Watch this video to get the scoop!!
(Note: Yep! That’s me in the RAW! 😉 It has been kind of a rough week with sickness, cabin fever from the winter storm, etc. etc. etc. But, I wanted to get this video made and up. I am a REAL person. HaHa!)
Did you catch the deal?
If I get 5 ORDERS….
10 ITEMS ordered…
by March 7th …
EDITED TO ADD: The event is actually MARCH 8th. OOPS!!! My video still stands, though. You have till March 7th to get those orders in if you want to see me go bald. 🙂
I will SHAVE MY HEAD for St. Baldrick’s Day on March 9th (8TH!!!)
Do you remember reading this blog post from awhile ago? I talked about my experience with St. Baldrick’s Day from last year. IT WAS AWESOME!!!
Here’s a picture from last year.
(Note again: And YES that is same fleece I’m wearing in the video. I love it that much. I bought it when I was studying abroad at Oxford University in England. It is so warm and comfy and it is over 15 years old but hardly shows any age. So there! )
This year I decided to let y’all make the decision for me. I kind of want to do it again…..so, let’s make this happen.
Go HERE to make your order and then sit back and wait for freshly shaven pictures.
I am thoroughly enjoying the break from traditional weightlifting workouts. It has been a breath of fresh air and I am seeing it make a big difference. My muscle endurance is improving big time. I still sweat like a fiend during these workouts but I am feeling less like I will die by the end. 😉
Without further ado, here is what I did this week….
I added a yoga/pilates/stretching routine to two of my workouts because I knew I needed something to really help my full body of stiff muscles.
By Friday, I was so tired from a crazy week. Then I had a crazy Friday. All I wanted to do was do some stretching and relaxing. I think I might be getting addicted to these yoga workouts. I’ll have to hunt down some more.
Can you tell I am really enjoying Fitness Blender workouts????? I highly recommend them for well-rounded workouts that require minimal equipment. 🙂
Tuesday’s workout was taken from The Swetty Bettties page over here.
Wednesday was a very busy, rest day. 🙂
It was a good week at the gym. All these workouts could have been done at home. I chose to go to the gym because my son loves seeing his friend in the children’s room. I would just find a corner in the adult gym and had fun. Two weeks into these bodyweight workouts and I know that I’m enjoying the difference. I already see improvements in my muscle endurance.
Have you done any of these workouts??
Since I am focusing my workouts on body-weight type workouts, or calisthenics, I thought I might share with you what I am doing so you can follow along too if you want to. I am mostly doing YouTube videos. Did you know that YouTube is a treasure trove of FREE and FULL workouts?? It is true. Just do a search and tons will come up. It is absolutely perfect for days you can’t make it to the gym or you just need to mix things up.
Okay, onward with the week. I will go ahead and say that it was kind of anti-climatic. I got sick with a nasty cold that I think I caught from my wonderful sharing son and that really messed up my mojo and my plans.
Monday was my first day back after taking a whole week off from workouts. So, I figured I would do my “benchmark” workout which is the MURPH WOD. It is a Crossfit workout. I like to do it every couple of months or so to get a feel for how my training is going.
Here is the breakdown:
1 mile run
1 mile run
I did the pullups on the assisted pullup machine. I did as many pushups as I could on my toes and then proceeded to my knees. The squats were not regressed in anyway because they were air squats anyway. The runs were performed on the treadmill.
It was a TOUGH workout. I can see now how poorly I am doing in muscle endurance. And that is why I am focusing on that for a few weeks.
I do LOVE Zuzana. She was the leading personality of BodyRockTV for a long time and the parted ways to form her own company. She has tons of FREE workouts on YouTube and has recently started the ZGYM, a subscription-based fitness site.
Her workouts are short but very intense. I have never done a workout of hers without literally sweating on the floor. It is awesome and I highly recommend her. Most of her workouts require no equipment, just your body.
My nasty cold was starting to hit me pretty hard on Wednesday. I also was called into work. I worked my shift but ultimately left a little early. And then we came home for school and resting. Then my son had Awana in the evening. So, no workout this today. It was a good thing because I was rapidly getting worse and I was very sore from Monday and Tuesday.
I do believe Thursday was the height of feeling horrible for me. I never even left the house….not even to check the mailbox. But, I wanted to do something to help stretch and move my muscles. This is all I was able to do. I sniffled and sneezed my way through it. 😉
Friday is a bit better in the health department. I plan to go to the gym in the afternoon and either walk on the treadmill or the elliptical. I had grand plans for another awesome body-weight workout but I really don’t want to push it and make myself worse. I figure even a leisurely walk is better than nothing and gets me heading in the right direction.
Do you have any workouts you have done and loved? PLEASE SHARE!!!!
There is a lot of new stuff going on right now in my little fitness world.
First, I am on day 3 of The Virgin Diet.
If you want to learn more about this way of eating you can go here and get the book or you can read my previous blog post about why I am doing it. So far so good. I will give a more thorough update later.
This is a completely different way of eating for a few weeks and could potentially change the way I eat for the foreseeable future. It is a lot of change.
Up till now I have been following a fairly traditional weight-lifting program that involved a lot of heavy lifting. I did all the major lifts (squats, deadlift, bench press, and military press) and progressed in all of them. I have been very happy with my progress.
But, I need a change.
I hate to admit this but I have been getting a bit bored with the weight room. I do love the workouts. And I LOVE the results but as in everything else a change can breathe new life into even the best things.
I have noticed an area where I really lack in my training.
Oh man. I am so weak in that area. I can go into a weight room and lift with the best of them but I will be a gasping for air after only one circuit of body-weight type exercises. I am good at muscular strength but terrible at muscular endurance.
I need to fix this.
So, for the next few weeks while I go through The Virgin Diet. I will focus on Body-weight exercises.
I will get workouts from YouTube and create my own workouts. I will use minimal equipment. The idea is how would I workout if I were not at the gym with all the equipment at my disposal. This will be good for my overall fitness and for me as a trainer (to be 😉 ).
I am very excited to change things up and focus on a different way of exercising. And I am excited to see how this changes my body.
For inspiration, here is an awesome video of 44 different body-weight exercises:
Comment if you have ideas for an awesome workout I could do!!!!