Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last 2013 Workout

This morning was the last workout for 2013 so I chose the jessicasmithtv new Bootcamp Boogie uploaded this past Saturday.
Of course, I replaced the audio first :)
The higher impact and intensity were great on the 550f bungee BUT I had to wear shoes with inserts because my feet have started to bother me again.  After that ridiculous Plantar Fasciitis flare, I take new twinges very seriously.  My right knee also has developed a new twinge which prohibits bouncing on a stability ball so I was relieved that the shoes and 550 combo worked twingelessly.  I was able yo use the whole 550 mat surface wearing shoes so it was quite a nice change.

Next I did some weight work from Kelly's Your Best Body and enjoyed many of the unique moves:

I had edited my private video file so there was just one or two sets of each move.

Here's a sample of the edited Bootcamp Boogie with a song by Fergie called *A little Party never killed Nobody* which happened to be the last song in the Borgata Holiday Burlesque show we saw this past weekend:

For the whole original routine go to

Friday, December 27, 2013

Olga Kotelko

The Parade magazine featured a 94 year old track star Olga Kotelko.
I found the following on
What Makes Olga Run?

Olga's Rules

The Big Nine:
1. Keep Moving
2. Create Routines
     (But Sometimes Break Them)
3. Be Opportunistic
4. Be a mensch
5. Believe in something
6. Lighten Up
7. Cultivate a Sense of Progress
8. Don’t do it if you don’t love it
9. Begin now

Just wanted to share because I truly believe in those rules

Bellicon Dance Party, DA FatBlast and Nia Vibe

This morning I did the Bellicon Dance Party (original on youtube) with replaced audio and absolutely lurved it.  Simple moves and great MUsic.  Then I did Denise Austin's Balancing Act Fat Blast (original on youtube) which I had trimmed while replacing the audio.  I liked it so much I am re-editing to have my favorite Kettlebell-like moves repeated more.  Finished with my favorite songs from Nia's Vibe while bounce-sitting on a stability ball.  The dvd is worth getting for the BodyRock routine alone!

original Bellicon routine at
▶ 10 min - Dance party on the bellicon - YouTube

my version of the Bellicon routine:

Bellicon 10 min Dance Party MU by POMBarb
remember after the initial ad plays (if there is one) and the actual workout video starts to play to click on Daily Motion in the lower right corner so you can avoid an ad every 5 minutes

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Filemail and Download Tips

ETA: to use filemail now, you must be registered and are limited to 10 free transfers so I have lost interest in this option.

Filemail (www.filemail.com) used to be a wonderful way of sharing files when I had an upgraded account but very limited for free accounts.  However, I think filemail.com now allows more days, downloads, and larger files than they used to on free accounts.

I will download a video file myself so I can provide a walk-thru:
You can click on the link for the file you want to download below its thumbnail and download just that file or you can click on *Download all the files* (colored Green) to get a ZIP file which is a nice option if a filemail has more than one file attached.  The file will go to whatever folder your browser downloads files to (usually called Downloads).  You can then move the file by copying (or cutting and pasting) by right clicking the mouse on a Windows system  to wherever you want it to be on your hard drive, etc.

Just found out you can download some video files directly from Vimeo.
Just right click on the blue Download button to choose your format.

This morning I did the HeavyHands Panaerobics to which I had added MUsic which I will embed again. Remember after the initial ad and the video starts playing,  to click the Daily Motion in the lower right corner to play without ads.  Use that url to revisit or to download.

HH Pan Amazon MU by POMBarb

Also did the Senam routine to which I had added MUsic.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays

No matter your personal beliefs, enjoy the Holiday season and be kind to others.  Actually, try to be kind to others everyday of the year and most importantly to yourself.

I have made a playlist of workouts with Holiday MUsic on Daily Motion and am in the process of adding my latest creation using Ellen Barrett's Ballet Pilates which is on youtube.

My Happy Holidays Playlist link is
▶ Happy Holidays - A Video PlayList on Dailymotion

and here is the Holiday Ballet Pilates:

Holiday Ballet Pilates with Ellen Barrett by POMBarb

(remember to click on the Daily Motion in the lower right hand corner of my blog embedded videos after the video starts to play and you can see the video without ads every 5 minutes on my Daily Motion channel)

Suzanne Bowen is offering a free Barre video as a Christmas gift
Barre Fire with Tabata
password is Merry Christmas

Also here's a temporary filemail link for the Barre Fire video file converted to MP4 which was gifted by Suzanne Bowen on vimeo
Filemail.com -Barrre Fire

This morning I did Joannie Greggains Holiday Workout which I had uploaded to Daily Motion. It worked very well on my new bungee with Fitstix.  Then I did this wonderful routine:

It is easier for me to follow Berty who doesn't cue in English than similar routines by Richard Simmons!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Shrink, Fonda with Emerge, and Wonderful QiGong

I enjoyed some edited Shrink routines on the bungee and ball.
Then I did Jane Fonda's DooWop routine

which was amazing when combining it with the song Emerge:
Never expected this weird combination of moves and MUsic to be that good!
(Tip: you can try the combo above by playing Jane's routine muted on one tab and the song playing on another tab or browser, etc.  For example I play the song on youtube after I open another tab with my blog playing Jane's video muted)

However, something in the mix aggravated my right knee so I switched to something more gentle which was quite a nice QiGong routine:

ETA 12/24/2013:
This morning I did Jazzercise Burlesque but modified alot to make it lower intensity.
Some moves were faster than they needed to be too but I liked alot of them and the music.
Used the bungee then the ball.
My right knee is much better but I am being cautious.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Jessica's Gliding Routine

First I warmed up on the bungee with some of Chris Freytag's Fight Cellulite Fast to which I added MUsic.

Next I did the edited version of Jessica Smith's new gliding routine.

Original routine
▶ Fat Burning, Full Length 30-Minute Low Impact Aerobic Workout: Cardio Core Fusion Flow - YouTube

Brilliant creativity!  I expect lower body DOMs tomorrow.
The easy to follow gliding moves went perfectly with other music.
I edited out the planks which really should have been at the end of the routine for those who prefer to skip them.

I finished with a Shrink 5 minute routine to which I had added MUsic and it worked well sitting on a stability ball.

Since I cannot share the music I had added to Jessica's routine, I am creating excerpts with Holiday music to share :)
....check back here later

I am going to post individual clips here and then the whole video on Daily Motion
Here's the Holiday Gliding clips with Jessica Smith:

Clip 1

Clip 2

Clip 3

Clip 4

Happy and Healthy New Year to All

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Heartrates with Samantha and HH Panaerobics

Our son with OCD has been worried about his heart because of various chest pains.  Doctor said everything sounded ok.  This morning his resting heartrate was 54 and he was worried it was too low but he had jogged 2 miles yesterday and 54 for his age is actually great, comparable to that of an athlete's heartrate.

So I figured I hadn't checked mine for quite sometime so did it during this morning's workout to compare the heartrate to my perceived exertion since my heartrate monitor coincided with my perceived exertion in the past and had since broken.  I am happy to say I have lost no cardiovascular endurance in spite of several injuries, especially Plantar Fasciitis!  I checked my heartrate whenever I perceived I was at various levels of exertion and found I can determine quite well at all intensity levels.   Best part is I can achieve whatever intensity level I want on the bungee, off the bungee and bouncesitting on the stability ball with and without Fitstix.   People may think my unique workout routines are a waste of time but obviously not for me.  As with anything else, I get what I put into them.  MUsic motivates me to put more into otherwise boring moves.  Tweaking the moves to make them feel better works too.

