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Oh my Yoga!

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Videos

This is one of my favorite motivational fitness videos I have come across. I find this girl to be so amazingly beautiful and so strong, yet so feminine. Take a few minutes to watch this girl in action…

If you do, please note the following…

1) Her clothing choice. I don’t care how amazing your body looks, doing yoga in lacy underwear is just not comfortable and definitely not conducive to getting an effecting “ohm” on, in my opinion.

2) Her husband/boyfriend/whomever sleeping in the amazingly huge and comfy-looking bed behind her. Do you think he is really asleep or “acting”??

3) Note the gorgeous view out of that insanely enormous city-view floor to ceiling window. Now let’s go back to the underwear. Did she not think that through? I guarantee somewhere on the YouTube that there is a creepy video titled something like, “Hot Yoga Chick”, shot through a telephoto lens out of a window of some creepy guy who lives in the building across the street.

4) Lastly, her toes! Why are they spread apart so weird and wild like??? SO distracting!

Yes, I have watched this video a number of times and yes, I tend to notice odd things. All of that aside, this girl is amazing and it so incredibly beautiful to see what the human body is capable of doing – except her damn toes 😛

An Awesome Blog

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Health, Videos

I tend to discover blogs from time to time and obsess over them. I bookmark them and then read them, page by page, like some Lifetime movie marathon Sunday staring Meredith Baxter. This happens a lot. I just find people so fascinating. Some are dumb, I admit being obsessed with good and bad blogs equally. I do not discriminate. I would never bore you with the bad ones, but this one is worth sharing.

The author of the blog is Neil Pasricha. He is a New York Times best selling author as well. His blog is what got him to where he is today. His story is, well, fascinating and completely worthy of my obsession. He was a speaker at TEDTalks in 2009, which is where I first saw him. He is a “normal” guy, raised in Canada. Had a humble upbringing. Like many of us he grew up and fell in love. Also like many of us, he experienced a time period of bad news, a “rough patch” if you will. Faced with the suicide of a close friend and his relationship falling apart, he began to feel as if life was a dark place. From somewhere inside that dark place, however, he saw a small light. That light was a three year old child. He watched how that child looked at the world as only a child can, for the first time. In that child he began to see the hope for himself. His story from that point on changes from that of sadness and despair, to hope and happiness.

He went home and began a blog (as it seemed everyone was doing at the time). In his writings online he began a list of the little things in life that are good and pure. Things like when an oncoming car flashes its lights at you to warn you of a cop up ahead. Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row. My favorite, the parking log “pull through”. His list grew over time, and when it was finished, he aptly titled his blog 1000 Awesome Things.

His readers grew from his mother, to his close family, and friends, and then it skyrocketed. It kept growing and growing until one day he got a phone call that informed him that his blog received the “Best Blog in the World” award – which turned out to be not fake, as NEil had thought it sounded at first.

His story is so common. People lose their jobs, their faith, their friends. Life has ups and it has downs. As human beings we have choices to make when faced with the bad times. We can spiral down or bounce back and fight. I, personally have never been one to dwell on the bad and I try to look for the good in everything and everyone. I truly believe that the little “awesome” things in life that connect us to a better place – whatever it is that you believe that “better place” is.

Check out the blog, it worth a look.
1000 Awesome Things

Check out the TEDTalk that Pasricha is in if you have 18 minutes to spend on “the little things” 🙂

I told you I would update you and here it is!!!!

Jillian Michaels has officially released her Body Revolution series!

Here are the details of the program outlined from her site, <a href="http://www.jillianmichaelsbodyrevolution.com/drtv/ecs/weight-loss-workouts.html” target=”_blank”>www.jillianmichaelsbodyrevolution.com.

“Jillian Michaels Body Revolution has one purpose: To maximize your diet and fitness potential so you’ll get dramatic results at an accelerated pace. Jillian delivers a complete set of compact, super-effective 30-minute workouts plus a healthy eating plan that will enable you to transform your entire body in just 90 days.”

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution offers you:

The secrets and the science of what really works for weight loss, and total body transformation. And for the first time ever, Jillian is sharing them with you!
A 90-Day, 3 Phase weight loss program that gives YOU the power to transform your body with the most effective diet and fitness plan on the market, developed by America’s #1 Toughest Trainer!
A Revolutionary Technique Called Metabolic Training, that combines “front of the body” and “back of the body” techniques designed to target typical “trouble zones” that will burn calories and fat more effectively than doing cardio and weights separately – so you get results, fast!
A 3 Phase system, each includes: 4 Metabolic Training workouts and 1 Cardio workout – that’s a total of 15 life changing DVDs! PLUS, a bonus Kick Start Your Metabolism plan.
No Boredom and No Burn Out. You can complete an entire circuit in just 30 minutes!
A compact, super-effective program that will transform your body. No Gym Membership Required!
INCLUDES: 15 ALL-NEW DVDS, a Fitness Guide, 90 Day mix and match meal plan and workout calendar, 90-Day Journal and bookmark, FREE 30-day web club access, and MORE FREE BONUSES.

