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Old 12-31-2012, 04:58 AM   #1
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CALLANETICS New Year Challenge - January 2013



It's a New Year and a new challenge.

Some of the benefits seen by Callanetics students:

Tight, lifted firm buttocks
Flatter toned abs
Long lean legs with awesome muscle definition
Lean, sculpted arms
Youthful neckline
Stronger pelvic floor
Increased flexibility
Increased strength
Restore youthful alignment and posture

Feel full of energy, vitality and empowered. There's nothing like Callanetics to safely tone and shape the body.

Callanetics is safe for everyone regardless of age and fitness level. It's particularly beneficial and safe for people with back, neck and knee issues.

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Old 12-31-2012, 05:01 AM   #2
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Happy New Year everyone! May this year be successful and peaceful for all.

2012 was a sad year as we lost Callan. But she laid the groundwork to ensure a successful and exciting future for Callanetics.

Keep pulsing everyone and good luck with your goals this month.
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Happy New Year, To All! It's a new start for us to "pulse" our way into better shape. May we all make a commitment to making healthy choices this year.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:55 AM   #5
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Hi, everyone
OK - just posted in the wrong challenge - January 2012
Well , I can't go back in time but I do commit to 10 hours of callanetics in January 2013.
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Hello! i am a new one here. I joined this forum specifically for the Callanetics discussion.
I used to do them when my boys were small, about 20 years ago. I do not have a clue why i quit!
Last year i was diagnosed with 3 bulged discs in my neck. I went through 4 weeks of rehab and got some relief but not permanent.

My goal ius to combine this (doing this every morning like I did back then) with the Leslie Sansone walking work out (in the afternoons).

I have been in a funk and I really need to break free of it!


All that to say, I am in!
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Good morning! Happy New Year!

I started my diet Dec 30, and I am starting up Callanetics today. :-) My starting goal is twice a week.

Okay... I got up in the middle of my post to locate what I have:
Quick Callanetics-Hips and Behind- DVD
Quick Callanetics-Legs- DVD
Quick Callanetic-Stomach- DVD
AM/PM Callanetics- VHS
10 in 10- VHS

I can't find my book, but it is someplace. It just isn't on either of my bookshelves as far as I can tell.

Lady- Sorry about your pain from the discs in your neck. I have lower back problems, my right shoulder, and neck from a car accident. My doctor said this is the best I'll get. I, too, have to do something. The pain is always there for me, so I understand.
I don't have a VCR set up, so I may just order the 10 in 10 online to have shipped out.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:49 PM   #8
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I used to do Callanetics all the time and posted on here for several years, but I ended up seeking out other exercise programs and in the end I've gained a bunch of weight and lost the fit body I had (I only realise now how good I looked!). I'm planning on combining Callanetics with Ballet Beautiful as I think they complement each other quite well. I'm in for 22 hours of them for January.
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Hi everyone,

I found out about Callanetics lurking on this forum while also researching T-Tapp. I liked how many said (like laurakitty!) that they USED to do Callanetics but stopped, and for the life of them, couldn't figure out why! It works!

I have been long searching for a realistic exercise program. I can't stand jumping around (especially not when the only area I have to exercise is on the second floor), lunging, and so on. I love graceful controlled strength-based movements.

Now if only I could put that love into PRACTICE...

I'm super out of shape, but no serious health problems. I actually started the 10/10 today. (Gotta say I love the 80s so this is perfect for me... ) I made it about 20 minutes ... With maybe about 20 pulses out of the 100 of each stomach exercise

I have a few questions regarding the moves. I had to stop in the leg stretches because I was concerned about my knees, especially with the one leg twisted the other way while the other is on the bar. Is there a better way to start this move - perhaps if the barre is lower? (I was using the kitchen counter.) Also, what exactly should the "rounding" feel like? Is that the pulsing? Is it just squeezing the muscles?

Thanks!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:55 PM   #10
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Happy New Year everyone!! I own 10/10. My goal is to do one per week this month. If I can do more great. I work full time and I'm in graduate school, so I will just do the best I can!
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Hi everyone,

I found out about Callanetics lurking on this forum while also researching T-Tapp. I liked how many said (like laurakitty!) that they USED to do Callanetics but stopped, and for the life of them, couldn't figure out why! It works!

I have been long searching for a realistic exercise program. I can't stand jumping around (especially not when the only area I have to exercise is on the second floor), lunging, and so on. I love graceful controlled strength-based movements.

Now if only I could put that love into PRACTICE...

