaxation Pathway, Tummy Safe Path to Great Abs and the Pathway to Amazing Arms. I’ve created my own schedule and combined Fit2B with Couch to 5K training. But I haven’t tackled Fit2B Challenged, until now.

The Layout

There are currently 12 Fit2B Challenged combos. I’m planned to tackle a four week program: three combos, 2 days a week walking (light cardio or weights would also work), a stretching stretching/relaxation day, and a rest day. I’ll probably take a bit of a break between Christmas and New Years, but I wanted to finish the year out strong fitness-wise.

Do You Feel Ready?

Fit2B Challenged is aptly named. In fact, just looking at it, it feels more like Fit2B Insane (which not coincidentally is the title of a couple of the workouts).

These combos are tough, pretty much a full hour or more of movement. This used to be my regular goal. Now it feels totally unattainable. A whole hour of exercise, that would mean doing it before my kids get up and in spite of the gathering darkness, they are getting up earlier and earlier these days.

Take It a Bit at a Time

Now, let it be said that you don’t have to do these in one sitting if you don’t have the time or are not yet physically fit enough. It still counts. Your body still acknowledges the increased effort even if you can’t do it all at once. When I had gestational diabetes I needed to exercise as much as possible to help maintain my blood sugar. But I didn’t have the energy to exercise for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time. So I would try to do some exercise after every meal. I often got 40-60 minutes, just not all at once.

However, sometimes a challenge is worth the battle especially at a time when healthy eating and exercise tend to take a hiatus. So maybe you can’t exercise every day, but can you manage three times a week? I’ll be endeavoring to stick to my five days a week goal, but at a minimum I need to accomplish my three challenging combos each week.

Come back to check out my first attempts at these difficult combinations. Will you join me in the challenge?

I’ll be taking a week off from posting about Fit2B next week, but we’ll pick up again the first week in December as we tackle Fit2B Challenged!

The Challenge Begins: Fit2B Challenged Week 1

The Challenge Continues: Fit2B Challenged Week 2

Halfway Done: Fit2B Challenged Week 3

Challenge Accomplished: Fit2B Challenged Week 4

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