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Old 01-05-2010, 02:23 PM   #31
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Callan says if your neck hurts to support it with your hands until your strong enough to do it without the support, you are still benefiting from the exercise you can also put a cushion under your back to help you roll up until your core muscles are strong enough and you dont need it anymore, my neck hurt to in the beginning but after a few times it didnt hurt anymore, sandra will be able talk more about this..
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:24 PM   #32
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:20 PM   #33
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:40 PM   #34
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Did CardioC toning on Jan 1st for my #1.

Did 10/10 today for #2.


Btw, did I mention that I am now a size US 8 - halfway thru to my goal of 4! ( I was 12 when I started Callanetics )

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Old 01-05-2010, 08:15 PM   #35
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happy new year all! 1 session of AM/PM done (with evolution legs). I'm aiming for 10 plus this month.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:21 PM   #36
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I just started doing the 10/10 DVD last month and I'm loving it. I'll commit to 13 hours in January. I have been doing them every other day, but I'm resting my neck today - JM's Banish Fat Boost Metabolism kicked my butt...

January goal: 13 hours
to date: 2 hours done

Question: my neck continues to hurt doing the stomach exercises. Is it alright to hold my legs with my elbows out while pulsing, or would I be better off trying to reduce the amount that I curl up so I can keep my arms straight and hands by my hips? When I hold my hands behind my neck, it feels much better, but does this reduce the effect of the exercises?

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There are a variety of ways you can modify this to help with neck and head pressure.

Yes, you can lightly hold the back of your legs while pulsing...this will help to keep you rounded up. Make sure that you aren't pulling on your legs this as this will create tension in your back.

You can also rest your head in your hands keeping your elbows out to side as much as possible. In other words don't have your elbows forward or you will be pulling on your neck. Let your head and neck sink in to your hands.

You can also rest a firm pillow or other comfortable support under your mid back to help keep you rounded up.

You may want to trial each and see what works best for you.

Check that you aren't 'bearing down' in to your pelvis. Stay lengthened and scooped out of the pelvis through your spine with abs melting down towards floor. If you allow your abs to 'pop up' you'll find this impacting your neck greatly. Take as many breathers as you need.

Hope this helps
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:21 AM   #37
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I am committing to 12 sessions minimum for January. Gotta get cracking - I have a LOT of flab to fight my way out of.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:04 AM   #38
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Did CardioC toning on Jan 1st for my #1.

Did 10/10 today for #2.


Btw, did I mention that I am now a size US 8 - halfway thru to my goal of 4! ( I was 12 when I started Callanetics



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Old 01-06-2010, 04:01 AM   #39
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newmomtx-that is great news!

10/10 done for #4
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:44 AM   #41
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Sandra, now that you're back, I'll re-ask my question from last month - what is the weight of the handweights that you guys are using in evolution (and the ones you're selling)?

I saw some wrist weights in a shop here - figured I could hold them in my hand since I have no idea if you can find those balls here... I picked up the 1kg, then the 500g and felt that I needed to start lighter, then found a pair of 250g ones for $2 so I grabbed those, they feel good, I have weak arms so I figured start out very light and then if I want to, work up.

I tried them out yesterday in the evo legs and it feels like the perfect workout for me. Indeed, that little bit of weight seems to balance out my body better when doing those ex!

happy new year!
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There are a variety of ways you can modify this to help with neck and head pressure.

Yes, you can lightly hold the back of your legs while pulsing...this will help to keep you rounded up. Make sure that you aren't pulling on your legs this as this will create tension in your back.

You can also rest your head in your hands keeping your elbows out to side as much as possible. In other words don't have your elbows forward or you will be pulling on your neck. Let your head and neck sink in to your hands.

You can also rest a firm pillow or other comfortable support under your mid back to help keep you rounded up.

You may want to trial each and see what works best for you.

Check that you aren't 'bearing down' in to your pelvis. Stay lengthened and scooped out of the pelvis through your spine with abs melting down towards floor. If you allow your abs to 'pop up' you'll find this impacting your neck greatly. Take as many breathers as you need.

Hope this helps
Great - thanks for the help. All I can hear is Callan telling me to curl to my chest, not to the ceiling... I will try your suggestions and let you know. Hope this helps you too pballerina - thanks for the support!

As for my progress, I got another hour of 10/10 in this morning, so I'm up to 3 hours out of my total goal of 13. Thanks everyone!
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:16 AM   #43
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:24 AM   #44
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:26 PM   #45
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1 of 10/10 completed. Feel great. Have no idea why I've put it off the last few days
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Sandra, now that you're back, I'll re-ask my question from last month - what is the weight of the handweights that you guys are using in evolution (and the ones you're selling)?

I saw some wrist weights in a shop here - figured I could hold them in my hand since I have no idea if you can find those balls here... I picked up the 1kg, then the 500g and felt that I needed to start lighter, then found a pair of 250g ones for $2 so I grabbed those, they feel good, I have weak arms so I figured start out very light and then if I want to, work up.

I tried them out yesterday in the evo legs and it feels like the perfect workout for me. Indeed, that little bit of weight seems to balance out my body better when doing those ex!

happy new year!
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We use 0.5kg and 1kg in the video and these are the weights my students use...if they want to. Surprisingly, not many are interested in using the weights in the studio.
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Great - thanks for the help. All I can hear is Callan telling me to curl to my chest, not to the ceiling... I will try your suggestions and let you know. Hope this helps you too pballerina - thanks for the support!

As for my progress, I got another hour of 10/10 in this morning, so I'm up to 3 hours out of my total goal of 13. Thanks everyone!

