As I said last week, one of my April goals is to do a new Core Fusion Challenge! It’s the remix, ya’ll!
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Core Fusion is a brand of workout DVDs (there are also real, live classes, but there are none in Michigan) that are kinda similar to pilates or Lotte Berk, except way better. There are several DVDs, and each is divided into five 10-minute segments. For the first Core Fusion Challenge, I did a full DVD (alternating the Pilates Plus and Body Sculpt DVDs) four times a week and I got great results.
With bikini season in mind, I knew it was time to really focus on toning. While I like the Core Fusion lower-body segments (they are killer!), I still love my Pick Your Spot Pilates DVD more than anything. It’s a great 10 minute lower-body workout and, when I use it regularly, it carves out really nice lean legs and thighs. I’m on my second copy of this DVD because I wore out the first! My original plan was to do that DVD three times a week and then do Core Fusion for my arms and abs. And then I realized if I was only doing arms and abs…I could now totally justify buying Core Fusion Pure Arms & Abs! I’d been wanting this DVD for a while, so I was pretty pumped about that.
I have already done Pure Arms & Abs twice and I am definitely happy with it! A lot of the moves are familiar to anyone who has done Pilates Plus or Body Sculpt, but this DVD totally takes things up a notch. I love all the new moves. The DVD comes with a rubber resistance band that you use throughout the workout, and umm…why was I not using a band like this before?! (It’s a flat band; I’ve always used tubes.) I love using the band for the arms sections because a lot of times I want to switch weights throughout the workout (certain moves are harder than others). With a band, I can just re-position my hands to make it easier or harder. The ab moves incorporate the band too, and it’s pretty impressive! The moves are seriously awesome and as strengthening, stretching, abd leg-shaking as the original DVDs…I highly recommend it.
So! Here’s my plan this time around:
- Pure Arms and Abs four times a week. I’ll do two segments (20 minutes total) twice a week and the full DVD (50 minutes) twice a week, just in the interest of saving time.
- Pick Your Spot Pilates three times a week. On two of these days, I am also going to do the Core Fusion Pilates Plus thighs and glutes segment for a bikini booty.
This is a rather complicated schedule; honestly, the only way I can even remember what I do on which day is by writing it all down at the beginning of the week in my Fitbook.
I am hoping Core Fusion serves me as well as it did in January and February! But this time I have added motivation in the form of SUMMER! The 80 degree weather last week made me realize how much time we spend in the summer half naked (and, well, I like to get fully naked no matter the season, let’s be honest). When half-naked/naked time comes, I want to look healthy and strong and feel super confident! I have my new bikini as motivation.
I’m totally going to fixate on my new suit during my whiny “But I’d rather spend ten more minutes on Twiterrrrrrr, I don’t have tiimmeeeee to do a DVD” daily fit. However, I must say, my whiny fits have decreased considerably; I’m actually really looking forward to the new challenge and can’t wait to share the results!