Well, four weeks have passed and the Core Fusion Challenge is officially over for me!
So, first, let me say, I officially met my goal of completing 16 sessions! This is a big deal for me. I’ve had the Core Fusion DVDs for more than a year but haven’t been great about doing them regularly. Also, I used to only to one or two segments; for the challenge I had to do the whole 50-minute shebang (which creates a rather different workout!) I’m really excited I was able to stick with it!
Lost inches. Within the first two weeks, I noticed I looked more toned, and it only got better. (Although I have been food journaling for the past two weeks, I didn’t make any significant changes to my diet for the month of the challenge.) Well, the numbers don’t lie: I lost 1.25 inches off my waist, an inch off my hips, a half-inch off my thighs, and a full inch off my upper arm. I was shocked about the arm — that’s one of the hardest areas to tone!
Major strength. Just like Fred promises in the DVD, it does get easier. It’s still hard, but I can lift heavier weights and hold more of the advanced positions now.
Body awareness. Because you learn to constantly engage your core doing Core Fusion, it started to become a habit during everyday activities. I’d notice myself standing in the kitchen and realize I was pulling in my abs and standing up taller. I am also more aware of my posture when I am sitting at my desk. I think I am most aware of the change when I am spinning, especially in position two (standing). I feel so tucked in and so strong through my core. I love this feeling! I also remember to BREATHE more! They emphasize breathing a lot on the DVDs, and I find myself breathing deeper now, especially during other forms of exercise.
Outer beauty. It’s not like I’m not slightly motivated by vanity…and Core Fusion didn’t disappoint. I’ve noticed the biggest change in my back and in my arms and shoulders. My upper body is way more toned and sculpted and (pardon my brag) my middle and lower back look fantastic. The other day I caught sight of my back in the mirror and I was like, “Who are you?” I also noticed my torso looks much longer; I walked into the studio one day and, with mirrors everywhere, I realized how much longer and leaner it looked. My aunt noticed it the other day too; she said, “I don’t think it’s been that long since I’ve seen you…but you really look smaller.”
Body balance. It’s hard to explain, but I just feel so balanced now. I feel more flexible and healthier. My back feels stronger and less sore. I think my posture really reflects all this too!
Renewed commitment to strength training and working out at home. I’ll probably expand on this at some point, but basically I realized that I’m ready to end 0r significantly change my relationship with cardio-at-the-gym-five-times-per-week. Also, I realized Saturday night, when I almost didn’t get my second-to-last session done, that Core Fusion can be a great evening workout. Normally I wouldn’t work out so close to bed, but I realized that it was seriously refreshing and relaxing after sitting and working all day. It felt so good to stretch my back (seriously, I can’t emphasize enough how good it makes my back feel) and still work my muscles. And now that I’ve seen that I can make time for strength training four times a week — and that the results are fabulous — it makes me want to keep doing it!
Bottom line: I can’t recommend these DVDs enough, but I’d also like to say that I think doing your own version of the Challenge — even if it’s just you doing it, even if you only do it two or three times a week — is a great idea. I really don’t know if I would have had the motivation to stick with it otherwise. Even though doing one or two segments is great, doing the whole DVD regularly is what helped me see the big results.
I haven’t decided exactly what’s next for me. I love Core Fusion, but I do love changing up my routine. I might start doing it twice a week because I want to do other forms of strength twice a week. I also might order the third DVD, Pure Abs & Arms. I still need to figure out the logistics of it all, but Core Fusion is definitely going to stay in regular rotation!