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Old 02-02-2011, 10:17 AM
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Hi ladies--a day late on starting our new thread--but here we go....

Ripken and I have been very happy that the icky weather has bypassed our part of Virginia the past few days. That has meant nice long walks in the morning for us. Yesterday, I did All Step and today was Leaner Legs. One more day to go with Cross Train Express. My legs are really feeling it.

Got to get back to work--be back later.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:34 PM
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I am pretty sore from Gym Style Back, Biceps, Chest. Think I will do a cardio today. Cathe posted a rotation on the Ask Cathe forum that I really liked and will try this one - it incorporates STS, Pyramids, Gym Style, and 4DS.

Grady has loads of fun yesterday chasing his floppy frisbee down the driveway and then pouncing on it with is two front feet and sliding for 10 feet - he seemed to get a kick out of sliding. When he returned the frisbee, he would stop about 5 feet from me, drop the frisbee, put his front feet on it and slide into home base
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:02 PM
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Hi--folks are still using the old thread. I'm hoping to keep this one "on top of the thread list" so everyone is seeing it. Eventually--we will all get here.

Today was my last day of Cross Train Express: Kickbox and Biceps. I'm feeling the bicep work already. Whewee!

Michele_Z: how much snow and ice did you get out your way. Sounds like you and Grady are able to enjoy the weather rather than fighting is. That's a good thing. The Gym Style workouts are great. I might take some of my GS spreadsheets with me on vacation so I can do the workouts in the fitness center at the resort. Alas, I will be without the dvds, but I can still follow the basic routine.

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Old 02-03-2011, 01:15 PM
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Well we lost power last night, and it was to cold for the back up generator to kick on. So we stocked up the fire, and the girls slept with me in our bed and Bo slept in the guest-room. Bo still couldn't get the power going this morning so we are at a friends house. Hearing lots of horror stories about blown pipes all over town!

I am hopping to do a lower body workout today. Inner thigh and knee are feeling better. I am thinking of Leaner Legs from Cross Train Xpress which I have heard so much about and never done. Although Lower Body Blast is calling my name as well and I like the fact it has cardio in it as well. I am trying to get at least 30 minutes of cardio in 6 days a week. I have been reading the BFFM and as a slow burning Endomorph this is what he recommends!

I am starting a 3 1/2 month STS rotation on Friday. This should take me pretty close to my 40th B-Day! I will have only one vacation to attend with this time as it is half as long as the last time through! Not looking forward to Meso 1 which is the hardest for my body type. Even yesterday with the two upper body high rep routines my body was literally shaking by the end of it!

Renne and Michelle did ya'll redo your 1RM? I am not going to...I am going to use my micro weight gloves (which I didn't have at the beginning of my 1st time through STS to up my weight just by a lb or 2)

High Fives to everyone!

posted on the old thread so cut & copied here

just saw Cathe's new Feb rotation which looks so awesome I am tempted to postpone my STS rotation for another month but because I use my legs so heavily in the ski season and my knee is acting up on occasion I decided to download it to June!

Michelle; evny your nice weather! I have been doing Cross Train Xpress here and there when I can fit it in. I have mostly used the Upper Body Split. The cardio I like a lot...

MichelleZ: GS are my favorites, and my 2nd order of Cathe, the 1st being Butts& Gutts! What is the name of the rotation you are doing?
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:54 PM
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Hello All -

On Tuesday I ran on the treadmill and then did Tracy Anderson Post Pregnancy workout - it is still a great workout despite the fact that I'm not Post pregnancy -parts of it are really tough - a good workout for anybody. I think I'm going to buy my sister a copy - Tracy says some stuff in there I think she would appreciate - on the flip side - I doubt my sister could actually do these moves. Yesterday I did "Step Revolution" - (Hurrah - I remember the name!!) step workout with Rebecca Small. I got to the 5th combo again - as you remember I had to stop there when Rex had his meltdown and I couldn't pick it up again. Well, turns out - it is really complicated and I need to concentrate like crazy to get it. In my defense - Rebecca says herself that she is teaching really fast so that she can get all of the material in and would take a much longer time breaking it down in a class setting. So I get there - I manage to pick it up - but not really consistently - I kept rewinding so that I felt like I had it. AFter all that rewinding - I decided to stop there. I have to tell you though, I LOVE IT!!! Fun - fast - complicated - all good. It is a vast deal different than running on the treadmill (Oh so boring!) - with this I'm engaged the entire time.

