Fit Friday: CIZE! Full Out

I really (really!) love this program. It is a lot of fun and I am having a blast every evening dancing away in my living room. I feel much more confident in my abilities each week and even though I still have two left feet I care less and less about that the more I do this program. CIZE is challenging me and changing me and I love every second of it.

CIZE it up!

CIZE it up!

Program Highlights: Full Out.

This program consists of 8 moves but each move has 2 parts which is different than You Got This and Crazy 8s. It is harder which makes sense because it is the “next level” but it had me feeling a bit discouraged in the beginning because it was a little confusing for my feet. I had been feeling so confident that I wasn’t expecting to struggle so much or feel so uncoordinated after having 2 weeks of CIZE under my belt. It actually took me 4 days before I felt like I had the footwork down for this routine. The transitions seemed to have me tripped up the most but I did finally manage to get them down pretty well. I guess it really is true that if it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you. I may not see it every day that I’m changing, but by the end of the week I definitely know I am changing.
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Fit Friday: CIZE! You Got This

I’m feeling a lot more confident in my abilities after “mastering” Crazy 8s which is good because even slow progress is still progress. I have a serious case of two left feet for sure, but I am getting better and that makes me happy. This week even Sydney got in on the CIZE action and she thought it was “so fun mommy.” She is the cutest CIZE dancer, ever. Obviously.

Working out with my favorite girl

Working out with my favorite girl

Program Highlights: You Got This.

This is the program that was on sneak peak on BOD and it gave me a pretty hard time. For some reason when it comes to fancy footwork my brain doesn’t seem to comprehend the moves. I wasn’t sure I’d actually enjoy this routine because it had given me such a hard time and sometimes I have a hard time getting past my first impressions. However, since I had done Crazy 8s last week and actually figured out some of the footwork for this week I was feeling a LOT better about this routine after doing it once. I did usually have a hard time about half way with the footwork and eventually I became more and more comfortable with it moves. I ended this week feeling more confident – confident enough that I posted a VIDEO of me doing the routine. Yeah, a video. If I knew how to add a video here I would. I look ridiculous (in real life, in my head I look amazing) but I was confident enough in my ability to actually video myself and that says a lot.
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Fit Friday: CIZE! Crazy 8s

CIZE!

CIZE!

Before CIZE came out Beachbody had a sneak peak available on Beachbody on Demand and it was definitely a struggle for me so while I was really excited about this program… I was actually a little nervous because I didn’t want to fail. I enjoy working out, but I knew that if I was constantly frustrated with the program that I probably wouldn’t be very successful at sticking with it and I’d move on to something else.

Thankfully, when CIZE was finally released and I finally got it in my hands I realized the BOD sneak peak was not the first program and I had a chance to ease in to these dance moves! PHEW! Because I needed some remedial dance moves to begin with for sure.

Since I’m taking this program one routine at a time using the beginner calendar I’m going to be talking about a new routine each week.

Ready to be challenged.

Ready to be challenged.

Program Highlight: Crazy 8s.

Since I had some struggles with the BOD preview workout I was a little worried this would be pretty difficult for me to get the steps down. This is a great routine for beginners because it is only 8 dance steps to make up the whole routine. I felt like it was slow enough that I was able to really grasp the dance steps and transitioning from one move to the next in the overall routine but it wasn’t too slow in that it was boring. I felt really good about myself at the end of the week. I was more confident in my ability to learn. I am definitely not ready for my music video, but I feel like I have a little bit more rhythm (& confidence) than when I started.
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Fit Friday: CIZE!

YOU GUYS. I am SO excited about this program. It is so.much.fun. And I realize that I generally do think exercising is fun but what I rarely think (unless I’m inebriated) is that dancing is fun because I have exactly zero rhythm and dancing is just a means for me to fall a lot and I do plenty of that on my own. But seriously this program is doing two things for me – making dancing FUN and making it easier because we are slowly moving through different moves to get to the final dance routine. I was really nervous when I first started this program because of all the rhythm I do not have, but I’m so glad that I took a huge leap outside of my exercise comfort zone and gave it a shot.

There are six (6) different videos in CIZE – Crazy 8s, You Got This, Full Out, In The Pocket, Go For It, and Livin In The 8s. Each one is a new dance routine that Shaun T takes you through step-by-step. It’s really a great program for all kinds of fitness levels and also for varying levels of dancing ability.

There are also two different calendars that you can follow. The first one is for beginners (which is what I’m doing!!) and you work through each video for as many days as you need to before you move on to the next video. The advance calendar is 4 weeks and you do 2 programs each week for the first 3 weeks – alternating days, for 6 days. The last week of the advanced calendar you do each workout once.

