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6/5/09 9:33 P

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I was on the Firm website last week and they had an option after you log in to put in all the tapes you own and it would create a calendar for you. I really like it because one day I am doing Cardio Party, then Bootcamp and then Cardio Inferno.

Thank you all for coming to my rescue and helping me out when I was stressing so much. I do think my pants are feeling better - I had my belt on the third notch which I use to not be able to sit down like that!!!

HEALTH_FOOD Posts: 37
6/5/09 4:31 P

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According to one of the magazines I was reading in the gym it said to change it up as often as possible so your body doesn't get use to it. I am use to working out, so after about 3-5 days i get board and when I get off the treadmill I feel like I haven't done anything. When I get to this point, half-way through my exercise I increase the incline or the speed. I think it depends on you intensity level. Last sat I started out with 4.5 incline and 3.3 speed, today while working out after 30min I felt like I haven't done anything,so half way thru my workout I up the incline to 5 and my speed to 3.4. After an hour on the treadmill I felt refresh and energized. Go with how you feel. If you started out the week on the treadmill huffing and puffing and by the end of the week, you barely broke a sweet its time to up the intensity or the length of time you spend on the treadmill. If you intensity level is low keep it at a lower incline and gradually up your speed. Just one notch will do the trick. If you are doing cardio with the fanny lifter or the transfirmer and you have master either to the point where you are still dry when you are done with either, then the firm web site has a more advance schedule to switch to. Have not master either but I came close with the fanny lifter where I had fun using it instead of trying not to fall flat on my face. If you have to wait a month like the last posting said, then that's works too, just don't push yourself too fast too soon.

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6/5/09 10:13 A

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It is ideal to switch your program up every 4 weeks but some people can go as long as 6.

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6/5/09 10:10 A

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No I haven't seen it or tried it Health_food. I'm looking to try something new. I want to go to the treadmill and I promised myself that I would for the summer so I might dust it off and get it going again. I try to switch it up as far as the cardio is concerned every month and I am going to look into that tape (review wise first) and see what others think about it. I don't mind dancing but it has to be high paced because if not it doesn't get me in the zone. I did one today on exercise on demand with Kendell and my my heart rate never even moved. I didn't mind because I was looking for a light day but not that light. I have a question for you or anyone for that matter. I tend to stick to the same cardio routine for a week would it make more sense to change it from week to week or is monthly fine?

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HEALTH_FOOD Posts: 37
6/5/09 12:58 A

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Fabdelka I totally agree, when I started back my exercise routine, i realized that I wasn't getting enough cardio too, so for the past six weeks I have been working out on the treadmill for 30-60min then doing one of my firm videos. I stay at 60 min now then I work out with the firm stability ball. Usually I use the fanny lifter for 55 min and treadmill for 30min. Each week I change it up so my body doesn't get use to it. While at the gym I read in a few magazine were it said not to stick to the same routine for a long period a time. Once I loose a few more pounds I will go back to the treadmill and the fanny lifter. I don't have either tapes that you mention but I will definitely double up on my work out. Have you tried cardio dance slim down, i saw the infomercial on the firm site and it looks interesting?

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6/4/09 1:57 P

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Unfortunately, you WILL NOT gain that much muscle in that short of time, it's physiologically impossible. Women can hope to only gain about 1 pound per month with average weight training (Firm) and up to 2 lbs with a Strict Body Building routine (ultra heavy weights: Free weight of 35 lbs minimum per hand or hundreds of lbs on machines).

What is happening is water retention! This will dissapate in a matter of a 2-3 weeks. As you begin a new exercise program, new lifting program, you muscles will retain more water initially for several reasons, such as for repair and glucose depletion/storage. It's all water my dear! What will happen in the future is you may not lose a lot of weight and likely, not much weight or quickly, but the inches will drop off quickly. Read the thread "Losing Weight" for a full explanation.

Keep challenging yourself by adding heavier weights as your body is able to safely w/ proper form, to continue to challenge the body and drop body fat. Good Luck and don't worry, it's temporary. Remember Women DON"T bulk especially with such light weights! A gallon of milk weights 7-8 lbs...the same as a new born baby. If we bulked from such little weight, carring a plate of food would produce gunz! Very Silly!

MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGHT MORE THAN FAT!!!! A POUND IS A POUND, IS A POUND REGARDLESS IF IT'S FEATHERS, FAT, GOLD, MUSCLE, ECT!!!!!

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6/4/09 1:27 P

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I totally agree with you Health_food. We actually started at the same weight and although my ticker says 165 I'm actually trying to get to 155. The only thing I can say differently though is if your body is accustomed to it ( I know mine was) try doing two in one session. For example I do ultimate fat burning workout and ultimate fat blaster back to back on my cardio days. So that's 70 minutes of cardio. I do that because I realized that I wasn't getting enough cardio. And also because I love the Firm cardio tapes. I do that for a month and then switch to something else.

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HEALTH_FOOD Posts: 37
6/1/09 9:30 P

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Don't be discourage this is normal. I had the same problem when I use the TransFirmer. The below response is correct that you are gaining muscle mass. One thing you can do is to work out using just you body weight, or smaller weights than required. While using the TransFirmer your tape measurement will become you best friend, not the scale. If you don't have a tape measurement, pick a favorite pair or jean you cant get into, and try it on maybe every few weeks to get yourself motivated. The other thing I learned is that when you use any of the firm exercise and stop, it will take twice the amount of time it took you the first time to get the same result. This is because you body is use to the exercise. So give it another few weeks and you will see some result. Patient is the key, so dont give up.

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5/31/09 11:15 A

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Well, muscle weighs more than fat, so that could be a reason for gain. Also, are you eating more b/c you're working out, or eating the same amount? Another thought on this...sometimes your body "shifts" itself when there's a change in your routine...I've noticed that I gain weight in my hips/thighs when my tummy fat starts to go away...keep up the work though, your body will figure it out. Right now it's just confused and doesnt know whether to store or burn fat! And drink LOTS of water! Good luck!

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5/31/09 12:56 A

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It seems as though it would be easy to make an error when measuring. Thank you for the input, I am going to keep trying! I want to be healthy again!!!!

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5/31/09 12:12 A

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Although I didn't gain weight it took nearly the entire month to see any weight loss. Keep going you will see changes. I also wonder about how you are taking your measurements, when I took mine I thought there was definitely a lot of room for error.

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CD5239916 Posts: 244
5/30/09 2:37 P

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I have been doing the Cardio Weight System (i think transFIRMation) for the past two weeks. I only splurged on food twice. I gained 3 lbs on the scale and gained an inch or more in most of my measurements. I did this same series last year and lost 15 inches after those first 10 workouts. Is this normal - I am really feeling discouraged????

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