I'm super out of shape, but no serious health problems. I actually started the 10/10 today. (Gotta say I love the 80s so this is perfect for me... ) I made it about 20 minutes ... With maybe about 20 pulses out of the 100 of each stomach exercise

I have a few questions regarding the moves. I had to stop in the leg stretches because I was concerned about my knees, especially with the one leg twisted the other way while the other is on the bar. Is there a better way to start this move - perhaps if the barre is lower? (I was using the kitchen counter.) Also, what exactly should the "rounding" feel like? Is that the pulsing? Is it just squeezing the muscles?

Thanks!!

HI dipsydoodle and welcome to Callanetics.

I would suggest trying to keep your standing foot facing forward rather than the turn out demonstrated and also....and yes, yes, yes, place your foot on a much lower barre/support until you feel you can bend from the hips and not the waist.

Think of your hips as a hinge (door hinge maybe) and only bend from there. Don't worry about having to get your hands down to your feet - that's irrelevant. Let your body guide you in to position. So bend gently from the hips keeping your spine lengthened and back muscles soft. Walk your hands down your leg only as far as you are able without having to bend from the waits and then just hold the position for up to a minute and breathe into the stretch through the back of leg. Don't worry about the pulsing, just hold and breathe deeply. Avoid forcing the stretch, as long as you can feel the muscles lengthening through the back of the leg that's up on barre all is good

Stay lifted up off the standing leg - like you're perched up

Hope that helps
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:38 AM   #12
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I'min for ten hours this month, I started last month and did 8 hours,
i posted my stats as my measurements, not weight,
today i have completed my nineth hour, or my first hour in january and it feels completely different than doing the excercises last month, also there was no pain in my left knee whilst i was stretching, thats a first for fifteen years!!

today my measurements are 35 1/2 inch bust, legs 38 3/4 waist 42 inches

my goals are 36/24/36 i think that is healthy????

im also doing ab excercises as explained to me by literate griffin they are intense its nice to feel my stomach muscles, id given up on thinking i had any!

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omg, that is an inch and a half off each leg since the 14th december, and two off of my stomach unbelievable!!
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Count me in! I am hoping to do this every other day, but am committing to 12 this month. Got the Evolution dvd on the 27th and did it for the first time ever (even though I do remember Callanetics in the 80s!) on the 28th and LOVED it! I slobbed around for the New Year holiday and am now ready to get going on a better me! I will be 48 mid-February and really want to look much better in my clothes.

Have a little research to do on the pelvic floor though. I'm not sure if I was doing that right....
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My work outs will begin next week.
My Beloved is home with flu this week!
My doc said I can do any exercise I want, unless it hurts.
So I may have to modify some of these or cut back on the number at first.
Years ago when I went to the chiro for the pain, he flat said NO exercise. After 2 months of that I quit going. Even I with no medical education know that some exercise is a good thing. He didn't even want me walking! The specialist my doc referred me to says not to lift over 20 lbs, and any exercises unless it causes pain. i can live with that!
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My work outs will begin next week.
My Beloved is home with flu this week!
My doc said I can do any exercise I want, unless it hurts.
So I may have to modify some of these or cut back on the number at first.
Years ago when I went to the chiro for the pain, he flat said NO exercise. After 2 months of that I quit going. Even I with no medical education know that some exercise is a good thing. He didn't even want me walking! The specialist my doc referred me to says not to lift over 20 lbs, and any exercises unless it causes pain. i can live with that!


MJsLady, I also have back problems (and FMS) and I have never been told not to exercise. My chiropractor is very adamant about doing comfortable but challenging exercises, especially something that works the large muscles and core. With fibro, there are so many people that can't even get out of bed but would benefit from at least trying to get up and around. Yes, it can hurt but is so much better than letting the FMS or the bad back get the better of you!

I'm so glad you found someone who agrees that exercise is good for you! Good luck and good health to you!

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:24 AM   #17
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I'm back on this, as of today! I haven't done any workouts properly in month, I stopped in September as I was pregnant, unfortunately things didn't work out and I lost the baby(and my mojo with it) but I've taken a few months off and am now ready for the Callanetics challenge again.

Last year I was doing 8x a week, but this year it's going to be 10x! First workout starts....now!!
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I've started the year off nicely with Callanetics everyday. Feels great!
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HI dipsydoodle and welcome to Callanetics.

I would suggest trying to keep your standing foot facing forward rather than the turn out demonstrated and also....and yes, yes, yes, place your foot on a much lower barre/support until you feel you can bend from the hips and not the waist.

