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CoreBody Reformer Challenge: Week 1

This week I’m starting my CoreBody Reformer six-week challenge.  I was lucky enough to receive a CoreBody reformer to try out and for the next six-weeks I’ll be doing the 3-day plan (3 workouts/week) and documenting my experiences and results.

The CoreBody reformer is a reformer machine modified for in-home use.  There is a tube that you are meant to stand, balance or sit on and you exercise by moving pulleys with your arms or legs, depending on the workout.  The pulleys have three levels of resistance which you can adjust by simply clicking a button.

The CoreBoy Reformer comes with lots of useful bonus products: a DVD with four workouts, a workout schedule calendar, recipe book, food journal and portable workout cards.

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I wanted to try the CoreBody reformer because I need help with getting toned.  Since I have a dance and yoga background, I liked the combination of cardio dance, pilates and yoga movements that the CoreBody Reformer used.  I tried the CBR two times before starting the challenge so that I could get familiar with the product.  On my two trial workouts I used the basic level one resistance with no added weight to get acclimated with the CBR.

Each of the exercises focuses on a certain area (arms, legs, core) but since you are balancing for many of the exercises you are always using your core.  There are also modifications for each exercise so you can work up to a higher level.  The DVD shows the three levels: easy, intermediate and advanced.  For my first challenge workout today I pressed one button on each pulley to add a bit more resistance and give myself a harder workout.  I fluctuated between intermediate and advanced because I have pretty good balance and am able to stand on the CBR.  I definitely broke a sweat and feel like my legs may be sore tomorrow.

If you’ve been reading the blog then you know that earlier this year I did a cleanse and finally got down to my pre-pregnancy weight of 96 pounds.  Since then I’ve managed to keep most of those last nasty 5 pounds off and during the week I fluctuate between 96 and 98 pounds.  This morning when I weighed myself I was 98 pounds.  I’m happy with my weight but I want to be more toned.  My stomach is totally stretched out after the baby and that is my main area of concern.

I hate pictures of myself – especially ones of me in fitness clothing but I’m doing this for you… This is what I look like.

I’ll show you what I look like at the end of the 6 weeks and I’m hoping that I’ll have more muscle tone and a tighter stomach – I want my waist back!  In addition to the CBR workouts three-days a week, I’ll continue running 3-4 days/week and eating well.  I’ll touch base with you each week to let you know how it’s going. Wish me luck!

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