Since I feel like (and am) a beginner I started with the beginner calendar but plan on doing the advanced calendar after I go through the beginner calendar.

I know this program is going to push me and I’m really excited to see what kind of progress I make over the next few weeks. Without further adieu here are my before pictures. Check back over the next few weeks for my review of the videos and my progress.

Before CIZE!

Before CIZE!

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Fit Friday: T25 – Final Thoughts

I have to say I’m pretty glad this program is over. I barely remember the girl that started this program fourteen weeks ago. Week One feels like it was a lifetime ago. Even Week One of Beta feels like it was so long ago. I have come so far in my fitness journey and I am so proud of all the hard work I have put in to my journey and myself over the last fourteen weeks.

I'm loving my results.

I’m loving my results.

I can say that I am stronger than I have ever been before. Most of that definition came from Gamma phase. I did a lot of strength training during the entire program, but Gamma was a huge focus on strength.

I am also in such better shape. I’ve always been relatively active in my life, except for when I got pregnant because then I just let myself go waaaaay more than I ever expected. And after I had Sydney I had a real hard time getting back in to shape. I found T25 about a year ago and it completely changed my life. The first time I did this workout I struggled to keep up with the modifier and this time I hit the ground running with the “regular crowd” and it was a bit of a struggle at first but by the end I didn’t even realize there was a modifier.

I feel amazing.

I feel amazing.

The biggest thing I’ve accomplished with this program is to establish a routine in which I take some time out of my day specifically for me. I enjoy that portion of my day so very much. Some days I get lost in myself – I’m a mom; I’m a wife; I’m an employee… I’m a lot of things and I almost never just get to be myself. When I carve out time for myself I always feel so great and when I make that time about my fitness and my health I feel even better. I feel so good about the way I look and the way I feel that it makes the entire process and the entire journey so very worth it.

Honestly, if you’re contemplating a new program or you’ve been looking to add something to your own fitness routine I couldn’t recommend this program any more. It is simply amazing. I am so glad I started; I’m so glad I finished; and I’m certain I will do it again.

Without further adieu… my results.

Before and After.

Before and After.

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Fit Friday: T25 – Gamma Week 4

That’s all she wrote, folks. I can’t even believe it has been FOURTEEN WEEKS. That is insane. I am so proud of myself and also so happy with my results. I’ll go in to much more detail next week when I do a whole wrap up about my thoughts about the whole things, but basically if you are even a little bit considering taking on a program I HIGHLY recommend this one. It is my absolute favorite and I go back to it when I’m “bored” of whatever rut I’ve gotten myself in to.

Best. Shape. Ever.

Best. Shape. Ever.

Week 4 thoughts.

I know I’m all kinds of in love with this program, but I am glad it is over. This phase has been a little hard on me with all the strength and weight work and I’m dying for a good cardio fix in my life. But I am so glad that I added Gamma to my life and tackled this portion of the program.

Program highlight: Speed 3.0.

This is like the other Speed workouts in Alpha and Beta in that there are 2 complete rounds you do 3 times each and then a from the top round that you do twice. There are some familiar exercises but some of the moves are combined to create new exercises. It’s a dynamic workout and I really enjoy it. I’m also glad there is a bit of cardio in this program because it was something I’ve missed in this phase.
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Fit Friday: T25 – Gamma Week 3

It’s hard to believe this is almost over. I can’t even remember the girl that I was when I started. And that girl had completed 8 weeks of Insanity Max and was feeling incredibly in shape and amazing about herself. I am really happy with my decision to take on 14 weeks of T25 right after Insanity Max because it just kept my momentum and I’m in a good place to keep it going.

Hello abs.

Hello abs.

Week 3 Thoughts.

I was a little off last week, but this week I came back strong and am feeling much better about it. I was able to get in to a good rhythm this week and I’m feeling a lot stronger because of it. I am noticing a significant amount of definition and I’m so happy with that. The fact that there is so much weight work with this phase of the program helps with that definition, but I am missing some cardio in my life. I’m looking forward to adding a cardio routine in a regular rotation after this phase is over.

Program Highlights: Extreme Circuit

Surprise! More weights! More strength! More definition! That’s a definite theme with Gamma phase and this is no different. I could barely even lift my arms at the end of this one. We did burpees with weights. Let that sink in for a second. Because it was H-A-R-D. There were some new exercises for the triceps which I found I really enjoyed where in the past I have not so much enjoyed working my triceps. The basic breakdown of this is that there are five rounds each that consist of 4 exercises each done for 1 minute at a time with a 1 minute burnout. It was intense. And amazing. And I loved every second of it.
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