Anywho my workout this morning was two more edited routines by Samantha (low impact then athletic drills) then some HeavyHands Panaerobics with free Amazon MUsic added and ended with some of the Senam routine with Amazon MUsic.  I did Samantha's Cardio yesterday as a spark and like her simple moves and number of reps in her routines. HH Panaerobics and Fitstix worked very well on the stability ball!

HH Pan Amazon MU by POMBarb

The Senam routine was posted on 12/8
Keep MUving *Just Right*: BAK with a Blast!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Samantha Spark and Jessica Black Friday 4

I edited out the moves I didn't want to do and added MUsic to this routine:

The result was the perfect spark :)
So perfect that I actually did it even though I had already gone on a long outdoor walk today.

Also you can find the Jessica Smith and Shape Black Friday Fitness Week 4 here
Black Friday Fitness 7-Minute Fit-In-a-Flash Workout Video - Shape Magazine

Daily Motion Embedded Videos

I hope the embedded videos on my blog do get readers moving.
Daily Motion unfortunately has an ad at the beginning of their videos and every 5 minutes!

So I have been experimenting and think I have found a simple way to avoid the ads every 5 minutes :)
I believe after the initial Daily Motion ad plays on my blog, you can click the Daily Motion icon in the lower right corner after the embedded workout actually starts playing and see the rest of the video playing on my  Daily Motion website without ads every 5 minutes.  You can enjoy the workout there, bookmark or save the url for a future visit  and/or consider downloading it.

Downloading tips:
Keep MUving *Just Right*: Downloading a Video

Not all of my private MUsic added videos are embedded on my blog to access through the blog.
You can email me for private Daily Motion links or other options like sharing video files through dropbox or filemail.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gin and ?

This morning I revisited most of Gin Miller's Swing Yourself Fit to which I had added MUsic.  Did some on the bungee and some with my heavier Zumba stick instead of a kettlebell.
Finished with the Senam routine to which I had added MUsic.  Started on the bungee but ended up on the ball.

The original and edited versions of the Senam routines were embedded on my 12/10 blog post.
Keep MUving *Just Right*: Lurved Everything Today

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gilad and Becky

First I did a few Gilad routines with added MUsic.  All worked well on the bungee and ball because Gilad uses those black round disks so his movements are not space demanding.
However the star this morning was a foreign TV show led by Becky to which I had added *free* MUsic.  I liked the original alot and really lurve my edited version:

Senam Becky MU by POMBarb

Monday, December 16, 2013

POPSugar, Ellen, Gilad

This morning I started with the edited version of

then did some of Ellen's Walk Off Belly Fat with the Audio replaced
and finished with some Gilad aerobics found online to which I had added MUsic.
All worked well on the bungee and ball.
There were some standing abs and lower body as well.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

DA, GetFitFast, and Saffell Fierce Force

This morning I edited an online workout by Denise Austin, replacing the MUsic and removing the non workout parts and floor.
original video

Then I did an edited version of this

Finished with some of

Except for the 3 minutes of planks, it needed no editing :)

Everything was great on the bungee and ball.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Keaira and Jess Freebies

This morning I did the 3 mile Walk Dance by KeairaLaShae to which I had added MUsic.  Some of the music was from Christi Taylor's Pure Spice dvd and some from Christi Taylor's youtube videos.  Also added some music that was free on Amazon.  The combination was totally enjoyable with no dread and worked well on the bungee and ball.
Original video:

Next I did an edited version of the jessicasmithtv Build a Better Back Side, removing mat stuff, adding MUsic and using my Fitstix.  This is an older video which was offered as a download for a cheap price that she recently uploaded to youtube for free last Saturday.  Each Saturday Jessica offers another freebie at noon.
Original video:

She is also offering a freebie on Fridays on Shape for 5 weeks.
Yesterday was Black Friday Fitness week 3:

If you have Firefox and its Download Helper, you can download these Black Friday routines.

I am anxiously awaiting the release of two new dvds by Jessica in early January!

Friday, December 13, 2013


I just wanted to advise anyone with a Tracfone problem to call their corporate office at (305) 715-6500

I had had a 48 hour merry-go-round ride with Tracfone's regular phone and Facebook customer service and would still be on their merry-go-round if I hadn't called their Corporate office.   My Tracfone was shipped to me with a different Sim card than what they had listed in their system.  Simple warehouse mistake.  Not so simple mistake for regular customer service to detect and correct.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Back to Nia

I have been a Nia fan since first finding their original VHS at Walmart about 14 years ago.  I then bought all of their VHS then DVDs up to and including Unplugged, Sanjana, and Opal.  I hesitated to get Passion and Vibe till they were gifted to me because I just cannot get into Nia without Carlos who retired after Unplugged.  The descriptions of Passion and Vibe are misleading because Carlos is not participating.  Passion is actually led by a gal other than Debbie (Debbie is in the class) and a guy who led the Awareness of Bones (Kevin).  I do like Kevin alot but still miss Carlos.

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Bones | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

The Passion and Vibe DVDs offer a music only option which makes them more appealing than the online classes.  However, the camera angles on Passion, some of which I did this morning, were as awkward as their online classes.  I really wish they would do the camera angle just from the back to follow like in the class or just from the front for a mirrored effect.  Switching back and forth makes following very confusing.  The Music only option enables me to use whichever side I am using instead of being confused even more by the cuing.  Passion worked well on both the bungee and ball.  The music was mostly jazz which isn't my thing as much as their New Age music but the moves were easy to follow if not anal about working the sides equally.

All Nia online classes are listed here:
Keep MUving *Just Right*: Nia Online

I tried to get permission to share clips but Nia wants the traffic for their online classes counted on their sites and do not want to worry about music copyrights for their older OOP routines.

ETA 12/13:
This morning I did the rest of Passion which was probably the best part of the class for me. Music was lively as was Kevin and the Cooldown was pleasant.   Then I did the first few songs in Vibe. The camera angles shifting prevented me from getting into it.  I got so frustrated that I actually stopped trying and just watched.  Will try it from the next song but if Debbie had ever tried to follow her own class on DVD before releasing it for sale, I think she would have realized it was just ridiculous to follow.  I do not mind the frustration nearly as much when the class is free online.  If I followed the dvd mindlessly, I would wind up working just one side most of the routine.  I was even thinking of trying to edit it to make sense but realized it just wasn't worth the effort.
To prove it wasn't just my mood, I did the upper body from Gin's Swing Yourself Fit with my own MUsic and really enjoyed it!  I still have DOMS from her Lower Body routine done a couple of days ago. No Buyer's Remorse fo getting this DVD but I did it all with my own MUsic :)
Then I did some of the cardio from Jessica's Shape Black Friday Fitness week2 to which I had also added MUsic and enjoyed that as well.
I may actually watch some of the Nia online classes again and just create clips of routines I like enough to revisit.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lurved Everything Today

I really enjoyed today's workout in spite of waking up with many aches and pains. The real winner was the last routine.

I warmed up to Keaira's one mile walk to which I had added MUsic.

Then I did the warmup and cardio from Gin Miller's Swing Yourself Fit.
I loved some of the unique moves but of course, had to replace the audio :)

Last but not least was this Senam routine:
Original Senam  routine:

My version:

senam anak MU by POMBarb

a nice spark thanks to Susanna for finding the song:
When the Coyote Comes  ~ Fernando Ortega
which was added to the Bellicon 10 minute Dance Party

ETA 12/11:
This morning I did another senam routine which was alittle too fast for me.  Then I did another Senam routine with added MUsic which was very nice.  Then I did the lower body from Gin's Swing Yourself Fit with MUsic added which started off with the *Coyote Comes* song which worked as well with a kettlebell as the song worked on the Bellicon.  The best part of the workout was again the last one, I had added my own MUsic selections to the Shrink Intention routine and edited out moves I prefer to skip.

