This was my first week of following Tracy’s recommendation to first complete 30 minutes of dance cardio followed by the same muscular structure workout for five days. Last week I had finished up with her Mat Workout for Beginners Mat 1: Total Body Beginner and moved on to Mat 2: Chair Sequence. Now a couple of things. First, I wasn’t really sure I was going to like having a chair sequence for five days. I had definitely not been fond of it when I was going through the Pregnancy Project DVDs during my last pregnancy. That brings me my two my second point. Make sure you have a good, sturdy chair that is the correct height. Seriously it makes all the difference in the world. Before I was using this flimsy plastic chair I found in the basement that my husband bought at Ikea, like, 15 years ago and was too low for me even though I am only 5’2″. This time around, I used a solid wood chair that was the correct height and it totally changed changed my mind about the chair. I love the chair workout now! Seriously, the next time I see Tracy bring out a chair in a future workout, I am going to be so excited! (Please tell me she uses the chair in Metamorphosis.)
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Unfortunately I also got super sick on Monday. Both me and my five year old were up all night throwing up (yuck). Luckily Monday was also my scheduled rest day. By Tuesday night I was feeling well enough to get through the Mat Workout, but there was no way my stomach could handle TAVA or any dance cardio so I decided to skip that and make it up on Thursday, which was my other scheduled rest day, if I could. By Wednesday, I was back to feeling like myself and went ahead with my workout as planned. I was also able to make up the missed TAVA on Thursday. So this week ended up looking like this:
This Week’s Schedule:
Rest Day [Stomach Flu]
Tracy Anderson Mat Workout for Beginners Mat 2: Chair Sequence (25 min) [had to skip TAVA]
Tracy Anderson TAVA (30 min) [make-up for Tuesday]
Total Dance Cardio 2.5 hours Total Muscular Structure 2.1 hours Grand Total 4 hours 35 minutes
Down over 6 lbs in 4 weeks is pretty great and I am happy with all of the other reductions in my measurements. I was able to wear two more of my pre-prgnancy outfits this week which made me feel so proud of all of my hard work and super motivated to continue. I have found that the more I do these workouts the more I like them. I remember feeling so awkward trying to do some of the moves before but now after a few repetitions I get the form down and then I can really feel them start to work. If you are just starting, please, please, please give your body time to get used to moving in this new way. I promise after a while you will start to love it to!
By the end of this week I was able to get through the Chair Sequence without any problems, so I will be moving on to Mat 3: Total Body Intermediate this coming week. I will also be switching up between TAVA and the Beginner Cardio Dance so I don’t get burned out on TAVA . I have also put together playlists both for Dance Cardio and the Muscular Structure workouts. Look for those to be posted in the coming weeks. I will link them once they are up!
Have you tried Tracy Anderson to lose weight after having a baby? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.