Upper Body & Abs Basics #4

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41 comments on “Upper Body & Abs Basics #4”

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    I don’t have a pull up bar. Can you recommend what I could do or use to get a similar workout for a pull up and the knee raises?
    Thanks!

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        Private  |  Venice, CALIFORNIA, United States

        wow, this is awesome. If you can recommend a basic pull up bar we can find on Amazon…would love your
        input if you have a moment.

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          Private  |  Los Angeles, CA, USA

          If you go to the latest weekly workout schedule (full post) you can find a link to a page with all my equipment.

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            Private  |  Venice, CALIFORNIA, United States

            I will do that… today makes my official 3 week mark… I’m at the bottom
            of the mountain but ready for more weight already- 10 lb. kettlebell not
            enough for 5’2″ me.

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    So I’ve been working out with you for years, but have noticed that my thighs seem larger. I’m 5’2″ 102 pounds and small framed ( first time I’ve been over 100 pounds without being pregnant my whole life ). Is it muscle, or should I start watching my diet closer?

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      Hi Amy! Sounds like you’ve been gaining muscle! Congrats! Do you feel stronger – have you had soreness in your thighs? Everyone is different so you can gauge how muscular your thighs are by firmness. You can always go low carb if you’d like to be more lean but don’t be scared of toning and shaping up your thighs and butt. For small women that’s often adding a bit in size 🙂

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        My thighs are firm, it’s just a bit scary for me not to be “skinny legged” with a thigh gap

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          I bet! Haha I can only imagine – I’m
          A tiny pear shape so no thigh gap ever for me :p
          I’m sure if you stick to beginner workouts and stretch and tone and yoga you wouldn’t gain too much muscle – but it’s really fun to get stronger if you’re cool with more toned legs and less thigh gap 😀

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            I do realize that I am strong – can keep up with or beat zuzka, but definitely don’t look as defined – and my husband loves my shape …. I think I just placed some of my identity in being the fittest skinniest girl around

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    Private  |  Venice, CALIFORNIA, United States

    Hello Zuzkia… is there an easy way for me to figure out how to use the ‘tracker device?” I want to track my progress.
    I sent this question to the webmaster and that person wrote back and told me to post the question here… sorry for
    any inconvenience. I’m eager to be consistent!

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      Private  |  Holland, PA

      Hi Vilda – Z usually tells us what type of wo it is…so this is rep based and you should count how many reps you completed in the 12 minutes. I did one full round and the first exercise…I count each combo as one rep so for exercise #2 it’s 4 reps if you complete the entire exercise. Then you just plug in those numbers, and the weight of any equipment you used. Other wo’s are time challenges, meaning you complete all the rounds Z posts and time yourself. Then each time you go back to a wo you try to beat by either doing more reps or beating your time from the last go around. Hope that helps!

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        Private  |  Venice, CALIFORNIA, United States

        very helpful, yes. and thank you!!!

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    Private  |  Venice, CALIFORNIA, United States

    I was asking about”Traker” it is a function of the website so you can log you wouts sorry if I was not clear!

    xoxox

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    Private  |  Venice, CALIFORNIA, United States

    finished thursday

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    Private  |  Blaustein, Germany

    Yea done! Was somewhat easy but also fulfilling at the same time. I’m tall so I have to go outside to do the pullups and come back inside to do the other exercises. Don’t have internet reception outside. I feel like I could lift the whole world right now. Thank you so much Zuzana!
    By the way I have to do the jump rope workouts outside too. The ceilings here are too low, or I am too long.

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    Ho everybody! I love so much this series! And I love so much even you Zuzka! I always trained by myself for almost 20 years and I tried so many fitness instructors (Tony Horton, Cathe Friedrich, Jillian M. and so on…) but nobody motivated me as you do, even they are good instructors… You’re so sweet but strong at the same time… Professional but simple, funny too 🙂 and never boring… So I write just to tell you… THANKS ZUZKA! 😍

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    Private  |  France

    Hi Zuzka! How would you count the reps for this workout? Each set = 1 rep?

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    Private  |  Medellín, Colombia

    (I posted this comment yesterday at @ 3:53 AM and it says “Your comment is awaiting moderation”. Why?)

    .Hello

    How do you replace the pull-up bar? I don’t have it at home. As a suggestion, you should give an alternative for every piece of equipment. There’s one routine with no equipment for this day but it isn’t for the upper body so….

    I’m starting to be worried because I don’t know if Zuzka gym is right for me. I’ve been going to the gym for three years now, 5 days a week and I swim one hour the other two days, I’m strong and I have the energy, but not all the equipment Zuzka uses. I have a pair of 5 lb dumbells, a pair of 10lb dumbells, a purple band, an excercise ball and a TRX.

    I went through the no equipment section but it’s mostly stretch and tone….

    I want to cry

    Thanks

    Juliana

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      Private  |  Los Angeles, CA, USA

      Have you been checking out the full weekly workout schedules lately? I give different alternatives for people who don’t have the equipment: https://zuzkalight.com/zgym/workout-schedules/weekly-workout-schedule-the-week-of-march-6th/

      Also check out the page with my equipment and scroll down to the pull up bar where I show another home equipment alternative: https://zuzkalight.com/workouts/my-exercise-equipment/

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        Private  |  Medellín, Colombia

        Thank you Zuzka. I’m glad I can talk to you. I admire you and I’ve been really excited to be a part of your programs. I did go through the weekly schedules. But I found that most of the exercises were stretch and tone. I don’t want to lose the progress I made in the past years. My goal is to be strong, I don’t care about fitness or losing weight. I just wanna be able to use my body as a tool in my daily life.

        What about Hanging Knee Raises? How can I replace those?

        Thanks Zuzka

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          Private  |  Rome, ME, USA

          You can use 2 chairs- like you would with a dip station. Place the chairs back to back and stand between them. Hands on backs of chairs and push yourself up so your elbows are locked and feet are off the floor. Then you can do the leg raises or knee raises or dips. Just as a positive encouragement – just pick a workout and if you can’t do a certain exercise b/c of equipment modify or skip it. Once you get going you will see you really don’t need alot of equipment as Z does really offer modifications. Also a pull up bar that you put up put the doorway is not too expensive if you wanted to try that. It is really only the pull up bar stuff that is hard to modify, everything else is easy peasy to modify. Ne need to cry! 😉 Believe me you will not lose strength with Z.

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            Private  |  Medellín, Colombia

            Thank you very much! 🙂

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          Private  |  Los Angeles, CA, USA

          Stretch & tone workouts are only on Wednesdays and Sundays. The rest of the week is packed with variaty of workouts for all fitness levels. Make sure to check out the weekly workout schedule: https://zuzkalight.com/zgym/workout-schedules/weekly-workout-schedule-the-week-of-march-20th/

          If you don’t have pull up bar and other equipment, it doesn’t mean, you can’t get in shape. I have tons of bodyweight workout. There’s a big selection in the Body Crush series. The 15 Minute Fat Burn series is a HIIT also no-equipment needed and if you’re short on time, then you can do any of the 12 Minute Body Workouts which happen to be not only short but also really intense and effective in building strength, endurance and burning calories.

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    Private  |  Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

    Hi Zu and friends! I did this workout yesterday…this one should be time challenge and not reps because we can not perform it fast because we need to focus on form so I did it checking my time. Also it is so complicated to count the reps. I did 2 rounds and all reps of normal push-ups, not on knees. Good workout…see you and take care.

    1st time-10th Mar 2017-2 rounds-18:18

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