So tonight is the treadmill and TA again.


Laura - that is super cold weather there!!! BRRRRR!!!! I was going to complain about the 15 degrees this morning - that is a heat wave compared to -32!! I hope Bo gets the power up - what a bummer to be out of your house. Keep warm!!!

Michelle - I was kind of wondering if you were hit with that ghastly storm - since you didn't make the new thread I thought perhaps you might have - glad you didn't and Ripken is getting his walks! It's just cold here - haven't had a bunch of snow or anything. We were threatened with some ice that never really materialized.

MicheleZ - Grady sounds like a blast with that frisbee! I don't throw the girls a frisbee - in fact - I don't think we even have one! I wonder how they'd like it.

Janie - good job on your challenges - sounds hard - not sure I could do it.

Ok gonna go - have a couple of things to take care of - Rex is out of town for the next 2 days - so I get the house to myself! Oh one more thing: GO STEELERS!!!!!
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Did 30 min. on trampoline today. It was a good cardio workout.

Michelle, Glad you were bypassed by that awful storm. Ripken must love his mommy to pieces with all those walks. We play whole heartedly with our Rolly all day long, so he's OK with exercises for now. Great job on All Step and Leaner Legs. Well done.

MicheleZ, Great job on those Gym Style Back, biceps and chest. Oooo, that rotation does sound like a good one. Grady sounds too cute for words and smart too.

Laura
, I'm so glad you guys are OK from that storm. You didn't have heat last night? I bet it was frozen every where when you got up! Burrrrrrrrrr! So glad your inner thigh and knee are better. I need cardio everyday too, but from the challenges I'm doing, it's just too much right now. Cardio is my favorite stuff to do. I bet you are looking forward to the STS rotation tomorrow. Good for you, you just can't beat that. Hang in there with Meso 1, you are going to do just fine. When is your Birthday?


Shoegal, Great job on all the days you did treadmill, Tracy, Step Revolution, Rebeca Small, sounds like so much fun. Tough workouts and oh so rewarding.

Have a really nice evening everyone,

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Hi Everyone,
Yesterday I did Ali MacGraw's Yoga Mind & Body. My mind was very distracted for some reason but that happens sometimes.

So it looks like there isn't enough interest in the office Bootcamp. Go figure. On the plus side, a lot of it was similar to Cathe and I have those available to me any time I want.

Michelle: Congrats on completing your last day of CTX...what are you planning to do next?

Janie: 30 minutes on a trampoline! Sounds like fun!

Shoegal: Enjoy having the place to yourself for a couple of days...no interruptions to your workouts!

Laura: No power in February sounds awful! Hope you get it all fixed soon.

MicheleZ: Enjoy your new rotation!

Hello to Renee & Shadowpup! Have a great Friday.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:58 AM
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Hey everyone!

Did Gym Style Chest and then 40 minutes of Step Blast yesterday. My chest hurts sooo good . I am going to do Gym Style legs today but I don't think I am going to do 67 minutes of it - probably do a shorter pre-mix and then 30-40 minutes of cardio if my legs can still handle it.

Being without power and pipes bursting! I hope things get back to normal for you soon!! We didn't get a lot of snow thank goodness - we usually get the worst the storms have to offer but it mostly missed us this time.

The rotation was posted by Cathe in response to a member's question as to the best strength DVD for 2 - 3 times per week. Below is the rotation cut and pasted from the post on the Ask Cathe forum:

For week one and two do...

Mon: STS Total Body
Tues...cardio
Wed Pyramid Lower Body plus 25 minutes cardio
Thursday: Pyramid Upper Body plus 25 minutes cardio
Fri: Cardio
Sat: STS Total Body
Sun: off

For week three and four do....

Mon: Gym Style (upper Body of choice) plus 25 minutes cardio
Tues: Cardio
Wed: Gym Style Legs
Thurs: Gym Style (upper Body of choice)
Fri: Cardio
Sat: Cardio
Sun: Off

For week five and six do....

