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KITTYBABY
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8/18/05 7:31 P

 
 
I know I must sound silly but what is the FIRM exercise, I might have heard about it but dont know for sure.

RACHELHIMES
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8/18/05 12:51 P

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Please do, I'm really curious about it. They seem to get better every time.

HILLIE24
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8/18/05 9:07 A

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I looked into buying the new set yesterday, and it is pretty cheap. I will let you know how it goes!


-Heather
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RACHELHIMES
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8/18/05 7:48 A

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I have done THE FIRM off and on for about 10 years, yep, 10. My sister and I started doing them together when we were barely out of high school and started with some of their original, and somewhat cheesy videos (on VHS I might add). In the past couple of years, I'd say I've done them anywhere from once a week to break up my gym routine, to 5 days a week when I just can't get to the gym, or don't feel like it. I haven't tried their newest set, yet, but I really like the last set of workouts, and I love the Lower Body Sculpt 1 DVD. It's the toughest 30 minutes of lower body work I've ever done.

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8/17/05 8:21 P

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Has anyone tried the new Firm workouts? I had the box that adjusted from 6 to 14 inches, and broke it during a graceful day. I saw that they have a new two step system. I was wondering if it was as good as the adjustable box? Thanks!


-Heather
Killian, 10 months (or so)
Mackenzie, 2
Mike, 26
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MICHELLEMULL
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8/17/05 7:57 P

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Hi Rachelhimes!
It's great to hear that you are 6 months along and still doing The Firm workouts. I really hope and plan to continue them as long as possible. How long have you been using The Firm?


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HOTMAMA2BE
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8/17/05 5:46 P

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Thank you Alexandra!!6 months after the baby was born that is awsome. That gives me some hope. I was training for my first marathon when I found out I was pregnant. So I hope that I will be back to speed soon after the baby is born.

Thank you again!!


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SUSIEB2006
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8/17/05 5:46 P

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i know i said this in another site or post, but with my 2nd & 3rd pregnacies, i felt ready to start on the treadmill 3 days after delivery. i think you go on how you feel, i felt SO ready to start back to being me again and i was very careful! and i didn't start up weight training until 3-4 weeks after delivery and i was extremely careful with that as well.


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8/17/05 1:49 P

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Hey Amlewis,

I totally understand how you feel. In my first pg., I was put on limited activity (at 7 weeks) as well and had to stop all workouts at 25 weeks. It was hell for me, because a month before getting pregnant I ran a marathon and was in really great shape. To make matters worse for my body, my perinatologists made me gain 60 lbs (I was having twins) so the babies would be big. Long story short, I lost all 60 lbs by 3 1/2 months after the babies came and started working out right away. I was even running competitively in some races 6 months after the babies.

Your body will bounce back and it won't take long. The first couple weeks are the toughest though.

It is really hard to be "inactive" when you are so used to being active. Do what you can now. Just tell yourself it is for the good of the baby. You can and will be back up to speed in no time after the baby is born. Your muscles have memory and will come back. The weight will come off.

Best of luck,
Alexandra


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HOTMAMA2BE
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8/17/05 12:41 P

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Is good to hear these stories of weight loss. I know that is my biggest fear of having a baby is not getting back to pre pregnancy weight and body. I am still a little nervous because I have not been able to work out like I would like. I was put on limited activity when I was 12 weeks and the doctor still doesn't want me to work out. I take walks and use 10 pound dumbbells for my arms. Hopefully it is enough but its nothing to what I did before I was pregnant.


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RACHELHIMES
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8/17/05 12:02 P

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This is my first pregnancy, and I am currently about 6 months along. I still do the FIRM workouts frequently, but on days when I'm really tired, I do something a bit gentler, or just do one of their 30 minute workouts, which I love. So far, no trouble with losing balance or anything like that. I acutually think it's been helping to prevent that.

SUSIEB2006
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8/17/05 11:22 A

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i think my muscles are harder to maintain, but they seem to come back really quickly once the baby is born. with my first preg, i gained 46lbs (but had to loose 62!)and 6 months after i looked better than i did before, with #2 i gained 50 and in 12 weeks looked better than before, and #3 gained 24 and was good as new in about 8-10 weeks...Very hard work, but i did it. We shall see what #4 brings, but i have NO doubts about getting back into awesome, muscular, sexy shape! it CAN be done, and i will do it!


