I had posted this on the "Need a workout DVD: thread, but in the end, decided it didn't fit there and needed a new topic.
I'm happily doing my Zumba, and I'm still in deficit to still reach goal weight. 30 pounds more, after gaining 15 from a binge. hahaha... or maybe I was trying to be an intuitive eater, or REALLY I got scared at how close I was to goal weight and who was that Thin Etana; I didn't know her, so I ate. That's another story; I've been doing Program Yourself Thin, Jim Katsoulis, and liking it.
Back to my question: my thighs feel weak when I go up and down stairs. I recognize this to be a sign that i need to start some strength-training program again, or a way to find programs, though I'd much rather do NEAT, walk, Zumba, rollerblade, scoot.
I still feel like a novice about figuring out what to do. I've done:
Body For Life, Turbulence Training, Leigh Peele. I've bought but not done more than once Valslides, I think I have the Venus something. I've been intrigued by NRLW New Rules of Lifting for Women; should I start that?. I find "Having a book or an ebook and stopping to see what the picture is doing is time-consuming to me" as Liza said on the "need a workout DVD" thread. I read that some of you just improvise, and I admire that, but that would have me sitting on the couch web-surfing, as I am doing now.
What I like and don't like:
Leigh Peele: I love Leigh Peele but her training programs confuse the heck out of me, maybe that's an excuse not to get past week 1-1/2, and they are not confusing, but the "go get a video on youtube, and then look at this picture on this website, and look at the video we created for you"... Well, then I'm at work and don't have it with me, and I just never moved past week 2 of her recent programs...
Turbulence Training: I really really liked this program. I did 2 full 8-week sets, beginner, and then the next one. I felt like a jock. I was weak in week 1 and felt really proud of myself in week 3. I liked that it was 35 minutes excluding the HIIT. I liked that it changed every 8 weeks. Then I had my foot surgery and stopped it. Now I am tempted to go back to it, but Leigh said something negative and I'll have to go ask her, but I have to say I HATE HIIT. I will NOT exercise til I'm about to throw up. That is ridiculous. YOU can do it, not me. I don't really even like the darn exercise bike or the spinning classes for that matter. So would TT be good for me without the HIIT, since I'm doing Zumba 3-4-5 times a week? And could I just rotate the 3-5 programs I bought when I bought the program? Craig Ballentyne had some special of 1 year for $99 but it seems now to be back to $197, but I don't know that I need to buy either. I don't know how many different programs came with the package because got scared at the thought of being more than beginner or novice... the 100, 500 whatever the name of them. But they really didn't seem ALL that different than the novice/intermediate program.
I like the circuits too, and for some reason Leigh doesn't like circuits.
I made little pictures on index cards of his TT workout program, and I wonder eventually if I could make my own program, but I don't seem to be a jock enough to figure that out.
OFF TOPIC: I will not do a Turkish get up. Okay, so sometimes there is an exercise I just hate within a program, and sometimes I just skip it. The Turkish get up takes me 2 minutes to do one rep. That is ridiculous. The one exercise is like a whole circuit in itself, like a yoga Sun Salutation. I admire it. But come'on, it takes too long to do 10 of those. I'm not 20 any more.
VENUS INDEX PRODUCT PACKAGE.zip .. yes I found this on my Mac. Never used it. Double clicked on the 4-week workout Cycle 1, and there are lists of things I don't really know what they look like:
Push Ups ... Bent Dumbbell Row: yeah I know these 2
Upright Row: don't you need a machine for this one?
Curtsy row???. Bowler squat ???... You mean I have to read their book and find the pictures, and make some new index cards... Too complicated. I'll spend a week or 2 designing my program in InDesign, all pretty, but ... Oh, there is a Venus Index Exercise Gallery.pdf with all the pictures. So will I like this program? Should I start it? Will I finish it?
So back to the DVDs. Though i am fussy about DVDs and especiallly fussy about instructors, I do love giving my leadership over to the person in front of the room and just doing what they say for the hour. I have been thinking of going 3x/week to body shop at work-gym, but I am thinking it is not a strong enough workout, the same weights every time, I dunno. What do you think about that type of program? I'm afraid I'll buy a program and hate the costumes, or the set design. lol ... I hated all the FIRM DVDS: they seemed cold, I don't exactly know what. sterile. Didn't like denise austin. etc etc.
Again, my goal, at a still young 65, is to not need hip surgery. To stay flexible and strong enough. To strengthen my thighs so I'm bouncing instead of trudging, when I walk up or down the broken Washington DC metro escalators. Probably need to throw in some mobility work; I have some of Leigh's exercises for that. I don't really care about definition and 6 packs. Let me get to goal weight and I'll see some definition. Let me learn to live the rest of my life on maintenance and not be resentful that I can't eat everything all the time. I'm not craving a 6-pack. Though those Zumba girls on the DVDs look skinny and buff <G>
EQUIPMENT: I have free weights at home: 3 lb up to 25 lb each, and a bench, Swiss ball, and access to 2 gyms, and a TRX I don't seem to use. I love working out to music. Or I love music and tolerate working out, but avoid it mostly. But I'm not buying those PowerBlocks, and don't have heavy enough dumbbells to deadlift at home.
So what's my problem? I'm the opposite of Renee and Alexandra. I may buy a new program, but I am intimidated to start it, intimidated and too confused, or I pretend I am confused and don't create a routine for myself.
I would definitely do 2 days a week, 30-45 minutes. i might do 3 days a week. I'm going for increased strength, flexibility and mobility, without building up a big appetite so I can continue ESE and cycling my calories and keeping a big deficit.
I'll post more after I see some replies/questions, if I've confused you by my wordiness.
I'm really confused and overwhelmed as you can see.
1. What do you think about the Venus program? Would I like it? How long does each workout session take? Do you need equipment? What is a 1-2 sentence summary of what the Venus program is, since I own it?
2; What about the TT without the HIIT? Is that a good program? I like bodyweight, and I don't mind some dumbbells.
3. What do you think of gym bodyweight/bodypump programs? I have access to these?
4. Does it really not matter if I do a body pump on Saturday, and then a TT on Monday, and then a TRX on Thursday, or is a progression better?
My body doesn't build muscle fast. I work out moderately. I don't push myself; I figure I'll get stronger gradually, and I don't love it enough to push myself, I just tolerate it because it is good for me. I don't want an injury. I am actually 65 though I feel young, the elasticity is going and the creakiness is coming. I want to be flexible and mobile into my 90's.
Thanks for reading this far; love any and all comments.