Equipment

Do I need a Ball??

Great question!  The ball is used at the beginning of the TBC workout.  It serves as a tool to increase the intensity of the cardio portion, as well as working your arms, back, and core.  There are also some crunches and push ups performed with it as well. So….can you do the workout without it?  Absolutely!!  You can do the cardio portion without holding anything, you can use a light medicine ball, or even 1 light/medium dumbell (grasping it on its’ ends).   The crunches and pushups can be done on the floor.  If you want to mimic the same feel as …

More on Chaptered and time….

One more thing about the DVDs not being chaptered…. Although the workout is presented as a 60 minute workout, and is not chaptered for each segment, if you are short on time or getting acclimated to the workout, I encourage you to consider doing half of the workout one day, and then the other half at another day/time.  This will be a good way to break up the workout without avoiding it altogether.  It can be completed in sections this way and will diminish boredom as well!!

Form Questions

I wanted to address some questions on form…. At the beginning of the Kickbox Challenge DVD I break down the kicks and punches that are used in the workout.  Please view this for extra assistance and clarification. The most important thing when kicking is to make sure you are retracting your leg before lowering it to the ground.  This will help avoid back strain. While most people perform the roundhouse kick in a similar way, everyones’ hips are different–some more open and flexible than others–which makes a roundhouse kick appear different depending on who you are looking at. I begin …

Chaptered???

I wanted to address another question that people have been asking…. *  Are the videos “Chaptered?” —  The answer is yes, and no.  The video is chaptered at the beginning if you do not want to view the introduction each time you do the workout.  The rest of the video is continuous.  While you can’t press “next” and automatically advance you to another section of the workout, you can press “Fast Forward” and you will be able to scroll through while viewing the video in fast motion until you get where you would like to begin. In addition…if you have other questions about …

Modifications

There was some great chatter on a blog about exercise videos this week, and several people were wondering if my videos offered modifications.  I think this is a great question! My workouts are designed for everybody because I do offer options.  The workout can be tailored to your needs throughout the hour.  For example, you can increase intensity by adding power impact to a lunge, or modify it by not doing the lunge at all.  Lunges are always easily modified by making them shallow, tapping your foot behind you, doing a squat, lifting your knees up to your chest, or simply …

Dead Lifts

Today I did some dead lifts in class, and afterwards I was asked to help explain which muscles are used in the exercise.   I thought this was a great question since dead lifts seem to be contrary to what we are always taught: “bend at your knees!” When doing a dead lift, separate your legs slightly wider than hip width apart and put a gentle bend in your knee.  Lean over with a flat back, creating a little table top with your back and hanging your arms down in front of you (I suggest using a medium to heavy …