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600 Reps Workout

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image Can we just have a moment to appreciate these arms?


Or better, could I just have her arms? My gosh, Cameron, you are a goddess.


And look at these two. I will confess that if I find a man like Josh, both in looks and in I-exercise-with-my-wife, I might actually take the marriage option seriously.

How are you guys doing?

I was supposed to run 20 KM today but I didn’t because it was too cold. I am not too nervous because I still have a month till the half marathon and I think I will get in 2 of these long runs, one next weekend and one in the middle of March. I already did 12 and 15 and pace is looking okay (thought would like it to be better) so I am not overly nervous.

So what DID I do?

Well, I was still so sore on Friday morning (this week’s Sweat and the City workouts were just getting tougher and tougher every day!) so I decided to head to the gym but do very light cardio. So I just hopped on the treadmill and did some awesome hills (alternating 3% and 6% incline), HIIT on the bikes (1 minute level 4, 30 seconds level 7) for about 15 minutes and then cooled down.

I came home to find this:


Seriously. HOW can I ever achieve my dream of 6 pack abs? The familia is trying to sabotage all my attempts, all the time!

With the weather being nasty and all, I didn’t really want to get out of the house. But there was a huge grocery list which was piling up in items ALL WEEK LONG and someone had to be in charge. So I went and spent a lot of money and the supermarket, came home and thought “well, might as well head to the gym.” But then I had a vision of myself performing one of Zuzka’s workouts, called the 600 Reps Workout, and I decided to stay at home.


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Oh this was a lovely workout. The kind that makes your heart rate sky high and make you feel like you are using every single muscle in your body. Here is the video from BodyRock.Tv:

I finished in just under 25 minutes but my form was not as hard core as Zuzka’s especially not with the abs and leg extensions and with the push ups (did them on one knee).

I was dripping drip drip drip at the end.

Okay, I am not going to get ready because we are going out to the Hilton’s bar tonight.

In the meantime I wanna share two links I found this afternoon:

Cook To Bang – I know Valentines Day is over but I still think this could come in handy

Scanwiches – wow. People’s ideas do not cease to surprise me




Heathcliff, my love

Jolly Thursday Hots and Fits!


I started the day extremely well! Despite a rather restless sleep I got up at 5:20 and decided to run outside.

For me, if I know in my head that it is cold but still wanna make it out and not let the winter scare me off, I open the window, stick my hand out, and prove to myself its not that cold (considering the fact that I sleep with a tanktop). I think it works because I am very warm when I wake up (now, wearing a long sleeve shirt and typing this, I am freezing!).

It wasn’t that bad but I only did 2 KM because my foot hurt. My other foot, that is. Weird. Something isn’t making sense. I will try again tomorrow.

Came back home and had a date with this guy (while being imitated by a bunch of other people):




I did the last 20 minutes of Pure Cardio, only skipping the 8 push ups + running session because I was going to end up late to work.


After all the “get ready hassle” (which lasts 20 minutes) I sat down to a bowl of this.

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I also had a cup of coffee in my favourite cup:

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Wuthering Heights is my favourite book. I heard Heathcliff.


I other interesting news, I came upon an article claiming that according to research, the pressure our knees and ankle joints absorb when running with sneakers is greater than if we were to run barefoot!



The research, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Colorado in Virginia (huh??) studied the pressure on the hip, knee and ankle by gathering 68 volunteers, 37 of whom were women, all healthy, broad age range, and with no significant history of muscle injuries.

They ran at least 24 miles a week, either outside or on the treadmill. They also made them walk in high heels around a shopping mall for a while.

Surprisingly, they found that running shoes provided the highest pressure levels on the joints!

Threre are individuals that are criticizing this research, claiming that the sample group was too small. All I have to say is that I wish I could run barefoot.

I actually did once (shhhhh ….its a secret). I was on holiday in some remote village with my family and I felt like going for a run, but did not have my shoes. It was right after I graduated from high school and done with the track, thinking I would never wanna lace up those shoes! Anyhow, I did it. It felt great. But it is dangerous. Just thinking about all the crap that could be on the road made me constantly look down.



Ight Hots and Fits, my little sis just came back from vacay today so I’m going to hang out with her. I will see you all tomorrow!!


Its Friday in 3 hours! Well, at least for me 😛


Get Hot and Fit: Pushup Jacks

Greetings lovelies!!


