Hey Hots and Fits!
How has your week rolled? Mine was quite bueno, besides a few downs which eventually turned into ups :D
Workout routine has been the same and you can read more about it in my workouts tab where I keep the exercise.
Truth is, its been about 3/4 weeks since I have been doing Fitness Magazine’s total body workout and I do think it has been working. Think because as I have previously mentioned I don’t actually take measurements/weigh myself – to me its all about how the pants feel !
So as I sit here and I write this I continue to contemplate whether I will shift into a muscle focus workout or do total body. I like total body because I think it is more effective but maybe its time for a little change….
Anyways, I wanted to show ya’ll some of the gorgeousness I had met with yesterday:
We got the following:
My friend came over from the UK this week and brought over this magazine for me:
This is British magazine which is like Women’s Health/Fitness Magazine in many ways. I liked it a lot actually (surprising, I normally don’t like these sort of magazines…) and it had some pretty interesting and informative articles. There was one about Elle Macpherson who in my opinion is absolutely gorgeous! I might share some later on this week…But anyways, a very interesting question was asked by one of their readers - is it okay to run everyday?
I have to admit this has been a doubt of mine for ages….I love running very much and would do it every single day if I could! I know a lot of people think that I am a) crazy b) treat my body badly c) too obsessed with running but I honestly feel good and, at the end of the day, we should all do whatever makes us feel good!
That said, I have to admit since I ran my marathon in May I did take it easy with running, and there are weeks where I don’t run two days in a row. Shocking, I know! Since I am also at the gym I use the stepmaster, arc trainer and bikes a lot.
What about you? Do you consider running every day a bad thing or a good thing, for YOU?
Hi Hots and Fits!
Sorry posting was non-existent this week….the Jewish holidays are over for this time of the year so I should be pretty much more available! I spent every other day this week either at the synagogue or at a dinner party.
I have been quite busy with work and I had to skip Friday’s workout as a result. Also, Saturday I had to wake up at the unholy hour of 6:30 in order to drop my dad at the train station (he had a long day trip) so today (Sunday) really was the weekend!
Also – I added a “dairy” to the workout tab, and when you click it, it lists down my workouts per day
Saturday I did a thing I HATE doing because it makes me feel like a compulsive exerciser – I over did my workout (spent about 1 and a half hours at the gym), telling myself I am just making up for my missed workout from the day before (Friday). I absolutely hate doing that because I really believe a rest day is essential for my body, even though I don’t like taking it, and because this sort of thinking is very, very, bad! Basically, I did my usual Fitness Magazine total body workout followed by Fitness Magazine’s 20-Minute, Glute-Sculpting Treadmill Routine. That burned a lot of calories.
Today I got up, skimmed through this month’s Robb Report (I work in the diamond and jewelry industry)
Then skimmed through this month’s Runner’s World (US) and found this interesting article:
I really need to incorporate more flexiblity and stretching exercisers. Since joining the gym I have REALLY neglected my yoga and general stretching. If I can get Elizabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito to get me stretching once a week its a serious miracle!!
Today’s workout was quite interesting and went by very fast. I wasn’t in the mood for it, really, so I just hopped from one place to the other:
- 10 minutes on the arc trainer, resistance 5, 1 minute forward 1 minute back (repeating)
- 10 minutes on the stationary bike, 5 minutes resistance 5, 5 minutes resistance 6
- 10 minutes on the stepmaster, resistance 6-8 every 1 minute
Although I was supposed to do my Abs Routine from Women’s Health, I didn’t really feel like it so I decided to do
- Crunches on the stability ball for one minute
- Oblique crunches on the stability ball (20 per side)
- Repeat one more time
- 15 Knee tucks
- Stability ball plank (10 seconds per leg, rpeat twice)
Anyways, I am off to read this book:
Have a good week, friends!!
Hey Hots and Fits!!
Happy Monday! I am exceptionally happy (sort of) cause I got today and tomorrow off work! You guys now I always say I love being on schedule and going to work (keeps me busy!) but rest days are good, too!
I slept in this morning (11 hours of sleep! JEEZ!), woke up and ate an extended breakfast of cold cereals+milk and 4 crackers with Honey and Cottage cheese. I was starving.
After digesting and hanging out with my beautiful madre I went outside to the pouring rain (which hasn’t stopped these last 2 days) and drove to el gimnasio…
Some readers asked me what I was up to this week, so here is the deal: I am pretty much sticking to my routine from last week because
- its time effective (workouts do not last longer than 1 hour at the most
- its total body, which means I don’t have to worry about separate routines every other day
- I really felt the burn last week
- it provides a great combination of cardio and strength
I am basically doing this format:
- MONDAY – Cardio (HIIT) + Abs
- TUESDAY – Total Body Routine (see below)
- WEDNESDAY – Cardio (HIIT) + Abs
- THURSDAY – Total Body Routine (see below)
- FRIDAY – Cardio (HIIT) OR General Cardio (e.g. different machines, steady pace running etc.) + Abs
- SATURDAY – Total Body Routine (see below)
- SUNDAY – Rest Day OR Pilate/Yoga
The routine is from Fitness Magazine (which I recently rediscovered and absolutely love) and its called
Of course I am not trying to slim down in seven days! I just like this routine and therefore will give it a try for the next four weeks or so. Head to the link to see more, its great! You could pretty much do this workout at home, too!
I also tried Exhale Spa’s Thighs and Glutes DVD today for the first time…
I absolutely LOVED this DVD. Its about 51 minutes long, but you really do not feel the time moving by! Elizabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito are great instructors, providing important explanations regarding form and breathing, and address which muscles you are working each time. It is split into 5 – 10 minute segments, so you don’t even have to do all of them at the same time….All you need for this DVD is a mat, sturdy chair and a towel/block. It was a great workout and I hope I shall feel it tomorrow!
Anyways, I am off to do some reading now and spend time with the familia!
