I’ve been dealing with a sore heel for the past few weeks (probably going on a month now after I look back on it) which means I haven’t been doing my normal workout routine. This has actually worked out quite well to avoid going to the gym because I hate trying to fit into my normal workout classes which are suddenly overflowing in January!
My normal workout is pretty high impact so I was looking for something that was a little more low key but would still produce results. I found a lot more than I bargained for when I got Wendie Pett’s Visibly Fit dvd series!
I found out about Wendie through the WMI mPower series as Wendie is one of the guests on the 4 part dvd series. Wendie’s Visibly Fit program is about creating the mind/muscle connection. You are doing slow and controlled movements by using opposing muscle forces instead of using weights.
“If I told you that by using your own body’s resistance alone, you can build the body of your dreams, would you believe me? You can drastically improve your strength, flexibility and endurance without ever taking another trip to the gym! No matter how busy your schedule is, I’ve taken away all your excuses with my simple, yet highly effective Visibly Fit technique. I’m so excited to help you meet your fitness goals!”
Ok so I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. At one point I was actually able to curl 20 lb weights in each arm and bench press nearly 100 pounds (ya I’m tough, I know) so the thought of using my own muscles seemed a bit wimpy to me. But I was intrigued so I decided to give it a try.
So what is the mind/muscle connection?
The mind/muscle connection can also be called Visualized Resistance Training. This article explains it as:
Dynamic visualized resistance requires the individual to visualize that they are working against an imaginary weight or pulley system. While isometric exercise involves tightening and releasing muscles without moving the joints at the same time, dynamic visualized resistance requires the individual to contract the worked muscle while engaging it in a range of motion.
The key to these exercises is to stay focused during the entire movement without releasing tension. Dynamic visualized resistance exercises can be “snuck in” throughout the day since the exercises don’t have to be done in succession.
I first went through her 7 part video series where Wendie takes you through things like how to read labels and shopping at the grocery store. She also includes a meal planner that I think is awesome. It really helps you think about planning your meals for the week so you are never in a situation where you are starving with nothing to eat. During the 7 part series, she gives you some example exercises to try.
I tried them out and thought, ok these are a little tougher than I thought so I ordered the Visibly Fit & Firm series and now I’m hooked. Her 7×11 dvd has 7 exercises you should do twice a day. Once before 11 am and once before 11 pm. That’s easy enough. And the good thing is I can do it right in my office in front of the computer. The Firm & Fabulous 3 dvd series can also be done in front of the computer.Don’t be fooled though, these dvd’s are tough. I did the Firm & Fabulous Booty earlier today and my legs are still burning!
What I liked about the dvd’s
- I’ve went through all the exercises on the dvd’s and they are low impact. Wendie says several times in the dvd’s that these exercises don’t cause wear and tear on your joints.
- These dvd’s are great for travel. They didn’t require a ton of room as other “travel” work out dvd’s.
- The exercises work. Wendie says “this is a different way of working out” which is totally true. I was skeptical at first but I can already feel a different in my legs and abs.
I am hooked on these dvd’s and I highly recommend giving them a try. If you are recovering from an injury or just looking for something new to get different results, these dvd’s make a great workout. In fact, Wendie got started with these exercises after a snowmobile injury, so you can read about her journey and how the exercises worked for her.
Please note: I am not affiliated with Wendie Pett nor do I get any compensation from recommending her dvd’s. Sometimes I just like to share things with my readers that I like or have found to be a great benefit in my life.