Good job, Penny and good to hear from you! I'm doing an active recovery week.
Yay Jane! So glad you are on the Xtrain with me! It's so fun to start another fresh round of workouts after doing STS for so long. It's also been nice to mix in Cathe Live workouts for variety! Keep us posted! You know I'll be here, haha!Wow Penny. You are doing so well!! Not missing a workout AND adding 2 walks and spin to the rotation. Amazing. You will certainly deserve those results when they come your way. Hope the online teaching is going okay.
I jumped on the XTrain yesterday! So excited to start this 90 day journey. I haven't done Xtrain for 4 years and had forgotten how much I LOVE it. I think it is my all-time favourite of all Cathe's programs. I was smiling after only a couple of minutes! I too love all the lower body focus. So much variety ...in Disk 1 not one exercise is repeated. The time just flew by. Thanks to STS I was able to go a little heavier on most moves than 4 years ago and match Cathe's weight (slightly heavier on chest press and fly). But those push-ups were tough. Those never get easy! Went for a 25 minute run in the sunshine along our deserted sidewalks. Hopefully I will survive cardio legs today!
8's with AOLIH - whoa! Not easy cardio-wise and also tiring for the arms I bet! Good for you!Clocking in with another round of All Out Low Impact Hiit! I upped the light weights from 5's to 8's...holy cow...I was sucking wind! Haha! Had to do a quick workout before two Zoom meetings back to back. Yuck. We just finished dinner so we will be heading out for our nightly walk soon!
Hope everyone is hanging in there! I'm hoping it heats up just a bit so we can go swimming soon!
I know! Don't you just love the variation of workouts? This set literally covers everything from every angle! This week Tabatacise and Supercuts are getting worked into the rotation. I am literally afraid of Tabatacise...serious stuff! I am looking forward to putting Cardio Leg blast on the back burner after this week...I have a somewhat difficult time recovering from that workout sometimes. And I agree, Cathe is good for an outline, but after that you've just really got to write down your weights and progress at your pace and strength. Soldier on, Jane!Almost finished week one of XTrain and super loving it. Can't believe the variety. NO exercises are repeated so the workouts are fresh. Did the brutal 80 mins Legs workout today. Cathe uses it all - loop, ball, weights, disks, mat, dixie cups, barre.... It is super long and tiring but not boring.
I find this is a perfect follow up to STS. And STS is the perfect program to do before XTrain. After that heavy training we just did with STS, I am now able to go a little heavier than the last time I did XTrain. Like you found, firmgrrrl, I can go a little heavier than Cathe on some moves, but not others. On Bis and Tris she uses a massive 35lbs for overhead extensions but only 15lbs for concentration curls! So I really had to do my own thing and not just follow her lead.
Happy Easter everyone!
Love your style, Penny. You're making it work for you! And good for you...sounds like you're into month #2!Did Burn Sets Chest, Back, Shoulders, and Core 1 today! I tried to go heavier on some exercises and stayed the same with others. I'm not always hitting the rep range, but I'm OK with that. I'm trying to do some different cardio workouts to keep some interest and variety.
Right? I hate core 2! How about after the side planks she has you go right into that move where you put your arm behind your head and rotate down and in? I hate her when she does that hahaha ha! I have yet to be able to complete all reps...brutal! Keep up the good work!Love your style, Penny. You're making it work for you! And good for you...sounds like you're into month #2!
I am moving along...half way through week #2. Core #2 just about killed me! I find it really challenging with the high reps and very short rest times between moves! But otherwise, having fun building strength while burning body fat - this program is a great combo of the two.
Good plan! Not only do you do tough tabata training with that one but Cathe also does a blast on the step after each tabata. She says the step work takes your heart rate down a little, but I find the step section not much reprieve!Tomorrow is Tabatacise and I am not exactly looking forward to it from what I remember. But I'm just going to do the shorter version first and work my way up. I love Cathe's premixes so much!
Omg...right? I did Tabatacise for the second time this rotation and I was like, "Woman...why the step blasts between tabatas, for the love of God Why??????". Haha!Good plan! Not only do you do tough tabata training with that one but Cathe also does a blast on the step after each tabata. She says the step work takes your heart rate down a little, but I find the step section not much reprieve!
Dang, girl! Cardio Leg Blast and then you taught a Zoom class (how is that btw, teaching fitness on Zoom?). I bow down to you and your athletic greatness! CLB always puts me down for the day. I am seeing some benefits. This series is seriously my go to for results. I loved STS, but I didn't really see a difference, like I felt it, and I know I got stronger, but with this program the added cardio and abs just really dials everything in! At about 6 weeks now (which is when I personally tend to see results with a program) my legs feel and look more toned for sure, especially inner thigh and glutes. My shoulders are starting to pop and today when I snuck a look at myself in the mirror I saw some oblique definition so that is good! I've always been laying out by the pool here and there and I don't want to cry when I put my bikini on so.... haha! How about you? When do you start seeing differences?Really thankful you got me into XTrain, Penny. Absolutely loving it. No dread factor. Well, except Tuesday... lead a fitness class on zoom and was spent by the end. Wasn't sure if I could handle Cardio Legs and that dreaded Core 2 on the same day! In the end got it all done and felt great! Was even able to up my weights a smidgen! I find my cardio level has improved with all the cardio training in this series. Are you getting the weight loss benefits you were hoping for? What benefits are you seeing?
Couldn't agree more! Exactly what I feel. STS gives you a really great sense of accomplishment and is Cathe's best strength builder. But XTrain changes body composition!This series is seriously my go to for results. I loved STS, but I didn't really see a difference, like I felt it, and I know I got stronger, but with this program the added cardio and abs just really dials everything in!
Good for you Penny! Great results from lots of great work! Well deserved. I think doing STS just prior to XTrain really helps to bring out those awesome results. I am lifting heavier this time with XTrain and I think it is because I sweat through 3 months of STS.At about 6 weeks now (which is when I personally tend to see results with a program) my legs feel and look more toned for sure, especially inner thigh and glutes. My shoulders are starting to pop and today when I snuck a look at myself in the mirror I saw some oblique definition so that is good! I've always been laying out by the pool here and there and I don't want to cry when I put my bikini on so....
I am only on week 3 so not sure about results yet for myself. Did the program 2-3 times in the past but that was 5 or more years ago so not sure exactly when changes became noticeable. I am trying to keep the eating habits in check - that's the biggy for me for seeing results. Also, at 60 my body seems to be aging faster than I can keep up with! But I have lost a few pounds since beginning XTrain which is nice. My goal is to get my percentage body fat down a few percentage points. Started at 26% body fat (just according to my scale which has electrical impedance strips on it), so we'll see how it goes! Knowing you are seeing results is really motivating for me. Thanks!How about you? When do you start seeing differences?