Misc

Move of the Week 10.3.13

This week you will need a light set of weights and the emphasis of the sequence will be shoulders, upper back, legs, core and a cardio bonus.  Move of the Week 10.2.13 Standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your weights in your hands at your sides, perform a squat as you reach your arms out in front of you, palms facing each other, using your shoulders and core to stabilize you.  Then, as you rise up, bring your right knee to your chest and open your arms out to the side.  Next, return your arms to their previous …

Move of the Week 9.23.13

I’m back demonstrating the move of the week 🙂  This week you will need an elastic tubing. I love this piece of equipment because it’s so light and easy to transport and there are so many exercises you can do with it.  This one focuses on your lower body, lats, and core. You will get a cardio boost with it as well!  Below is a link to the video demonstration and I’ve written it out as well. Move of the Week 9.23.13 Start by grabbing your tubing in the handles then inching your fingers closer together along the tubing to …

To Do Tuesday 9.17.13

I hope I’m not alone when I say that getting my kids to settle down for their 20 minutes of reading isn’t always the easiest thing to do.  Some days are better than others. Sometimes they want me to sit with them as they silently read to themselves.  Sometimes, they want to read out loud to me.  Whichever it is, I usually find myself sitting for 20 minutes.  So…I thought…maybe….would it be too selfish to make this 20 minutes productive for me too (aside from spending time with my kids, of course 🙂 )?? What if…you used this time to …

Move of the Week 8.26.13

Simple and effective move of the week.  Focus on shoulders, core, biceps, and legs…below is a link to the video demonstration.  I have written it out as well. Move of the Week 8.26.13 Grab a light-medium set of weights.  Stand with arms at your sides, palms facing body. With your right foot, do a curtsy lunge–over crossing behind your left leg.  Sink deep and reach weights to the ground. Step back out to the right into a low squat position, feet a bit wider than shoulder distance apart, and then lift your left knee to your chest as you press …

To Do Tuesday 8.13.13

I think I do at least 2-3 loads of laundry every night.  It seems to be endless in my house!  🙂  The other night I was carrying 1 of 2 baskets up my stairs and realized how much work I was doing lugging that heavy bin of clothes!  Made me think….hmmm…aside from just the loading, unloading, folding and carrying–can I make this chore intentionally a bit more “exercise?” Yep!  Before you put away those neatly folded clothes….do this: Hold the basket in your arms, and bend your arms 90 degrees so you are holding the basket while your biceps are …

To Do 6.11

How did you do last week with your “Tuesday To Do…”?  Did you get in some extra steps?   I really enjoyed my long walks to my destinations–I hope you did too! This week I’d like you to attempt some type of walking after at least 1 meal you enjoy…If you are having lunch with a friend, aim to walk for 5-10 minutes (around the block/town, etc) after you’re finished.  Sometimes it’s nice to sneak in a neighborhood walk after dinner as a family.  Any type of stroll/walk/or even a leisurely bike ride for 10-15 minutes after a meal will …

Move of the Week 5.20.13

Simple move this week focusing on legs and biceps. Below is a link for the video demonstration.  I’ve written it out for you as well.  Don’t forget to send in a picture or video of yourself doing the “move”–you just may win a copy of my upcoming DVD!! Move of the Week 5.20.13 Using a heavy set of weights, 1 in each hand, you will do 4 walking lunges forward.  Then, place feet hip width apart and do 8 pulsing squats.  Reverse the walking lunges (moving backwards) and  then repeat those pulsing lunges again afterwards. Once you grasp the leg …

Progress Report…

I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement in relation to my current injury.  It really means so much to me to know you’re concerned, and appreciate your understanding!! I started my modification and rehabilitation a little over a week ago.  I am being totally honest when I say I was so scared for many reasons.  I was worried I wouldn’t be able to provide the same caliber of workouts without doing the high impact myself.  I was (selfishly) worried about my own personal fitness–would I be able to get a workout and sustain my level of fitness? …

Get Moving in May!

Wow!  Did May sneak up on you like it did on me?  Well, despite what the weather (at least here in Chicago) indicates, it really is Spring and we should all be coming out of winter hibernation and get our bodies moving 🙂 I say we take May as the month to “Get Moving” again (or more :)) Find something to do each day that is more than you regularly do.  Open your calender and enter it in as a “to-do”…make sure you check it off each day!  The key is planning.  If you know you have to do it, you will …

You wanna quit???…Not so fast…

Do you ever feel like quitting or pulling back your effort mid-end workout? I hope you answered “Of course!”–otherwise you’re some kind of super hero 🙂 I know I’ve been running and the thoughts of turning the corner and running back home have entered my mind…or I’m bombarded with the thoughts of “When can I be done with this?” Have you been in class and can’t keep your eyes off the clock?  Are you thinking of excuses of why you can/should leave early?  On the treadmill or elliptical are you glaring at those blinking lights negotiating an ending point?? If …

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