Hey Hots and Fits!
How is this week going? I just got some pretty disappointing news 5 minutes ago and figured the only way to distract myself was to blog or watch telenovelas. Since the telenovelas are still loading…
Anyways, I think I might be in love with the workouts on Fitness Magazine. They are a-mazing. Well, I did two thus far, one cardio and one strength, but I got a whole list waiting…unlimited choices!!
It was totally kick-ass!!
- Mover: Foosball Kick
- Shaper: Stork Stand with Curl
- Mover: Sidestep Squat with Row
- Shaper: Reverse Lunge with T-Raise
- Mover: Cancan Kickback
- Shaper: Woodchop Plie
- Mover: Hands-Up Front to Rear Lunge
- Shaper: Modified Weighted Hundred
- Mover: Iron Mountain Climber
- Shaper: Wringer
*Movers – using 2- to 5-pound weights *Shapers – using heavier 6- to 10-pound weights
I know I will feel my core tomorrow!
Anyways, I have to keep this short and simple because its Sukkot today and this casa is Jewish
On the menu for tonight (and here I am sitting and contemplating and I just want to lose the bulge!)
- Peanut butter chicken drums
- Potato wedges in sour cream and garlic sauce
- Potato Puree
- Zucchini casserole
Hey Hots and Fits!
Its M-m-m-m-m-m-onday!! And I pretty much woke up feeling like this:
No sarcasm intended. Really.
Can you believe that it has been THREE days since my killer lower body workout and I am STILL sore?? I did some stretching yesterday but I know I really should be doing a yoga session. I just cannot find the time right now….I will probably do some of these stretches later on today:
I SO wish I could do the splits. This is like my GOAL in fitness I think. I want to do the splits in SOME form. Sitting. Standing. ANY. Just do the splits!
Today I had an awesome workout at the gym, The Abs Diet style….It was short, simply and very effective!
For my cardio portion, I hit the treadmill and followed the exact outline of this routine (Week 1):
- 3 minutes warm up, 3% incline, 5.6 kph
- 22 minutes running, 1.5% incline, 9.6 kph
- 5 minutes cool down, 5% incline, 5.6 kph
Strength – Abs Diet Abs Circuit
You can download it from here. This is what I did cause the rotation wasn’t working for me when I did the back extension:
- Crisscross/Bicycles – 1 minute
- Knee tuck (I love this move!) – 2 x 12
- Back Extension – 2 x 12
- Lat Pull – 2 x 12
- Lateral Bend – 1 x 20 per side
- Oblique crunches on ball – 2 x 12 per side
Tomorrow I plan to do a total body circuit – post ya’ll later!!
Hi Hots and Fits!
I had this post scheduled to appear today since it is Yom Kippur and I am fasting. And not drinking. For 25 hours.
During the last 6 hours it pretty much feels like THIS:
Alright, getting on with the post, I wanted to share TWO fabulous workouts I did on Thursday and Friday which I know I will feel the next day! (Thank God for Yom Kippur and resting!)
I wanted plain, old, good cardio while watching Life Unexpected. I honestly ate like a piglet the night before so I had to kick things back to normal.
- 30 minutes on the arc trainer (2 minutes warm up, then alternating 5 minutes forward 5 minutes backwards, Resistance 5, 2 minute cool down)
- 15 minutes on the sweatmaster, alternating every two minutes between resistances 4-6
Strength – Stability Ball ABS
You HAVE to try this workout. You will feel it the next day! Just grab an exercise ball and go!
I did 3 sets of each exercise, little rest between sets:
- Roll ins (15 per set) – you can make it harder by doing piques
- Crunches (25 per set) – you can make it harder by holding a weight across your chest
- Oblique crunches (12 per set + per side)
- Single leg crunch – these are KICKASS and I think my left side is stronger than the right (???) – (10 per set, per leg)
- Plank (2 x 1 minute)
Today was lower body day and I was contemplating between just doing P90X at home, ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit which focuses on lower body or just something else. Instead I mixed and matched lifting lighter weights, higher reps – I am just messing around.
I started with an awesome treadmill workout from Fitness Magazine called The 20-Minute, Glute-Sculpting Treadmill Routine:
Strength – Lower Body
As I mentioned before – lower weights, higher reps :D
- Deadlift– 5 kg dumbbell in each hand, 3 reps of 15
- Squat with weights – 5 kg dumbbell in each hand, 3 reps of 15
- Skaters/Bowlers lunge – 3 kg dumbbell in each hand, 3 reps of 15
- Reverse lunge with lateral raise – 2 kg dumbbell in each hand, 1 set of 12 per leg, 1 set of 5 per leg
- Reverse lunge with frontal raise – 2 kg dumbbell in each hand, 1 set of 12 per leg, 1 set of 5 per leg
On the Stability Ball:
- Pulsing hip lifts – pulse hips up and down for 15 seconds, 3 times
- Hip Extensions on ball – 3 reps of 15
Let me get back to ya’ll Sunday and tell you how it felt!! I can already feel the burnnnn!
Howdy Hots and Fits!
Anyone remember this song? I love all the STEP UP movies so much!!
How’s this week going by? I know all my American friends had a four day weekend. Labor Day. Did you know that Labour Day in Europe occurs on May 1st and is actually a celebration of
Communism Socialism? Yea, I still don’t get why certain ex-Communist countries celebrate it. Do you guys really miss Stalin?
I am back to work this week and things have been pretty good thus far. I should also mention that my plan to hit up the DVD player early in the AM to squeeze in some extra cardio hasn’t worked yet. I am not sleeping too well and am basically spoiling myself with an extra hour of sleep…
Here is what I did these past two days:
HIIT on the Treadmill
2 min warm up @ 5.5 km/hour, 2%
20 minutes of pure HIIT, running for 2 minutes, resting for 40 seconds. Incline goes down to 1.5%, speeds range between 9.6-10.1 km/hour.
