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Old 06-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #31
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I've done my first 2 hours so far this month (bought the DVDs months ago but never used; all your posts inspired me to try them!) today my random lower back pain came back not sure if the ab exercises caused it-if so that sucks I'd hate to lose those..any suggestions?

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Hi Caligirl,

I'm no expert, but I can share my experience with you: After some sessions I also felt some lower back pain.
And I noticed, that I did not bend from the hip but from the waist in the leg stretch - the one where you put your leg on the barre (or a desk, as I do.)
After changing my posture, the pain disappeared.
Maybe something that you could keep an eye on?
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:24 PM   #32
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JoanW, welcome to the beauty of Callanetics. Please be more specific about your left knee challenge when doing the "pretzel" hips and behind exercise. The movement is not easy for anyone and we all are challenged at the beginning, but there should never be any pain when practicing these lovely movements. Do you have a similar concern with your right knee doing the movement? Yes, flexibility WILL improve. Don't push yourself too fast and be gentle in your control. Before you know it you will be so flexible it will surprise you. Callanetics is about control of placement and tiny movement. Take your time. It will come.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:13 PM   #33
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I have been having a real tough time getting motivated this month, even though I did we'll with 12 sessions last month. Then, out of the blue last night, my husband said he could see a difference in the appearance of my rear end.....what a great motivation to keep going! And, I moved out all the bulky winter clothing last month and tried on spring and summer clothes last week, and was pleasantly surprised that many items were fitting much better than they had been! I still won't be rocking a bikini this summer, but it is nice to see and experience some results!

I was surprised how some tops fit differently across the bust, when it seems like you don't work that muscle group in the excersises. I guess it just goes to show you how great they truly are! Working areas I didn't even realize
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:12 PM   #34
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New poster here. I have been familiar with Callanetics since I was a teen and my mom had the video. I have done it off and on, but never more than 10 hours at a time. I am into the 4th hour of 10/10 and hope to get 11 more for the month. I am 35 and very inflexible. I would say I am about 10 lbs over where I would love to be. I also had 4 kids of which two were twins, so I would love to gain some tone in my abs. I have a weak lower back which does seem to get aggravated easily, so I saw some great advice a few posts up that I will try.

My goals for the end of this month... less muffin top and being able to touch my toes!
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:39 AM   #35
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Well just finished my second round for the month. I am going to do an additional round tonight before bed, this way I will be extremely relaxed and can sleep well.

Here is a question for the Senior members. I have noticed that some of you said it took about 30 hours to notice a difference. Knowing that everyone's body responds differently, I am a bit confused about the time frame. In the video, they show "unretouched pictures of Jean" during/after 19 hours. Her bottom line looks good I am just wondering when I should start noticing a difference? My bottom line seems to have risen and my face is thinning out after a total of 15 hours. Reality, I should possibly notice more in 20-25 hours.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:57 AM   #36
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:16 AM   #37
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2/15 just finished! I find this board quite motivating. Thanks for all of the warm welcomes!
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:05 PM   #38
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Hello Everyone...can you suggest what dvd I should buy first?
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:44 PM   #40
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Bummys I have done both and really recommend 10/10. The purity and effectiveness of her original program is well worth learning as you begin. Having said that, I would also recommend you get Evolution at some point and learn them as well because, in my opinion, they complement each other and you can adapt to create a personalized system that works for you. I can't do the leg exercises with the foot and arch on the barre so I incorporated the ones from Evolution with the leg to the front, side and back, with spectacular results (laughing at myself as I struggled to gain the necessary control). I also have a copy of Callan's book and I regularly read through it, cover-to-cover, to keep myself focused on technique. I think of it as a lifelong adventure. Even during the years when I didn't practice I always knew I'd be back. Welcome and enjoy.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:48 PM   #41
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First and foremost...Jigglebuster...I just loved *loved* ***Loved*** your post above. Thank you for all you wrote. So very helpful to those of us who are not experienced.

With regard to the DVD's....I got the "Beginning" and the 10/10. Watched the beginning once and immediately moved on to the 10/10. Then got the Super Callanetics. I seem to alternate between 10/10 and Super, and if doing 10/10, I find that I incorporate some of the Super exercises as well. Guess now I'll have to get Evolution since it's so highly recommended!