This video gives a demonstration of some Shrink cardio at about the 1:50 mark

Sunday, December 8, 2013

BAK with a Blast!

This morning after 3 mornings in AC, I was back to my morning routine.

I started with some Pure Spice songs but skipped to the next tune when each song became repetitive which worked really well as a bungee warmup.  Then I did 2 fabulous routines to which I had added MUsic. The first was from a foreign TV show which had very simple foot patterns so worked well on the bungee.  I believe these foreign TV shows can be a great alternative for low impact or walking workouts and there seems to be many of them on youtube uploaded by various users.

Here's the original video:

and it turned it into after replacing the audio:

Senam Indonesia MU by POMBarb

The second routine found online was the Prevention Turn Up your Fatburn Cardio Interval:

It became

Prevention Turn up your FatBurn Cardio Interval MU by POMBarb

If you need help downloading these or learning how to create your own combinations, check this blog.  Rather than give away a fish (dvdrs with my creations), I believe it is better to teach anyone interested how to fish or even create their own routines so you will never be hungry for a fish or fun routine to do.

ETA: 12/9
I really enjoyed this one which is very different from anything else I have ever done.  Great *no dread* routine for lower energy days.

It is low impact and works the lower abs throughout with various isometric contractions.
Will be replacing its audio and editing out the floor at the end.
ETA: an edited version will be available on Daily Motion and this blog on 12/17/2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bungee Rebounders

Yesterday I exchanged the skirt mat on my Jumpsport 370 Fitness Trampoline with the petal mat because I never tried the petal mat since tightening the cords.  I was pleasantly surprised that my feet appreciated more tension with the relatively unused  petal mat.  So I do not think the Jumpsport 550F PRO is necessary for its much higher price unless cost is not a prime factor in deciding which bungee to get.   If cost is not a factor but space is, then splurge on the 49 inch Bellicon but consider ordering the next stronger set of cords recommended for your weight for a firmer tension.  If you want the best of both worlds, the 44 inch Jumpsport 550F PRO is a perfect compromise for extra space, tension and cost.

Bottomline, do not waste money on any spring model.
Once you have bounced on a bungee, you will never go back to springs.
You can save some $$ by getting the cheapest Jumpsport 200 models.  Amazon has had recent lightening deal on both and Jumpsport also offers discounts now and then on all of their models.  Costco offers the Jumpsport 350 and sometimes has a discount (last discounted price was just $250!).  I believe as with everything else, as time goes by, there will be more discounts on all of the bungees as well as some improved models offering even more space without giving up mat and cord tension.

This morning I did the rest of Jessica's Fusion Band to which I had added MUsic then did my edited version of her Shape Black Friday Fitness Total Body package.  Then I did more Pure Spice songs, starting on the 550F then finishing on the stability ball.  I could skip from song to song with the dvd player remote but could not select the songs from the menu.  Some songs I liked enough to revisit and others were just not my thing.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

and the winner is Jessica's Fusion Band

This morning after warming up with some Solibeat and Christi Taylor's Pure Spice, I did half of Jessica's Fusion band to which I had added MUsic and embedded on Saturday 11/30.

Solibeat is good but the drumbeat starts to feel repetitious.
The effect of Pure Spice depends on the song.  I liked the first 2 songs but the third was too fast and not really my kind of thing.  I was very surprised not to have the songs chaptered on the menu!  Also I was missing a song LOL  Case says 12 songs but I only saw 11.

My version of Jessica's Fusion Band had a fantastic effect on me :)
LURVE the Amazon free music and working with a band aerobically.
I still pooped halfway and look forward to doing the second half tomorrow.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

New Favorite!

This morning after warming up with Solibeat, I tried the edited video file with added MUsic of the Biggest Loser Cardio Max routine led by Jillian and absolutely lurved it!
So here's a short sample of my new favorite spark:

Then I did some more Biggest Loser edited files and then some of this routine which was darn good

It has some good moves and music.

ETA 12/2:
This morning I did some more Biggest Loser routines with MUsic added and alittle Solibeat.  I also updated my blog links and added a screen shot walkthru for Handbrake to the previous Freemake Walkthru for ripping dvds.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Editing Video Files and Sharing

Editing workout video files has become a hobby of mine.
Since MUving to MUsic is my movement of choice, I have found most workout video audios uninspiring.  Sometimes the cuing or music can become quite annoying. I much rather get into the MUsic and freestyle when there are moves I do not wish to follow 100%.  Then there are moves like planks which I do not do and do not feel like constantly modifying or fast forwarding past.  These moves can be easily removed when I add MUsic.

Just want to remind anyone interested in trying some of my MUsic added video files, I do share them privately for free either through filemail, dropbox or Daily Motion so drop me a line if interested at horsemom2@aol.com
I cannot share them publicly because of the song copyrights which create quite a convoluted maze.  Plus even the instructors in many videos do not have a clue as to who owns the original copyrights of their creations!
Better yet, I can give you tips on how to edit your own videos if you would like to give it a try.

This morning I did some of my edited Biggest Loser Last Chance routine on the bungee then a routine found online called *Awesome Butt  Exercises for Women* which had very good effective moves then finished with some Solibeat on the stability ball.  The stability ball works very well with Solibeat!

Here's a sample clip of the edited BL video:

This is the Solibeat song Djole which I did previously did on the bungee but revisited sitting on a stability ball:

Jammin with Solibeat by POMBarb

Heads up
Jessicasmithtv has a new cardio and band fusion routine which looks GREAT!

and here is my edited file with free MUsic from Amazon

JS Cardio Band Fusion free MU by POMBarb

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Fitness

Join Shape and Jessica Smith's new Black Friday series for the next 5 Fridays.
You can also enter to win a gift card
Win a $500 Gift Card for Holiday Shopping with Black Friday Fitness - Shape Magazine

Of course, I had to add my own MUsic to the Black Friday Fitness week 1 and edit out the floor stuff for my own use :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Holidays

I had another wonderful workout thanks to this video to which I had added MUsic and edited out planks, etc.  It had great moves on the 550F or stability ball and the option to use my Fitstix.
original video

Since the Holiday season is about to begin, I am sharing my Holiday MUsic added videos on Daily Motion:

Holiday Walk 1 by POMBarb

Holiday Walk 2nd Mile by POMBarb

Holiday Walk 3 by POMBarb

Buff Girl Christmas by POMBarb

Also there is a playlist at
▶ Happy Holidays - A Video PlayList on Dailymotion

ETA: I also recaptured the Joanie Greggains' Holiday Workout VHS because I couldn't find my video file from last year.  There's an occasional flutter but at least the new file plays without a vcr.

Joanie Greggains Holiday WO by POMBarb

Monday, November 25, 2013

Life is Good

I had another workout party this morning leaving me with a great endorphin high.  It seems like pumping MUsic with my 550F bungee is about the best kind of MUving I can do.  Not only do I workout longer and feel energized and less pain all day, I must have ignited my metabolism because I have lost 5 pounds since getting the 550F.  Plus I no longer have Grand Jury duty hanging over my head so no more flashbacks about being the victim of a mugging over 40 years ago and I am enjoying food more because I finally decided to have a vulnerable tooth capped.  Our older son has landed a job at decent enough pay enabling him to move out after staying with us for September, October and half of November.  So most emotional and physical stresses have been minimized.

This morning I did Keli Roberts 10 minute Solution Kickbox Bootcamp to which I had added MUsic and removed planks, etc.  It was great on the 550F with Fitstix.  Then I did a DA Power Pilates standing routine to which I had added MUsic, removed the planks, and Nia-cised it making it more aerobic.  Finished with the Bergman stick routine using the light Katami bar.  Another Vidiot questioned why buy dvds if I add my own MUsic and tweak the moves.
My response is *Why Not?*.  If I can make a workout routine more appealing for myself, why not?  The routines which are already perfect for me are rare and I crave variety.