2 min cool down @ 5.5 km/hour, 4% incline
10 minutes on the sweatmaster starting at level 5 and working up to level 8 every 2 minutes, then back down
ChaLEAN Extreme – style Weight Lifting sesh
*I am playing around with my weight sessions to see what works best. So last week I did some routine I found on the internet and this week I am trying to ChaLEAN’s. I just want to see what I like/what works for me and then I will be more consistent with it
*The purpose of this routine is to fail between 10-12 reps. So you have to lift heavy. I don’t actually write down my weights but I lift between 5-7 kg depending on the exercise. Sometimes I go down to 2-4 kg!
Sumo Squat with Hip Lift – this did not work. At all. And I was just holding a 3 kg weight in each hand.
Lunge with Posterior Fly
Dead Lift with Posterior Fly
Lunge with Core Rotation
Bench Press and Leg Lower
Squat with Side Bend
Forward Lean Lunge with Posterior Fly
Chest Fly with Hip Lift
This didn’t feel like a good workout, so I used the following machines too (12 reps=fail!)
Some weight machine that works your quads…dunno the name
Today I was haaaaaaaangry. Like, really really hungry. So I was in a grugy mood at the gym. I started off with a KILLER 30 minute workout on the crosstrainer. I dont know why it was a killer but I was just waiting for it to be over! Thank GOD for Gossip Girl re-runs.
0-5 4 FW
5-10 6 BW
10-15 7 FW
15-20 8 BW
20-25 7 FW
25-27 6 BW
27-30 5 FW
30-32 4 BW
Then I did some ABS inspired by own of my favourite girls, JANETHA B!
Stability ball tuck – 3 x 15
Stability ball roll out – 3 x 15
Stability ball crunch and twist with weight in hand – 3 x 15, holding 2.5 weight in hand
Decline crunch (lower bench) – 3 sets of 15 reps, holding 2 kg weight
Decline oblique crunch (lower bench), 3 sets of 15 reps, holding 2 kg weight
Hanging leg raises - 3 sets of 20
Plank on ball – 30 seconds x 3
That is all. I have also been a busy bee preparing for Rosh Hashanah aka Jewish New Year. Lots of cooking, will picture it all tomorrow for ya’ll!
Hi Hots and Fits!
How has your week been? Mine has been fabulouso. All is pretty well here…I am going back to work tomorrow, so that means holiday season is over.
I love work, but I also love the summer. And September indicates the starts of my weather hell (I absolutely HATE winter/fall, although I do appreciate coats and skinny jeans in boots, assuming I am in perfect shape :P)
One morning this week I woke up and decided I am going to sign up to the gym. I am not a huge gym fan but I was fearing an exercise rut and what with all the colder weather coming and so on, I thought it was best to sign up. It gives me a larger variety of things to do, so I cannot excuse myself really.
I am also getting pretty strict about my strength routine, planning out at least 3 weight lifting sessions (I am going heavy guys! I can tell I got stronger) as well as one weekly session of stability ball exercises (will detail today’s down the post)
*CLX = ChaLEAN Extreme. I will do her short cardio workouts in the AM before work (that is, if I get myself out of bed) and this week I will try to incorporate her lifting challenges at the gym (since I have a heavier weight range there)
*LES = Les Mills, Body Attack, Releases 66/67
Today I did an AWESOME Stability Ball workout. It was HARD! Let me tell you, elbow planks get a whole new perspective. I did each exercise 3 times for 15 reps each, and for certain poses (such as plank I simply held in position for 30 seconds.
Squat with ball held out in front
Elbow plank, place elbows on ball and create a plank (barely made it through 20-30 seconds)
- Bridge with ball
Leg Roll – from a push up position, use your feet to bring the ball to your head while contracting your abs
Squeeze ball with hands
Small lifts of the ball (not above chest)
Ball behind back – hold the ball behind your back and lift it up and down and lift ball up
Dips on ball
Down and Up – Lift the ball from bottom to above your head
Alright kiddies, I am outta here, gonna go things sorted for tomorrow and fall asleep reading this:
I absolutely LOVE this series!! Its so nice! Even though I am 22 years old!!
Hey Hots and Fits!!
How is this week going? Things are so so in this part of the world. Weather is good then goes bad, then good again. I am still on vacay and still bored. And I am still not getting up in the AM to work out. Now that’s the biggest bummer of all. Need to do something about the 1 AM sleep time.
I wanted to let you guys know I recently received Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown.
1 – Not too sure about the “Lose Up To 5 Pounds A Week” statement
Now, I have tried quite a lot of workout DVDs, not just by Jillian. I have a lot of Beachbody programs (Slim in 6, Insanity, P90X, ChaLEAN Extreme, Hip Hop Abs, One-on-One with Tony Horton…), some TaeBo (with Billy!), and so on and so on and so on, but I can honestly say that thus far (3 years?) Jillian is the only one who actually provides results. Oh, and running of course and a good, clean diet! Haha!
Anyhoo, I owe most of Jillian’s DVDs, including the 30 days shred (it was a huge challenge last year in the blogsphere), No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism.
So, it only made sense that I would buy this Yoga DVD too. I personally hate yoga classes that tell you to relax and stretch and connect with your breath. I want a workout, not a meditation session.
Jillian does not disappoint.
The first session, Level 1, is 35 minutes long. It includes lots of sun salutations, core work etc. A lot of the basic poses of yoga.
The second session, Level 2, is 29 minutes long. Lots of advanced core work, balance, and reps. i.e. you hold a pose and then start repping it out, something I have never done in yoga before.
Overall, this is an awesome workout, whether you like Jillian or not. And its not just yoga, this is actually cardio-ish. You will be sweating. Guaranteed. Also, I am a serious fan of Dawnelle and her Yoga Sculpt lesson, but Jillian had me doing some poses I would never do before. Like Bridge-Reverse-Push-Up. That one was HARD!
