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Old 03-18-18, 06:15 AM  
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Honestly, I don't think it matters what you do for a program. The key is eating whole foods, and daily movement. Stay faithful and you'll see "results".
I agree with this statement. Regular exercise changes your body on a cellular level such as you have no need for blood sugar/blood pressure/cholesterol, or similar medications. Your body aches less and stays agile and flexible. However, if you want to see visible results, you need to lower the subcutaneous fat layer and that is done by reducing food intake - either consciously or unconsciously.
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Old 03-18-18, 11:16 AM  
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Very interesting thread. Several years ago, I did a 1-2-3 rotation of Firm Classics--2 weeks of nothing but those 3 workouts. I think someone on vf had suggested a month-long rotation, but I was sick of them after about 3 rounds. Those 2 weeks melted off my outer thigh/"saddlebag" area like nothing ever had before. Or since.
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Old 03-18-18, 12:38 PM  
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I agree with this statement. Regular exercise changes your body on a cellular level such as you have no need for blood sugar/blood pressure/cholesterol, or similar medications. Your body aches less and stays agile and flexible. However, if you want to see visible results, you need to lower the subcutaneous fat layer and that is done by reducing food intake - either consciously or unconsciously.
Some people still have problems with blood sugar/cholesterol/pressure due to genetics or other issues. Exercise might help with that, but they still might need meds. I think making healthier choices is better than reducing food intake - focusing on fueling your body in healthy ways rather than just eating less food.
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Old 03-18-18, 01:10 PM  
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What fitness routine have you done that made you see changes in your body, such as increased muscle growth and definition? How long did it take for you to see changes?
definitely running, the Firm, Callanetics 10/10 and Slim Series.

weight loss and definition. changes occured in roughly 2-3 weeks, working out 6 days/week for roughly an hour each time. running/jogging, though inconsistent, has caused an internal change - that i have excellent endurance resulting in a very low RHR.

two primary reasons come to mind as to why i think it changed me: (1) consistency (2) mindset.

i had taken a weight training class in college and used to jog for fitness. weight training was very sporadic since i didn't own any equipment at home. videos changed all of that for me!
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Old 03-18-18, 01:26 PM  
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Honestly, I don't think it matters what you do for a program. The key is eating whole foods, and daily movement. Stay faithful and you'll see "results".
I agree!

Results don't necessarily mean the same thing to everyone. For me the key is doing workouts I enjoy and that leave me feeling good after. Essentrics, Pilates, barre, & yoga have changed how my body feels by strengthening my core, improving flexibility & balance, and general firming & toning. I have struggled with low back, hip, & knee pain and all are now under control. Feeling good & being pain free is the goal, looking fit and toned is a bonus! I'll never be "ripped", too late for that, but I'm happy with the changes I've achieved.
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Old 03-18-18, 01:59 PM  
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I got into great shape in the 80s with running and high impact aerobics classes. I loved both and would still do them if I could but alas, my knees just can't take the impact.

A mix of yoga, other body weight exercises, strength training with weights, walking and cycling has worked well for me.

In January I made some dietary tweaks, and my menopooch is almost gone. All the physical stuff I do is great, but what made me lose stubborn belly fat was dietary changes, which I am making permanent.
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Old 03-18-18, 03:24 PM  
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10-15 years ago, I did very well with Slim in 6, Slim Series and later on Brazil Butt Lift. Now I have terrible hip pain (I suspect piriformis issues) and I am 52, so I cannot do those any more. I am still trying to find what is effective and wont make me hurt in the process.
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Old 03-19-18, 01:17 PM  
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definitely running, the Firm, Callanetics 10/10 and Slim Series.
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10-15 years ago, I did very well with Slim in 6, Slim Series and later on Brazil Butt Lift. Now I have terrible hip pain (I suspect piriformis issues) and I am 52, so I cannot do those any more. I am still trying to find what is effective and wont make me hurt in the process.
Slim Series is the only thing that leaned out my pear shape, even more than running. I used to be quite a broken record about it around here However, there's no way I can devote the time investment they required anymore and they were very hard on my body even 15 years ago.
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Old 03-20-18, 01:57 PM  
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Pretty much every fitness routine made me see changes in my body, the real question for me was finding a routine I enjoyed and could stick with, one that made me feel good and not beat up.
This!

About 2 months ago we got a new family member, a 7 mo. old Shep/Husky mix and the daily walks (usually 1-2x 30-40 min) really made some vanity pounds come right off, without even trying! (I eat a lot, whole foods/plant based, but still enjoy my treats! ).
I'm still struggling with adrenal fatigue, so I mostly do 10-15 min pilates or barre segments every day, but sometimes walking is all I do.
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Old 03-20-18, 03:09 PM  
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Horizontal Conditioning without a doubt, tough to keep consistent with it, but gosh, my body responds to this more than anything else.

Also, Yvette's workouts on youtube have really amped up my cardio capacity (even though I modify nearly all the impact).
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