Here's the original DA Power Pilates routine:

Also here is a sample of a ball bouncing spark in front of my laptop:

Ball Spark Sample by POMBarb
Just play any video and/or song and have fun without any stress on your joints.
Can just use your pc's chair if no stability ball handy.

ETA: 11/26
This morning I did a bunch of old workouts to which I had added MUsic.
Most were found online including routines by the Biggest Loser, Leslie Sansone and Denise Austin.
Adding MUsic brought them to life.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bouncing Barb

I have been having such a blast on the Jumpsport 550F PRO Fitness Trampoline that I decided to record and share some of my current bouncing on Daily Motion.  Most of the moves were from routines found online but I usually start tweaking the moves a bit, following the beat of my own inner drummer.  This recording session turned into quite a Tabata workout!  Getting off and on the 550F between tunes were my resting periods. LOL

Here's the link to my new playlist:
▶ Bouncing Barb - A Video PlayList on Dailymotion

I can truly say I made the best choice for me with the 550F PRO.  A higher price tag does not guarantee any rebounder will be a better personal choice.   The bounce is so much faster and more stable that I have been able to workout longer without straining my feet, ankles, knees, or hips.  The results have been more energy, less pain and ok, I did drop a few pounds too.

It's hard to decide which others to suggest because each showcases a different tune and some move suggestions for the 550F.  The audio sounds alot better in my basement than what the webcam recorded so do not let the audio quality deter you from adding your own MUsic!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Solibeat and Nia Sale

I have been sparking with Solibeat and really love most of the routines, especially with the drumbeat MUsic. Finally, a dvd which can keep my attention without any editing :)
Solibeat can be purchased directly from

or from TotalFitnessDvds

Intensity-wise, it is most similar to Nia's Unplugged.
Speaking of Nia, Nia has its dvds on sale, currently back down to the ~$15 price.

Solibeat on the 550F

Jammin with Solibeat by POMBarb

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Still MUving

This morning I did the 10 Minute Solution: Tone Troubled Zones with Amy Bento but I had trimmed out the moves I didn't want to do while adding MUsic.  At first I did most of the moves without a band, just isometrically while bouncing then I did more of the moves with a band.  There were some nice new variations of old moves.

Then I did my similarly edited version of the FitAppy Jumprope routine.

I really enjoyed the above routines with the MUsic I had added.

Finished with the warmup from Dance Your Ass Off.

Already did an outdoor walk as a spark and may do another spark with Solibeat later today:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

All MUsic Added Fun

This morning I started with Jessicasmithtv Quick Cardio Fatburn:

It had good moves for the 550 and the music I added really made it fun.

Then I did most of Chris Freytag's Exercise TV Walking Cardio Shape-up:

This too had good moves on the 550 plus my purple Zumba sticks and even bounce-sitting on a stability ball, especially with the MUsic I had added.

Finished with a nice back stretch using a dowel from Roberta Bergman's Back Shape-up series  to which I had added MUsic as well.

ETA Weds 11/20:
This morning I did the rest of the Chris Freytag Walking Cardio Shape-up as a mini-workout before heading out for the first day of Grand Jury duty.  Again the cardio was great on the 550.  Since my feet feel better, I will resume health bouncing on the 370 after standing on my glider for a gravel-like walk whenever I can throughout the day.
ETA: Make that the first and last day of Grand Jury Service!
I was dismissed or whatever it is called.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Never Too Late

I was afraid that my body was going to quit long before my mind when it came to moving.  In my earlier decades, I actually had more joint pain than I experienced in my 50's when I first started exercising regularly.  Then the 60's started and things seemed to be going downhill way quicker than I had expected.
In June 2012, I had alot of problems with the joints on my right side to the point of considering moving to a home without stairs.   My right knee and hip were getting more annoying.  Then missing the bottom step on the stairs made me mentally as well as physically afraid of stairs.  Eventually I healed enough to lose the fear and discovered the Sacro-Wedgy which helped greatly to keep my right side more aligned.
Then I had the PF flare a year later in June 2013.
Ever since the PF started and wearing supports, I was making an effort to change my gait, seeing too much pressure on the outer part of the shoes.  My right foot always pointed outward 30 to 45 degrees instead of straight and my right side had the worse PF as well as knee, and hip/low back pain.
Whenever I worked out on the bungee or walked outside, I have made an extra effort to keep my right toes straight while holding my core up and in.  During a long walk this morning, I noticed no twinges in any part of my feet, knees or hips/low back.   Hopefully, eventually, I will walk this way without making the conscious corrections.  I can honestly say I am more comfortable now in my mid 60's than I ever have been since my 20's when I was going to PT and chiropractors for back problems then neck problems.

Hope nothing deteriorates in June 2014!

also in an attempt to be proactive to save a tooth before root canal, I started having a molar capped this morning and am happy to report, the tooth with its temp cap is pain free after the Novocaine has worn off.  I have not been able to safely chew on that side for over 4 years!

Nice Mix

This morning I did 40 minutes of Wendy Ida's Fountain of Youth with MUsic added. First 20 minutes on the 550 then 10 sit-bouncing on the stability ball then the last 10 doing my own things with bands.  Next I did a TA inspired rebounder routine found online and was able to do all of the moves on the 550 without missing a beat!
Finished with a nice Tonique Pulsing Arms routine:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bunch of short routines

This morning I did a bunch of short routines.

This worked great with the MUsic I added as a warmup on the bungee:

After this I did the rest of of Debbie Rocker's Quick Weightloss Walk with MUsic added.
Next a bunch of XCO and Body Shake routines using a purple Zumba stick when a single BodyShake weight routine and Fitstix when a double weighted XCO routine.  Then I did a few Zumba dance and toning routines.

Finished with some Billy Blanks, Jr. Cardioke but while sitting on a stability ball.

I tried to find some of the other routines I did this morning on youtube but was unsuccessful.  I had recorded most to a VideoCD quite awhile ago.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

MUsic and MUving

As mentioned a zillion times, when the music and moves click for me, I get the best energizing workout. However, I cannot really determine which music and moves will click until I actually try them.  This morning's workout started out just ok, not great.  I didn't know if it was the music and/or the moves not motivating me. It was some TaeBo Express to which I had added new music I thought I would like.  Even if the moves don't connect while the music does, I can freestyle or tweak the moves so I am guessing it was a combination of both and will be deleting the songs from my library.

Next I did some routines uploaded by youtube user Andrea Ramirez (www.andrefit.com)  which I enjoyed, including a stability ball routine:

I used a purple Zumba stick for the standing core instead of lifting my stability ball.
Also liked her band routines on the beach and joined them together when adding MUsic.