- Short and to the point
- Not a 10 minute lets meditate warm up. Seriously, I’d fall asleep.
- Good combination of cardio and yoga
- Even if you are new to yoga, there are plenty of modifications
- You need strong wrists. Really.
- More toning rather than stretching
- There is not a very good mentioning of the poses. So at first it was a bit difficult to follow, especially since I have picked up a lot of the names by now
Post Workout Thoughts – Not as sore as I thought I would be (did the first half two days ago and the second half yesterday) but I do feel some muscles in my obliques and back. I should mention that I tend to be sore often (I do some serious kick butt workouts at least twice a week and switch my workouts almost every day) so maybe i am just used to the feeling in a way….
Hi Hots and Fits!
I am on holiday so I should be posting more often, sleeping less, exercising more….but….as you can see…not happening !
Seems like I am in some sort of exercise rut recently. Don’t get me wrong, I still exercise, but…
- Not for as long as I did during the days I was working
- I am not doing as much yoga as I want to
- I am not longer rising up at 5:20 to work out
The latter is probably the biggest bummer of all. The only reason I am not waking up early is cause I know I am on holiday. I need a summer job. ASAP. I am one of those people who should not be on holiday!
My running is kind of slacking too, or I am just not in the mood (marathon burn out maybe?)…and ChaLEAN
and the rest of beachbody and I are on a break. I therefore turned to my good old friend
I adore Jillian. I want her to be my BFF. I want to work out with her every single day for the rest of my life.
Recently (like, 3 times maybe?) I have been doing this DVD:
It is awesome and its Jillian and its one of those workouts I know will make a different. A little long but I am on holiday, right? Here is a summary of the routine, each circuit is always repeated twice:
Jillian Michaels Warm up (5 minutes) : marching in place, fake jump rope, arm circles, skaters and jumping jacks. Repeat.
Circuit #1- Shoulder & Legs
- Squat with Shoulder Press
- Backwards Lunge with Side Shoulder Raise (both legs)
- Chair Squat with Front Shoulder Raise
- Front Shoulder Press Outs
Circuit #2- Chest & Abs
- Chest Press with a Crunch
- Chest Fly with Double Leg Raise
- Bicycle Crunches
- Squirms (lying down with knees bent, flip your palms so they are facing the wall and reach to touch the ankles)
- Push Ups
Circuit #3- Biceps & Butt
- Deadlift with Hammer Curl
- Static Squat with Concentration Curl
- Front Lunge with Wide Grip Curl (both legs)
- Side Lunge with Biceps Curl
Circuit #4- Thighs & Triceps
- Chair Pose with Triceps Kickback
- Sumo Squat with Overhead Tricep Press
- Surrender (step back and down to kneeling position then stand up again)
- Forward Lunge with Triceps Pushback (both legs)
Circuit #5- Core
- Double Crunches
- Twisting Plank
- Plank with Toe Taps (both legs)
- Windshield Wipers (lying down lift both legs and move from side-to-side)
Circuit #6- Upper Body & Core
- Plank with Back Rows
- Scissor Kicks
- Pelvic Thrusts (both legs)
Circuit #7- Lower Body & Core
- Side Plank
- Side Lying Leg Raise
- Inner Thigh Raise
- Donkey Kicks
- Fire Hydrant with Kick
Jillian Michaels Cool Down/Stretch
Even if you are in an amazing shape, I guarantee this workout will be tough and will get you sweaty
Not boring – alternates often, Jillian has an awesome attitude, one that does get on your nerves (Tony Horton, anybody?)
Total body workouts and I LOVE these. You really feel everything working!
Length – After 35 – 40 minutes, my sanity is starting to get challenge. Especially in a DVD workout
After doing INSANITY, this warm up was a serious joke. I kept glancing at Polar thinking maybe he is pissed today, but then I realised this is nothing compared to my Shaun.
Stats: 56 minutes, 400 calories; you’ll need a mat, towel, water and set of weights (anywhere between 1-3 kg)
Alright fellas and bellas, I am out to watch the last semi final of this LOUSY world cup. Espana is my last hope :(
Hey Hots and Fits!!
Hope you had a fabulous weekend. I just took it super duper easy. Slept for 11 hours on Saturday (personal record for me, I swear), and an additional 8 on Sunday.
Caught up with my telenovelas, Glee and One Tree Hill.
I LOVE the music on GLEE!! The songs are so. freakin. good.
Oh, I also watch 10 Things I Hate About You – its SO cute!!! Try it!
Weather has been a bit of a stink here lately (considering its the end of May almost – phew, the year is just FLYING by)…
Also, I ordered 2 lbs of powdered egg whites (from a company I have been ordering from for the past 2 years) and they came in a new container with a nasty stinky smell. I tried to cook them and see if it makes a difference but my stomach turned when I took them out of the microwave. It never happened before. To piss me off further, I contacted the seller and asked for my money back, but they refuse to give it back since “I already opened the package“. I said that with such awful customer service, they will not see me coming back any time. Well, they said I could send it back and they will see how to proceed. Yeah, my ass. I mean, how would I even know they stink if I hadn’t opened the package? Europeans are just so dumb sometimes!
In fitness news, I am back to using the heart rate monitor. Don’t get me wrong, I was fine without it, but I have just been gaining weight rather than losing weight. Actually wait: weight is not the correct word. Gaining inches is more like it, cause I never step on the scale. I can always tell how’s it goin’ based on how my trousers fit. So, I am doing some insanity and running as my main form of cardio (=calories burned) and CHALEAN Extreme (=weight lifting).
