Week 1, Monday ~ Free 8 Week Dumbbell Challenge

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  1. debbymantell
    January 7, 2013

    Just finished. I did 2 sets of 12 with 5 pound weights.

    • hallecottis
      January 7, 2013

      @debbymantell Yeah Debby!  I am off to do my workout now!  How do you feel?

      • debbymantell
        January 7, 2013

        @hallecottis Feel good!

    • RobinL
      January 7, 2013

      @debbymantell
       Same here…2 sets with 5 lbs weights except I used 8 lb for the last excercise.

  2. RobinL
    January 7, 2013

    Just completed day 1…2 sets with 5 lb weights.  Thanks Halle for getting me motivated :)  Looking forward to the next 7 weeks and 6 days! lol

  3. hallecottis
    January 7, 2013

    Just completed my workout this morning…used 10# weights and 12# for the dumbbell curl and dumbbell side bend (I have been doing this challenge for quite some time and have worked my way up to a higher weight amount…if just starting, please start with a lower amount…5# is a good starting point.)  I did 3 sets, was feeling super ambitious and I feel great and super energized!  I bet I am a bit sore tomorrow :)

  4. Tarapy
    January 7, 2013

    Yeah.  So excited just completed 2 sets 5 lbs.  Last exercise I used 8 lbs.  Walked 35 minutes this a.m.  You go girls!

  5. Ann
    January 7, 2013

    As a former fitness instructor and someone who had rotator cuff surgery approx. 3 1/2 years ago, I strongly encourage light weights on the lateral raises. My surgeon, an avid exerciser and physician to many doctors (think quality) said something that made a lot of sense to me. He asked me, “When in real life to we ever mimic this exercise?” The answer is clearly, “At no time so we mimic this weighted motion.” Yes, this move helps develop pretty shoulders, but at what price? I never used anything heavier than an 8 lb dumbell for lat raises, never completed more than 2 sets and only lifted at max. 3x’s per week. Listening to an active, surgeon whose so skilled that he’s the “go to” shoulder guy for physicians themselves is a sound investment. They’re the ones that deal with the results of stressing body parts in ways that aren’t helpful aside from vanity.

    • RobinL
      January 8, 2013

      Good point Ann, and thanks for the insight :)

  6. FrancineWyse
    January 8, 2013

    I know I’m a little late doing the Monday challange but I got there, I’ll catch up, enjoyed it

  7. FrancineWyse
    January 8, 2013

    I know I’m a little late getting started but I got there!! Enjoyed it

  8. Beth J
    January 14, 2013

    Ok, so I decided to start a week later than the rest. Really enjoyed the workout. I agree about the lateral raises. I have neck issues, so was super careful.

    • Halle Cottis
      January 14, 2013

      Welcome Beth! Always listen to your bodies language…glad you were super careful. Keep us posted as you progress through this challenge!

  9. debbymantell
    March 11, 2013

    Just started this again after a week away. The first 8 weeks went well, I can definitely see the changes in my arms. I am sticking with the 2 sets for now but have upped the reps from 12 to 15. Still using 5 pd weights but will be buying the next level here shortly. This is a great workout routine!

    • hallecottis
      March 11, 2013

      @debbymantell I am so glad you are enjoying it! :)

  10. Molly
    January 2, 2014

    I am not seeing dedicated ab exercises even though they are listed as part of the daily workouts.
    Am I missing them somewhere?
    Thanks.

    • Halle Cottis
      January 3, 2014

      We have exercises in most of the workouts that work the abs. I also have a few days for all abs. They might not be what you are use to seeing, look at day one…the dumbbell side bend works the abs.

  11. Jennifer Horner
    February 5, 2014

    In the instructions between set 1 and set 2 you have “**I did this set with no breaks in between. After you finish this set, take a 2-4 minute break and then repeat the circuit and start your second set.”
    What do you mean by repeat the circuit? Do set 1 again then do set2?
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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