Then I did the Stamina Challenge from Billy Blanks, Jr.'s Cardioke.  Most of Cardioke was shown on Exercise TV but I bought the now OOP dvd for the Proud Mary routine not shown on TV.  I was able to do much more of it on the 550F than I ever could before.  I loved Cardioke but unfortunately, didn't click with Billy Blanks, Jr, sequel workouts.  The Blanks do have some of their Cardioke songs on youtube:

Finished with some of Debbie Rocker's Quick Start Walking for Weightloss which really clicked with the MUsic I had added!  This confirmed that my initial disinterest was not because of a low energy day.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Still MUving

This morning I did some of Wendy Ida's Fountain of You to which I had added MUsic.  Also have to try her routines with new music which I just burned during this morning's workout.  I really like her simple moves and combos on the 550.  Then I did some nice Qigong with MUsic found online:

ETA Friday 11/15:
This morning I did some more Wendy Ida's Fountain of You but with new MUsic from an exercise friend.  Then I did an online band workout to which I had added music and finished with some Buti greatly modified to work on the bungee and ball:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gmail Issues

I noticed that I hadn't received as much email as usual after returning from AC this week.
Then I realized most email sent to my aol email address were not being forwarded to my gmail address like they used to be.  When googling this issue, I found many people cannot even access their gmail accounts within this past week.
if you are expecting to hear from me and have not,
please email me at horsemom2@aol.com

ETA:  my gmail account suddenly got all of the old aol mail on 11/17
good thing I started using aol mail service and wasn't depending on it!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fantastic Workout this Morning

Initially, I was afraid my workout would be limited because of a strange new pain in my (usually better) left foot which woke me up but luckily Arnica gel did the trick.  I had added MUsic to Leslie Sansone's 4 Power Miles so I stated with the first mile which was not quite as repetitive as her previous routines and worked great on the bungee with the MUsic I had added.  I was so into it that I got an Endorphin rush!  So I continued with the second mile and really enjoyed the power surges thanks to the 550.
(I cannot share the Leslie routines with my added MUsic because the dvd is still being sold.)

Next I did the OOP Paul Katami band routine shown on Exercise TV and it was quite good.  Even did the sitting on the floor stuff while sitting on the 550.
(It was embedded on 11/9 but I may be getting a higher quality donation of it)

Finished with some of the Qigong on the beach to which I had added perfect MUsic while keeping the sounds of the ocean.   There are alot of nice Qigong routines on the Daily Motion channel shared on 11/9:

ETA:   Since it is too chilly for an outdoor walk,  I pushed my chair away and clicked on this video file on my laptop.  I had added music from an exercise cd to Jessica Smith's Flat Abs Walk:
Jessica Smith has given me permission to use my own music with her videos.  Original video can be found uploaded on jessicasmithtv

ETA: This morning (Weds 11/13) was more Leslie and Qigong on the beach with MUsic added and some Barre3 Xtend.  Finished with some XCO AWT using Fitsticks.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mo Better Me

Every now and then a real treasure gets found online.
The other day, another VFer found these Mo Better Me routines
Malik Daronce Daniels - YouTube

I downloaded and burned some files to dvdr just before leaving for an AC overnighter.  Since I got back this afternoon, I tried one as a spark on the bungee and it was great!

I found another youtube user with more routines and am downloading a few of them for my next burn:
Mo Better Me - YouTube

Camela Douglass reminds me of one of my favorite workout creators Kukuwa.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Praying for the Philippines

My heart is breaking for all lived in the Philippines and their loved ones abroad.
Cannot imagine the devastation to such a wonderful, warm, and loving culture.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Exercise TV Band WO with Paul Katami

A lost treasure has been found ...
The band workout from Exercise TV with Paul Katami:

PK-Band HQ by POMBarb

ETA: I replaced the video with a higher quality file.

Customer of the Month

Yesterday I had a phone chat because I was asked to be the next Jumpsport *Customer of the Month*.  I do not receive anything in exchange except the opportunity to make some other people suffering with PF aware of the benefits of the 550F.  Since some photos were requested, I lugged my laptop to the basement to take some photos using its webcam.  I then decided to see if I could videotape myself using the webcam. None of us have a *smart phone* with a camera/videocamera and after seeing that our older son while living with us for 2 months having his smart phone in his hands 24/7 have decided never to get one till one of our old Tracfones die.  This was what his extended visit was like when he would grace us with his company:

Otherwise, he silently came and went and stayed in the bedroom with his laptop and of course, phone.

Anywho I digress....
I discovered the capturing ULead software that came with my Easycap dongle was better for capturing video through the Webcam than the Webcam by itself so did capture some videos.  I put the string of short videos on the webpage below which also has a sample of the DVD that came with the 370 and 550F.

Keep MUving *Just Right*: Jumpsport Fitness Trampoline Cardio

This morning I did some of the Jumpsport Cardio then some of Leslie's Blue mile to which I had added MUsic around last December and had a blast on the 550 and stability ball.   The music is so good on the Jumpsport DVD and the cuing so helpful, I may not do my *MUsic adding* thing with it . Then I revisited some of Nia's Awareness of the Thighbones on the same burned dvdr BUT this time on top of the 550 and LURVED it!!! Those couple of extra inches did make a difference in being able to do Nia while healthbouncing.

So after a whole week of bouncing on the 550, I am finding myself more energized during and after the workouts.  Plus I have dropped a few pounds and inches.  May be just water or even lymph.
The 550 was clearly the very best fitness purchase I have ever made.
I may be their most satisfied Customer of the Year. LOL

Friday, November 8, 2013

John Abdo Walks

This morning I warmed up with some of the basic routine on the dvd which came with the 550.  Actually, I already have this extended dvd but wanted to make sure this was a good copy before giving it away.  I really like the moves used by the beginner modifier.  The routines are short but gives a new customer some ideas how to use a bungee.

Next I did the John Abdo Fat Blaster Walk to which I had added MUsic because its original music was too soft.  I really like John's quirkiness and fun moves. Worked great on the 550.

Abdo Fat Blaster Walk MU by POMBarb

After realizing I had been ignoring the stability ball since getting the 550, I used a Hamelin D'Abell interval routine found online that used a jump rope for cardio:

  The latter two routines were burned to dvdr on 11/22/2012.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

This morning I started to revisit the first dvdr I had burned on 11/4/2012 after electricity was restored following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  I had already done many of the routines by playing the video files still on my laptop thanks to its battery during Sandy's aftermath.  Those 10 minutes a day I rationed myself were the only bright part of my day.  No internet. No TV. No landline service. Inconsistent cell phone service.  Our only contact with the rest of the world was a transistor radio.
We didn't even see our older son who was visiting NYC when he was residing in London.
My main exercise was keeping large pots of water steaming on the stove top for heat and cooking.
Walking outside was dangerous because of fallen wires and downed trees and limbs and other debris.
Luckily the Jumpsport 370 had been relocated to our living room with windows so I could use it.

Anywho this morning I revisited what was my first and still favorite Leslie Sansone routine:
Walkaerobics Weight Loss Walk
BUT I had replaced the audio with free Holiday Music.
Here is the second mile:

Holiday Walk 2nd Mile by POMBarb

The three miles are filmed in a living room with a window reflecting different parts of the day.
Leslie offered much more variety in her walking moves back then and most of the moves work well on rebounders, especially the Jumpsport 550.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bungee Rebounders and Plantar Fasciitis

Sadly, now that I have used the larger Jumpsport 550F PRO, my bare feet really do not like my older Jumpsport 370 at all.  It is definitely the tighter mat tension  that has enabled me to do more stuff and for longer periods of time, not just the larger mat size.  The tension also gives me more overhead space in my basement with a low ceiling. I feel 10 years younger being able to do so much more.
Very glad I chose the Jumpsport PRO over a Bellicon, having discovered for myself that my bare feet needed the higher cord tension.  There were no real reviews of the PROs online so this was an unexpected discovery for myself.  From what I have read, even the cheapest Jumpsport bungee has more tension than most Bellicons.  Maybe because most people ordering a Bellicon do not get the Ultra cords but I am glad I didn't spend a few hundred dollars more to find out if that is true or not.

The larger 550/570 Jumpsports come with 6 more cords to increase the tension on the larger mat which was a brilliant design.  The smaller PROs also have the extra cords.

For me, the main advantage of a higher tension mat is for Plantar Fasciitis.
The looser the tension, the more it strains the feet and ankles to stay balanced and in alignment. However, the strain on the feet and ankles can be lessened by wearing shoes.  Weight can also affect the mat tension effect.  The heavier a person is, the more they will sink.

