Slim in 6
I’ve begun an exercise video series called Slim in 6 featuring Debbie Siebers. There are three main programs — Start It Up! Ramp It Up! and Burn It Up! The idea is to do the first two programs every day for a week or two each, then the last program for the remaining weeks and (voila!) slim in six weeks.
I know my body isn’t happy if I repeat the same workout everyday, so I’m doing it every other day (alternating with other workouts, including some bonuses on these DVDs) and calling it Slim in 12.
I have more difficult videos, but I’ve never committed to doing them several times a week. I’m kind of impressed already with the changes that I’m feeling in my body in just a little over a week of alternate days of Start It Up! There isn’t any of that soreness and stiffness the next day that I associate with a good workout, but the consistency is paying off. I’m feeling some surprising muscle development: upper back, top of the hips, and across the chest.
This is the latest of many purchases I’ve made over the years from MultiLevel Marketing companies. I like to support women-owned business and, so often, the first business women attempt is an MLM. Too often, of course, it’s the last attempt. I suspect the secret to success with an MLM is to keep expectations low while acting as if expectations are high — not a skill I could manage.
The thing is, I’ve always been happy with the quality of the purchases I make from MLMs. I suspect that is the first priority for establishing an MLM. You have to have a product that you can get people to believe in–not only believe in enough to buy but enough to sell.
The company that sells Slim in 6, Beachbody, is more famous for some of its other programs: P90X, Insanity, Turbo Jam. Beachbody calls their marketers “coaches.” I highly recommend my coach, Melanie Gottlieb, for her encouragement and informed suggestions about which programs fit your current fitness level and goals. If you’re interested in these workouts, visit her Beachbody page: Melanie Gottlieb. Click on the orange Contact Me button above her picture and tell her I sent you.
Slim in 6 didn’t come with a book, exactly, but there’s plenty of printed material to please a reader. Simple Steps to Success is inspiring and contains a number of tips that really work like writing down your motivators and referring to them often.
6 Day Express Diet Plan has three quick weight loss plans that probably wouldn’t hurt most people. I’m not a big fan of that sort of thing but when I was younger I might have done them so I can’t really say that no one should. My experience is that pounds that come off slowly stay off.
Step-by-Step Nutrition Guide is a fold-out brochure with all the basic information for eating healthily. It contains the don’t eat 3 hours before bedtime advice to improve fat-burning, a notion that I thought had been thoroughly debunked. It is a beneficial rule to eliminate night-time snacking which is a difficult time for a lot of us–so not bad advice even if the reasoning is faulty. I rather like the “Michi’s Ladder” concept of putting foods in five different tiers — the idea is to eat the vast majority of foods from the top two tiers of healthy foods and save the bottom tiers for progressively more rare treats. I would argue with a few tier placements from a perspective of natural over artificial and the silliness of the potato prejudice, but most are where I would put them.
The Get Started brochure is more of a commercial for the other Beachbody products, more videos by the same instructor and shakes and supplements (which I’m not doing as I discussed a couple of weeks ago, Book Review: The Complete Guide to Growing and Using Sprouts).
With Slim in 6, a couple of good gardening days, and my husband’s new resolution to say “yes” when I say “how about a walk?” — I finished yesterday with 290 minutes of exercise so far this month, putting me right on track for 1300 minutes in February!
How are you doing with your exercise goals? Check in with Bookworm with a View to see how Mari and others are doing: CHECKpoint! Feb 7.
I’ve been a BBcoach for many years — sold many products and never received a penny — as I don’t “follow” guidelines for getting my “share.”
As you said: the products are TOP NOTCH. Knockoffs (often sold on ebay or amazonmarketplace) are not (got burned twice–they’re marketed as “used” often times and they ARE NOT–they’re pirated!). I’m still “a coach” for the discount (I use Shakeology, which is awesome and extremely dear). I don’t “make” any money from BB and I don’t make “much” money, period. BUT Sh. is sooo healthy! I don’t even know who my “whatever they call the person on top of you” is in BB! ;p
I need to look into home video options. It would be great to take a 20 mintue break midday. I wonder if I can buy them on iTunes… hmmmm.
You had a great week! Good luck this week. We are making progress 🙂
Good job on getting a routine set up. Congratulations to your husband too for sticking to his resolution.
I started Slim in 6 with the same coach a little before Joy did. I’m enjoying it too, and also taking a little slower pace than the program calls for. It’s a good program for complete beginner like me. I just wish the reading materials and/or DVD labels had the workout times on them. I was surprised to find that while Start it Up takes 35 minutes, Ramp it Up jumps to 55 and I think Burn it Up (which I haven’t tried yet) is 62. It includes all the warm-ups and cool-down stretches, and it’s very balanced, but it’s quite a time commitment.
Thanks for the support Joy, and great review! I joined Beachbody because I have had so much personal success, I really believe in the products. I define the success by 2 things: enjoying the work (I am getting to work with really great people) and supporting my fitness habit. So far, its working quite well for me.
Keep on blogging !!! 🙂
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I’ve been looking for some workout videos! I go for walks a lot, but I’ve realized I’m not going fast enough to get a good burn going. Slim 6 sounds like a great program!
I haven’t heard of this series but will check it out. I don’t do as many workout videos as I did before I had the baby (too hard to etch out time when she’s around) but on occasion when I can’t make it to the gym they come in handy. Right now I’ve been trying to do Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred but haven’t gotten past the first level yet. Ha!!
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