Polar is helping me determine (when its not being an ass-I-want-to-stop-working) how much I am actually burning. For example, today I did INSANITY Core Cardio and Balance (still recovering from the foot I injured during last week’s marathon) and burned 280 calories. That was not enough for me, so I quickly did the first warm up round of Pure Cardio and burned an additional 40 calories. With the cool down I ended up with 340 calories total. Then, this afternoon I did CHALEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 1 and burned 140 calories in 36 minutes (ridiculous, I feel like I am dying most of the time).
I am also keeping track of what I put in my mouth (I am really trying to follow the 5 x 200-300 calories meals a day rule) and I would assume I took in 1500 calories.
Anyhow, I will see how this goes. Tomorrow is probably INSANITY Cardio Power and Resistance. No particular reason, I just want to do this particular workout. I will have to see how my foot feels, though. Also, afternoon demands some CHALEAN, I assume Burn Circuit 2.
See you later!
Hi Hots and Fits!
I went on yet another (and probably my last?) long run on Saturday morning. And now I cannot move. Kidding. I can. But it hurts. A lot.
Well, truth be told, I did some of Women’s Health fabulous yoga sequence on Sunday morning and it worked miracles. I should have continued suffering but alas, it helped. Its now Tuesday and I was able to go through an Insanity sweat sesh on Monday morning (Plyometric Cardio Circuit) and a 5.5 K run this AM.
So, I got the marathon in two weeks (for some reason I thought it was three weeks?!!?). I have no set plan in terms of workouts/training sessions, but I do know I will not do any more long runs (more than 20 KM). Also, all my beachbody programs are all over the place now with all the training, so until May 11th (the marathon is on the 9th but I’d need a day to recover!) I cannot plan my workouts per se.
That said, I think I will be doing hybrid ChaLean Extreme and Insanity. And some running naturally since I have been doing Insanity all winter and would love to go outside. I’d do P90X but the workouts are so long. ChaLean is no longer than 30 minutes.
Alright, this girl is out in order to catch up with one of my favourite things in the world – telenovelas!
How is it going? This week worth of holiday is almost ending and I couldn’t be more grateful. I am so off my schedule when I am on vacay. I am an eating mess and my exercise is slacking. You’d think that just when I have MORE time I’d actually work out more. Nah ah, not this girl. I am just bumming around, hitting YouTube and watching re-runs of One Tree Hill.
I did go on a 10 K run Wednesday morning which went by extremely well. My half is on the 27th which gives me about 3 more weekends to run. I am planning to run a 15 K this weekend, a 20 KM next weekend, and another 15 K the weekend before. I am not going to do more than 2-3 runs a week because I am just getting back into it. And I love Insanity too much.
Last week, I ordered this book of which I heard good things on other blogs:
I am a strong advocate of a) books related to exercise/fitness/health and b) the theory that our minds play such a strong role in how we live.
When I ran track in high school my coach kept telling me how it was “all in your head” but I never seemed to get that. After doing a lot of Insanity and spending the last couple of years running, I know he was right. But like all things, it takes time to realise it and to exercise it (no pun intended).
Anyhoo, I am off to eat breakfast which I KNOW will not be a healthy one and then get my hair cut.
Have a fab Sat!
Hey Hots and Fits!
Sorry for being so annoyingly MIA in these last few days, but I was taking it easy and getting back on track. Nothing too interesting happened, so here is a list of my highlights thus far!
Did INSANITY’s Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Tracy Anderson’s Upper Body Workout.
I also got two of her DVDs, The Tracy Anderson Method – Mat Workout and Dance Cardio Workout. I haven’t tried it yet so I cannot review. Looks very tranquil from what I’d seen thus far. Oh, and Gwyneth Paltrow appears at the end of the DVD. I can’t stand her.
Woke up for yet another INSANITY sesh, this time it was Cardio Power and Resistance. Warm up was okay, but once the actual workout started, and I got into those Power Jacks, something went wrong I believe because I was overcome by a huge pain in my lower back. I have always suffered from this pain. Used to be in immense pain when I did track and field in high school. I still managed to pull through, but canceled my Yoga sesh with Women’s Health because I did not want to push it.
Went for Plyometric Cardio Circuit which is an awesome INSANITY workout, then headed to the grocery store and found some Pitted Prunes from San Jose, CA! Wow, all the way to the EU! it was the highlight of my day. Came home, and did The Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up challenge.
I am doing it, guys. I did her Summer Shape Up and got amazing results, so I have faith in the woman. Go to her site to this the whole plan, you can start any time, but here is what I did:
Back pain not going away anywhere, I was determined to head out for a run. However, the reason I have not been running has been the snow. Well, snow slightly disappeared, but the temperatures went down by about 10 degrees centigrade that it was about -15C at night. Which means black ice.
I was however, in a true Hot and Fit fashion, determined to TRY. And to be honest, I did not think it would be that bad. Well, I started running, with my awesome running gear I was not feeling the cold at all. But my feet were feeling the ice. I was kind of skating occasionally. It was not longer amusing after 2 KM when I hit the floor. My right arm has been hurting quite a bit since. Irresponsible and careless, but I completed 4.5 KM.
In the afternoon I did INSANITY’s Cardio Recovery. Again, my assumptions were wrong. I honestly thought this was going to be a fairly easy workout. But when is INSANITY ever easy? Shaun T mentions its not cardio, its recovery. But he works your muscles really well. I could feel my quadriceps the day after like never before.
In the evening I found myself presented with three cakes:
Semolina, poppy seeds and chocolate.
Lets just say that I had too much and it was not good. But my home dwellers will not stop putting junk every where. It is very hard to eat properly when you have an over variety of food and a lot of it is junk. The cakes are one thing. There is a whole crazier fiesta going on in the pantry.
I am very blessed, I know. But I do wish I could just keep my diet simple stupid.
I have not done P90X in a while so decided I’d do that for recovery purposes. Kenpo X was on my list on preferences. Now, I do not know whether it is the effects of the Cardio Recovery or simply Kenpo X, but I felt my abs SO much during this workout, especially my obliques. I actually still feel it now.