What people may not like about higher tension is the bounce has less range of motion, not going as deeply into the mat so the bounce may feel less luxurious or harder to those without feet issues.
Many Bellicon customers choose looser tension over higher tension cords so it became very confusing to me which I should order if I chose the Bellicon over the Jumpsport.  I should also mention besides Bellicons costing more, the warranty on the Jumpsport cords is much longer than the warranty for Bellicon cords.

Other than straining the feet less, the higher tension makes the bounce much faster for athletic cardio and thanks to the bungees, the bounce isn't jarring or noisy like with springs.  I have also read the higher tension mat pumps lymph more efficiently so the softer bounce of a Bellicon may not be the better choice for physical health.  It was suggested a Bellicon user can hold a heavy weight to pump more lymph.

Just wanted to throw this out there for those on the verge of ordering a bungee that a higher price tag may not mean higher quality or better health.

This morning I warmed up on the 550 with some MUVE songs then did some of Denise Austin's Quick Burn Cardio routine to which I had added MUsic then some Essentrics Abs with Qigong MUsic.  Denise offered great moves on the 550!

ETA: 9/16/2014
It has been confirmed that the center of the 49 inch Bellicon mat is softer than its edges.  My 550 PRO is almost a year old and the center of its mat still has a firm bounce without adjusting the cord  tension tighter.  If you have Plantar Fasciitis, do not buy a 49 inch Bellicon!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Careless Drivers

We live across the street from an elementary school.  Yesterday my son and I took a walk around the school just as the kids were coming out.  When we got to a crosswalk, a crossing guard had traffic stopped and waved for us to cross.  As we were crossing, a car came around the corner and kept going right through the crosswalk in front of us and didn't stop till almost hitting the crossing guard who was furiously blowing his whistle.  I saw the driver's window was down so he had no excuse not to stop, other than being deaf as well as blind.  He simply was a menace on the road and should not have been driving.
Today there is a new sign right in the middle of the road before the crosswalk which will hopefully save a life.  Kudos to the crossing guard who got such quick action from our town.

New DVDr and Focus

This morning I started a dvdr I burned yesterday (11/4).  First I did Jessica's 10 Minute Cardio Quickie which froze at a particular spot even after cleaning the dvdr and player but I was able to fast forward over the spot.  I checked my video file and it is fine so it was probably the player having a reading glitch. Then I did a couple of her other newer lower body routines.  I had added MUsic to all of the above and removed all floor segments.  Then I jumped to the Bamercise to which I had added MUsic and had a blast.  I used a Zumba stick for the single bottle and Fitstix for the double bottles and did most of it on the 550.  Then I did a Cynthia Kereluk routine found online which worked great on the 550 and stability ball:

It worked beautifully on the 550 to my own MUsic.
I had done her stuff before on other rebounders but before I had started adding my own MUsic. Note there is a link in My Favorite Links to one of the many youtube users who had uploaded her shows.

Then I changed my routine a bit and popped in a MUVE dvd.  As expected it worked great on the 550 and even sitting on a stability ball so I will be warming up and cooling down to MUVE for awhile.  They used to have alot of their routines on their site but now sell them as downloads or Videos on Demand.

Youtube still has a few.
MUVEmethod's Channel - YouTube

I left out something very different about this morning's workout ...
I worked out completely barefooted without the Futuro Arch Supports!

Dunkin Doughnuts Robbery

Our nephew was the customer mentioned in this article:
$5K Offered for Info on Armed Robbery of Kenilworth Dunkin’ Donuts - Westfield NJ News - The Alternative Press

He had a gun held to his head and on the way home from the police station the next day after filling out a report, he totaled his car and aggravated his back problems.  Please if anyone can identify this guy, do it!

What's frustrating is that this guy would be caught if the News bothered to share the information.  We only knew about it because our nephew was the mentioned customer and we noticed reward posters in another Dunkin Doughnuts about the incident.

Ironically, NBC interrupted our favorite TV show The Blacklist last night for breaking news about a gunman at the Garden State Plaza mall.   NBC just kept repeating the same clips over and over, trying to cover breaking news unsuccessfully while other stations continued to show their prime time TV shows.  It is now known the gun man didn't hurt anyone and took his own life.

Please help find the Kenilworth gun man!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Finishing 10/15 dvdr

Before I post my check-in, I must share this video!

Look below for the longer version on Vimeo

This morning I finished the 10/15 burned dvdr and realized even if I do a whole dvdr a week, I will never catch up since I burn one almost every week LOL
I really liked a Tonique Cardio which had good moves on the 550
Lurved Tony Horton's Plyocide to which I had added MUsic.
Then I did a bunch of online Zumbas and especially liked this one:

Finshed with some Barry Bootcamp on the bungee and ball then alittle Qigong on the beach

QIGONG YIN-YANG par Veronique ROLLAND by sutoteka

Tomorrow I start a new burned dvdr even though I have dozens of older ones undone.
Instead of doing a whole dvdr a week, I'll switch each day so the MUsic will feel newer because I tend to use the same *new* songs on each dvdr.

Here's the longer version of Bamercise:
Bamercise! from Rebecca Campbell on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Visiting a New DVDr

All of the workouts I did this morning were burned to a dvdr 2 weeks ago.

This morning I did the second Cardio Tactics routine from the Met-RX set to which I had added MUsic.  I found several moves I can now do on the Jumpsport 550F which I couldn't do without modifying on the 370 plus other moves which are so much better on the 550F.  New or improved moves included Rocking Horse, several versions of Fast Feet, and a neat big hop forward into a squat then 2 small bounces back.
I wanted to experiment doing some floor/mat moves on the 550F too. I found the 550F perfect for Happy Baby and Sidewinders from Jill Miller routines.  PX90 rollups work great on it too and the higher tension protected my legs from feeling the frame pressure.  I also put on shoes just to see how shoes felt on the 550F but think it is much more fun barefooted and the shoes were unnecessary. Shoes did help with stability on the 370.  I heard a noise while doing vigorous jumping jacks but just had to tighten a leg.

Then I did the Chaise Band routine which was tougher than it looked.
Finished with a Qigong routine with some new moves by Michele Stanten from Prevention.

ETA: from the same dvdr this morning Sunday 11/3
Started with Angie Gorr's Custom3Fit routines to which I had added MUsic.
All worked well on bungee and ball.
Finished with a powerful Qigong routine:


sparks done in the afternoon:

very good while sitting on ball in front of laptop

Club Energize 3 by clubenergize
very good while sitting on swivel chair in front of laptop

Friday, November 1, 2013

FootRubz and SportingDoc Shout Out

I had ordered a FootRubz Massage ball from an Amazon vendor named
SportingDoc @ Amazon.com

Though the seller sent it immediately, the USPS stopped scanning it so I contacted SportingDoc who then immediately sent me another.  Well now I got two of them LOL
SportingDoc told me to keep both so I figured to give them a Shout Out for great customer service.

The ball was cheaper through them with free shipping than directly from Amazon.

Found my King of Rebounders

I have enjoyed bouncing on a mini trampoline or rebounder since my very first Walmart model about 13 to 14 years ago.  Since then I have had many spring and strap models.  I always was able to adapt my bouncing style to whichever model was my current flavor. However, once I tried a bungee model, the others paled quickly.  I had kissed alot of frogs to find my Prince of a rebounder.

