Tag Archives: BOSU

Let’s Play a Game

15 Dec

Happy weekend!

After teaching 2 group fitness classes back to back..

Blue equipmentA girl’s gotta have a little fun with it! I purposely used all blue equipment; BOSU, the resistance tube that’s equivalent of using 7 pounds of force, and an  (un-pictured) pair of 7lb. dumbbells that were obvi blue. Up first-Abs, Glutes, and Thighs..and the LAST one of the semester! We went through a circuit for the first half of the class:

  • BOSU lateral hopovers
  • dumbbell wood choppers
  • resistance tube lateral walks
  • BOSU glute bridges (double and single legs)
  • BOSU decline planks

After, we played what I call a “game”*. I had each participant flip a coin; whether it landed on heads or tails, it corresponded to an exercise. We only got through 1 round of it, but it was a change-up from my norm group fitness class of me doing all of the work! I always try to do something “fun“* on the last class and involve the participants when deciding what workouts/exercises to do. It gives the participants a chance to run the class (so to speak) and show-off what they learned throughout the semester. MY group fitness classes aren’t just about getting a workout in, but taking what we do in the class and using it in your OWN workouts, with amazing form and variations so no workout is the same.

*I put these choice words in quotations because apparently what I think is a game and fun, the participants think otherwise! (cough-Stephanie-cough) ;).

Next up-cycle! I was subbing for another instructor because usually, I do not do back to back classes. It’s too much! I give those who do it regularly lots of credit. For me, I must have balance when it comes to teaching; too much burns me out and I start to dread it. ALL fitness is a PASSION of mine, not an everyday thing..moderation :).

Three people plus me for an hour-long class. I’m used to teaching my lunchtime  40-minute class; an extra 20 minutes allowed me to add in more climbs, sprints, and jumps! FYI-Kelly Clarkson’s new song, Catch My Breath, is the perfect song for jumps!

Wunderunders after cycleTo finish..my blue crops.

Oh yes I did.

250 Reps..and some

6 Dec

Happy day after hump day!

And Workout Wednesday Thursday..of course :).

Yesterday morning started bright and early with BLAST. We’re in the home-stretch now, so the workout is T.O.U.G.H. Walking lunges along the straightaways, side squats around the corners on the track, BOSU push-ups, upper body work ON the BOSU, and tons of core in the mix. I know the participants secretly love it.. 😉

Afterwards, I decided to get my workout in but I only had ~35 mintues. HIIT! Thanks to “pin”spiration from Danica, her December workout challenge seemed the fit the bill. I wanted to up the ante by adding more plyometrics to the workout, so jump sumo squats and jump squats did the trick!

PicMonkey CollageAdvanced-stay with the plyometrics throughout the entire 5 rounds! WITH good form please.

Intermediate/beginners

  • try as many push-ups on your toes as possible
  • if you’re completely new to the exercises, don’t add the jumps (yet!)
  • walk your feet back and in and don’t jump at the top with the burpees
  • hold a stationary plank (toes or knees) for the plank jack

Enjoy!

Do This To Get Looks At The Gym

9 Aug

Well hello football friends! Who’s excited about the season starting tonight?! Okay- it’s only the preseason but still..football is football; it means the real season starts soon which indicates fall is right around the corner! Scarfs, UGGs, and pumpkin lattes oh my!

Back to reality.

Thank you for all of your kind words on my last post; reading your thoughtful responses on how you too are dealing with balancing life reassures me I’m not in this alone! I can learn from each and everyone one of you, keep them coming :).

Vertical BOSU Lunges.

Simply line 2 BOSU’s up, the behind one slightly to the right of the front one (hip-width apart) and stand on top. Lunge away!

This is NOT an easy exercise! You’re on unstable surfaces so your core has to work overtime, balance is an issue or two, coordination, strength, and the observers around you who are mad they didn’t come up with an exercise this cool and functional are factors too. Beginners could hold onto a wall or bar to the side of the front BOSU.

The rest of the circuit: 3X-15 reps.