Does anyone else find themselves on their toes doing pelvic tilts in the kitchen when cooking? Or lying in bed and "scooping" with the support of the mattress? Or am I the only one.....

I am 2/15 for June and put on a pair of jeans that were too tight expecting them to still be tight, but they were very comfy and nearly loose. So, I'm just thrilled. I'm happy that the DVD's aren't horribly expensive, so having a few makes it do-able! I'm at a total of 17, and am not seeing big results, and am trying to not really look until I hit 20.

Welcome to all the newbies....many of us aren't much farther along, so jump right in!
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Thanks for the tips little peach & jiggle- how would u explain bending from the hips? Trying to visualize that.

Still getting over back pain; going to acupuncturist tomorrow to help ease the pain. (I seem to have a sciatic nerve thing in my lower back that when its been irritated randomly in the last year, gives me pain that sometimes shoots down my leg and smthg frm Callanetics re-triggered it grr)

Frustrated that it halted my workouts :/
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Hello, everyone! I've been away on vacation, and then ended up sick and in bed for a few days after. Ready to get started with Callanetics again. I'm aiming for 15 sessions this month. I managed to get in two already this month before getting sick, so 13 to go to make goal! I am aiming low this month because I didn't quite meet my goal last month due to too many life events. I believe I made it to 17/20 sessions.

Anyway, if I go over, that's wonderful, and if I meet this goal, that's wonderful, too. Keep on with it, everyone! Happy June!
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Thanks for the tips little peach & jiggle- how would u explain bending from the hips? Trying to visualize that.

Still getting over back pain; going to acupuncturist tomorrow to help ease the pain. (I seem to have a sciatic nerve thing in my lower back that when its been irritated randomly in the last year, gives me pain that sometimes shoots down my leg and smthg frm Callanetics re-triggered it grr)

Frustrated that it halted my workouts :/
Visualizing from the hips.... What I meant by that is, hmm...

Picture three lines running down your back, two are running down from the middle of your shoulders to either side of your tail bone, and the third runs from the bottom of your tailbone all the way into your skull. If you slouch, like in the inner thigh exercise, the bands will get slack. What you want is to stretch them at the base of your tail bone. So while stretching your back way up, and then going over, focus on the tailbone area, and make sure that is stretching more than or equal amounts to the rest of the bands. Then bend over. If you feel you can't go over very far, and want to bend from the waist to compensate, don't. Just hold yourself where the bands remain pulled from the tailbone, but gentle like, so where you begin to feel it, is where you pulse from.

Feeling it will be more subtle than we think. It's more of the initial, I can feel the muscle, than I can feel the stretch. The pulses will do the stretches for you. That is, in any of the stretches, I only bend to a point where I'm feeling resistance, not actual pulling. If you get to the point where you're feeling a burn because you're stretching so much you aren't able to relax the rest of your body, you're doing to much. Pull back. It might take longer, but then there won't be any setbacks either. Unlike many exercise forms, Callanetics is about respecting your body, not concurring it.

Try this. Sit on a chair, and bend forward just slightly, but don't just bend, go really slow, and pay attention to where you are bending from. Try to keep you back straight. If you're bending from the hips, your butt cheeks will come off the chair slightly, if you're bending from the waist, it won't. Feel the difference, and note what it feels like, and try to picture those bands going down your back. Then, when you're doing the leg and floor stretches pay attention to this. If you find bending at the hips limits your mobility, then tell yourself that's okay, and hold it where it will allow you, with your body stretched out all the way from your tailbone, which helps you to be able to do more. You might not like, and might judge, what you're able to do, but tell yourself it's okay, because it's better than your back flaring up.

Also, the side bends... Are you doing them from the side, or are you doing them like Margaret, Callan's mom? I have a bad back, and when I started I did them like Callan's mom, and did a small percentage in the normal position (5 pulses at first). It was hard for me to breathe in the normal position because of the strain it cause my back. Gradually, I built up the normal position and built down the bad back position. It took me a long time to do this, and that was okay. It had to be, otherwise I was hurting myself. Again, the stretches I did, had to be so gentle, I was pretty much feeling me move but not too much of a stretch, otherwise my back would be sore (this goes for all the stretches).

