Is There a Niche in Fitness

I was asked the question of what’s my “niche” in workouts.  I was stunned by the question, fumbled for an answer and just didn’t know how to respond.  I didn’t know there was a “niche” for workouts and I really did not answer.  The person who asked me responded “so you just do whatever?”. My response was no but please share what type of fitness are you doing?.  No response, nothing, I think I heard an ant snore.

Really is there a niche for workouts ? I do follow a calendar, controlled, streaming workout but a “niche”.  I need to refocus.  Nope I don’t have a niche in my workouts I enjoy others more than others and that depends on my energy and sometimes the challenges make me want to stop (but I don’t).

So for anyone out there trying to find out if I have what I never, ever heard of until recently a NICHE, the answer is NO. I love let me see, hmm, let me think. Oh yeah, got it I love barre (barre blend), boxing (10 Rounds) and a few you tube boxing workouts, Lifting (Liift4, Body Beast, ) and all workouts on beachbodyondemand.  I love running on pavement and the treadmill, walking, jogging, yoga, Pilates and dancing. Okay dancing not sure if you know  but beach body has dance workouts yep and you burn the calories and not just a few.

Now if you want to try any of the beach body workouts for two weeks and experience the joy and fun of workouts then click on the link.

Beachbody On Demand Homepage: https://www.beachbodyondemand.com?referringRepID=1262129

Yes joy and fun because you will stay committed when you enjoy and fun just has to included, why don’t ask, just have fun and enjoy

Finding The Right Workout For ME

Finding my workouts for my fitness journey has taken me a minute, a long minute. I’d go to the gym, but it would not always fit into my work schedule, or mother schedule, daughter schedule.  Also there were days I’d go and just use what ever darn equipment I could and this was before my days of weight lifting.

I am not my any means knocking the gym, but a person as myself need guidance and a calendar to follow otherwise I am all over the place.  Do I get a good workout well……. and that is my answer.

Thanks to my finding Beachbody and ShaunT who was my first BB trainer I feel I am trainable and no longer just staggering about.  Did you know and maybe so, but I did not know they have workouts (over 700) yep, that you choose depending on your level of fitness that make you sweat and feel as if you’ve worked out for 2 hours.  Yes and yes, Yoga, Dance, Weights, Cardio, Weights and Cardio, and my favorite which I used at the beginning a what??? Yep they have that too a modifier until you can build up to a level for the “badassers”.  My name for the fittest of people .

My love for weights begin with beachbody, interested, give me a holla. But whatever workout you are doing make it the best because you are the best.

To a week of wokouts at your best.  Much love.

Braging on My Progress- Workouts

 

I am currently doing a workout programmed with focuses on total body with many different routines and Phases.  I have completed  Phase 1 and am sharing a few of   my progress of Day 1 to the completion of Phase 1.

REVERSE LUNGES     15X2X15X2 30X2X10X3
SQUATS  15X2X15X2` 30X2X10X3
SUMO SQUATS 12X2X15X2 40X2X10X3
HIP HINGES 15X2X15X2 45X2X10X3
BENT OVER ROW 10X2X15X2 30X2X10X3
HAMMER CURL 10X2X15X2` 20X2X15X2

For understanding : 15×2 = 2 15 dumbells, x 15 reps  x 2 sets.  I know this may not be a huge weight lift for many, however as a female of older age, history of eating disorder and a year ago thought this was impossible I am proud of me.

As I enter into Phase 2 now 2 weeks in I will share improvements.  To all weight lifters I salute you.

Fatigued and Workouts

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Having long days working sometimes really interferes with my workouts. It really takes self motivation and on these trying days, however I reflect on my why.

My why is two-fold.  1. Is to be healthy, after years of battling with an eating disorder, reflecting and sharing eating disorders are not always a consistent behavior nor is it a teen disorder.  I did begin in my teens but I am way into adult hood, yes many years. 2. I love working out and weights have always been a want to do and thought I could not do, but yes I can.