  • jump squats
  • plie squats
  • jump lunges
  • vertical BOSU lunges
  • deadlifts
  • “t” push-ups
  • triceps dips
  • pull-ups/chin-ups

Day 42

18 Jul

It’s sad when it gets to this point:

  • wake up at 6:15am
  • pack-up my kitchen
  • eat breakfast and pack my lunch/snacks for the day
  • out the door by 7:30am

And why you may ask? It’s nothing more than I.Don’t.Have.Cable.Or.Internet. I wouldn’t say I’m dependent on technology, but I’m a routine kinda girl; a typical day for me goes:

  • in the morning, wake up, shower, turn the morning news/GMA on while I beautify myself
  • watch the news/GMA as I prepare lunch and snacks, turn my laptop on to check emails and blogs
  • make breakfast, continue blog reading and facebooking
  • in the evening, I always watch E News because I simply need to know what important and life-changing things are going on in the world 😉
  • watch various shows; Monday’s-Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives (new episodes!) and the Bachelorette (guilty pleasure); Tuesday’s-Teen Mom (if I can stay up); Wednesday’s, Thursday’s, Friday’s are whatever catches my attention (Sex & The City never disappoints); Saturday’s and Sunday’s are random too with the exception of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition.

So you see, not having cable or internet really puts a damper on my sched. I will be okay though, I know you’re so concerned :-P.

Body Sculpt & Balance went very well last night! I had 6 regulars so I tried to keep the workout challenging yet doable, focusing on balance and core stability as much as I could.

**Fitness instructors– do you ever feel when the class you’re teaching has a certain name (i.e. body sculpt and balance, back to core, guts and butts), you don’t want to teach to that format? I always struggle with this! I think I put too much pressure on making the exercises coincide with the name of the class that it becomes a daunting task rather than something I enjoy. I love to create new workouts and never do the same workout twice (may be similar but something’s changed) but when I need tailor the exercises to incorporate a component (i.e. balance, a BOSU, resistance bands), it becomes a duty. Classes like Total Body Sculpt, Group Strength, Boot Camp, etc. are always fun to teach because you’re not limited in what you can/cannot use. Maybe it’s just this particular environment I’m in with the internship, there are so many rules pertaining to each class that it almost takes the enjoyment out of it.

Back to BS&B, I did 2 exercises, back to back, three times through for the entire 60-minutes. Time flew!

  • reverse lunges into a front kick/ alternating biceps curls
  • stationary lunges into a rotating lateral raise/ triceps kickbacks
  • squats with knee lifts/ shoulder presses
  • dead lifts (single-leg)/ bent-over rows
  • inchworm push-ups/ plie squats with calf raises
  • chest flies/ glute bridge
  • side leg lifts/ inner thigh lifts
  • back extensions/ crunches

Yoga Challenge is my WOD! Off to plan my cycling class!


Yes I’m aware I spelled Linkin Park wrong.

Day 29

28 Jun

Traffic can make a good day go bad-especially when the accident isn’t even on YOUR side of the road! Damnrn rubberneckers! Good thing I had this  and saw this  on my Pinterest board when I logged on this morning :).

Although I wasn’t planning on riding a stationary bicycle, I did plan a cycling class that I’m teaching on July 19, Cycle & Stretch (I’ve said the exact date because it’s a GOAL of mine; always a work in progress and motivation to perfect it-keep me accountable!). 45-minutes of cycling and 15-minutes of stretching is the ideal cycling class for me because I’m not (actually never) excited about taking a cycling class (I feel violated when I come off the saddle) and it’s completely out of my comfort zone. I hope you’ve noticed-I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot lately; step I.T., cycling, yoga, Pilates, and aquatics are all formats that I’m conversant of and participate in regularly, but teaching them is a whole new ball game. In this internship experience, it’s okay for me to mess up; using the wrong terminology in step class, sprinting to a song that’s more fitted for a climb, wearing a two-piece to a pool plyometrics class..all are “oopsies” that I’ll take and learn from so that they don’t happen again. I want no regrets, no “I wish I tried that”, no if only’s in regards to this internship; I’m learning, growing, and evolving and I challenge you to do the same with your respective careers! Will you try? 

I wanted to do a homemade strength workout before a training session; as much as I like taking the classes here, the sculpting classes tend to do the same thing (not complaining though!) and I’m not feeling challenged as much. There’s nothing that a little digging through my exercisebrary can’t fix! The workout went a little like this:

  • side squats and reverse lunges (combo of the two)
  • up, up, down, down push-ups and push-ups with a knee tuck on the stability ball
  • BOSU bent-over rows
  • dead lifts and biceps curls
  • step downs with a knee lift and anterior raises
  • BOSU step ups with overhead presses
  • triceps kickbacks and glute extensions
  • single-leg bridges

In and out in an hour!

Girls night is back and the plan is sushi and a concert series! Have a great night!

Day 27

26 Jun

I’m really getting used to waking up at 5:15am..not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!

I taught Body Sculpt & Stretch at 6:30am; great class with awesome participants! I felt more comfortable with this class than the first Body Sculpt I taught at my internship. I might have been trying to teach like everyone else in order for the participants to like me, which is just silly!

