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TGIFF

13 Oct

Thank Goodness it’s Fitness Friday!

Thanks to Katie over at Talk Less, Say More for hosting a day dedicated to fitness!

Who doesn’t love this idea?

My week in workouts:

  • Monday-taught Core & More and Cycling.
  • Tuesday- 5 mile run & 3 sets of 6 repetitions: 1) clean & press, 2) shoulder press, 3) squats, 4) bent-over rows.
  • Wednesday- NADA!
  • Thursday- taught Abs, Glutes, & Thighs and ran 2 miles on the awful treadmill.
  • Friday- Get Ripped-Slim N’ Lean workout

My morning started out with a tough total body weights workout; since I’ve been incorporating weight training back into my schedule, I’m trying to do one session solely dedicated to weights a week (no cardio included). Because I don’t include cardio, I make it a point to move from exercise to exercise in a quick and efficient manner; this helps keep my heart rate elevated throughout the entire hour!

Back when I relied on DVDs as my workout resource, I loved the Get Ripped! series. They were super challenging at first (because I never lifted in that way before. Scratch that. I never lifted before) but were a great way to track my progress. These DVD series worked more on muscular endurance, training the slow-twitch muscle fibers to be able to sustain longer sets/reps with lighter weights, rather than muscular strength, training fast-twitch muscle fibers for one heavy rep. Another benefit of the Get Ripped series is that each workout utilizes time under tension (TUT); training in a different way than I’m used to always leads to a GREAT workout and I know DOMS is coming to visit :). Nerd alert: I’ve memorized these workouts so I can perform them, sans DVD, in a gym setting.

Slim N’ Lean Mock-Workout:

  1. squats (40lb. barbel)
  2. pendulum lunges (12.5lb. dumbbells)
  3. chest press (12.5lb. dumbbells)
  4. dead lifts & single-leg bent over rows (12.5lb. dumbbells)
  5. push-ups & external rotations (body weight/8lb. dumbbell)
  6. triceps dips & extensions (body weight/ 12lb. dumbbell)
  7. hammer & biceps curls (10 lb. dumbbells)
  8. single-leg squats & plie squats (body weight/15lb. dumbbell)
  9. lateral raises & overhead presses (10 lb. dumbbell)
  10. calf raises (body weight)

AND

Has anyone (Michiganders mainly) tasted Biggby coffee?

life-changing.

Day 21

12 Jun

Thank you Pinterest for your words of wisdom :). An early morning workout was the first to-do on my agenda today; I trained at 8am, so I wanted to push myself and get the weights workout done in an hour-check!

Quick overnight oats with cookie butter for breakfast before I trained; it’s the most portable breakfast I know!  I stole borrowed these tin cans from my parents that, I believe, are used for camping; they come in 5 different sizes with lids which make transporting breakfast, lunch, or dinner so easy. There’s really no excuse to not make your own meals!

I can’t believe it’s already half-way through my internship! My supervisor from NC State had his on-site visit this morning; where does the time go? I gave him a tour of the facility (kinda cool I was able to and knowledgeable enough to lead the tour!) then sat down and discussed everything from I’ve been doing and where I’m going next. I felt extremely blessed and grateful to have this internship and being able to have the freedom to pop into a workout class or shadow a trainer or work at my desk all day long. After hearing some of the other students’ internship experiences, I really have it good; I don’t get assigned biatch busy work (thank you!), I have a schedule but not a schedule at the same time, and I’m getting my toes wet in all areas of fitness; it’s so laid-back yet organized and professional and I enjoy working in this type of environment!

We talked about being a rounded individual and how students these days are so focused on one area that they’re actually limiting their chances of ever working in that specific area because they’re not getting other experiences in a variety of fields. It made me re-realize that, yes I love group fitness and personal training, but I both need and want to get a taste of wellness profiles, rehabilitation and injury, facilities, sports clubs, and on-site services that will make me a more qualified individual.

I swear I ate the last of the mayo-less chicken salad! Peanut butter-filled pretzels with a banana to go with. Strength training for runners and a staff meeting capped off the afternoon. I was supposed to meet with one of the Step instructors to go over Stepping for Dummies (kidding) but couldn’t find her; I guess I’ll have to resort to the high-quality Blu-Ray VHS video to teach me how to instruct Step aerobics!

 Black cherry Greek yogurt with slivered, toasted almonds as an afternoon snack :-P.

