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Just curious... in all the womens magazines there are those page layouts of guided instructions to get a " beach body in 3 weeks" etc etc. I always ignore them because they seem either bizarre and complicated( you know the whole " place 1 foot on a bench and bend over backwards towards your expensive yoga mat while contracting every single muscle you have" haha) or they seem too good to be true. But i'm looking for a set routine that'll guide me and that I can stick to, so I was wondering does anyone else follow them? or ever found and used a simple one that they saw results from?

Sat. May 13, 11:52pm

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I used a workout routine from Fitness this winter (Lose Every Bulge in 3 Weeks). The ab exercises were great! I like to try all the exercises they suggest and pull bits and pieces from them that I like and that I feel work. You can cobble together your own routine for when you get bored.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 9:01 AM

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I follow them becuse it keeps me from having to THINK about what I'm going to do next. I like order and knowing what to expect. I have found them useful.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 10:37 AM

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I find them offputting. they are complicated and always feature a super-thin girl doing them with great ease. I am pretty much the opposite of that.. it just makes me annoyed that magazines don't use normal looking models, and it makes me even less inclined to do it. What is the desired effect? To motivate us because we want to look like that? bah! sorry. on the soapbox.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 3:41 PM

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I use the cobble method. I find a bunch of workouts in different magazines that hit different areas of the body, then I cut them up and staple them back together. If one of the exercises is not working for me, I'll cut it out.

I find that Yoga magazines are the most realistic and helpful with thier directions. They give a modification or two to the poses, so if you can't do it yet, you can do a variation. That makes the exercises easier & more likely that i'll stick with it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 9:42 AM

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