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Redeye
June 6th, 2005, 02:10 PM
I've been working out regularly for years and years, and consider myself a high intermediate to low advanced exerciser.

So I've been using Robin's rotation of Kickbutt & FitPrime workouts for 10 weeks. I decided I'd do my benchmark workout, The Firm Vol 1, at the end to determine what results I got.

Oh, I got results, Baby. My balance was sooo good - it's never been that good. I had new strength in my hips and core. I didn't miss one single rep of the killer floorwork in Vol 1.

My only concern was I thought there wasn't enough cardio in these WHFNs (because they don't kill me) but I had no trouble with the cardio in Vol 1. I enjoyed it!

The ab work was fun. I loved the pullies. I remember how much I used to dread pullies. HAH!

I asked my DH, "How can I be getting such good results with these workouts that are so fun and not that hard?" He said, "People who know what they're doin'!" I think he's right for once.

Ginger
June 6th, 2005, 05:20 PM
Wonderful, congrats and thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

...and your dh has only been right once? :D (...just teasing. I'd say that too.)

Tarheels
June 7th, 2005, 01:55 AM
Redeye, great results! I need a bowing smilie to express my admiration for not missing a rep on Volume 1's floorwork! That is super!!!! :D

MelissaL
June 7th, 2005, 01:55 AM
Amazing!!! What will you do next? Where will you take this?

Willow52
June 7th, 2005, 02:46 AM
Redeye, I also wonder how these fun workouts can be so effective. Your DH is probably right! Maybe it's because the dread factor isn't there and we go into a workout with a "up" attitude.

Redeye
June 7th, 2005, 03:58 AM
Believe me, I was dreading Vol 1. And I didn't want to find out these workouts were not effective because I love them soooooooo much. Well, I'm thrilled that they ARE very effective.

Ginger, I'm sure my DH has been right several times before. I just can't remember it. :D

I love the idea of "working smarter." In fact, I didn't believe you could get good results unless you worked so hard you were ready to hurl.

Since these WHFNs are not brutal, I find that I put 100% into them. I concentrate on every movement and try to get the most from every exercise; during a more challenging workout (Cathe) I find myself trying to make the exercises easier so I can just get through them.

Maybe if you work as hard as possible during a less challenging exercise (rather than back off a harder exercise) you get more out of it. This seems to be the case for me anyway. I find the WHFNs (even the FitPrimes) get harder each time I do them because I'm learning them. Even so, there is absolutely NO DREAD FACTOR. I love these workouts so much.

Can you tell I'm thrilled??? http://home.houston.rr.com/ourfamblie/phappyhappy.gif

snora
June 7th, 2005, 02:47 PM
Redeye - Your results are thrilling. I always suspected (although never really tested) that an easier workout with perfect form would give me better results that killing myself.

Redeye
June 8th, 2005, 03:52 AM
I always suspected (although never really tested) that an easier workout with perfect form would give me better results that killing myself.

Me too! I've never put that theory to the test until now. I'm VERY thrilled!

Martha E
June 8th, 2005, 04:18 AM
I stopped killing myself some time ago, and I feel much better. I'm stronger, too, which surprised me in way. I still include "hard" workouts maybe once a week, but they're not the mainstay of my workout regimen.

I've had some interesting and unexpected results from doing the WHFNs in that doing them regularly has made me look (or look again, in some cases) at workouts that I wouldn't have considered (or reconsidered) otherwise. I don't need tall box work every workout day (I was born with a bubble butt ;) ), so while I definitely like having the BBH Firms, original FitPrimes, and WHFNs as the mainstay of my routine, I also need to incorporate other workouts so my butt won't migrate too far north (I know, I know--some of you would love to have this problem). I'm delighted to say that my pre-WHFN preparation period that I started in January (mostly original FitPrimes and BBH Firms) followed by several weeks of mostly WHFNs when they arrived made me brave enough to tackle things like Mindy's strength workouts and improved my balance enough to make the balance/ballet segments of The Method workouts much, much easier. It's all good. :)

hamiterfamily
June 15th, 2005, 01:32 AM
What are BBH Firms?

Tarheels
June 15th, 2005, 04:26 AM
What are BBH Firms?

(Anna) Benson, (Cynthia) Benson, and (Mark) Henrikson = BBH Firms. They are the original creators of the Firm, but the business was sold in 2000 to GoodTimes entertainment. So the post-BBH Firms are called GoodTimes Firms. :)

pollytc
June 18th, 2005, 10:36 AM
Congratulations! Those are wonderful results. What type of visible results did you get with this rotation?

Kim

Redeye
June 19th, 2005, 03:35 PM
It would take me more than just 10 weeks to notice visible results since I've been fit and at my ideal weight for many years.

I was surprised and delighted to see any results at all since I've been doing the more exhausting Firms and Cathes for such a long time. Before that, for 10 years, I was a runner (very ehausting) and I also trained in a gym with heavy weights (much heavier than the weights I use for a home exercise video - very, very exhausting). I thought I had to kill myself to see cardio and strength improvement.

As time goes on, it gets harder and harder for me to see results since I'm pretty much at the top of my game, but I think a beginner exerciser would see exciting results almost immediately after starting these wonderful workouts.

The WHFNs are now, without a doubt, my favorite workout video series.

Maryann28
June 22nd, 2005, 09:27 AM
OH BOY! Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an inspiring success story :-)

I have been on a heavy kickboxing/ yoga rotation for almost two weeks..I can not wait to return to WHFN on Monday!