Equipment

Treadmills

While I was on vacation, I didn’t have many options for exercise.  I brought along my jump rope and an elastic tubing, but had to supplement with the equipment at the hotel gym. I’ll start this blog by saying, I don’t have a great attention span for cardio equipment, so I had to get creative…. So here are some ways to make the Treadmill a bit more tolerable…. #1– Make yourself a play list of about 10 songs (I have a play list on my blog you can check out for song ideas).  One way to get through the workout …

Shoes

I know I’ve said it before, but I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good shoe.  More importantly, you want to make sure you have the appropriate shoe for your workout!  As annoying as it may sound, you may require more than one pair. I think that cross trainers are a necessary tool when doing group exercise classes or any exercise that requires lateral movement.  These types of shoes are built specifically for these needs.  Yes, they also provide support for running motion–thus making it a “cross-trainer.”  However, I wouldn’t recommend using this shoe as your regular “running” shoe …

Do I need a Ball??

Great question!  The ball is used at the beginning of the TBC workout.  It serves as a tool to increase the intensity of the cardio portion, as well as working your arms, back, and core.  There are also some crunches and push ups performed with it as well. So….can you do the workout without it?  Absolutely!!  You can do the cardio portion without holding anything, you can use a light medicine ball, or even 1 light/medium dumbell (grasping it on its’ ends).   The crunches and pushups can be done on the floor.  If you want to mimic the same feel as …

Shoes

Yesterday I did kickboxing in my running shoes because I forgot my cross trainers.  I was miserable!  The type of shoe you wear makes a dramatic difference in your performance during a workout.  I always recommend cross trainers if you do my classes and/or videos.  They provide extra lateral support that you will need, in addition to added cushioning on the balls of your feet.  I consistently wear Asics.  They have always been the most comfortable and supportive option for me.  However, everyone’s foot is different and another brand may serve you better.  Check out New Balance or Nike.  Make …