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Old 08-06-22, 10:05 PM  
Susan H
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I did the dumbbell workout for beginners, full body today. I've enjoyed these workouts this week. Lifting as heavy as I can manage, they don't seem so beginner level.

Thanks, tlchello, for mentioning that you messaged Cee. I decided to message her to see what she would suggest for me to do next. I told her that I didn't want a big jump in volume for the legs because I need to protect my joints, and she suggested her full body series. I'll be doing three per week instead of the four per week that she has listed. I hope your headaches are a thing of the past soon.

Melissa, thanks for talking about the 6 week split. When I looked at that workout, I realized it would be too big of a jump in volume for my legs and my joints would be protesting.

I hope everyone's having a great weekend!
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Old 08-07-22, 06:34 PM  
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We had our grandson staying here all week, so my workouts were sporadic, but I did 40-4-40 Seven on Friday, and Eight today. On Friday, everything felt hard, and I had to reduce my weights several times - maybe because I'd been slacking, maybe because some of the moves were unfamiliar, maybe both. Today I felt fresh and the exercises were more typical, and I was able to finish all the reps with my chosen weights and feel I could increase weight for some of the moves next time they come up.

I always do Cheryl's 8-minute warmup ... I like its emphasis on mobility. I also usually do some stretches in between sets during the workout. I generally like her pacing with the long breaks between sets, but I'll admit sometimes I get started on the first set of a new move while she's still demo-ing, and then I'm a little ahead of her. Besides stretching, I use the breaks to write down my weights and reps, hydrate and towel off, and put weights/equipment away if I'm done with them.
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Old 08-07-22, 07:25 PM  
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We had our grandson staying here all week, so my workouts were sporadic, but I did 40-4-40 Seven on Friday, and Eight today. On Friday, everything felt hard, and I had to reduce my weights several times - maybe because I'd been slacking, maybe because some of the moves were unfamiliar, maybe both. Today I felt fresh and the exercises were more typical, and I was able to finish all the reps with my chosen weights and feel I could increase weight for some of the moves next time they come up.

I always do Cheryl's 8-minute warmup ... I like its emphasis on mobility. I also usually do some stretches in between sets during the workout. I generally like her pacing with the long breaks between sets, but I'll admit sometimes I get started on the first set of a new move while she's still demo-ing, and then I'm a little ahead of her. Besides stretching, I use the breaks to write down my weights and reps, hydrate and towel off, and put weights/equipment away if I'm done with them.
I also do that warmup before I do a workout. I tend to dance during the breaks...lol. I always play my own music when I lift and I just can't stand still. I probably should actually "rest"..lol. I also keep a notebook and record everything as I go.

Tomorrow I will be doing workout #3 I believe.
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Old 08-08-22, 03:16 PM  
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Susan, she does 4 sets of some (if not all) of the exercises in the 6 week split. I definitely was not ready to just jump into that, especially with legs and my body let me know, haha. I really like the advanced series and it's a great way to get conditioned for her other series' should you care to do so. Plus I really enjoy the circuit format.

I revisited day 1 of the 6 week split today, Legs + Shoulders. That is a quick and dirty little workout. Happy to say I am stronger than when I attempted it a month ago in that I didnt have to keep stopping and held weights the whole workout this time. Still lots of room for me to go up in weight.

Laura, I think I know what you are talking about with the unfamiliar moves. Occasionally she incorporates an exercise I can't quite grasp and I'm unsure if I'm executing it correctly bc I'm not really feeling it in the target area - these standing chest crossbody flyes come to mind, and some sort of angled row. I prefer the straightforward moves I already know so I can just work on getting stronger at them. However, I used to struggle to "feel" muscle engagement for back/hammies and that has really improved with repetition. So maybe I'll improve at those exercises too.

Tichello, great idea to keep a log. That's so helpful for making/seeing progress.

Have a great day everyone.
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Old 08-08-22, 04:41 PM  
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Hi all,

I did workout #3 this morning. It was okay but there was one of those awkward moves that you ladies have mentioned. I think it was called a waiters curl. For the life of me, I could not get a good grasp of the dumbbell and it just keep slipping.

Tomorrow will be a stretching day. I also think I am joining a friend to re-start the C25K program. There is a local charity 5K run at the first of October that I would like to support and I like the C25K program I have done in the past.

Hope everyone is having a happy Monday so far.
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Old 08-09-22, 11:21 AM  
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I don't care for the waiters curl either and I've given up on them. Haha I sub in another bicep curl.

Week 2 of Plateau Buster Chest + Biceps. I enjoyed this combo a bit more this time.

I'm off to work, have a great day.
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Old 08-09-22, 05:39 PM  
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Hi, all.

I began the full body series today. The first one has an emphasis on the arms. I had to pause at times because I try to go as heavy as possible and need some recovery time. I was thinking the close grip curl that's in this first workout would be a good sub for the waiter's curl. It's hard for me to hold onto the dumbbell, too. I'm sure it would help if I were able to use a bigger dumbbell like Cee is using.

I needed a good stretch after that and found one by Caroline Jordan that felt wonderful. She holds them long enough to really relax into it.

Laura, I look forward to the time I get to spend more time with my grandson. They live several states away, but they hope to move closer in the near future.
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Old 08-10-22, 01:53 PM  
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Quick post today to report I did workout #4 from the 40-4-40 series. All went well except I didn't have a good bench or tote to use for one of the moves. I managed to throw together a mound of blankets and pillows, which wasn't great, but it did the trick. I will have to find something else to use because I think she uses her ottoman again in workout #5.
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Old 08-10-22, 04:24 PM  
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Do you have a stability ball? That's what I use. A foam roller could work or just lying flat on the floor, in a pinch.

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Quick post today to report I did workout #4 from the 40-4-40 series. All went well except I didn't have a good bench or tote to use for one of the moves. I managed to throw together a mound of blankets and pillows, which wasn't great, but it did the trick. I will have to find something else to use because I think she uses her ottoman again in workout #5.
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Old 08-10-22, 06:32 PM  
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Edensmom, yeah that angled row is one of the ones I was thinking about, that was a bit harder to get the hang of. As you say, I wasn't quite sure I was feeling it correctly or doing it right. The single-leg hip thrust was another - for sure I was feeling that one, but it was stinkin' hard! The waiter's curl was OK for me.

Susan, I hadn't thought of using a stability ball but it would be fine for most of Cheryl's "ottoman" exercises! I usually use my FeetUp trainer.

Today I did 40-4-40 Nine. For this one she only uses two different pairs of dumbbells, 25 and 10. Based on what I've used with some of those moves in the past I used 15 and 10, and ended up dropping to 7s on most of the exercises where I started with 10s. I should've known I wouldn't be able to use Cheryl's weights The biceps and triceps exercises are at the end of the workout and I think we've pre-exhausted our arms as they assist in the RDL, rows, and standing chest press. I do enjoy the variety of moves, even if some of 'em are weird! I have not found myself getting bored with these workouts at all.
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