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Callanetics, Cardio, and Strength Training

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I recently added another exercise to my six day a week schedule. I discovered Callanetics by visiting the exercise section of one of the support groups I frequent. I was not really looking for something to add to my schedule, but after seeing the results of those that were willing to share their pictures, how could I resist? Since I really like the results I have been getting from my other workouts and Callanetics is a blend of yoga and ballet, I decided to give it a try!

I am not willing to replace any one of my workouts with Callanetics at the present time since I still have plenty of extra weight on my body that I want to get rid of. I am very pleased with the results I am getting from alternating Walk Away the Pounds three days a week with my Bowflex, because the muscle definition is becoming obvious. At 50 years old, I can honestly say that after a year and a half of working out six days a week, I am in much better shape than I have ever been.

The first thing I had to do was get my hands on a Callanetics tape. I thought I had one that was packed away several years ago, but I could not find the box of exercise tapes. I had never opened it or even viewed it, but I remember it was there. I decided to try my luck and see if I could look for at one of my local thrift stores. My husband wanted to go grocery shopping so we combined one trip and made a few stops so I could look for a Callanetics tape. I lucked out and found Callanetics, 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours at the second store we visited. This particular VHS tape was produced in 1986 but there are several versions currently being sold on DVD.

After coming home, I was curious to see what Callanetics was all about, so I put it into my tape player. I have never tried yoga or ballet and was very impressed with the thought of getting myself into position and then being able to work on relaxing my body. My husband watched some of the tape with me and since I did not want to bore him with the entire thing, I shut it off until I could get back to it.

I knew from my short preview that I was going to add Callanetics to my exercise schedule. The first thing I did the following morning was to step on the scale so I would have an accurate measurement before I got started. I was so excited to see 173 lbs., when only a week before I was two and a half pounds heavier, that I completely forgot to take my measurements again. I knew I wanted some "before" photos so I put on my spandex, snapped a few, and now I get to look forward to checking out my results when I finish my first ten hours.

It was late afternoon when I had a chance to put the tape back into the player. My daughter and I had just returned from a three hour round trip to her college and back, and since I wanted to sit down and relax, I started the Callanetics tape. I watched the rest of it and when I realized I had close to an hour before my husband was going to be home, I decided to give it a try.

It took me over an hour to complete it the first time because I had to stop the tape a few times. I really wanted to work on technique so I needed to get that down before I would begin the workout. I found Callanetics to be intense, yet relaxing, and have no doubt that using it will definitely tighten muscles that I am not presently using. When I finished the tape, I was surprised that I was sweating because I worked so hard to relax!

I really enjoyed the workout and was excited to be able to try it again the following day. My husband warned me that I would probably be too sore to try it again so soon and to see how I felt. When I woke up the following day, I was surprised to feel tenderness on both sides of my upper shoulder, under arm area. It did not hurt, but sometimes when I stretched I could feel a bit of a strain that I had never felt before. My legs also felt the workout, which really surprised me. I thought my legs were nice and strong, but I guess there are other muscles that I have not been working. I knew my body could take another workout so when I read the back of the box I was disappointed to read that it suggested only using it twice a week.

When I checked in with a couple of my support groups and told them that I completed my first hour but was disappointed about only being able to use it twice a week, I was told to go ahead and use it as often as I like allowing a day of rest in between. Since the suggestion sounded reasonable to me and the persons signature states that she has twenty two years of Callanetics experience behind her, I am very pleased that she took the time to help me. It is always easy to follow the advice of others when it is something you want to hear, so I took her advice and took the day off to rest.

After giving it some thought, I decided to work Callanetics into my exercise program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, which is the same days that I do my Walk Away the Pounds workouts. Since it was only Saturday and I knew I had a day of rest behind me and another one before Monday, I decided to put in my second hour. I was unable to finish the tape in an hour because I had to rewind it a couple of times in order to get the technique right, but I got through it again. I still had a Bowflex workout scheduled and since my husband joins me when I do that workout, we waited a short time after lunch before we got started.

It was the first day that I was going to be adding to my Walk Away the Pounds workout. I didn't know whether I wanted to begin with Callanetics or WATP so I asked my husband what he thought I should do. He suggested I get my cardio workout done first so I could warm up my muscles. Since it sounded like a good idea to me, I got started. When I finished forty five minutes later, I was looking forward to relaxing with Callanetics and decided to get it done right away.

I found Callanetics very challenging, and it could be because I started it after a forty-five minute cardio workout. I should have taken some time in between my two workouts, but I was so excited to get started on my third hour that I didn't want to wait. I was able to enjoy the exercises, but I am still working on my technique so I have to stop the tape. I was surprised to feel my stomach muscles working today and I hope it will continue. I still can't believe how much work it is to try and relax, but it is a challenge that I think will become beneficial to me!

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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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