Monday, January 25, 2010
Just wanted to share with you the opportunity to participate in a new workout challenge, the Evolution Challenge. Have fun doing 25 or 100 repetitions of one exercise per day this week, and crawl out of the primordial soup and into mammal/humanhood! To get started, click over to my professional blog and comment, or find the event on Facebook and RSVP.
Also, I've already created a modified exercise list for wheelchair-bound individuals as well as children, so if you would like modifications to suit your needs, please let me know.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Woo-hoo, everybody! So happy to have you participating in my first group challenge, the 100 Challenge for Mortals. We did it!
Second, let's do this again! Seriously, this was great fun. Please, ideas or feedback is wonderful. I can't decide whether next week would be good. You endured so many naggy posts over the last seven days. I don't want to leave anyone "jaded and depressed."
Which leads me to this: if you haven't updated your participation in a few days, please just drop me an email or comment here or on FB that you've completed the challenge (or I will assume otherwise). You worked hard for this recognition and bragging rights!
Here's the list so far.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
We are up to Superwomans... Supermans. Let's just say Superpersons.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Does anyone else know that children's song? We have it on our Ann Murray Sings LP, but Miss A is uninterested so far.
Back to the matters at hand though: our challenge! We're nearly finished. PLEASE, don't give up now. You will feel such a sense of accomplishment if you can just get through the rest of this week, not to mention the amazing blog button/email signature reward. And I'll tell you a secret, if you just keep on reading.
First, did you do your burpees?! Yes? Ok, good. I didn't want to scold you in front of your kiddos.
Second, are you ready for inchworms?
Don't worry, if you get past the inchworms, the superpermans/womans are a cinch. Honest! (That's my secret.)
Mortals: Do 25 Inchworms (from plank, walking up & down back to plank is one repetition)
Immortals: 100 Inchworms
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
- You're doing 25 (Mortals) or 100 (Immortals) per leg. Remember, they don't have to be done all in one set.
- This exercise is a great one for your booty (gluteals), as well as hamstrings, and quads, calves... pretty much your whole leg. But your booty is what'll get sore. Everybody loves that.
- If your front knee glides forward until it's hanging out in front (and above) your toes, then you haven't stepped back far enough. Keep that front knee over your foot!
- If you feel like you're going to tip over onto your sofa or toddler every time you lunge, try stepping back wide, like you're lunging on railroad tracks (that are a little wider than hip width apart).
If doing this exercise properly still hurts your knees, hips or ankles a lot, try stepping back but not lowering your back knee toward the floor.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Several years ago, at the dawn of "Six Pack Abs" programs and "Guts and Butts" classes, "we" decided that sit-ups are unsafe and ineffective, and that we should never do another one as long as we live. Well, we found out later that this really depends the individual. If you have a history of low back pain, are deconditioned (AKA out of shape), or are feeling acute low back pain during sit-ups, then sit-ups are not for you.
Otherwise, sit-up away! The benefits to doing a sit-up over a crunch are that you're simulating a functional activity that your body will have to perform multiple times every day for the rest of it's life, and that it is a good whole-body exercise (which is cool if you're short on time).
Follow these great instructions from ExRx.com, and see pictures below for a How To. Feel free to comment on the gaudy hot pink arm warmers. I am secure in my armwarmerhood.
So... if you're still reading then it's probably because you decided that you're not yet strong enough for push-ups or you have a kooky back. Fear not, you're still gonna feel something, and it'll make you stronger.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
My brother Matt gave Miss A this album when she was 7 months old, and it took until the summer for her to grin whenever we started playing their tunes. Well, now we've turned another corner: lyrics.... and accompaniments.
Number ten is IT this week. We'll let you know what's next....
I could live with that.