Ironically, I got my first bungee the Jumpsport Fitness Trampoline 370 with a petal mat three years ago in October 2010 with a fantastic 50% off discount.  It was a new innovative rebounder with bungees, hitting the fitness convention circuit with a special 50% off promotion. This deal was very attractive compared to the only other bungee rebounders on the market by Bellicon which were quite expensive.
However, the first Jumpsport petal mat version had defective stitching.  My petal mat started to tear immediately as did its replacement and it was happening to just about every other petal mat customer.  Jumpsport realized it was a real defect and redesigned the petal mat.  While waiting for the newly designed petal mat to become available, they sent me a skirt mat.  I wound up preferring the skirt mat to even the new and improved petal mat because the petals were distracting to me since I watch myself in a mirror and sometimes noisy (and I love moving to music).  I was never comfortable bouncing on either the petals or skirt fringe barefooted though I could be more daring when wearing shoes so my movement was more vertical instead of horizontal.
Then the reports on the larger Bellicons were rolling in and were mostly positive so when Jumpsport released their larger 500 PRO line I was immediately interested.   Kept waiting for a discount but none were ever offered. Also kept waiting for a review but never really found any. In the meantime, I developed a terrible case of Plantar Fasciitis.  I could not bounce on the 370 barefooted for several months and realized I could never consider a Bellicon because of its squishy mat.
Once I could bungee barefooted again, the larger rebounder became attractive again.
I decided to stick with Jumpsport because of their previous wonderful customer service and product.  Also I didn't have to risk alot more $$ to see if the Bellicon with its highest tension cords would work OK with my PF.
The Jumpsport 570 PRO model with the petal mat cost quite a bit more so it was a simple decision for me to get their 550F PRO with the skirt mat.  Never expected the tension on its lowest setting would be so good for my feet! Plus I love feeling more stable and balanced with more overhead room since I workout in the basement with a low ceiling.  Being able to do Athletic cardio barefooted again is a real blessing for me and makes me feel 10 years younger.
Each person is different and has different workout preferences.
For me, the 550F is my King of rebounders.

Well I just finished my first real workout with my King of rebounders.  I cannot imagine any rebounder being better for my preferences than the 550F.  So glad I decided not to stay a princess and marry higher LOL
Now when I revisit the Prince, I am quickly reminded how much I prefer the King.

Long Live the King :)

ETA 9/16/2014
My 550 PRO still has a firm bounce in the center of its mat after almost one year of use.  It has been reported that a brand new 49 inch Bellicon had a soft center so do not order one if you have Plantar Fasciitis!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jumpsport 550F PRO

I LURVE my new Jumpsport!!!

It arrived with its loosest tension but the mat is still firmer than my original on its tightest adjustment.  Having 36 cords instead of 30 for the extra 5 inches makes it a much firmer mat tension. So now I have a larger and firmer mat which my feet will definitely prefer.  It also needs slightly less overhead room so it is in my basement and the original Jumpsport is in the living room with a higher ceiling.  I can now do side to side steps and jumping jacks without touching the border of the mat (or my head brushing the ceiling LOL).

Set-up was slightly confusing because one cord was not completely attached and an extra cord had been sent.   I believe they want one cord released when folded and am guessing the extra cord is just a spare in case one cord becomes damaged. It took my whole body weight and strength to open the folded frame.
ETA: releasing a couple of cords near the hinges will make unfolding easier!

Since it is a folding model, it also came with a traveling case for the legs which was a nice bonus.  The legs screw on and off easily without tools for traveling.

I am very impressed with the Jumpsport Fitness Trampoline 550F PRO quality and design.
Definitely made the right choice for my feet since walking in soft sand is the worse scenario for Plantar Fasciitis.

Jumpsport Folding Trampolines
Professional Fitness Trampolines

here are the various diameters:
44 inches is the diameter of the 550 frame.
The skirt mat diameter is 38 inches end-to-end.
The diameter of the actual jumping surface of the inner mat that is connected to the cords is 30 inches. The outer 4 inches of the skirt do not feel stable enough to me so I avoid jumping on it.

Just take 5 inches off any of the above to calculate the 350/370 diameters. The skirt mat still has the same 4 inch fringe on both.

Just did a spark on the new bungee and can now do 3 moves I just couldn't do well on the smaller model:
Jump squats (landing in a wide leg squat)
butt kick jog (kicking the feet upwards to the butt instead of lifting the knees to jog)
tick tocks (alternate swinging each leg up to the side)

As far as vigorous healthbouncing, definitely feel the pumping without the jarring of the joints.
It is wonderful to have a bungee version of the BodyBurner.
Also appreciate feeling more stable and less likely to lose my balance.

Here is a comparison of the Jumpsport 550 to my other models.
It has the size of the BodyBurner, quick bounce of the Urban Rebounder and non jarring bungees.
My ReboundAir has absolutely nothing positive for me to compare.
The 550 tension is so much firmer than the 370 that my 370 bounce is probably more similar to that of a Bellicon.  I prefer the higher tension for stability, speed, and my Plantar Fasciitis.  Between the larger mat and higher tension, I can do more moves, faster and with more stability.
For example, I never could do the Urban Rebounder type bounce landing on the front part of the feet because it was too jarring for my hips on a spring rebounder.  I just tried it on the 550 and I can do it darn fast without hardly leaving the mat.  However, when I tried it on the 370, it was slower and sloppier.

ETA 9/16/2014:
It has been confirmed that a 49 inch Bellicon has a different softer bounce in its center so it is not the best choice for anyone with Plantar Fasciitis.  My 550 is now almost a year old and bouncing in the center of the mat is still firm so I saved my feet as well as a few $$

ETA: release several cords around the hinges when unfolding a 550 for the first time!!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Youtube Playlist

Before checking in with this morning's routines, I wanted to share one of my youtube playlists:
Zumba and Dance - YouTube

I am using this youtube channel to organize playlists for our Vizio TV with a youtube app and will not be uploading anything.  Uploading will only be done on DailyMotion and Dropbox.

This morning I warmed up on the glider barefooted which massages my feet like a gravel walk then healthbounced on the bungee.  Next I did some Angie Gorr Ultimate Sweat and Tone with added MUsic then did this very nice no dread routine by dancewithshelly, some of which really worked well sitting on a stability ball:

Finished with the Qigong routine to which I had added Irish/Celtic MUsic

Chi Lel demo with Irish MU by POMBarb
This can be pretty intense if the focus is on the movements coming from the core.  Otherwise it is a nice meditative stretch.

Still hoping my new Jumpsport is en route although there has been no tracking updates.
The Amazon vendor for the FootRubz Massage Ball has sent me another since the first shipment just went *poof*.  I find it very odd that the tracking for both the Jumpsport via UPS and FootRubz via USPS had their tracking more or less nonexistent.

ETA Weds 10/30:
The Jumpsport 550 Pro is on the truck for delivery today!!

Also here is Jessica's Cardio Quickie which I previously captured from Sportskool but now available on youtube:

Monday, October 28, 2013

A New Youtube User

After some healthbouncing on the bungee to warm up, I did this routine by dancewithshelly mostly on the BodyBurner then the stability ball.  It was easy to follow with decent music.  Definitely, a no dread routine.  About the intensity of a walking workout so would describe it as a dance-walk fusion.

I will be trying a few more of her routines down the road.

Then I did some of jessicasmithtv Quick Flat Abs and finished with some of the Prayfit Cardio routine with replaced audio.

I started a private group on Daily Motion for workouts with added MUsic.
Email me a request for the link at horsemom2@aol.com

Sunday, October 27, 2013

LUrving MUving to MUsic

This morning I had a low energy day but the MUsic I had added to the workouts below made kept me MUving:

Kept the original music on this one and enjoyed the moves sitting on a stability ball:

Besides adding MUsic to the first three above, I removed the moves I know I would skip.
If anyone would like to try some of my MUsic added videos, email me at horsemom2@aol.com for a private link to the videos on Dropbox or DailyMotion.  If you have never subscribed to Dropbox, I would appreciate using me as a referral so we both get extra space.  I try to keep MUsic added videos mostly private because of confusing music restrictions on Daily Motion and traffic restrictions on Dropbox.
A temporary 3 day filemail can also be arranged.