Can’t wait for this view tomorrow afternoon..

Get Ripped! to the Core Review

10 Mar

A functional workout that hits every muscle group in under 50 minutes? Where do I sign up!?

Yes, another Get Ripped DVD review; I truly think these are the BEST workout DVDs for at-home exercisers! No matter how tight your workout space is, you can set up an at-home gym on any budget! I’ve taken the guess-work out for you when it comes to selecting equipment to invest in:

  1. a yoga and/or exercise mat. select one that’s slip-resistant (i use a gaiam yoga mat). great for core exercises, yoga/Pilates, push-ups, etc.
  2. a step and/or bench (thankfully my mother had one when she participated in step aerobics back in the day!) can be used for chest press/fly exercises, triceps dips, rows, incline/decline planks & so-on. sporting goods stores have a wide variety of these; choose one that when you lie down, your entire back is supported (neutral alignment)
  3. dumbbells. when you’re first creating your home-gym, look for dumbbells that come in bundles; usually 3,5,8 lbs. since you pay by weight, this will be cheaper. 3,5,8 lbs. are appropriate weights for toning and endurance-based exercises.
  4. resistance bands & tubing. similar to dumbbells, you can purchase these in bundles; light, medium, and heavy levels are available. great for travelers since they pack well.
  5. stability ball. replace your desk chair and you can work your core indirectly (another two-fer!). keep in mind* when you’re choosing a stability ball, choose one based on your height: 4’8″-5’5″=45cm. 5’6″-6’=55cm. 6′-6’5″=65cm. this will ensure you have a 90degree angle from hips-knees-ankles.

There are plenty of other tools you can purchase, but like muscles, building a home gym doesn’t happen overnight. Start with the bare essentials; as both you and your muscles get stronger, invest in more equipment! Search websites like craigslist and Ebay for slightly-used equipment.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for..let’s review!

RED FLAG-This workout does not include a warm-up. I have not a clue as to why, but it goes from the main menu into the first track. A major no-no.

  1. Side Squats & Reverse Lunges. Probs my favorite track on the DVD; using your body-weight or dumbbells as resistance, you complete 2 side squats then 6 reverse lunges/side. A toning exercise while increasing your heart-rate.
  2. Up,Up,Down,Down Push-ups. Plank position, down to forearms then back up to push-up position. Intermixed with regular push-ups.
  3. Chest Press & Glute Bridge.
  4. Dead Lifts & Biceps Curls.
  5. Plie Squats & Upright Rows.
  6. Single-leg Bent-over Rows
  7. Elevated Side Squat & Lateral Raise (calorie burner & heart rate lifter!)
  8. Step-ups & Overhead Press
  9. Glute Extension & Triceps Kickback
  10. Abs

Rating: B+. The no warm-up frustrates me, not only because it’s just plain safe to incorporate a warm-up before exercising but also to motivate me. If I’m feeling like I need a kick-in-the-pants to get me moving, I can usually count on the warm-up to do just that.

Final Touches

5 Feb

Hello KatieEPT.com! I’ve finally bit the bullet$17 and bought my blog domain! I’m not sure why it took me so long to make a final decision, but I’m so glad I did; hopefully this will encourage me to keep blogging and sharing my passions :).

After a night out in downtown Raleigh with goods friends and sugary drinks, my body was craving something a little more substantialprotien-y oats were on the menu! In the mix: oats, milk, vanilla bean protein powder, banana, and a sprinkle of almonds. I haven’t eaten oatmeal in a while but when I do, I like to toast the almonds. It gives them a smokey-not burnt-taste similar to a graham cracker(?). YUM.

After bummin’ around for a majority of the morning and finishing The Hunger Games, the gym was next on my to-do list. My workout was strictly strength-my knee has been bothering me so I’m keeping things low impact until tomorrow. The Canadian version of Les Mills, Jari Love’s Ripped and Chiseled workout is some serious strength training! The workout hits ALL major muscle groups two times over using a technique called Time Under Tension; tension meaning the force being applied to move the weight and time meaning the period when a muscle is under tension (eccentric and concentric contractions). Every exercise followed a similar pattern of 4(down)-4(up), 3-1, 2-2, singles, and pulses:

  1. Bulgarian Split Squats
  2. Squats
  3. Dead Lifts
  4. Chest Press
  5. Push-ups
  6. Chest Flies
  7. Bent-over Rows
  8. Triceps Dips
  9. Skullcrushers
  10. Pullovers
  11. Shoulder Press/Front-Side Raise
  12. Biceps Curls
  13. Hammer Curls

Lots of exercises but a complete total body workout! I will be sore tomorrow..