Round your shoulders and chest in as much as 'you' can. Even if you have your hands behind your head it is still a 'rounding in' movement not an upward movement.

Try to avoid curling your pelvis also. While focusing on rounding up off the floor some students find they curl their pelvis up at the same time. Try to avoid this. I encourage my students to keep their pelvis completely neutral on the floor. Hips and pubic bone lengthened away from crown, both sides of the pelvis resting on floor keeping tailbone in contact with mat. When they do this they find that their upper backs may sink back down a little. The benefit of this though is that you'll feel the lower abs kicking in. After your workout you'll be aware of a beautiful stretching and flattening across the lower abs and hip bones.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:05 PM   #48
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Hi,

We use 0.5kg and 1kg in the video and these are the weights my students use...if they want to. Surprisingly, not many are interested in using the weights in the studio.
Thanks Sandra! I guess your students prefer to use the weights at home....?
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Thanks Sandra! I guess your students prefer to use the weights at home....?

No, I don't think so...I can't think of one student who does a session at home if they come to the studio regularly. The most they might do is a quick 15 min or so workout if they haven't been able to get in.
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Hey,

I just came across this here and I am delighted. I know Im late but Im hoping it would be ok to join this challenge now. My aim is to get 1O hours in this month. Have just started Callanetics so think that is a good goal.

Yay!! I cant wait to have a cute little peach
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:05 AM   #51
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2 out of 15 so far. Loving it.

For the ab work: I started using a little Pilates ball under my back...in the area of my bra strap. The ball is about 9 inches. Google "pilates mini ball". Amazon has one for about $11. I got mine at Walmart for $9.

It has made a tremendous difference, because I was never strong enough to round up enough. Now I can actually feel the muscles working.

Sometimes in class we do our first 20 holding on. You know how you round up and grab onto your legs? Well, use your arms to help you stay rounded up.

Hope this helps.
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Hi all,

I've been sooo out of control. November went and so did December. My attempts to exercise were so puny. One half-hour session per month!

Reasons vary, as they always do. Being sick is the only good one, though...

It's so amazingly hard to begin again! Just before Christmas I managed to do that last cardio session and boy was I beat!

Anyways, the new year is here! I'm convinced I'll be able to get in bikinishape by summer! I must be!

Good job all of you who were able to resist the laziest time of the year!
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:08 AM   #53
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Did CardioC toning on Jan 1st for my #1.

Did 10/10 today for #2.


Btw, did I mention that I am now a size US 8 - halfway thru to my goal of 4! ( I was 12 when I started Callanetics )
That's absolutely great! I'm so happy for you! May I ask, how long have you been doing C?
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Cardio C for #5.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:08 PM   #55
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No, I don't think so...I can't think of one student who does a session at home if they come to the studio regularly. The most they might do is a quick 15 min or so workout if they haven't been able to get in.
Duh, of course! Why would they need to do callanetics at home when they have regular access to you!!! What a novelty being able to do classes twice or 3 times a week! I'd forgotten these things happen, haha!
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Thanks Twyla, Mulberry32 & Northern_Light.

I have been doing Callanetics since mid-august 2009.

I am quite happy with the results so far. I recently added Core Fusion's Thighs & glutes for some variety.

I think I have enough strength to be able to jump to Super C soon. Only thing is its quite pricey

Btw, had to do 10/10 DVD (my #3 for this month) in bits & pieces today as I couldn't manage to finish it while my toddler slept. I had him run/jump over me every time I started the exercises - I think I might have strained my upper back & waist, feeling a little achy today and not as good as every other day
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:31 AM   #58
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Yay! January account finally open! Toning part done! Only 9,5 hours to go!
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Hi Everyone!

I've been lurking for a few months, but started doing Callanetics in mid-August (again after 15 years). I took a month and a half off in there due to a few torn ligaments in my knee, but once it was feeling a bit more stable, Callan helped me get it back into shape, and it's as good as new! Anyway, it's all good, and I've lost many inches off this body of mine, having done 45 hours or more (lost count for a couple weeks) of 10/10. I've finally started to smooth out (wow that lumpy phase was scary!) and am seeing the lines on my stomach again. Yay!

I've done 2 hours so far this month.
January goal: 13
Overall goal: To be able to do it like they do in the video!

I have a couple questions, if you don't mind....

I have always had a bad lower back, so I am having trouble doing the leg/back stretches on the floor, you know the ones after the "wonderful behind and hips" exercises. The muscles in my hips and pelvic floor are so tight, I cannot lean over very easily when my legs are spread out as far as I can, which isn't very far. I'm not able to shift my pelvis into place. It seems it's an either or situation. Either I can spread my legs out straight, or I can bend them and then be able to shift my pelvis so I can bend over from my tail bone, otherwise I'm bending from the middle of my back. This seems to feel the best for me. For the sides though, I feel like I'm going to fall over if I don't hang on for dear life. I've learnt to relax my muscles when stretching, which was HUGE, but I still find myself hanging on to my lower legs and pulling my body over, so there's not a lot of relaxation. Any suggestions?

Another thing... Has anyone else progressed from not being able to straighten their leg on the stomach exercises to actually being able to? My legs started straightening on the leg exercises out to the side, but if I attempt to straighten them during the stomach exercises, my leg shakes like crazy! so I'm doing a few straight and the rest bent, and am hoping to work my way to all of them straight.

Thanks and thumbs up to all of you who are taking care of yourselves! Remember, beating yourself up for not doing all you planned is not going to accomplish as much as giving yourself praise for doing some of it.
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