The price is $119.96, which works out to be about $8 a DVD, which in-and-of itself is a great deal. Add in the fitness guide, meal plan, etc and the pot gets even sweeter. I am hoping to try this out soon and report to you the down and dirty details!

You Never Have To Workout Again!

Posted: January 12, 2012 in Videos

Well….. not really.

I seem to be running into a lot of funny Youtube videos lately. This one made me laugh. If only it were this easy!

It’s important to be able to have fun, relax, and laugh at ourselves once in awhile. It’s healthy, and really, who wants to be “in the zone” all of the time?

This video made me chuckle. “I’m working on a blockage….” made me laugh right out loud even.
There is an “F-Bomb” dropped at the very end of it. Just a warning if your ears don’t like hearing such things 😉

Namaste
😛

Video 5!

Posted: January 7, 2012 in Bootcamp, My Workouts, Videos

So, I am very upset that our session is delayed! I was so ready to get back into the Bootcamping routine! This video is for you all who are itching to get back into the groove…. Here is a high-intensity cardio workout for you! The workout is set up for 30 seconds of high intensity cardio energy, followed by 30 seconds of rest. It is a longer workout, but I challenge you to go for it!

As you will see, my hubby, Mike, was my workout partner 🙂 He is the diehard fitness guy in this household… I just try to keep up 😉

Here is a list of all of the exercises that were executed. I suggest you either print them out or write them down as I wasn’t able to give proper prompts. I was able to add in the timer at least…. I wanted to get it uploaded quick for you, I hope it works out for you!!!

Cardio Circuit: 30 seconds on/30 seconds off

Sumo Squat with Row
Run in Place
Press with Rotation
Pop Squats
Dumbbell Upper Cuts
Jump Lunge
Dumbbell row
Overhead Press with Dumbbells
Front Kicks
Mountain Climbers
Swingers
Single dumbbell Swing Through
Alternating Lunge with Press
Chest Fly
Burpees
Plank Press ups
Wood Chop
Reverse Lunge
Bicycle Crunches
Up and Backs
Dumbbell squats with Lateral Raise
Plank Jacks (arms & Legs if possible; modification Legs only)
Side Lunges
Chest fly with knee tuck
Skaters
Cross punches with dumbbells
Plank Rotation side to side
Jump Rope
Push-ups
Seated twist with dumbbell
March with dumbbells

Video 4

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Bootcamp, My Workouts, Videos

I am feeling a little better today, so I took the opportunity to go ahead a tape a quick workout. I had to keep cardio out of my workout as I am feeling lightheaded here and there and I didn’t really want to go and pass out on camera 😉 I did, however, include cardio in the workout for you! Consider it a Christmas present from me to you!

    Set 1:

Backward Lunge with a Dumbbell – I used a medicine ball here, you can use a dumbbell by holding one side in each hand. Or if you have a stability ball, go ahead and use that!

V-Sit Row – GREAT core exercise that also incorporates the legs! I used a resistance band to hold on to, you can use that or a towel works just as good. Find your balance in a V-sit position with your legs extended. Bend your knees and bring the towel up and over your feet and extend your legs once again. It takes a lot of balance concentration – once you find your groove you will rock it! If you trip up, just find your balance and jump back in the game. I had to sit on a mat half way through the set as my bum was hurting me… you might want to do the same 😉

CARDIO – High Knees for 30 seconds

    Set 2:

One Leg Squats with Dumbbell – Lift one leg slightly and hold a dumbbell in that same side. Find your balance (it took me a bit to find my groove), and slowly bend your stabilizing knee as you reach your dumbbell toward your standing foot. Do your best to keep your two ankles in alignment. If you lose your balance, regroup and start over 🙂

Pushups – Choose pushups that challenge you!!!

CARDIO – Bunny Hops (Ski hops) for 30 seconds

    Set 3:

Mason Twist – I held my medicine ball here, you can use a dumbbell or just clasp your hands together and touch the ground

Straight-Arm Situp with Weight – I used my ball again here. You can use a dumbbell or just extend your arms above your head and touch the ground in front of you as you sit up.

CARDIO – Jumping Jacks for 30 seconds

    Set 4:

Side Lunge With Towel – Squat back with your hips and let your opposite foot slide out the side of you. Focus on your form. Sink your hips behind you and use your inner thigh to pull that leg back in.

Glute Bridge with Towel – OUCH! Lie on the floor on your back with your legs bent and a towel underneath your heels. Lift your butt up off of the ground and try to keep a straight line between your shoulders and your knees the whole time. Extend your heels out away from you, keeping your butt lifted off of the ground. Then slowly pull your heels back in toward your butt.