Mon: 4DS Higher Intensity Step
Tues: Cardio
Wed: 4DS Lower Intensity Step
Thurs: Cardio
Fri: 4DS Bootcamp
Sat: 4DS Kickbox
Sun: Off

Repeat weeks 1 through 6 again....you can do whatever cardio you want on the designated day and the same cardio does not have to be repeated the second week of each two week cycle. In fact, the same cardio also doesn't have to be repeated when you go back and do the whole 6 weeks over again.
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Good morning. Looks like just about everyone has found our new thread. Great!

Well--lots to do and not much time to do it in. Ripken and I had a super long walk this morning. Part of that is me feeling guilty about leaving my little buddy for almost two weeks. That is the only part about this vacation that I don't like. But he is going to Joe's son and DIL and will be well taken care of and loved and spoiled big time. I haven't exercised yet today. I'm thinking light cardio or stretch max.

Oh--I get to take Cathe with me on vacation. Well, some of my Cathe dvds. The rooms at Sandals have dvd players in them so I can do things like kickbox, cardio core circuit, or double wave pyramid in the room. I'll also be taking my weight gloves and some of my spreadsheets for use in the fitness center. They also are suppose to have aerobics classes too--my plan is to exercise every day. We'll see how that goes. Will start pulling stuff together for the trip later today.

MicheleZ: glad you didn't get hit with that storm. It sounded awful. GS Chest and 40 minutes of step blast sounds like a great workout. Isn't great how you can mix up different parts of Cathe's workouts?

Laura: no power=a pain in the patootie. This has been some kind of winter so far, hasn't it? We've had some super cold in the mid-Atlantic for Dec and early Jan--but it seems to have moderated a bit. Otherwise, I'm just getting used to it. I imagine Misty likes the cold weather. But too cold is too cold, even for big furry pups.

Janie: wow--you have a tampoline? That sounds like fun. Is it low to the ground or one of those big ones? That is something I would never think about getting or doing. You really are young at heart.

DH had a doctor's appointment with his cardiologist earlier this week. It has almost been 6 months since he quit smoking and finally he is seeing some improvements. His red blood cell count is now on the high end of normal--so hopefully the polycythemia is behind him. His blood pressure was well in the normal range (with medication)--in the past it usually has been on the high end of normal with medication or still slightly on the high side. He also is motivated to lose some weight. I'm sneaking his athletic shoes in his suitcase for vacation. I'm hoping I can get him to at least walk on the treadmill in the fitness center every day or two. It's funny all these years of DH smoking and now he has totally gone the other way and encourages others to quit. Who says miracles don't happen.

Okay--time to rock and roll and get some things done.
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Hello- hope everyone has a great weekend.

I had a terrible night alone with all the pups. Somehow or other, Scout wants to sound the alarm constantly to tell me someone is coming or she heard something even when there is nothing out there. Well, she was in rare form last night - I tried to go in the back room where I work out - all the pups wanted to stay in the living room because they HATE the laminate flooring back there - too slippy for them (a little Pittsburghese for you ) and all the toys are in the living room. Scout barked her head off every 5 minutes, so everyone else did too - I went out to see what could be the matter - and there is nothing!!!! I go back - restart workout - more barking . I did eventually get the workout in - but I was pulling my hair out.

I ran the treadmill (a little for speed - mostly just because I wanted to get it done faster ) - sure did sweat though. I then did TA's PP workout again. Did it all. Scout came in to cuddle a little while I was on the floor.

Elle - you know, we have the same problem here at work - whenever there is something beneficial to sign up for - even something FUN (if you can believe it) - nobody wants to participate. Nobody wants to put their name down. But you're right - if you've got Cathe's bootcamp - that's all you need - that is one of my favorites.

Michelle - Goodness - ENJOY vacation - I know you'll have a super time. I just LOVE the beach - and its a bonus that you can bring Cathe along too. I'm glad Joe to making attempts to get healthy - maybe this is the start of a whole new lifestyle. I wish Rex would do the same - I worry about him.

MicheleZ - thanks for posting the rotation - it looks like it will be effective - I don't do Pyramid upper or lower body too often and I really should - right now I'm kind of missing lifting heavier.

Laura - hope things are getting back to normal over there - is the power back up?

Ok - bought a Steeler's garden flag - I really couldn't help myself. Big super bowl party this weekend all around the city GO STEELERS!!! I really can't help it - I grew up here - they are my team!!! I don't think that if I went to live anywhere else in the world that I wouldn't route for the Steelers. Hope everyone has a nice weekend.
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