Once upon a time, when I first started Callanetic (20 years ago), I couldn't sit on the ground at all with my legs in front of me and stay up; I had to put my hands behind me to support myself from falling back, that's how tight my back and hips were. I haven't had this problem since, because even if I do stop doing Calanetics, I trained myself to always bend at the hips, and that alone has maintained at least this part of my development.

Hope that helps!

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Old 06-06-2013, 08:02 AM   #45
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Thank you senior members for all of the input. Personally I have done Callanetics since 1988 and have directed a few groups over the years and I really appreciate all the little tips from long-term practitioners, especially as I begin to try to teach them to my husband. With his pacemaker/defibrillator and as a peritoneal dialysis patient he presents me with a myriad of special concerns but I need to help him get his core muscles under control again so it can't be avoided any longer. As I've begun my practice of Callanetics again I've been thinking through the teaching process and psyching myself up for the challenge. Many of your comments have already been very helpful in this process. I'm starting him off very gently and slowly. We know from experience that Callanetics is all about gentle coaxing and a lack of prideful pressure. Wish me luck. He starts on Saturday.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #46
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Hi everyone.
Love your posts Jigglebuster - thanks for sharing your know-how.

3/15 for me today and have reached 30 sessions so far of mainly Evolution. Although I too have the Complete Callanetics book (this one -
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although it is unavailable I think there are others online if people want to buy a copy. I do find it useful to use alongside the DVD.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:35 AM   #47
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Hi everyone. I just started doing Quick Callanetics Legs. Completed 6 sessions so far, doing my 7th in a little while.

But...my thighs look bigger than ever since starting. also have fat in weird places above my knee. I know fat shifts, but I thought it shifts to the stomach?

Anyone experience anything like this with the legs? I truly enjoy the workout and am hoping things get better...
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:39 AM   #48
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OH! had another question.

I read somewhere one of the hip and behind exercises on CE is especially effective for cellulite. Can anyone tell me which that is?

I have a lot of cellulite I'm hoping to improve.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:55 AM   #49
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2/12 done for June, making it my 10th session so far. Although I'm much more controlled I understand that it means I work much harder with each session, so I know it will never become "easy". I took a face shot before I began again in May (after almost 15 years with only sporatic practice) and another today and I can say with confidence that I look at least 10 years younger. I know I FEEL 10 years younger! I'll have to go to the before and after thread and figure out how to post photos.

Back when I began Callanetics I had great challenge counting the repetitions so I devised a method that has proven very successful for me that I thought someone else might benefit from. I began by choosing 10 attributes I wanted to be sure to incorporate into my life and arranged them into what I felt was a natural flow. For me it became Love, Faith , Hope, Peace, Joy, Vision, Direction, Control, Success, Wealth. Now when I pulse I repeat these mantras to a count of 10 each so that when I've reached the final one (Wealth) I've also completed the allotted repetitions (adapting for lesser counts as necessary). What I discovered was that along with being easier for me to remember where I was in the movement it also helped me become calmer and more centered as these attributes began to settle into my being and express themselves in my daily life. It quickly made Callanetics sessions as much meditation as fitness and the mantras have stayed with me throughout the interim, even when I wasn't practicing the movements.

Keep up the good work everyone. Congratulations keepfitbrit! Thirty sessions in is a fabulous place to be!

You can sometimes find used books on Amazon. I just ordered a copy last week for my daughter (who is now 25 sessions in) for less than $5. Check thrift stores as well. Years ago when I directed Callanetics groups I would find copies all the time that I picked up cheap to give away to group participants. The book is definately worth looking for.
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OH! had another question.

I read somewhere one of the hip and behind exercises on CE is especially effective for cellulite. Can anyone tell me which that is?

I have a lot of cellulite I'm hoping to improve.
If you consistently practice Callanetics, in any of its forms, you will lose cellulite as you tighten and firm. The more you control your eating choices the faster the cellulite will vanish, but vanish it will nonetheless. Keep going.
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If you consistently practice Callanetics, in any of its forms, you will lose cellulite as you tighten and firm. The more you control your eating choices the faster the cellulite will vanish, but vanish it will nonetheless. Keep going.
Thank you for your encouragement. I plan to keep up with the Callanetics. It's tough, but I love it so much.
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If you consistently practice Callanetics, in any of its forms, you will lose cellulite as you tighten and firm. The more you control your eating choices the faster the cellulite will vanish, but vanish it will nonetheless. Keep going.
Totally agree with that! My cellulite has reduced significantly since I started doing Callanetics again. And yes, eating the right kind of foods will help speed up the progress.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #53
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Did my 3rd session for this month, which makes it my 19th since taking up Callanetics again in April. My legs are definitely slimmer and so are my hips.

