I Lost My Sneakers

January 6, 2011

Seriously…I have no idea where they could be.

I wore them to and from the gym last Friday and sometime between then and now, they up and walked away.

And although barefoot running is all the rage right now too (for good reason), I can’t go to the gym and run barefoot on the treadmill or go in the weights area with no shoes because I’m pretty sure that’s against gym policy. Read:

“Closed-toe athletic shoes must be worn at all times on the courts and in the fitness and exercise areas.”

Damn.

In lieu of my sneaker-less dilemma, I’ve been forced to do more kettlebell workouts this week, simply because I can sneak into one of group exercise rooms and do them barefoot without anyone yelling at me to put some shoes on.

So, for now, kettlebells it is. And it’s kicking my ass. I’m actually sore today!

In celebration, I wanted to share a few videos with those of you who might be interested in the good old KBs, but have no idea what to do with them, or for those that are looking for something new to spice up your routine.

Without further adieu:

Video 1:
Kettlebell Basics with Steve Cotter


This guy is insane. Anyone that can do a double-snatch with any kettlebell is awesome, let alone the ludicrous amount of weight he’s using.

Anyway, I like this video because it focuses on the four basic kettlebell movements: swing, snatch, clean, and overhead press. These four exercises alone will kick your ass. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and try it. One 30-60 second set of each, 3-4 times through, one minute rest after each circuit. You’ll be dying.

Video 2:
5×5 Finisher

This is an awesome way to finish up any strength training workout:
5 snatches
5 cleans
5 squats
5 overhead presses
5 lunges
(rest 1 minute)
Repeat on the other side of your body

I did this the other day after 40 minutes of regular lifting combined with some kettlebell circuits. Five minutes of this had me sweating more than those 40 minutes did. And I was only using a 12 kg KB. (Green, for you colored-oriented folk.)

This can also be a great workout if you’re really pressed for time. 2 or 3 times through and your heart rate will be through the roof.

Video 3:
Finally, the Kettlebell Meltdown 300 Workout

Not for the faint of heart:
25 V-ups
50 snatches
25 push ups
50 swings
50 burpees
50 clean and press
50 mountain climbers

All in a row, as fast as you can.

Amazing workout, but only for people who are already in good shape, and are comfortable with kettlebells. The guy in this video finished in 11 minutes and 16 seconds using a 24 kg bell. That’s almost 53 pounds he was swinging around. I know– he make sit look easy. Jerk.

So, resolutioners, if you’re looking to get in shape, do it right. Skip the treadmill and stationary weight machines. Please. Believe me when I say, those won’t do anything for your overall health and fitness. If you don’t believe me, read this post, “Resolve to move BETTER”, written by one of the people who introduced me to the glory of kettlebells. What she says is true.

But, before you trot down to the gym and start swinging around a bell like a bat out of hell, always have a certified (preferably RKC or AOS) trainer show you how to use them first. While KBs are a great way to get stronger/fitter/all-around more awesome, they can also seriously hurt you if you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. If the trainer doesn’t know what RKC or AOS is, avoid him/her.

Happy training!

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been slacking.

Big time.

Slacking at what, you ask?

Kettlebells.

Earth shattering, I know.

Lately I’ve been finding excuses to just go to the gym and run.

OK, a lot of you will probably just shrug your shoulders at this and say, “What the hell is she complaining about? Running is still good.”

Yes, I know it’s still good, but running doesn’t get me jacked and huge quite like the good ‘ol bell does.

Alright, so maybe I don’t exactly want to get jacked and huge, but I do need to stay on top of my strength training.

So, this brings me to my story of the day:

I was pumped when I got an email on Monday from Stacey of Progress, Not Perfection fame, and one of the old instructors from Punch Gym.

She’s moved onto a bigger, better place called Myoforce — which is really good for her…

…but really bad for me. Hence my slacking. 😦

Anyway, she invited me to come in last night to check the new place out.

“Be there at 7pm for class,” she said.

“Alrighty!” I said.

Being the psychotically punctual person that I am, I left my house at 6:15 to make sure I had plenty of time to find it.

I mean, the directions seemed simple enough. Mapquest told me I should be there in “about 17 minutes.”

Well, one hour and 17 minutes later, guess who was still tooling around Newton, MA?

You got it!

Me.

It doesn’t help that driving in the dark turns me into a 90 year old woman who can’t see. I was so intent on finding the street, at one point I had slowed down to 15 mph.

I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a line of cars behind me about a mile long.

That’s when I knew to just give up.

I went home, did a few crunches to help convince myself that at least I did something, and then…

I had ice cream.

But anyway, that’s not the point. I’m going to try again tomorrow, with new and improved directions from Stacey herself.

So I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

And in the meantime, I’m going to buy a GPS.

In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve reposted a post from one of my favorite blogs, Progress, Not Perfection.

While I think aiming for each and every one of these resolutions is pretty lofty, I think we can all benefit from taking one or two (or more) and working on them as we start the new year.

I’ve highlighted the ones I plan on focusing on.

Health:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to be thankful.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra
class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…

Society:

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others. Change Lives
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals too.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, give thanks for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least:
40. Please feel free to share this with the people you care about, I just did.

And, rest easy my dear readers. With the holidays over, I’ll be posting more. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

EA Sports Active

December 8, 2009

Have any of you jumped on the Wii Fitness bandwagon?

Last night, in place of my usual Monday night kettlebell class, I hopped on over to Newbury Street to try out EA Sports Active.

Oh, who am I kidding. I hardly hopped. I practically dragged myself over there.

But anyway…

I had no idea what EA Sports Active was. And to tell you the truth, I was a little disappointed when I walked in and saw a whole bunch of Wii’s set up. In all honesty, the first thought that ran through my head was, “Damn it! Guess I’m not getting a good workout tonight.”

Yeah I know, I’m a little bit of a snob.

And as payback for being a total snob, I was proven wrong. The Wii kicked my butt.

I woke up this morning and was sore!

Really sore!

Who would have thought doing this:

Look at me pumping iron

…could make it hard to get out of bed in the morning?

Either I’m super pathetic (which is entirely possible), or the Wii actually gave me a good workout!

So to any of you thinking of trying it out, I recommend it. It’s worth it.

PS- Thanks Stacey for providing that (horrible) picture of me πŸ™‚

Progress, Not Perfection

September 30, 2009

People often times ask me where I turn to for exercise and health advice. The fitness field is ALWAYS evolving, and if you don’t stay on top of your game, it’s easy to fall behind.

If you direct your eyes to the right of the screen, scroll down a little, and look under the “Healthy Living Advice” section, you’ll see a link called Progress, Not Perfection. This, my readers, is a blog that is bookmarked on my computer. I read it almost everyday, and get super excited when I see a new post.

Not only is the blogger one of the freaking awesome trainers at Punch Gym, where I dutifully go 3-4 times a week to get my butt pummeled by kettlebells, but she is also a former co-worker of mine. I’ve seen her in action, people, and take it from me, this is a blog you want to follow (along with mine, of course!)

My goal is to be able to do this:

Yeah, she's nuts!

Yeah, she's nuts!

It runs the gamut…exercise tips, nutrition tips, yummy (and healthy) recipes, holistic living…

Check it out. Read it. Bookmark it. You’ll love it.