So far my last two online orders (Foot Rubz massage ball through Amazon and the Jumpsport 550) have not moved from whatever shipping center they were sent.  What is the point of tracking packages if they are never scanned???

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sing with Me!

(Come and sing with me)
I'm so excited
that I just can't hide it

OK what am I singing about?

My newly ordered Jumpsport 550F Pro

Finally decided to cave and order it because I love my 370 with a skirt mat instead of the original petal mat and have had great experiences with Jumpsport's customer service. The 550 mat will be 5 inches larger than the 370 which is about the diameter of my stiff BodyBurner's mat.

I will be the guinea pig for this piece of equipment in the VideoFitness community.  With its adjustable cords, I will not have to worry about which cords to order like with its more expensive competitor the Bellicon.
It's a nice compromise for my Plantar Fasciitis because I want to bounce or healthbounce without feeling like I am sinking into sand.  
It is not going into my basement workout area with a low ceiling but into our living room so our son will be enjoying it as well.  
Hopefully, I will hop on it everytime I walk through our living room.

Here's more info about it:
Jumpsport Folding Trampolines

ETA: Wednesday 10/23
This morning I did a bunch of routines found online rotating from bungee to Bodyburner to puzzle mats to stability ball.  No real favorite to share but really got into the drum beat in Misty Tripoli's CanFitPro clip while sitting on a stability ball so may start revisiting some of her dvds soon.
I think I will start revisiting the MUVE dvds after the new Jumpsport arrives.

just found this!

ETA Thursday 10/24:
I did a bunch of MUsic added videos this morning but used MUsic I cannot share.
Really enjoyed everything!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mostly Online Routines

This morning I started with this routine which was quite good after the silly intro:


Then I did the rest of Sieber's Cardio Core Express which was previously on youtube and finished with some of a nice yoga routine:

As usual most cardio rotated from the bungee (Jumpsport Fitness Trampoline) to the BodyBurner to puzzle mats and finished mostly on the stability ball.

ETA Tuesday 10/22:
This morning I did some of jessicasmithtv's Bikini Body Circuit and Summer Legs to which I had added MUsic then some of a Classical Stretch from Season9 which I had missed during a previous broadcast period.
Yesterday I got a flu shot which was painful and still is painful this morning which prevented a good night's sleep.  May not get another one in future years because of the pain even though last year's was a piece of cake.  Our doctor gave me both but really jammed it in hard this time. At least my blood pressure was the best it had been so those walking sparks may be worth the effort :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Futuro Arch Supports

FUTURO(TM) Therapeutic Arch Support, one pair, adjustable
I just had to post about a wonderful product I found thanks to a recommendation on VF.
3M makes these Futuro Arch supports which are quite amazing and can be used with or without socks or shoes.  My evening Plantar Fasciitis pain has vanished.  I have worked out and bungee bounced barefooted with these as well as left them on all day while barefooted in the house.  Also wore them with shoes and found them better than most shoe inserts or athletic tapes.
For more information including a video, checkout the site below:
Therapeutic Arch Support

Unfortunately they are only available at CVS.
Note you can print a $3 off coupon on the site above for any Futuro support.

I have tried many different shoe inserts and have to mention the best for me have been Dr. Scholl's Arthritis PRO insert.  Much better than the shoe inserts specifically designed for PF or heel pain.  Some inserts do work better with certain pairs of shoes so it is a trial and error for each foot and shoe combination. I have kept all of the inserts I have bought so I can find whatever works best for whichever shoe I am planning to wear.  As much as I love the Arthritis PRO inserts, they are thick and do not work with some of my smaller cut shoes and thick socks.

Since I can now bungee bounce barefooted again, I was reconsidering trying a larger bungee.  However, it seems like the larger the mat, the more it may affect my PF since the worse stress for PF is walking on loose sand.  I do not think the Jumpsport 44 inch will have that much extra room to justify its higher price but the 49 inch Bellicon may not be good for my PF.  Also have the problem of which tension cords to use if I decide on trying a Bellicon.  The Ultras would probably give my feet the most support but may not provide as much fun.

ETA Sunday 10/21:
This morning I did the rest of the Kung Fu Step Circuit vhs, cardio mostly on the bungee and bands for the upper body then one set of each body part on Met-Rx Shaping WO4 and finished with the first half of Debbie Sieber's Cardio Core Express with my own MUsic added which was fabulous!

I just did from the jessicasmithtv Flat Abs Walk with MUsic added.

Original video can be seen on youtube at
or below

Friday, October 18, 2013

Another Nice Combo

This morning I did the first half of Cardio Tactics1 from the Met-Rx set then a Leslie Sansone mile using a band from her 5 Advanced Miles.  Then I did the jessicasmithtv Quick Standing Abs.  I had added MUsic to all of the above and enjoyed everything.
Finished with a routine from Daily Motion which was very nice:
8 Brocades of Qigong

8 Brocades of Qigong by stefste

ETA Sunday 10/19
This morning I did the second half of Met-Rx Cardio Tactics 1 then the Leslie Sansone first mile from Advanced 5 miles holding Fitstix.  I had added MUsic to these.
Then did some of  Met-Rx Shaping WO3 and finished with some Kung Fu Step Circuit while sitting on a stability ball.

I am repeating a recipe for meatloaf because it is so darn good and healthier than most meatloafs:
Saute, chopped celery, carrots, onion, garlic, green pepper and red pepper till tender in Canola oil. 
Then splash the concoction with some  black ground pepper and Balsamic vinegar and let the concoction cool.
90 minutes before dinner, combine the veggie concoction, 2 eggs, ground meat, Balsamic vineagar mixed with ketchup (reserving some for the outer glaze) and my new secret meatloaf ingredient...... OATMEAL! 
Shape the meatloaf evenly.
Smear the glaze on and bake at 325 degree oven for 75 to 90 minutes till the center reads well done on a meat thermometer.   The final result is about 1/3 meat, 1/3 veggies and 1/3 oatmeal.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Personal Impressions of Ultimate Sweat and Tone

This routine was not designed to do in a single day unless you have the lower body of a bionic man or woman.  Overall, the dvd offers some unique and effective moves. Since most of the large muscles are in the lower body, doing routines using the lower body will burn more calories and challenging these muscles differently will increase their strength.
I broke-down the chapters so I can skip to what I want to do *Playing All*
(see previous post)

However, Angie Gorr definitely should have done a better job with the warmup and the music.
I really wanted to love this dvd but the warmup sets the mood for me and this was one of the worse warmups ever.  Not only were the moves too fast and music dull but the gal showing the no bench alternative started off on a different foot!

Anywho the music stayed dull so I will replace it and do the chapters I like as add-ons.
Really lurved the Plies variations in Chapter 11!  They even worked well sitting on a stability ball.

Angie Gorr Ultimate Sweat and Tone Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of the chapters as they appear in the Play-all option of the Ultimate Sweat and Tone:

chapter 4 Warm Up

chapter 5 Legs with bench starting with tap-ups with mirrored left side

chapter 6 Legs with bench starting with tap-ups with mirrored right side

chapter 16 Shoulders done standing

chapter 11 Inner Thighs (Plies)

chapter 12 No bench Legs staring with cardio

chapter 15 Bench triceps

chapter 17 Bench legs starting with cardio

chapter 18 Back and Chest starting upright and ending with mat pushups

chapter 19 Biceps

chapter 20 Abs starting with planks

chapter 21 more mat abs starting with Pilates style

chapter 22 more mat abs

chapter 23 Floor lower body

chapter 24 Cool Down sitting on floor