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LITTLEMOMMIE2BE
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8/13/05 12:13 A

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I gained 40 lbs with my pregnancies. During breast feeding a watching diet, and walking, I was able to drop all 40 with about 3 months! Don't worry, it kind of takes care of itself! Just keep on working at it!

HELLOJELLO
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8/12/05 4:24 P

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I feel sooo much better after reading htis thread :) It gives me a lot of hope for after I have this baby :)


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BHAROLD1
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8/12/05 2:24 P

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Even though it holds onto fat, once you have the baby, if you are breast feeding you will never be able to tell that you had a baby. Breast feeding is an amazing thing. Your uterus contracts and you go back to your original size. You will be fine, but just make sure you talk to your doctor to make sure that you should continue your routine. Good luck.


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ESMERALDIAMOND
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8/12/05 2:19 P

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Thank You! I just love that news. One of my fears, like most I'm sure, is if my body will ever go back to the way it was. My body has yet to change but I still dream about having a bigger butt and gut for years to come. Thank You for giving me hope.


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RACHELHIMES
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8/12/05 8:07 A

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I was quite sick and exhausted for nearly two months, so I let go of most weight lifting, and just did the classes I was teaching at the gym, which were step, kickboxing and Pilates. After my energy started to improve (thanks partly to a good pre-natal vitamin) I started doing THE FIRM tapes again and some regular weight lifting routines at the gym. My legs and arms recovered their tone quite quickly. Just don't be surprised if you notice yourself feeling a little "softer" despite the muscle tone. Higher estrogen levels can make you "feel" differently than usual. I've never been a very "soft" girl, but I was almost freaked out by the changes in my skin and body when I was first pregnant. It was totall weird.
Even if you get out of the weight lifting thing for a while, don't be afriad to go back to it. Just don't start out full force.

TURFGIRL
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8/12/05 12:43 A

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i noticed that too about us gym rats. this is my first so hopefully i'm blessed. i remember when an aerobics instructor came back after having the baby i couldn't believe how much leaner and muscly she was and she was in great shape to begin with.

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SARAHRAMM
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8/11/05 11:38 P

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although it's hard to accept the little extra "softness" of pregnancy, provided you keep working out, you could look even better after pregnancy. Most other gym rat mommies that I know look great after having several kids. Most, as was my case, got even leaner and toner after their children. I hope that will be the case for me this time! Don't worry, provided you keep fit during your pregnancy (and it sounds like you are), you'll look great after baby too!


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SURPRISE#3
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8/11/05 11:46 A

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Thanks to everyone for your input. I'm definitely going to continue exercising for as long as baby and body will allow. Suzanne, it's very encouraging to read that there is hope of retaining my muscle, even if I won't be able to see it as well for the next 8 or so months.

~ Jennifer
edd: March 18, 2006


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MIXITMOM
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8/10/05 9:30 P

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I continued to exercise through my 8th month of pregnancy and only gained 20 pounds total. It did feel like I was not as toned as before while pregnant but after I delivered(one month ago) I was quite suprised to see my body held onto most of the muscle. I think it does not look as toned when pregnant because of the excess water your body holds onto...hence cellulite on legs, ect...

You should certainly continue to work out. It will do no harm...only good if you continue at a moderate pace.

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LIONCUBS
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8/10/05 8:49 P

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If you continue to work out - you should be able to maintain most of your muscle tone - and what you lose ought to be easier to get back (abdominals aside...because you never know!)

It will really depend upon how your body puts on the weight. Good luck - and let us know how you are doing!

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HILLIE24
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8/10/05 6:11 P

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As long as you don't go overboard with the weight gain, you should see your tone. There are a bunch of women on here with pictures (not me, because I'm not photogenic!) that have gorgeous muscle tone during pregnancy. You should talk to Rachel_Himes or KristenMay. They are good about the fitness thing!


-Heather
Killian, 10 months (or so)
Mackenzie, 2
Mike, 26
Our dogs, Molly and Kieran, and our cat, O'Malley.


SURPRISE#3
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8/10/05 6:01 P

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I was just starting to see some nice muscle definition in my arms thanks to running and pilates when I discovered I was pregnant. I am continuing with my workouts, but I'm curious if I will continue to see muscle tone, or if I'll lose it because our bodies hold onto to fat for the pregnancy and nursing afterwards. Thanks for your help.

~ Jennifer
edd: March 18, 2006 (!)


~ Jennifer
EDD: March 14, 2006
We're having a boy!


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