The reason for I thought I could not lift weights was only because my body was so malnourished, 2 lbs.  was heavy and yes I teared for a few years and now I have wiped those tears away.

My fatigue is a motivation for me as to not make an excuse, take necessary adjustment to stay focused. Yes I may have to lift lighter or run shorter distance but I am focused.

This week I challenge any one with lost of focus and use “fatigue” as an excuse, refocus, find your why and adjust your schedule accordingly, even if it means a nap.

I Almost ……….

Fail-Stamp

I am reflecting on my beginning days of 80 Day Obsession as I am in Round 2.  I was struggling my first few days of the program and almost threw in  the towel this it.  I completed Round 1 with moderate results and looking for greater results in Round 2.

This for me is a workout  requires focus and commitment.  In my beginning struggles I read people giving up and verbalizing how they felt the program was unsuccessful (1 week), really.  Others stating it was not enough, I knew it. My decision to quit was right or so I thought.

I then begin to think of my strengths.  Do I really want to stop, give it more time as I could hear Autumn saying “We are so close” in day 3 workouts or maybe day 4.  Also how can you evaluate any physical, workout in a few days or one week.  I almost FAILED myself listening to others and not really focusing on the workouts, end results to come.

I encourage anyone performing and  workout regimen to evaluate your goals, the workouts for YOU.  What others experience maybe  totally different of your experience.  Before throwing in the towel, evaluate why is this a choice.  This applies to all workout, weight lifting (increasing the weights), cardio (expanding the time), running, jogging.

Don’t FAIL yourself, BELIEVE in yourself…. the results are coming.

Working Out With RA-Excuses or Not

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Working out with rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge.  I hear so many people use it as an excuse, and “Why not”.  I know please do not yell, there is pain.  Yes I know because I am one with RA, and at a young age (juvenile RA).

If you are one with RA or know someone with it that continue to say ” I would but the pain is there or I do not want to cause anymore pain than necessary” . I say to them do not talk about it.

First you must be motivated, second you must just begin.  If you are just beginning any workout and have medical issues get the okay from your DOC. Second beginning a new workout start on the low side, in other words MODIFY.  Your body will tell you when to advance. Thirdly know there will be days you cannot move as fast, or lift as much weights, push ups can be challenging.

I am a fan of “beachbodyondemand.com” . I can choose which trainer and program I want to follow with a calendar and modifier on workouts.  This is my focus to fitness on my journey, however I lift weights, run, solo.  There are days my RA prevents me from lifting heavy weights, I do not throw in the towel but I do decrease the weights.  Push ups, which I finally am able to do, I use my knuckles, some days I am on my knees, or using power stands, again I adjust but do not give up.  Jogging, running I am good but then again I may have to do a mix jog and walk.

I am encouraging all those with RA and really want to workout, or once worked out and stopped, PLEASE erase the excuse or excuses. I say adjust for fitness.

My fitness journey now is another round of 80 Day Obsession, weight lifting 2-3 days  and a run of 1-3 miles 3 days a week.

I Cried,I Smiled, I Rejoice

I cried, I smiled and I rejoice.  I feel GREAT.

Sunday I complete a workout Beachbody, of course.  80 Day Obsession with Autumn Calabrese.  This is an awesome phased work outs (3)  and each can be so challenging, but here is my story.  Three maybe four days into this workout, I threw in the towel,  and this was Phase I.  I could not do this, too challenging and too advanced of course I’ve worked out with Shaun T, but this was too too much, I thought.

I found myself, maybe because I felt as if I’d failed myself, not sure, but I did another day. I left weights and am a huge fan of Sagi  “Body Beast”, but these moves with weights, bands, sliders challenged me.

Sunday 15 April, I completed 80 Day Obsession, I cried. I had completed the workout I almost worked away from. The challenge outside of my comfort in movements.