After all the Friday afternoon errands I came home and did The Fitnessista’s circuit again. For the record, I repeated it three times cause my back is still hurting, and I am modifying the burpees and back extensions.
So here I have it all. Now the plan for Saturday is to do nothing, then take my car to the service for the hundredth time, watch Avatar, and in between squeeze in a workout.
Oh and I am using
To relieve my back pain. But it stinks. SO BAD! My home dwellers are considering kicking me out. Also, I cannot put it on at work because I know I will get fired for being a moving stink bomb. Besides, I do not feel it is that effective.
Anyhoo, hope you all have an amazing Saturday!! I might take today off working out but I have a lot to do around the casa so I will consider it a workout.
Howdy gals and pals!
Oh there are only 2 days left for this week. I am really tired. I am actually pissed about not running, but thanks to INSANITY , I am not completely losing it. Yet. I want to run. Its so not fair.
But I should shut and and stop whining.
This morning I sat to eat my breakkie and once opening the news application on my iPhone I heard about Haiti and was overcome by sadness. How unfortunate for these people who lost their loved ones, their homes…it makes me so sad. I wish I could be there physically and help them.
I did in INSANITY’s Plyometric Cardio Circuit this AM and it was very good. Definitely felt the burn. And I am am going better. I can just tell it. Tomorrow is Pure Cardio .
I came home and found out that I was out of my favourite wraps, or better say, the only affordable, healthy wraps available in this country:
This Dutch brand is quite good, and healthy, but they are available only at one store (pathetic) and I don’t usually get to go there. Anyways, one of my home dwellers will pack up about 8 for me.
In the mean time, I went to get a pack of these (just one, cause they are double the price):
Poco Loco is Belgian (we are so versatile here, the benefits of being a TCK) and these were so freaking good. Similar issue though – available at only one chain and the cost. Oh well.
The fuss is cause I depend on wraps. Seriously. every single lunch I have a wrap.
After lunch digested I did a lot of work around the casa…one and a half hours worth of work…and then plugged in P90X’s Shoulders and Arms .
I have said this before, I will say it again. I use 1 kg dumbbells. I have some bands which I recently purchased but I cannot get the hang of it for some reason. They are short. Anyhoo, I go for max reps in these workouts. Kind of like Tracy Anderson’s Method . Its not the way in which the program was designed to work, but so far it works for me. I feel the burrrrn.
Where were you when you heard about what has happened in Haiti?
Its Friday and it started off exceptionally well. I was out on a run this morning. -7C and all, I hit the pavement (as opposed to the road which was covered in snow and ice) for 5.5 KM. This is The Hot and Fit moment of the day. Wait no, actually. The Hot and Fit moment of the week.
I wasn’t going for time (doesn’t look like I will be at all in the next few months) – just getting a distance in is a blessing.
So, I came across this Fitsugar post this week. It provides a Checklist For Running Below -1 C
I am actually distorting the title. It says “Checklist For Running Below 30 Degrees” but I do not speak Fahrenheit. I am European. Since I think it provided way too many layers, I changed it and made it as MY IDEAL CHECKLIST. The reason being that a) I cannot afford all that’s on the list at the moment and b) some of these goodies are not available at this side of the planet
- Start off with a proper sports bra
- Pull on a long-sleeved made of polyester.
- Good running socks are to be placed on your feet. I use Nike. Fitsugarrecommends wicking socks that go up to your knee to keep your calves warm. Read the next point to see why I don’t follow that
- Wear warm running tights on your legs. Yes, my tights are very, very good (again, thank you, Runners Point. Was worth every Euro) No need for those knee – high socks
- Over the long-sleeve shirt, wear a fitted wind-stopping softshell. Although I have my Brooks jacket, I am not entirely sure how good it is.
- Running gloves will protect your hands. I nearly got some fabulous Nike ones during my shopping spree in Deutschland however I discovered my shirt’s sleeves convert to gloves. Really, couldn’t ask for more.
- Definitely wear a hat, or some sort of band that covers your ears. This is so important!!!
- Lip balm. I mean, I sleep with mine under the pillow. Of course it’s going to be running with me.
- Tissues. Seriously, I keep a pack in my pocket
- Some good running sneakers. Pretty obvious. I wouldn’t recommend going barefoot.
- When it’s icy, slip on a set of Yaktrax Pro on your sneaks. I actually contacted the distributor in my country last week, and for some reason they have not gotten back to me. Yet.
- iPod/iPhone and earphones
anything else you’d add? or anything on this list you find utterly ridiculous?
I am thinking right now about the whole concept of global warming. I wonder if it is the cause for the freezing weather we have had here this past week (looks like its going to say the same for the next few days, too!!!)
I am freezing. This morning I went out to get into my car, however the door was frozen shut. So I struggled with it a bit, got inside, realised the windshield wipers were frozen, too, and that I didn’t even have anything to scrape off the windshield with (I left it inside in the garage). After about 7 minutes or so, I was finally able to drive off!
Anybody who knows me will tell you – I was born, created, to exist in environments which average 25 C annually.
Running is still not happening, which makes me wonder whether my half marathon or marathon will happen. I really am not chickening just cause of the cold. Its all ice here. I would fall, I am pretty certain.
Instead, I did INSANITY. OHHH SHAUN T, HOW I LOVE THEE!
Seriously, I can never get enough of these workouts. SO challenging. My new BFF Katie is already doing the MAX workouts, which you are supposed to do after a month or so into the program. I just peeked last night, and OMG they are almost 1 hour long!!! I cannot imagine that ! I am dying from just 40 minutes!
Get Hot and Fit: Pushup Jacks
Even if you don’t have/do INSANITY, I really recommend doing a move that was on Pure Cardio today called Pushup Jacks!