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.


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!

How to:

  • 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:






Rounding Up 2009: Favourite Health Magazine

About a year and a half ago I began to read health magazines religiously. It was like my own personal reading pleasure: all of my exercise obsessions put together!

Since I do not live in the US of A, I was checking which magazine would actually deliver the magazine to my whereabouts, at a decent price (most are probably not aware of this, but you usually end up paying triple the price of the purchase for delivery. VERY UNFAIR!)

Anyways, Runner’s World was way out of my budget, and same went for Women’s Health. I didn’t like Shape too much but I did like SELF and I got that.

So I had that for a year or so, but then I got tired of it. It was repetitive.




1, 2, 3

Lose Weight in Just 3 Weeks!

Got Flat Abs – FAST!

Your Best Body in 2 Months !

There is nothing wrong with these claims, all marketing considered. However, it delivers the wrong message to me personally. This is because I do not announce a project in my head to lose 10 lbs in a month, or to lose weight in X days. I am committed to my health, I am committed to my best healthy self, and I do this all the time (well, of course, there are times when I am not perfect, but isn’t everybody like that?)

Also, there seemed to be far too many advertisements. I know they gotta afford the low postage costs, but come on…

So I cancelled SELF and just started getting stuff from magazine’s webpages. A lot of SELF‘s workouts are available on their site, and the same goes for Women’s Health. You just gotta browse through.

At the moment I am doing Women’s Health Skinny Jeans Workout, which is set out over 6 weeks (I am taking longer cause I do not actually have the time) – and let me just say, I am SO much more flexible.



Back to the point of this post – Fitsugar announced Women’s Health as the readers’ favourite health magazine of 2009. I bet it also has a lot of ads.


Peace out


Pink Does P90X

This comes a bit late, I realise, but whatever – so Pink is also part of the P90X craze.


Here is what she said to Women’s Health magazine (January’s issue):

“Ever hear of P90X? My brother and his wife are both in the Air Force; they do marathons and triathlons. I went [to visit them and she’s doing P90X]. I couldn’t keep up with her — and she’d just had her first baby four weeks ago. I was like, This is bullshit! I will perfect this thing! So usually, I wake up and do an hour of cardio, then an hour of P90X or yoga, then a half-hour of warm-up [during show rehearsal]. I do that six days a week.”



What I like about Pink is that she does not bull$hit. I can’t stand it when I see a magazine belonging to one of my other home dwellers laying around and it quotes a celebrity claiming they eat what they want and workout for no longer than 30 minutes a day, doing something they love. They probably work just as hard as Pink, if not harder. At least she admits it, though.

But wow, 2.5 hours for 6 days a week! No wonder she looks so good! I’d say she comes close to Jessica Biel’s title as the fittest female celebrity of 2009.


Rounding Up 2009: The Fittest Male Celebrity

Wow. I couldn’t agree more.

Fitsugar readers have voted Taylor Lautner as the hottest fittest male celebrity of 2009.



Jordan Yuam (his trainer) has to be very good. There aren’t many details available, but from what I read on Men’s Health, he hit the gym at least 5 times a week for 2 hours, and took in a lot of protein.



I also read a rumor somewhere in a tiblid (another of my home dwellers is obsessed with all-things-Hollywood) that he had to have taken some steroids. The tiblid justified the claim using this picture:



Apparently it is supposed to be impossible to gain 26 pounds of muscle at this age, and at such a short time.

I don’t really think it matters.



He is definitely the fittest celebrity of the year. And it looks like he worked SO hard for it. I totally admire his efforts.

I should probably list the other options were, but I can’t think of anybody who was that Hot and Fit this year! Although Kellan Lutz, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds look like they were working it.

If you wanna know, though, go here.

Looks Like a Count Down

Since the weather is still crappy (we reached -10C this afternoon – believeable for December here!) I am still not running outside. I am trying to convince myself that a) its okay b) I will run this weekend c) the temperatures are supposed to be better next week and finally d) I need to acquire the appropriate gear first.

So I did another P90X Interval X session which rocked my socks but I definitely won’t be doing it again tomorrow because I am about to get sick of it.

Wait for tomorrow – I will let you know which one I did + review! Oh, and you should know that PINK is also a fan of P90X. More on that later!

Later, Hots and Fits!