I apologize for not posting a new workout. I swear I am not home on my couch eating Bon-Bons. Instead, my “chest thing” I had at Thursday’s class has turned into a full blown illness. Which is awesome, considering it is a week before Christmas and I only have about a million-trillion things to do. Sigh…. So, what little energy I have had, I have used to wrap presents and fight the crowds at the grocery stores so I can get the proper amounts of juice and goodies for my kids parties this week.

I will tape a video tomorrow though and I will have it up tomorrow night some time. Thank you all for bearing with me here… hope you are having a great weekend!

Here is Video 3! Sorry it took so long to post for you. I had to redo a workout and re-edit because the other file was too large. I am going to reformat that one (because it was SUPER awesome) and get it posted soon, but in the meantime here is a great Tabata set for you that is only 15 minutes or so long… a perfect workout to fit into those busy holiday days that are almost here!

This video has examples of some pushup modifications that are more effective than ones that we do in class. I encourage you to challenge yourself here, you will be surprised at how strong you really are!

The descriptions for the exercises follow the video. As always progress at your own pace, watch your form, and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself!

SIDE NOTE- I had a slight issue with my dog during the taping of the video which led to me cropping a portion of the video at the beginning… sigh. It’s always something isn’t it??? Anyway, the first couple rounds of “breaks” aren’t quite 10 seconds. The timing gets better as the video progresses, I promise! A life lesson I learned during the taping of this video – dogs and dumbbells don’t mix!!!!!

First Couplet
1- Modified Push ups- I demonstrate modified push ups here in a different way than we have been doing them in class. We are told to modify our push ups by performing them on our knees. Truth is, this leads to improper alignment of the spine (which means a higher likelihood of injury) and an unnatural body position. It isn’t the worst way to do a push up, (many trainers instruct this way and it is perfectly acceptable, but I think options are always a good thing!), attempting a full push up when you aren’t physically strong enough is much more dangerous. To perform a modified push up, you need to have an elevated surface, stairs work great for this! Raise your upper body, be sure to have your hands positioned under your shoulders, grip the side of the surface you are using (in my case an ottoman) to prevent slipping on your palms, and perform the push up as you would with your hands on the ground. You can do many varieties of push ups this way (plyo, tricep push ups, wide-set, etc). To increase intensity, simply decrease the incline of your upper body. It’s that simple! A very basic form to start with is to stand facing a wall, and do the push up with your hands on the wall. You will be surprised at how quickly you progress.
2- Forward Lunge with a Forward Lean – Step forward with your right foot, making sure to step far enough away from your body to keep good form. Toes behind knees. Both legs are bent at a 90 degree angle, increase the angle (with less of a lunge motion) to decrease the intensity. Hinge forward with a straight back and bring the dumbbells towards your ankle or calf. Push off the ground with the front foot to return to standing. Continue this on the right side. Next time, lead with your left leg.

Second Couplet
1- Advanced Push ups – Here we are doing the opposite of a modified push up. To increase intensity of a push up, raise your lower half. This will increase the amount of weight you are putting on your upper body, and therefore increase the workload your muscles must support. THESE ARE DIFFICULT! I encourage you to try them. It is at least a good idea to see what they feel like… but be sure to listen to your body here. At the end I held a plank position, it was just too tough for me after doing the previous set of modified push ups. If you would like, do the modified push ups through this set and slowly progress towards these bad boys… you will get there. I promise!
2- Straight Arm Plank Roll- For this, hold your body in a nice, tight, straight-armed plank. Shift your upper body weight above your shoulders and roll up onto your toes. The push through your shoulders and shift your upper bodyweight downward, and roll back onto the sole of your foot. Again, not an easy move, especially if you were attempting the push ups before hand. Do your best!

Third Set
1- Bicep Curl with a Should Press – So, during this set, there is just one exercise. It starts with a bicep curl, elbows close to your body. Lift the dumbbells up toward your shoulders using a slow and controlled motion. Don’t let your upper body sway. If this is happening, either opt for a lower weight or slow down your reps and concentrate on your form. Really squeeze at the top thinking of cracking that nut in your elbow-pit! From there, turn your wrists so they are facing forward and drive your dumbbells up into a should press. Keep your shoulders relaxed down, away from your ears. Arms extend straight up to the sky, elbows ending up by your ears. Reverse that motion back to the curl, and extend down to finish. Repeat about a billion times 🙂

Fourth Set
1- Straight Arm Plank with an Arm Raise – Start in a straight armed plank position. Keep that butt down!!! Take turns lifting each arm overhead, stopping at your ear.
2- Regular old bicep curl – basic move, so challenge yourself with heavier weights!!!

Fifth (and last!) Set!
Tricep Dips – Sit on an elevated surface, I chose my ottoman, but a chair or edge of a couch or stair will do well too. Have your hands close to your butt, gripping the side of the ottoman. Bring your hips out over the edge. Bend your arms at your elbows and drop your butt straight down the side of the ottoman. Push yourself back up and fully extend your arm to really engage that tricep muscle. To decrease intensity, bend your knees.