Think of your hips as a hinge (door hinge maybe) and only bend from there. Don't worry about having to get your hands down to your feet - that's irrelevant. Let your body guide you in to position. So bend gently from the hips keeping your spine lengthened and back muscles soft. Walk your hands down your leg only as far as you are able without having to bend from the waits and then just hold the position for up to a minute and breathe into the stretch through the back of leg. Don't worry about the pulsing, just hold and breathe deeply. Avoid forcing the stretch, as long as you can feel the muscles lengthening through the back of the leg that's up on barre all is good

Stay lifted up off the standing leg - like you're perched up

Hope that helps
Thank you SO much Sandra!!! I will try that...
I definitely need encouragement today. I'm trying to find a new place to live, and it's SO cold here today. My desire is there, but I probably am just making excuses not to get down on a cold hard floor to do those tummy stretch things

Good on everyone for keeping going..we can do this!

Oh, and my goal will be 10 hours over this month... I'm sure it can be done, right?

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Welcome to all the newbies, Althea, MJsLady, Hoops, Dipsydoodle, Teefie, Daphnelorraine, & WonderfullyWitchy!

Welcome back Laurakitty…

Mandiew so sorry to here about your lost... I’m glad that you’re here.

I’m glad to see some of the regulars are back on board for more pulsing and triple-slow-movements.
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New to the board (but not to LC or Callanetics). You all are part of the reason I came here. I've always loved Callanetics so I'm glad to find some other like minded people.

I just recently started back up with Call (doing Callanetics Countdown for 30 days). I'm about 17 or 18 days in and I'm doing it eveyday (my back hurts if I don't). So I'll let you all know how I'm doing at the end of my 30 days.
I was soooo out of shape when I started (I could only -barely- do 1 pelvic circle when I started) and I've gained a lot of strength back already (Did 5 pelvic circles yesterday that actually looked good...ok the last one was starting to lose it.)
After I finish the 30 days I'll probably start rotating Evo and 10/10.
Happy pulsing everybody!
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Welcome to all the newbies, Althea, MJsLady, Hoops, Dipsydoodle, Teefie, Daphnelorraine, & WonderfullyWitchy!

Welcome back Laurakitty…

Mandiew so sorry to here about your lost... I’m glad that you’re here.

I’m glad to see some of the regulars are back on board for more pulsing and triple-slow-movements.
Thank you, I'm glad to be here again too. I'm getting back into my running again too, I gave that up when I got pregnant as I've had 3 losses before and was a bit too scared (and knackered) so it's good to have a focus again. Been for a run today, callanetics tomorrow
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Joining in as well! I am back at LC. Here is my plan-- what do you all think? I read that it's best to combine callanetics w/ cardio but rather than doing the cardio version, I thought I might do this instead. I hope it will still work!

Mon- Callanetics- 1 hour
Tues- Zumba- 1 hour
Wed- Callanetics- 1 hour
Thurs- Zumba- 1 hour
Friday- Zumba- 1 hour
Saturday- Callanetics
Sunday- Rest

This with calorie restriction and low carb. I WAS doing 1 hour zumba 2x per week and then 35 minutes of brisk walking (3.3mph) for the rest of the days. Saw some results, but hoping Callanetics will do more than always using cardio.

We shall see!!! I will post my stats tomorrow, on my first official day of Callanetics using the Evo. DVD. Nothing has worked for me so far, so I really hope this program does!
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A little behind on my goal for the month, as I was given some free passes to a variety of fitness classes so I've been having fun trying them out. I have managed three hours of 10/10 so far.

I always worry because I don't really feel anything when doing the hip exercises (the area I need the most help) - any ideas, Sandra? I feel like I am doing them right but I'm not really sure as no muscle in particular seems to be working especially hard...
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Thanks callagirl!

Did another .5 last night. One of these days I'll get to a full hour :P

I have another question/advice needed. I have ALWAYS had lower back pain, sometimes quite severe. I felt some twinges while doing the leg barre stretch that I was having problems earlier with. Any tips on how to alleviate or be mindful of bad backs in this move?

Thank you so much for your advice! I was also wondering - is it worth getting the book?
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3/10 done, thats 11 hours altogether time for a picture to track progress!!

Hey Laura kitty i had a section, and i never used to feel the stomach excercises at all, i did callanetics years ago my kid is 12, eventually i started to feel them working, but it took a long time .
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Hi callagirl, thanks for a lovely welcome , wish i knew how to do a smilie face smilie face!
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