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03-17-2008, 08:40 AM
Hi Everyone, I got My book and read it over the weekend...I started today with an eating plan and work out like they have in the book...Only problem I have is, I can't do one of the exercises...I tried a few times but my arms are just to weak to hold me up to do a prone jackknife in phase 1 workout A.

Does anyone else have this problem? Is it just me? What would you all do if you can't physically do the exercise? I guess I will try again next time maybe I will get stronger and be able to do it soon. I hope.

Please I know ALOT of you like this program, please let me know how you all do it. Do you do it exactly by the book?

03-17-2008, 10:14 AM
Hey there,

I started with it last Monday. My issue with the prone jackknife is that I fall off the darn ball. The first time I really couldn't even do one, but I kept going. On Friday was my second time and I managed to do three at a time before falling off the ball. I am doing some substitutions, but only when I don't have the equipment (since I'm doing it at home). I suspect with the other exercises you might find that you'll get better with this exercise. Since I'm a beginner I'm doing three of each level of the workouts (making Stage 1 24 workouts or 8 weeks).

I'm trying to build up slowly with the weights (so I don't hurt myself). I'll admit that even with the troubles, I'm really enjoying myself. (I always knew I was a bit of a masochist.)

Good luck!

03-17-2008, 10:46 AM
We've been talking a lot about this in the Weight and Resistance training forum.

The prone jackknife is something I had a major issue the first time I tried, but I'm getting a bit better.

One thing I found is you may need to build up with it. Lie on the ball on your stomach, and roll out as far as you can hold yourself up (your arms and belly may quiver). Then pull the ball in with your legs. If this means, the ball is at your thighs then so be it. Each time, try to roll out a bit further to perform the move.