Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message Bible)

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 63--No You Dit Ent

Chest, Shoulders & Triceps with Ab Ripper X. I brought it today big time. I figured it's time to step it up a notch. We're on the home stretch now and there is still a lot of work to be done!
Speaking of...someone told me today that they couldn't really see much of a difference in my body since starting this 2nd round of the "X". At first I was ticked, then I was sad and full of self-pity and then all of a sudden I felt this "I'LL SHOW YOU" feeling come over me. It's ON now baby! Ain't no one gonna tell me after this 2nd round of the "X" that there is not a noticeable difference in my body. That was just fuel for the fire! I'm on a mission now! :o)

Anyway, on a different--less vengeful note--I have a question to ask all you fellow fitness freaks out there. I've heard different opinions about spot-training (targeting a specific area of your body). Some say you can't do it--it has to be a total body work out to get real benefits. Others claim you can do specific work outs and target only your abs (ie. Hip-Hop Abs) or maybe just heavy lifting to target the "glamour muscles." I have 3 areas on my body that I really want to target. That's not to say that the rest of my body is perfect...but these 3 spots are the places I most want to change. The places that I would consider my "trouble spots." They're common and probably the same places ALL women want to change...but I'm determined to do something about it!
They are:
1. Lower abs (and lower back-love handle area)
2. Flab under arm
3. Inner thighs
So...if anyone has any specific exercises I can do for these particular spots, I'd love to hear it. I do quite a bit of ab work and leg work already. And as anyone knows who has done P90X...we work our arms out in pretty much every dvd. It's kind of weird because there is a component of all 3 of these places that I feel I have GREAT muscle tone. For instance...my upper abs (above belly button) look really toned trim. My biceps and triceps are pretty impressive and my thighs are nearly solid muscle with the exception of that little inner thigh area. I'm not sure if I'm just spending too much time working the large muscle groups in those areas and not focusing enough on the smaller muscle groups or what. Anyway, like I said...please send me any tips you have. I'm all ears!

3 comments:

Demi Eliese said...

Like you had mentioned: Spot reduction IS a myth. Hip hop abs isn't really based on spot reduction, they combine cardio with the "hip hob abs move" through the dancing that does target your core. But that move alone would not bring out a six pack.

If you are really giving it ALL you got in P90X, you will see your "trouble" spots go away. Everyone has strong points in there bodies, and when that muscle group comes up on that day, they go all out, because they know they can. You have to go all out, even on those weak muscles that you may have, all the time, every day. My weak point was my lower belly. And during ab ripper, I was dogging it on fifer scissors, and hip rock and raise, because for me, they were just soooo hard! I realized my lower belly was the way it was because I was weaker in that area. So I just had to try as hard as I could, and eventually the problem areas do go away. When you think of fat coming off your body, think of it coming off in layers (like an onion) ALL over your body at one time. Every workout, think of it like one sliver of a layer of fat coming off your body. So to get, for example, a lower tummy pooch to go away..it's going to take time. Usually 90 days :).

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Demi Eliese said...

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Demi Eliese said...

You like how I just leave comment after comment on here? LOL

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