I rounded out the workout with intervals on the elliptical (30 seconds OFF-45 seconds ON). Breakfast followed in the form of OIAC-so easy to transport!

I took the personal training coordinator through an equipment orientation and a tour of the facilities as if she were a real client; I pass (if you will) and will start to take real clients through! However, I’ve decided I don’t want to focus solely on actual training sessions for 2 reasons:

  1. the program here is completely different from anything I’ve done previously and anything I’ll do in the future. I know I won’t get adapted to it but I prefer to stay in-sync with my training style for now.
  2. I’m not here that much longer and hate to start a routine that I won’t be unable to follow-up with the client.

I’m content with my assignments in regards to the personal training program, especially since I started teaching group fitness and am working on wellness profiles.

I attended Yoga Stretch before lunch; my lower back is SO sore and I’m not sure if it’s from an exercise or sitting on a stability ball as a chair. “Excess may do you harm”, is there such a thing as too much spinal stability that I’m irritating my low back instead? Thoughts, comments, Kt you’re crazies?

I taught the dynamic warm-up and lower body portion of Strength Training for Runners. We focused on the BOSU ball and did lots of exercises that incorporated stability and coordination-fun shtuff!

Staff meeting ended the day and I couldn’t be more ready to go home, lay by the pool, and read with Christian Grey. See ya tomorrow!

Day 8

23 May

I. Am. So. Sore.

DOMS decided to pay my body a visit overnight! I woke up around 2am and as I stood up, I had some choice words every step I took. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger :). Mhm..

Breakfast was the usual; scrambled cheesy eggs, salsa, mini pitatoasted bagel, and a banana. Sometime I find I get in a routine with breakfast foods and eat them everyday; I need to explore more! My staples include:

My goal for next week: try one new breakfast recipe that doesn’t focus on oats and eggs as the main ingredient!

I had to stop at registration and records before coming to work to send my final transcript to Oakland University!

On today’s agenda:

  • work on special project-it actually isn’t a project, rather a seminar on exercise and stress. If you have any tips, please share!
  • attend Back to Core & Stretch and Step I.T. (reviews below)
  • eat lunch. Today’s the start of really increasing my food intake! Sandwich, cottage cheese, and a mixed cup of cantaloupe/melon (may not sound like a lot, but my sandwiches look like they’re on steroids) 
  • work on seminar

My supervisor has been in training for something along the lines of how to maximize your energy in a personal and corporate setting. Intrigued, I’ve asked if I could see the materials and resources the training has provided her with. I’m interested to read what experts have to say about this topic! I’ll be sure to share :).

Back to Core & Stretch:

  • 30 minutes of “core” work. 15 minutes of stretching.
  • we used the BOSU for alternating knee crunches (1 leg stays on the ground, 1 leg pulls into your chest while you crunch)
  • super(wo)mans, bird/dogs, and planks to target the entire core, especially lower back. I liked that the instructor made sure to explain why it’s so important to strengthen the muscles in your lower back. We’re in a corporate setting, so mostly everyone sits at a desk all day (posture), hunched over a keyboard (tight hip flexors, weak lower back, shoulders rounded forward), and looking at a computer screen (head protrudes forward).
  • All in all, nothing very new, just a different format. I thoroughly enjoyed the stretch part!

Step I.T.:

  • interval training between step aerobics and weights. I didn’t put the name together so I had no idea what I.T. meant (blonde moment 😉 ) I’ve taken Step and Sculpt before where the first half of the class is step and the second is weights, but never thought of 3-5 minutes on the step and 3-5 minutes of weights! Lots of fun but the fatigue sneaks up on you!
  • with step, it always seems like we do so much more with our right foot than our left foot. I know that, as an instructor, sometimes we lose track of how many we’re doing and that’s okay (I’m being the over-achieving participant). I’m probably more OCD, okay the most OCD person, than most people when it comes to balancing the right and left sides (front/back, upper/lower) of the body, so I naturally alternate feet when stepping..yep, I’m that girl.
  • we did aerobicstrength exercises (definitely not a phrase but I just made it one! Have I mentioned my exercisebrary?). I.E. grapevines and biceps curls, step touches and upright rows, forward knees with an overhead press. I liked that we were still moving aerobically (low intensity) while completing strength exercises.

I enjoyed both class and applaud the instructor for teaching back to back! All of the other instructors we in training and she was the remaining one. High-five!

I’m hoping everyone is appreciating the posts on my internship experience as well as personal experiences here and there. I’m really loving the positive feedback, support, and suggestions you’re bringing to the blog! Thank you all and please continue reading! 😛