Sunday, July 24, 2011

Week in Review

So here's the happenings of fitness for the week:

Hung out with the  Zuzanna with Hot Curves Challenge

Holy Abdominals!

Taught a Cardio Circuit class at the YMCA that went like this

Spin Bike Warm Up
Spin Bike Jumps: Beautiful Day by U2

Walking lunges with bicep curl and military press
Sumo Squat jumps with kettle bell

Spin Bike Sprints: Face Down by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Chair Squat Flies
Walk out Pushups
Oblique Twists
Jumping Jacks with Weights
Squat + Diagonal punches with weights
Plank Twists

Spin Bike Hill: Closer by Kings of Leon

Lunge with weighted rows
Plank Jacks
Steam Engines

Kettlebell Series
Shuffle squats
Two Hand Swings
One Hand swings
Lunge weaves
Squat + triceps
Side dips

Double crunches
Heels to the heavens

2 miler run

2 mile Run + Weights


6 mile run


lots and lots of kombucha because my stomach has been in shambles from stress

1 week til I'm back on Canadian grounds permanently!

And How does I feel about this? Lets just say there's a plethora of emotion racing through my veins. I'm very excited to be close to my friends and family at home once again. That being said, I haven't been home in the last 3 years for more than a 3 week stretch. Going to college faraway, sometimes it feel like I like I've lived a double life, with totally different things/peoples in both lives and different emotions and happenings. I was always afraid of the day when I had to choose between my lives, as I've spent most of my time here and built a social network here, but Vancouver is where my roots are and would be a great place to embark on a career path. On the other hand, Vancouver is a place I've come to fear over the years, with past emotions and fears still clear in my memory whenever I go home, but out of sight in North Dakota so easier to distract from. Now it's seemed that rather choosing specifically one over the other, Vancouver has chosen me to come back. So it's time for me to put on my best Big Girl Game Face, and face the fears I've been running from for years and essentially start all over again in the place where it all began. Home.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Witness my Fitness [Part One]

Helloo all!

I think this huge transition in my life calls for a little fitness challenge to kick out some stress in different ways!

Witness my Fitness will include different fitness methods every week, different points of views on them and ways to best fuel these workouts.

This week:

HIIT Training

HIIT Training or High Intensity Interval Training is a method that involves doing an exercise with as much as much speed and exertion and possible for a short length of time. HIIT training sessions only last about 20-30 minutes with high intensity intervals ranging from 20 to 30 seconds of increased exertion.

Today's Workout:

I took a different approach today because I was wanting to get in some lifting at the same time

Warm up: 10 minutes on elliptical

Super Setting Method
1. Bar Dead Lift
2. Tricep Dip on Bench with legs on balance ball
3. Side dips on bench

10 minutes of dreadmill action: 2 minutes moderate-1 minute intense x3

Super Setting Method
1. Walking weighted lunges with bicep curl and military press
2. Weighted reverse supermans
3. Push ups

Burpee Challenge:  10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 with 20 second break between

Kettlebell Series
20 double hand swings
20 single hand swings
Sumo squats with tricept raises
Sumo Squat Jumps
Lungs with front leg weaves
Side dips

Stay tuned for tomorrow's HIIT workout


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Inner Brain Happenings of College Graduate

I won't go on a long hiatus again. I promise.

This just in. Change is getting to me BIG TIME. it's exactly 19 days until I move home. 

Yes, I am looking forward to being near to my fam, my friends and the beauty of the westcoast.

But the thing about home, is it brings me back to my past. Who I used to be. The mistakes I've made. And the fears and tears that happened there years ago.

Here's the words of positivity that are getting me through right now:

Breathe. Let Go. And remember that this very moment is the only one we know for sure. 

"So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about"
-Marilyn Monroe

The only thing constant is change

That which matters the most should never give way to that which matters the least.

Everything happens for a reason.

Brain overload eh?

Do you have any words of positivity to share??