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Trying the challenge for a second time - trying for every day but letting myself do every other day when work hours are too much.  3 sets of 20 reps for each exercise.  I always think about giving up half way through the first set but by the end of the third set, I am usually feeling good and proud of myself for finishing!

1 year, 10 months ago on DAY 4 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Inner Thighs, Calves & Abs

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OK, second time around is a charm, right?  I restarted the 30 day challenge yesterday as part of a new 6 week challenge for myself.  I had a question about lunges - why do you suggest only one set of lunges but 2 - 3 sets of all other exercises?

1 year, 10 months ago on DAY 2 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Calves & Abs

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Ball shoulder rotatins - not sure what I am supposed to be working?  My back like in a superman or is there a twisting motion (rotation) that would work my obliques?

Otherwise a good workout yesterday!

2 years ago on DAY 18 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Arms, Chest, Back & Shoulders

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I found the hip abductor exercise tricky today - I felt it more in my stabilizing leg and had to balance my hand on the wall to prevent strain in my supporting knee.   It's been a rough week - I missed two days in a row but did my workouts first thing this morning to make sure I didn't get too busy for them later.

2 years ago on DAY 17 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Back & Calves

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Hip flexor stretch on the ball - didn't get it!  I felt more of a stretch in my front leg and not in my hip flexors.  Suggestions?

2 years ago on DAY 14 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Full Body Stretch

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I went up to three sets this week, and backed off from 20 reps per set to 15 reps per set.  Question about tricep extensions - my left arms tanks out at 20 reps my right arms doesn't get tired until 25.  Is is OK to do different numbers of reps on each side?  Should I stick with the lower # of reps for both arms?  See you tomorrow!

2 years ago on DAY 16 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Arms, Chest, Back & Shoulders

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Yesterday, did Day 15 then stretched it out with Day 14.   This week's goal - to get back on track with every day workouts!

2 years ago on DAY 15 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Thighs & Calves

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I missed a few days betwee day 12 when I took my weights on vacation with me and day 13.  Somehow getting back into the routine at home is harder than staying in it when I am away.. maybe just trying to justify all the extra packing but actually using the equipment I lugged around!  Today was not too hard.  I am doing two sets with 20 reps.  Starting tomorrow, I will be increase to three sets of 12 reps and build from there.

2 years ago on DAY 13 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Abdominal Workout

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I agree - deltoid raises were a challenge.  I found my left arm wanting to twist in at the top so I did each arm separately so I could concentrate more on the form of the exercise.  I increased the weights for the biceps and rows to 10lbs (from 5lbs) - arms were good and tired this afternoon.

2 years ago on DAY 10 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Arms, Chest, Back & Shoulders

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Day 11 - done!  I am out of town for the weekend but packed the weights and ball in my backseat.  I found today to be a tough one but it was more motivational than any particular exercise.  I will keep at it - I am almost half way through my challenge!

2 years ago on DAY 11 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Calves & Abs

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Today seemed harder - not sure if that's because I went for a run first or if it's because the single leg squats on the ball were a HARD way to start this workout!!

Question: one legged toe raises - I am struggling to do those without either tapping my other toe down or resting my hand on the banister for balance.  Which is better - a toe tap or a hand rest?  Should I be doing double leg lifts instead

2 years ago on DAY 9 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Calves & Abs

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Day 8: didn't love the bicep curls on the ball - I couldn't find the right position.  I've increased the reps to 15-20 for most exercises now.  Feeling strong.... and almost 1/3rd of the way done.

2 years ago on DAY 8 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Arms, Chest, Back & Shoulders

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Today was a nice break!  A good stretch after I did a vigorous workout DVD!  Many of the stretches I knew, but some with the ball were new to me.  See you tomorrow!

2 years ago on DAY 7 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Light Day, Stretching The Whole Body!

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Day 6 down - I actually could feel my abs this morning before I started -I think it was those reverse crunches with the ball yesterday!  I found the jackknife tricky but fun once I got it (scared my husband wtih a couple big thuds first!!) and I also like the side crunches on the ball but found I had to use one of my legs to keep balance (top leg, bent knee with foot placed in front) as I gained confidence I moved my bracing foot closer to my extended leg's foot.

Thanks for the motivation about getting back on track after being away for a while!  It can be discouraging when you feel you've lost some of the strength you gained before you had to stop for a bit.  Even after a week, I felt slower and more winded runnign and weaker on core work.

See you tomorrow!

2 years ago on DAY 6 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Abdominal Workout

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Day 5 down!  I struggled with the reverse crunches until I reviewed the images above and realized that I was trying to straighten my legs at the bottom.  The deltoid raises were a killer - not sure if I ever worked that muscle intentionally before!!  Now doing 15 reps on most exercises.

2 years ago on DAY 5 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Arms, Chest, Back, Shoulders & Abs

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I was off for a week after a minor procedure but I got the all clear to start back up with my regular exercise routine - and that includes the 30 day challenge!!  I was not very good last week  - it was a week away from exercise and I let my diet suffer as well.  Back on the food journal and healthy eating today as well.  I found the exercises today good.  Day 5 tomorrow!

2 years ago on DAY 4 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Inner Thighs, Calves & Abs

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Day 3 done.  Hard to get started this AM (5:30am!) but no one was home, so I just blasted some good "get your butt moving" music.  I liked the bent over rows the best because I was able to keep my form the whole time.  I struggled to get my whole first set of the shoulder presses but nailed it on set 2.  Question: Lying flies - which way are my palms facing at the bottom (?forward) and the top (?together)?

2 years, 1 month ago on DAY 3 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Arms, Chest, Back & Shoulders

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Day 2 done nice and early this morning.  2 down, 28 to go.

2 years, 1 month ago on DAY 2 ~ 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge ~ Legs, Buttocks, Calves & Abs

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Found you on Pinterest and have been looking for something to help tone my arms.  I hate the gym - and that's kept me from trying anything there.  This seems do-able in the privacy of my own home.  Thanks.  Day 1 went well.

2 years, 1 month ago on DAY 1 ~ Sculpt The Body Of Your Dreams With This FREE 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge!

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