- Start in Plank position, shoulders in a straight line with your wrist, palms spread wide on the floor
- Tighten your core, keep your back straight
- Bend at your elbows and bring your chest towards the floor, while at the same time jump your feet wide
- Jump your feet back to starting point, while straightening your arms again
Reps: really depends on how strong you are. I am not strong, so I could maybe do 10 and then my form starts to slack.
On another note, I do not understand why anyone would go jogging with this outfit:
Her boyfriend, on the other hand, didn’t look too bad:
Hello my darlings!!!
I actually had an open window available also know as TIME and decided to do another one of ChaLEAN Extreme’s videos.
I simply proceeded to the second part of PHASE 1: BURN .
Again, I like how short it is, but find it so weird to only do 12 reps (I am actually a big fan of The Tracy Anderson Method, so that’s why)
ChaLEAN’s exercises do focus on many muscle groups, but then I already told you that.
So not to bore you anymore, I actually went ahead and googled Chalene Johnson, because I would like to know who is making me do a particular exercise and why.
The woman is 40, and she looks amazing. Heck, she also had two kids. But the interesting is that this woman actually created the popular exercise series known as TURBO JAM. I heard so many things about this program, but never actually tried it. Because it was that successful, she actually did two more workout systems similar to it, called Turbo Kick and PiYo.
Does anybody know any more about these programs? I would love to know what you think!
And in other news…Lindsay LaLohan was photographed this past weekend in St. Barts (I am SO jealous). She is looking really good I think!
But I am not sure why would you go walking around like this. Put some shorts on!
This past weekend, I betrayed my faithfulness to oatmeal and went for cold cereals.
I wish I had this variety to choose from, but I do not. Anyhow, if you are planning on a workout 2-3 hours after breakfast, you should keep it light. I know everybody is different, but my stomach definitely doesn’t handle it well otherwise. Here is what my bowl looked like:
If you are wondering about quantities:
- 60 – 70 grams of cereals. Yes, I never seem to get the portions on cereal boxes. 30 grams per serving? Really? I will be starving in an hour. I have 2-2.5 servings. I mixed my cereals, cause the one I got in Germany is pretty blahhh but at least the texture is different. The other kind I get here, its cinnamon flavor and very high in fiber.
- Milk. I put about 150 ml worth. There is no skim milk where I live. Only 1.5% fat. In my home country, there is 3%. Gives you stomach pain if you over-consume it.
- Banana. I used to hate bananas. But sometimes I find myself craving them. My favourite fruit is actually apple. I ate about 3 apples a day. Hey, its supposed to keep the doctor away!
Today was officially back to work here and the weather continues in its similar pattern. I was not even considering running this AM mainly because of the foot but also because of the weather. So I plugged in P90X‘s Kenpo X.
So on to The Spit: I skipped the warm up, because its not my type of thing. I don’t have a problem with people of do static stretches, but Jillian Michaels taught me that dynamic stretches are just as effective, take less time, and really get blood pumping through the body. Oh, and that saves about 12 minutes.
Kenpo X is supposed to be a Cardio workout, but my heart rate remains considerably low. I am still in the range, however here are the stats:
Duration: 50 minutes
Avg HR: 139 BPM
Max HR: 162 BPM
As you can see, this is very different from INSANITY, but it offers a nice change.
The Hot is that I have never done kickboxing in my life but have always wanted to, and this definitely provided an opportunity. Its also really easy on your feet/knees (no jumping involved, besides occasional jumping jacks). There is very awesome move there, called the X. Its an X jumping jack. LOVE IT!
Anyhoo, The Hot and Fit is now headed towards dinner. Check out the ChaLEAN review – and let me know what you think!
So, I have had this sitting around for quite some time now.
15 workouts on 6 DVDs.
ChaLEAN (the instructor’s name is Chalene) is divided into three phases (information taken from the official Beachbody website):
PHASE 1: BURN
You start lifting weights to jump-start your metabolism and break down those “extra” reserves of fat. In these moderate training workouts, you’ll work your upper body then lower body, and learn how “Lean Phasing” will help you see major results every 30 days!
PHASE 2: PUSH
Chalene shows you how to lift heavy—beyond your comfort zone—so you build the muscle you need to burn fat. Chalene makes it easier than it sounds with incredibly fast results.
PHASE 3: LEAN
Here is where you really bring it home with new routines and dynamic moves that literally melt the fat off your body. You will be blown away with jaw-dropping results and rewarded with a brand-new body!
If you owe the deluxe DVDs, you also get:
During each phase, Chalene ignites your metabolism with super-intense cardio and strength-training routines, and then rejuvenates and lengthens your hard-working muscles with an invigorating flexibility workout.
Shrink, tighten, and tone your tummy with two targeted ab routines for a rock-hard midsection!
I have to let you know in advance that I have just read the program manual, skimmed briefly through the DVDs and did the first workout of phase 1. As time goes by, I will do more and be able to give your better reviews.
PHASE 1 – BURN CIRCUIT 1
Was just over 35 minutes long, and included a good warm up as well as a good cool down in my opinion. Chalene has 4 other people with her in the studio, one of them using bands, another one using lighter dumbbells, so you could follow whichever suits you best.
She really explains everything. She is also very nice. But fitness wise, she really tells you what you need to know in terms of reps and weights, which I like. I notice Tony does that too, and I think its very important. This really enables you to get the maximum results without forcing an injury on your body
So, what’s The Hot? Quick, much quicker than P90X’s 50-60 minutes workouts. Chalene really explains a lot, so what you are doing actually starts to make sense. Variety is key too, you wouldn’t get bored, actually time went by very quickly. Also, you work your whole body. Every single muscle. The Spit? I am a cardio whore, and this isn’t a cardio workout. Yes, there are some DVDs that focus merely on Cardio. But most of this is mainly toning. Which is not a problem as long as that is your goal. This is why I did INSANITY in the morning and then this. So I get a bit of both.
Good day Hots and Fits!
How has your weekend been?