My butt; I could crack a walnut with it.

Only my stomach is not so slim as I want it to be. My abs have toned up and my lower belly pooch has also reduced, but I'm not so happy with it yet.

I'm thinking of doing an extra session each week with Callanetics for the stomach. Maybe that might help.
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Thank you Jigglebuster for all the back help. I did it yesterday while focusing on my hips more. I definitely felt a little less irritated in my back. I can't sit up straight with my legs out in front of me, so I definitely have some work to do. I need to make sure and get that ability and keep it once I have it too!
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Here I am again. I've done Callanetics off and on for years and I've participated in the check-ins a few times. (I'm a notorious check-in-drop-out - so I can't guarantee that I'll be any more consistent this time around either - )

However, I've recently been cast in our local community theater's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" as "Stella" and there is NOTHING that is more motivating for me to stick to my low-carb WOE and get back to the firming magic of Callan than the idea that my costume in several scenes is nothing but a SLIP!!!

Fortunately, the show doesn't open until August 24, so I think I've got plenty of time to get my "peach" into shape.

My goal is to do 3 to 4 sessions per week of 10/10 - adding in exercises from SuperCallanetics as I get strong enough.

This week I'm doing back-to-back sessions because I missed a few days last week. Every time I start Callanetics again I always wonder why in the world I ever stopped. Just stupid, I guess!

I always enjoy catching up with the check-ins, even if I don't post to them consistently.
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I have just started a Callanetics rotation yesterday and really like how mindful it is--reminds me of yoga in some respects. It also made me realize how inflexible I've become. For those of you have done Callanetics for a while, did you find that things got easier from a flexibility standpoint? Also, my left knee doesn't seem to love the pretzel move (the one where your knee is bent at a right angle on the floor. The straight version doesn't affect it at all). I'm trying to figure out if there is an alternative move I can do instead which would hit the same area. Thanks everyone.

Are you referring to the spine twist? If it is then, I'm not sure which DVD you're working with, but avoid pulsing the knee and just hold the position. Also, trying bringing the knee up closer towards the elbow.

I haven't looked through the rest of the thread so this may have already been answered and solved for you.
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I've done my first 2 hours so far this month (bought the DVDs months ago but never used; all your posts inspired me to try them!) today my random lower back pain came back not sure if the ab exercises caused it-if so that sucks I'd hate to lose those..any suggestions?

(33 yr old female)

Hmmmm, wondering how you're back is feeling now if you've done a few more workouts??? When you're working out always check in to your back to identify if there is any particular exercise that you find creates pain or discomfort. There are a few different reasons why you may be experiencing this and one being that you're not hinging correctly from the hips. I'll read on and see if you've elaborated on this.
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Well just finished my second round for the month. I am going to do an additional round tonight before bed, this way I will be extremely relaxed and can sleep well.

Here is a question for the Senior members. I have noticed that some of you said it took about 30 hours to notice a difference. Knowing that everyone's body responds differently, I am a bit confused about the time frame. In the video, they show "unretouched pictures of Jean" during/after 19 hours. Her bottom line looks good I am just wondering when I should start noticing a difference? My bottom line seems to have risen and my face is thinning out after a total of 15 hours. Reality, I should possibly notice more in 20-25 hours.

Thanks for your help and support.

30 hours seems a long time to wait for results in my opinion especially if you're practicing regularly.

Everyone does have a different experience when they first start Callanetics but you should see changes consistently along the way. Don't forget some of the changes are subtle like the neck becoming longer, shoulders wider, calves smaller, ankles trimmer etc. Sometimes we can get too hung up on the big picture and just look at abs, legs and butt and don't even acknowledge the other changes.

Pay attention to how you feel on the inside also, do you feel elongated more supple, posture improved. Do you feel like you're walking differently - longer strides, reaching up higher with your arms. All this makes a huge difference to your overall look.

