January 13, 2013
5 rounds on time:
6 handstand push ups
12 chest to bar pull ups
20 walking lunges.
19 minutes and 30 seconds of pure muscle workout.
Yesterday: sore fore arms and tired legs
Today: sore glutes and a satisfied smile.
Make every workout count regardless of length. if your effort that matters.
January 11, 2013
So far this week I have done 250 minutes of training. I have mixed everything from pole fitness, running, intervals, crossfit, NIKE training club workouts and yoga/dynamic stretching.
I can highly recommend the NIKE training club. Is fun, challenging and you can sync your own music. I have an android phone and could download it for free, I think it’s available for a small cost on iPhones. It’s worth it, it’s so worth it! You get everything from beginners to advanced, 15 minutes to full workouts. Badges to work towards to give you some inspiration. Cardio, toning and strength. I love it! see the link for more info: http://www.nike.com/gb/en_gb/c/womens-training/apps/nike-training-club
January 6, 2013
After a morning of studying the highlight of the day was to put my running kit on, put my new Nike running app on and hit the road. The fresh air did wonders and I loved every second of it. I love the gym and I love heavy weight training, but sometimes all I crave is a good pace out in the fresh air. Just short of 5 miles later, my cheeks were red, my lips smiling and my mood high. The leftovers from yesterday’s fish pie worked excellent as a recovery meal.
I have a few aims with my running for this year. last year I didn’t have time to do as much running as I would have wanted to with early mornings and late working hours. So this year I hope to work toward a marathon sometime in September or October. Most likely one in Yorkshire. I also have my eyes on a 10 km race around Easter and a half marathon shortly after.
Now I need to invest in a good pair of high quality running shoes. Any ideas?
January 4, 2013
In the end of last year I became addicted to crossfit… Crossfit is a type of exercise where you do either one or a few different exercises based on either max weight or time. It’s short and intese and I love it. It’s a new found passion which definitley is helping me to stay in shape and improve my fitness. It can be anything from short sets of sprints to snatches and squats. ( I do love squats <3).
Today I am inspired by http://diaryofacrossfitmom.wordpress.com/ and will try her WOD (work out of the day):
30 back squats
100 sit ups
30 front squats
100 sit ups
30 overhead squats.
I cannot wait to start this workout!! So impatient 🙂
2013 will definitely be a year of crossfit for me 🙂
November 19, 2012
Train with others! Do at least three group classes this week. Enjoy working out with others or being guided through your workout. Take a step away from hiding in the corner of the gym or not daring to do a class because you are afraid of getting judged. Training with others can be fun, motivating and more energetic. You may even get a few friends on the go.
I have already done a group Yoga class, what is going to be your first class?
picture taken from: http://healthandfitnessbay.blogspot.co.uk/2010_11_01_archive.html
November 12, 2012
This week I challenge you all (including myself) to stretch more. Spend an extra 5-10 minutes after your run/workout/fitness class to work through your whole body or take a few minutes in the morning or evening just to lengthen your body. Don’t go beyond any pain boundaries, but work with your own body. Another challenge to bare with you throughout winter is to stick with your fitness routine and don’t slack due to the weather, approaching Christmas or for any other reason. If you want to avoid the likely weight gain that comes with all the heavy Christmas food etc. there is only one way to go: Stay Active and Stay Fit.
I’ve done my evening yoga class and feel both strengthened and lengthened. We’re going towards darker times with less light and less energy. Take extra care of your body and prevent muscles from tensing up and shortening from hunched up postures when avoiding rain and cold, sitting in front of the computer and lacking the motivation to hit the gym because you’re feeling the winter blues coming on. It may be that a few minutes of lengthening your body in the morning makes you feel ready to go for the day and feel more alive, or that a couple of minutes in the evening will relax you and prepare you for a better night’s sleep. By being one step a head of your fitness and continuing your fitness routine you’re more likely to have more energy this winter and be able to avoid those extra kilos that come with the yummy Christmas treats that are now everywhere in store (despite it being only November).
pictures from: http://sensesyoga.wordpress.com
November 3, 2012
This BBC article made me smile so much – a 93 year old bodybuilder. Dr Charles Euster started bodybuilding at the age of 87 in order to ‘ turn the heads of the sexy young 70-year-old girls on the beach’…
I guess what I wanted to point out with this article is that it is never too late to pick something up, something new in your life or just do something you thought you’d never do. Be inspired of this man, was there something you always wanted to do but never did and now think you’re too old? Perhaps some sport or dance? Well, be inspired by this 93 year old and DO IT! My challenge to myself is to get back into pole, improve and compete within a year. If a 93 year old can be a body builder, then I can compete in pole. I first need to get my confidence back and and (re)learn moves as I’ve had over a years break from it.
An old picture from a Summer holiday back in the days when I used to enjoy pole