Postpartum Fitness, Two Left Feet, and Turbo Jam

Oh, Chalene.  You’re so happy, but you also seem like you have the ability to be snarky.  You’re cheerful, but you’re not the cheerleader fake perky type.  You push, but you’re not obnoxious.  You’re awesome.  I enjoyed ChaLEAN Extreme‘s weight lifting circuits, and I heard awesome things about your Turbo Jam series.  It seemed to make perfect sense to integrate Turbo Jam into my postpartum fitness routine.  After all, my postpartum fitness plans aren’t just limited to fixing the flab that didn’t tighten up after baby came out… my postpartum fitness routine is also intended to slim me down to at least the size I was for my wedding.

Like most beginners, I started out with Learn & Burn.   Doing the moves on their own?  No problem.  But the first time I did the Learn & Burn workout, I found myself overwhelmed with putting together the combinations.  Sure, I did flag corps a million years ago when I was in high school… but those steps were done a billion times, and learned eight counts at a time.   And then there are the kicks.  Sure, Andy taught me how to do a roundhouse kick when he was in Tae Kwon Do… which was about half a million years ago.

When I finished the first Learn & Burn workout, I was frustrated.  Not with the workout itself, but with my ability to do it.  Some of the moves (like “the twist”) challenged my coordination.  Pairing things sometimes got me to sort of trip over myself.

However, I was not going to give up on it after one workout.

So I did it again.  And again.  And again.  In fact, I did it four times instead of the recommended two.  It took that long for me to get it mostly down (although I do find some moves harder to do with a left lead than with a right lead).  But finally… I think the light bulb came on.  Today, I was finally able to get the Learn & Burn workout to sort of groove together.  I didn’t feel like I was going to fall over.  I felt more like I had a clue.  And, just like all of the other times, I felt like I had an awesome postpartum workout.  It even made me sweat, and Chalene Johnson is actually the only instructor who has ever really made me sweat.  Not even high school gym class outside in the Florida heat was enough to get me to sweat.

Best of all, I feel good when I’m done.  I don’t hurt, but I feel like I’ve just had a pretty vigorous postpartum workout.  I’m pretty darned convinced that I’m going to actually manage to complete my Slim Series/Turbo Jam/ChaLEAN Extreme hybrid postpartum workout plan.

What did you do to help you shed the baby weight?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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