If you find you reach a plateau then it's time to switch the DVD and do another. This is why it's great to have all the Callanetics DVDs on hand so that you can rotate them. We are programmed to become habituated, which is a great thing for survival but when it comes to exercise we want to keep our muscles guessing by providing our brain with new stimulus and movement patterns so that we have to 'think' about what we are going to do. This is when the biggest changes occur.

Remind yourself that you are toning from the inside out and some areas will show up externally quicker than others but the changes are occurring and will reveal themselves in time. Just don't give up....please
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Caligirl, it sounds as though you are trying too hard, and therefore not relaxing and therefore pushing yourself more than your lower back can handle. Think of Callanetics as gentle, which means you need to be gentle with yourself. And make sure you're breathing. Visualizing what you're trying to do, even if it's just reaching toward it, rather than doing the incorrect posture will be more helpful in the long run. And remember, stretching shouldn't hurt.

Those of you struggling with lower back pain or inflexibility, listen to your body. If you need to bend your knees, that's okay. Eventually, your legs will straighten on their own; it might take longer than your pride wants, but try and be patient and you will get there. The key to good flexibility and all the Callanetic moves, is to not try, but to relax and breathe into the stretches and areas your working. Also correct form is essential, so don't bend at the waist focus on bending at the hips. If that means not going very far, that's okay, you'll be amazed when one day you surprise yourself, realising just how much more you can go!

Another tip Sandra shared with me years ago, was to put a rolled towel under your bum with the floor stretches. It helps if you have tight hips and hamstrings, and lower back problems, all of which cause us to bend at the waist instead of the hips. Visualize yourself bending at the hips, but don't force it. One day, it will magically happen.

Hi Susan, I've been doing Callanetics off and on, mostly off, since the early 90's. And you're right, it's amazing how quickly it comes back. I think part of it is understanding the technique and not having to learn it all over again, and part of it is the crazy results that happen regardless of perfect form, but which happen even quicker if you and your body already have an idea of what does what and what goes where.

Littlepeach, what happens a lot in Callanetic is everything gets pushed to the centre of the body and then that too shrinks, so what you experienced with 10/10 is considered normal here.

Coupons325, that's great! Always nice to get that unexpected motivation from others. Congrats on the results!

Tessy99, I could touch my shins, just below my knees in March, and I can now reach my toes. If I can do it, you can do it!

Ahviya, I think if I had taken picture every few days, I could have seen the progress more clearly, but for me I was amazed at the shrinkage of my measurements, and yet, just looking into the mirror, I couldn't see much change, I couldn't see that I was smaller - our eyes lie! I can say however, this time around, where I was noticing a slightly saggy, "old" skinned looking, not so perky shaped butt 28 Callanetic hours ago, I can now say I'm quite happy with my smooth, perky behind. LOL!

Okay, I've completed 2 hours this month! I can now straighten my legs on the floor stretches, if I use the towel, but need to bend them still without the towel. The leg stretches too, I've noticed my knees aren't as bent. I know what can be accomplished from my past experience, so I have all the patience in the world!

Keep on'a pulsin' everyone!!!


Jigglebuster you are a star with your posts and support. Can I offer a suggestion? Ok, not waiting for your reply I'd suggest only using the towel for the stretches rather than not and then have to bend your knees. It's more important to bend from the hips as far as you can without curling and without bending the knees. The tendons from the hamstrings and calves meet right behind the knee and they need to be lengthened out also. I now always make sure all hamstring stretches are done with a straight leg. If someone is super tight around the hips and hamstrings I just bolster them up higher until they can hinge correctly. Much quicker results in the release of the hamstrings without stressing the back.
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Hi everyone. I just started doing Quick Callanetics Legs. Completed 6 sessions so far, doing my 7th in a little while.

But...my thighs look bigger than ever since starting. also have fat in weird places above my knee. I know fat shifts, but I thought it shifts to the stomach?

Anyone experience anything like this with the legs? I truly enjoy the workout and am hoping things get better...


This can happen as you are lifting up from the calves so fat can collect above the knee....for for a short period though. Keep backing up your workouts, no longer than 3 days, max 4 days, apart. Measure the area and then measure again in a couple of weeks.
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