For me, this was the last weekend before getting back work. Its been a very lazy Christmas for me; I spent two weeks doing a whole load of nothing.
Well, that’s not so true.
Here are this weekend’s shenanigans:
I was very tempted to head outside and run. I was actually wearing the appropriate gear, when I was suddenly attacked by one of my home dwellers as I headed out the door. that sounds bad. I was dragged into the house and was warned that if I step outside I am bound to end up at the hospital because I would fall and break my head.
The roads looked like this:
Not that bad in my opinion. But I gave in and headed to my room to
play do INSANITY. I did Cardio Power and Resistance. Not a work out I’d do at 5 AM on a work week.
Too much jumping = too much noise
It was very, very good. I actually didn’t take as many breaks as I normally do. I also stopped using a heart rate monitor when I do these workouts. I think I have a pretty good indication of how many calories I burn (between 300-400), but the truth is, I am just too lazy to put it on (not that it takes that long…whatever). I would recommend using an HR monitor to anyone who is trying to lose weight and is counting calories to do so (if you are not, just don’t pick this method….)
I was then bored so I decided I’d try ChaLEAN Extreme which I have been wanting to for the past 2 weeks or so. I’m still working on the review, so it will be up here in a jiff.
Today I woke up, thought about how much I wanted to run, looked outside, and saw double the amount of snow from yesterday. But the idea was already settled in my head, I knew nobody was stopping me today (insert evil laugh).
Anyways, I also noticed I was getting a weird pain right in the middle of the bottom of my right foot, which wasn’t necessarily the same tendon pain I often get (this is my injury spot – I get it every year from running, every year it forces me to stop running for almost 2 months!!). So I thought it was cause I was jumping too much yesterday and figured I’d still head outside.
I went to conquer the snow (was scheduled for an 8 KM today)
Holy crow, it was hard. I think it was because of the snow, but my peroneus longus and calves were burning! I was also noticing that my right foot – that-hurt-this-morning was hurting a little too much, so I stopped. I ran for about 25 minutes (maybe covering 4.5 K), but I am very proud of the fact that I ran. It was slippery, but I did not break my head.
I used both my 1 kg weights as well as the band. Argh, the band. It doesn’t work like it does in the workout videos. I think my bad is way too short…is that even possible? Anyways, this causes me to alternate between the dumbbells and the band.
So, what do I have to say about it?
The Hot – never knew so many push up variations existed. I do half on my knees, half normally, cause I am just not a pushups type of gal. Also, even when using lighter weights, your muscles are getting a very.good.workout. The Spit? Length, but that’s just P90X. Nothing I can do about it. Also, one hand pushups or clap pushups. Holy crow. I don’t know when I will be able to do those.
Be back soon with the ChaLean Review!
Hello my darlings!!
I am so very sorry I have been MIA this past weekend! The site’s server went down and I had to wait more than 24 hours for it to get back up! Hopefully this is the first and last time it happens!
I am just finishing up a few things on Blogdesk then hitting publish!
Merry Christmas Eve, people!
Where I live, this is seriously the only 24 hours during the year that everything shuts off. Can really hear the silence! PATHETIC oxymoron, I know.
P90X’s Shoulders and Arms
Very important: I only used 1 kg dumbbell in each hand. This significantly impacts the workout.
It was not hard given the light weights, but I was able to do more reps, which compiles with my liking of the Tracy Anderson Method.
So, The Hot? Loved the Crouching Cohen Curl, the classic chair dips that still kill me, and the fact that despite it being 57 minutes, time flew by. The Spit? Not sure it works well if you don’t have a variety of weights/resistance bands (though I need to test this claim, so do not take my word for it), I will see how sore I am tomorrow morning. Also, there was one exercise, the Side-Tri Rises, which despite watching Tony and his crew doing it twice, I still don’t think I got it. I seemed to be working my obliques instead of my triceps for some reason…
Insanity’s Pure Cardio
My gosh!!!! This thing keeps getting better and better! If you want a REAL workout DVD, involving some serious cardio, GET THIS!!! I have been on the hunt for a proper at home workout involving cardio for SO long, until this amazing lady introduced me to Insanity! And it is just as good as it claims to be!
But I need to stop rambling about this! This workout had my Polar working hard! And my heart, obviously. I was ranging between 169 – 186 BPM.
Again, I continue to emphasize that this workout is only for individuals that have been working out for quite some time now!
In Shaun-T words, peace out!
Good evening, Hots and Fits!
How are ya’ll doing with the Christmas preparations? My plan for today was to do some last minute shopping and not hit the malls tomorrow.
It was insane at the mall…but I have probably said that a million times, so I am going to try hard and not be over repetitive.
I was at a store called Intersport, too.
I was looking for some running jacket to protect me from the cold and saw a bunch of brands, namely Nike and Adidas, but they were so over priced. Don’t get me wrong, I am willing to pay a high sum for good running gear, but I also have to make sure I won’t get ripped off.
Anyways, I browsed the items of some brand known as Pro Touch and saw a relatively cheap jacket for $67. I wasn’t sure whether it would do, though….I also saw a jacket that cost $90 by a company called McKinley which seemed thicker…
So yea, not sure what to do there….
In regards to exercise, this AM I got out of bed earlier (which was very, very difficult) and did Core Synergistics from P90X. Katie was, as usual, right – this workout kicks ass.
Loads of core work (bananas, supermans, boats), lunges and squats, and plenty of push up variations. The good news: I am getting better at them!
This workout was very good. It definitely worked all of my muscle groups, and despite its length (56 minutes!!!), I was not bored and liked it very much! Unfortunately, no Insanity today, although I wanted to get that done today. I am surprised at how much I like it!
Snow is starting to melt, which of course is very nice, but still not enough for me to run. Maybe I will have a Christmas miracle….
Off to watch The Proposal (Sandra Bullock is one of my favourite actresses!) What are ya’ll up to??