I have a question about bodyweight workouts - OK, 2 questions
First - I am 1 week into a bodyweight workout on DVD that alternates strengthening moves with stretching moves. I'm already seeing progress in my ability to maintain correct positions and can even do a few reps in the "intermediate" positions in some of the moves that are "open" body moves but....... I'm having issues with the moves that call for more of a "folded" position - particularly the ones that are supposed to work abs. When I try to "fold" I have all this extra thighs and middle that get in each others way and stop my position from being entirely correct. I don't feel like I'm really working my lower abs (the upper abs, right below my breasts, are taking all the work and almost start to cramp during this part of the workout) . Is it OK to find a slightly different position that allows me to feel the lower abs more? or should just keep plugging away a few more weeks doing the best I can to follow the video until the body parts in question get less obtrusive?
Second - the program suggests 2 or 3 times a week should be enough and I'm thinking that when I reach goal and move on to a maintenance program this should be fine but, for this initial Get In Shape part I would really like to do it more often. I've read conflicting things about muscle training. Some say you should give them rest every other day and others say strenght training every day is great. Is a body weight program OK to do every day?
Looking forward to your input