Here are a few tips on how to gradually build up your endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility with the Figure 8 workouts:
Tip # 1: Perform each Figure 8 Drill by moving one body part at a time. You can do it in 4 different ways:
Dance the drill only by using your CORE muscles. Just move your hips and ribcage in different rhythms and tempos. Do not move your feet or arms at all. Keep them still.
Dance the drill only by using your FEET. Do not move your hips, ribcage or arms. Just shuffle your feet around while keeping your spine straight and neck long.
Dance the drill only by moving your ARMS. Do not move your hips, ribcage or feet. You can either stand up or sit down on a chair during this drill.
Dance the drill combining two body parts in one. Either body + feet (no arms) OR body + arms (no feet).
Tip # 2: Do not perform any of the high-intensity runs in any of the Figure 8 drills. Follow the modifier (Tisha) in each program. She will show you how to use your body actions to elevate your heart rate.
Tip # 3: In the beginning, execute your body actions with a small range of motion. Be aware of how your body feels while moving and then gradually increase the range of motion.
Tip #4: There is no point in killing yourself with any Figure 8 exercise moves. Remember less is more in the long run. Working out should always feel like it’s fun, comfortable and uplifting. Always listen to your body. It will tell you when to slow down, speed up or stop.
Tip #5: Sign up for our Body FX Transformation Club on Facebook. We are constantly uploading new videos to our group. These videos are geared toward learning the basic moves and will be a great help in learning Figure 8.