Amy After

Tips, motivation & advice for a gluten-free lifestyle

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Burning Fat & Building Muscle on a Rebounder

I have been coming up with all manner of excuses this winter (the winter that will never end) for not walking outside. And as a Tracy Anderson devotee I thought I’d try one of the tools she advocates in some of her workouts – the rebounder. I ordered an Urban Rebounder from one of the home shopping networks. It was about $100 and they even broke it up into three pymts so it was painless. It was easy to put together and seems to be good decent quality.

The first few days I just walked and bounced around a bit for, maybe 5 – 10 minutes tops. Oh My Gosh. I absolutely could not believe it when the next day I was actually sore! And I was sore in the strangest places – the muscles along my spine were even sore. And I was thrilled that the muscles on the back of my thighs were feeling it too! It is amazing to me that just having some fun for a few minutes on this incredible mini trampoline can actually build muscle and burn calories at a terrific rate.

There’s tons of info on the internet if you search “benefits of rebounding” that I believe now to be completely true. The calories burned are compared to jogging more so than walking without all the damage done to your joints. So many tiny muscles which usually lay dormant are awakened because you are having to keep your balance while jumping around.

So if you want to try out a rebounder just set it up in front of your tv and every day or so while you are watching a show just spend 5 – 30 minutes:

  • Doing jumping jacks
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Twisting
  • Shuffling backward/forward & side to side

and voila! You are burning an impressive amount of calories, having fun and building muscle, which helps lower your body fat percentage.


Boot Camp

I finally got it together last week and began my new workout regime in earnest. I’ve been getting up at 5:00 a.m and doing an hour of toning with my The Tracy Anderson Method Presents Mat Workout DVD.  Tracy says to do a “muscular structure” video every day six days per week and change to a different video every ten workouts. Today was my fifth day of the mat video and after five more I’ll switch to her Perfect Design Series One.  Then each evening I do 40 to 60 minutes of cardio. I either walk outside – especially now when the temperature is so great – or elliptical & treadmill at the gym or “dance” around in my bedroom. So in a nutshell; I’m doing two workouts per day, six days per week.

To shake things up a little further I decided to join a boot camp two nights per week. I’ve never done one and was really nervous about it. I had visions from The Biggest Loser of screaming trainers and the poor participants collapsing all over the floor. I suited up and showed up earlier tonight, ready for anything. We were in a gymnasium which brought me straight back to gym class in elementary school. I was much relieved when my super-trim trainer was smiling and sweet through the entire hour. We lunged, squatted, ran, kicked, planked and yes – I actually ran laps around the gym. I was red faced and gasping for air before too long but as we ended the class with some relaxing yoga I was so glad I’d joined.

Two hours later I’m feeling exactly how I imagine  over cooked spaghetti must feel. I’m wondering how I’ll manage to get my face washed tonight without actually raising my arms…

The Tracy Anderson Method

As I am getting closer to my weight loss goal, (30 lbs left to lose) it is obvious that I need to increase my activity level – a lot. I was losing about 2-3 lbs per week and now have to fight to get rid of 1lb a week. I’d love to begin jogging as the “runners high” sounds pretty great, but my knees have voted “no” on that one. I’ve decided to try the Tracy Anderson Method of exercising as an experiment to see if I can kick my weight loss into high gear. For those who don’t know, Tracy Anderson is a trainer to several celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Cox and Emily Blunt, who attribute their fabulous physiques to Tracy’s method.

The Method instructs you to exercise each morning and each night, six days per week. One of the workouts is primarily toning and the other is all cardio. She does sell a few videos and has webisodes which you can use exclusively. Up until now I’ve done one workout per day, six days per week which was almost all cardio. I’ve been very bad because I’ve ignored my toning/strength training and don’t have good muscle tone. I cringe every time I remember that short sleeve weather will be here soon. Since Tracy is all about working every muscle and not just the major ones she promises extraordinary results.

Well, I’m about to put those promises to the test. I’ve just ordered her newest videos which I’ll alternate with her original ones I already have. At least I’ll try to do the cardio as the last time I attempted it, I practically wound up a tangled broken heap on the floor. Yes, it is that tough and that complicated. We’ll see, I may keep my nightly cardio the same for now with a mix and match of biking, elliptical, treadmill, hula hoop and stairs. I’m beginning this morning with the mat DVD for my toning and then I’ll go to the gym this afternoon for cardio.

I have great expectations (grandiose?) for what doubling my number of workouts will do for me. If I’m having to get up at 5:00a.m to tone then my results better damn well be spectacular!