A fail-boat trip to the mall in the afternoon was not on my to-do list; after driving around the parking lot for 15 minutes trying to find a parking spot, I was to fed-up to shop!  Sushi at Domo’s Sushi made me forget about the trip!

Seeing The Woman in Black tonight! Ah.

 

Extremely Ripped DVD Review

20 Dec

“Can we do 1 more? Yeah, let’s do 1 more” says Jari Love.

“Oh no..” moans Mom as she’s sprawled out on the yoga mat during our workout session (moms say the darndest things 🙂 ).

If you’ve read the “About Me” section of my blog, you already know that I began exercising doing various DVDs downstairs in my family’s home gym. My mother and I would carve out 1 hour each day to devote to a favorite(?) DVD and sweat it out together! I owe a lot of my in-the-beginning-successes to Jari Love, a renowned Canadian fitness professional and creator of the Get Ripped series. These DVDs are no joke! They challenge your body in many ways than just physically; physiologically by a more efficient way of using oxygen and increasing energy, mentally pushing you through each set and emotionally encouraging you to finish strong.

This series of reviews will breakdown not only your muscle fibers but also each Get Ripped DVD. To start, Extremely Ripped:

As my mom and I like to call it..a “two-fer”; a two-for-one DVD offering two-30 minute total body workouts and a six-minute abs segment that challenges your cardiovascular fitness as well as muscular endurance. Each “chapter” has a 30-seconds remaining timer to encourage you the end is near-me likey. Starting with a brief five-minute warm-up, Jari encourages using light weight to prep your muscles before the actual workout. Squats, reverse lunges and hammer curls, biceps curls, lateral raises, overhead presses and upright rows. Yes all these exercises target the muscles we’ll use in the DVD, but I feel your lower body is neglected a bit; my opinion, but my lower body is always more stiff when I start to exercise so I like to do more compound movements!

The first 30-minute workout starts with reverse lunges on a step (optional) with rows-great exercise to target large muscle groups and get your heart rate up right off the bat! In between sides, you’ll do dead lifts atop the step. Second, pulse squats and biceps curls-use lighter weight here; if you have knee issues, regular squats are a variation. Third, plie pulses and around-the-world shoulder raises (front-side-front)-use lighter weight, especially if your lower back is weaker; overhead presses with a step-knee in between sets. Fourth (least fave because it’s hard!), triceps kickbacks and glute extensions-this exercise seriously gets your heart rate sky-high and thighs a-burnin’! In between sides, you complete side squats with a front raise. Fifth, knee pulses (balance) and reverse lunges atop the step; side squats and lateral raises in between sides-no additional weight is necessary here, especially if your balance is off; work up to using light dumbbells.

The second 30-minute workout starts with clean and presses with traveling lunges and biceps curls in between sets-heavier weights for the clean and presses, but have a lighter set nearby for the lunges and curls. Second, traveling side squats on the step (optional) and an overhead press/knee lift exercise-medium weights works just enough to get your delts trembling! Third, bent-over row combos; you’ll play with your hand position to really target your back muscles with lots of repetitions; narrow squats in between sets. Fourth, reverse flies and a leg abduction-tons of repetitions here so use light weight; if your lower back starts to ache, it’s from the bent-over position with the abductions so either stand up and rest or omit the abductions! Fifth, push-ups and planks need I say more?.

The six-minute abs segment consists of crunches, triceps push-ups, planks, bicycles, single-leg bridges and crossed-leg oblique twists. I’ve done better abs exercises in her other videos, but this is short enough to top-off a tough total body workout!

The verdict? A+! This DVD caters to all; advanced exercisers looking for an hour long-total body session, newbie’s trying out an interval-type workout for the first time or someone looking for a quick but intense workout in between a busy schedule. Extremely Ripped has five other exercisers in the background doing different variations of the exercises, which is why it caters to SO many different levels. Jari’s encouraging words and upbeat music are extra incentives to complete the workout. This DVD is one of those I-hate-to-LOVE workouts! It will push you to challenge yourself and you may hate it while doing it, but after, you’ll feel GREAT and have tons of energy!