Monday, 16 April, I smiled.  I measured myself and weighed for posting (challenge group). I was 18 pounds lighter and 12.25 inches shredded. I was so pleased I did not give up.

Tuesday, 17 April I rejoiced, did a happy dance.  Completing 80 Day Obsession was not an ending to  my goals it was a beginning to continue. Tuesday I begin ” A Week of Hard Labor” a Sagi- Body beast workout.

To say the least and  the most, challenge yourself when you  feel a workout maybe a bit much.  You too can cry (tears of joy), smile (success of change body image), rejoice (because you are now ready for another challenge)

Should You Allow Age to Define Your Workout?

I am not 25, nope that age is gone. I pulled 25 out of the air circulating about, however my concern is people who allow their age define their workout or no workout.  In posting or discussing how I had to follow the modifier in my workout for 2 weeks about 1/2 of each routine.  I am proud that yes, I can squat 140 pounds and increasing but sometimes specific routines to prevent injury.

I always apply safety. Okay I am verbalizing a bit of anger, however I was confronted by a few friends and peers on workouts.  Several suggest walking,  others don’t you think after a certain age exercising is overrated.  My favorite, “girl that is for the young people”.

What? Huh? I have never went to a gym, purchased weights, ran a 5 K and it  had limit with age in bold print.

I do believe if you are and have worked out for years it becomes a stamp, part of  your life. AGE should not define your workouts, just be safe.  I truly believe in everyone who work out whether you are 18 or 80.

To those believing “No limits to workout, except safety, or injury ” I am doing 15 extra burpee jumps  in a salute to you.  To a great workout …….

NON SCALE VICTORIES

I am first to admit I am not a young lady, I have so surpassed 20, 30, 40 yes but I  will not allow age define my workouts.  I love any and all workouts, but I want to sway away from workouts. How about those goals and victories.

I must confess, I will be the first to raise my hand, hell both of them to frustration at the scale.  I am also aware as I have aged my metabolism has slowed down. I also am aware with many years of an eating disorder I have helped slow my metabolism.  By  the way eating disorder is a disease that will always be with you whether you overcome it or not, but that is for another day.

Working out for 6-7 days a week, weights and not light, running, jogging I look at the scale and I am ready to toss it. I actually went out and purchased another, what the &*^$? I ignored the non scale victories which was reiterated in my workouts with Autumn Clabrese- 80 Day Obsession.  I noted what?  inches lost, a line on the right and left ab indicating I am getting abs, yes at my age abs (never had them, a bit tight but not defined).  I was able to complete certain routines without pausing or breathing heavily.  I increased my weights and at the beginning 3/4 of my workout in 80 Day Obsession was with the modifier my progression amazed me when I no longer had to modify.  I was unaware my biceps were more defined, don’t think the scale measured that.

The NON SCALE VICTORIES, I as you should always  remember.  Of course I still weigh and I am proud  when there is a decrease but I am looking at all my victories.

PATIENCE On the Journey

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The journey to fitness is not an overnight goal.  As Autumn Calabrese says in her            “80 DAY OBSESSION”, “If progress and goals were attained in one day then it would be “1 Day Obsession”.

It is upsetting when we look in the mirror and do not see the progress we are working so hard to achieve.  I lose it at times,  questions pop up, how long?, when? oh is this just a waste?

Well I have to remind myself as I so encourage you to do the same. How long did I allow myself to get in the condition I am and how long have I actually put into the change I am aiming for?

When did I begin the journey  and when was the last time I actually  measured,observed my progress.

Is this a waste of time? Okay look at the progress, all of it. I know it takes patience, and sometimes a lot of patience.  Also it is necessary not to measure or compare to others. Every time I do this I see a greater progression in someone else and want to be where they are today.  However I do not know their journey, nor do I know how their body’s response to certain workouts.

Some of us have a slow response, others mediocre response and some so fast.  Either way it is necessary with the slightest response to appreciate it, STAY FOCUS, stop the toe tapping, and BE PATIENT